Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei claimed a 21-16, 21-16 win over India's Ajay Jayaram to book his place in the semi-finals of the BWF Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold ©Getty Images

Lee Chong Wei and Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin have both advanced to the last four of the men’s singles competition at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Penang, setting up the prospect of the two home players meeting in the final.

Top seed Lee, aiming for a fifth consecutive title at the event, saw off India’s Ajay Jayaram after 36 minutes of their quarter-final with a 21-16, 21-16 win.

It took the same amount of time for unseeded Zainuddin to overcome Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long, beating the eighth seed 21-11, 21-15.

"He has the pace to face higher seeded players," said Morten Frost, technical director of the Badminton Association of Malaysia, about Zainuddin.

"I am not surprised with his good performance here; he has raised his game to a level he should be at.

"Iskandar has the pace to follow the top players.

"I also expect him to be in the top 25 and I am not surprised with what he has dished out so far, beating seeded players in the tournament."

Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto will provide the opposition for Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals
Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto will provide the opposition for Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals ©Getty Images

Lee will face Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto in the semi-finals, while Zainuddin will take on India's Srikanth Kidambi.

Third seed Sugiarto defeated China's Qiao Bin 21-6, 21-17, and second seed Kidambi beat another Chinese Huang Yuxiang 21-15, 21-14.

In the women’s singles draw, India’s Pusarla Venkata Sindhu overcame Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri to set up a semi-final clash with South Korean number one seed Sung Ji-hyun, who came from behind to defeat Japan’s Sayaka Sato 13-21, 21-18, 21-11.

The other semi-final pits Sato’s compatriot Yui Hashimoto, a 13-21, 21-18, 21-11 winner at the expense of South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju, against Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, who eliminated Thailand’s Busanan Ongbumrungpan with a 21-19, 21-10 victory.

The semi-finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow, followed by the finals on Sunday (January 24).