Chen Long out to end year on a high

Chen Long has the opportunity to cap a wonderful year when he plays experienced teammate Boa Chunlai in the Li Ning China Open Super Series 2010 on Sunday.

The Lin Ning China Open Super Series is the penultimate event of the 2010 Super Series and it will be followed by the YONEX SUNRISE Hong Kong Open which is from Dec 7-12.

Chen Long, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on January 18, is seen as the next ‘Lin Dan’ and he is determined to make an impact after helping China win the Thomas Cup in Kuala Lumpur seven months ago and also the Asian Games gold medal last month.

Hailing from Xiamen in the Fujian provinc, Chen Long is seen by many as the worthy successor to Lin Dan, the three-time world champion and current Olympic and Asian Games gold medallist.

He will surely hope to announce his arrival by winning his home title on Sunday after battling for an hour and 24 minutes in his semi-final match against third seed and new world champion Chen Jin before winning 22-20. 18-21, 21-18 on Saturday.

Bao Chunlai, 27, has seen it all and while not as successful as Lin Dan, has many crowning achievements, including several Super Series titles and silver medal from the 2006 World Championships.

The winner of this year’s German Open, Bao Chunlai defeated fellow Chinese shuttler Du Pengyu 22-20, 21-16 in the other semi-final.

The mixed doubles event also sees an all-China affair with Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei taking on Jiaming Tao-Tian Qing.

Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei were too strong for Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying, wining 21-17, 21-18 in the semi final.

He Hanbin and Ma Jin, who had earlier defeated eight seeded Ko Sung Hyun-Ha Jung Eun of South Korea, failed to get past teammates Jiaming Tao-Tian Qing, losing 21-17, 8-21, 21-13.

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