New Delhi: World No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia entered India Open Super Series final by overcoming a tough fight from Chinese seventh seed Du Pengyu to win 21-17, 19-21, 21-14 in one hour and 12 minutes on Saturday.
Lee Chong Wei celebrates his win on Saturday. Pic/PTI
This is the defending champion's 12th triumph over the Chinese in 13 meetings.
In the process, the top seed has set up an epic final against Chinese World No 2 Chen Long. Though the head-to-head of the world's two best players is level at 8-8, Lee won their previous meeting to clinch the All-England title last month.
Seeded second, Shixian battled Yihan all the way to the end of decider to just edge past 15-21, 21-7, 22-20 in 58 minutes in a battle of two former World No 1's at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
With the win, the World No 3 has now bettered her career record to 4-9 against the Olympic silver medallist.