LONDON: It went according to script as Lee Chong Wei, after a first game struggle, sealed his London Olympics semi-final spot with a 21-19, 21-11 win over P. Kashyap of India on Thursday.
"I am improving with every match and this augurs well for the semi-finals," said Chong Wei, who needed 44 minutes to seal a second successive semi-final appearance at the Olympics.
"I am looking forward to the semi-finals despite knowing that Chen Long has improved tremendously."
National singles chief coach Rashid Sidek said Chong Wei will need to be aggressive against Chen Long in Friday's tie.
"China players are good at varying their game and Chong Wei must not allow Chen Long to dictate terms. He must shut Chen Long down as quickly as he can at every opportunity," said Rashid.
Chen Long beat Peter Gade of Denmark 21-16, 21-13 in their quarter-final.
Friday's semi-final between Chong Wei and Chen Long starts at 8.30pm in Malaysia.