China’s Chen Long is just five wins away from creating history.
The world No. 3 emulated 10 great shuttlers who have won three consecutive OSIM BWF World Superseries tournaments when he captured the Denmark Open for the first time on Sunday.He will have the opportunity to go one step better when he competes in the Yonex French Open, which started with the qualifying rounds on Wednesday.The 22-year-old former world junior champion will began his quest for a fourth consecutive Superseries crown against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and is slated to meet world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (left), in the semi-finals.Having beaten the Malaysian in the Japan and Denmark Open finals, Chen Long will surely start as the favourite to make it three wins out of three on Saturday.If Chen Long does continue his winning streak against Chong Wei, it would mean he will be the first player this year to stop the Malaysian from reaching a final this year.
Since January, Chong Wei has played in 10 international Open tournaments and reached the final in each of them, winning six times –BWF Super Series Finals 2010 and Malaysia Open Superseries (January), All England Superseries (March), India Open Superseries and Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold (May) and Indonesia Open Superseries Premier (June).He was runners-up at the Korea Open Superseries (January), World Championships (August), Japan Open (September) and last week’s Denmark Open.Having not won a tournament since June will make Chong Wei a hungry man, but it remains to be seen if he has found a way to beat Chen Long, who has bounced back admirably sChina’s Chen Long is just five wins away from creating history.ince his shocking opening round loss to unheralded Guatemalan player Kevin Cordon at the World Championships