Chong Wei strolls into semi-finals of Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Lee Chong Wei cruised into the Rio Olympics men’s singles semi-finals in style by disposing of Taiwan’s Chow Tien Chen 21-9, 21-15 in straight sets at the Pavilion 4, Riocentro, here Wednesday.

Building up the momentum for a bid for the gold medal here, Chong Wei kept a clean record of 5-0 head-to-head counts against Tien Chen with an easy 21-9, 21-15 victory in 40 minutes.

Chong Wei will play the winner of the other quarter-final match featuring two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan of China and India’s K Srikanth.

“I have to focus on my game here and there is pressure within me as this is my final call.

“I have to handle the pressure within me to emulate the men’s doubles and mix doubles pairs who are in the final,” said the two-time Olympic Games silver medallist.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics, Chong Wei lost to Lin Dan in the final and has yet to win the title in his fourth and final appearance here.

The men’s semi-finals will be on Friday.