Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lin Dan Cruises, Koo/Tan Crash Out

Birmingham, England-Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan won over Danish Joachim Persson in an easy straight set, 21-13 and 21-6. It took only 27 minutes for the Chinese second seed to progress to the semi-final. His next opponent is compatriot Chen Jin. The other men's singles semi-final contenders are Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia.

In the men's doubles, Lee Yong-dae/Shin Baek-cheol will take on fellow countrymen Hwang Ji-man/Han Sang-hoon in the semi-final. Qualifiers Hwang and Han passed fourth seed Zakry Abdul Latif and Tazari of Malaysia with a comfortable win, 21-9, 22-20, in the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, Malaysian coach Rexy Mainaky's dream players Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong bowed down to Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen. The first match went so easy that the Danish pairs win 21-7. Third seed Koo and Tan improved in the second set, but Boe and Mogensen were too good to them that Koo and Tan's attempts were of no use. They lost 7-21, 17-21.

In the mixed doubles, favorite champion Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung were out after a 21-13, 18-21, 18-21 defeat by unseeded Chinese Zheng Bo and Ma Jin. Another shocking result from mixed doubles matches is Indonesian Flandy Limpele, paired with Russian Anastasia Russkikh, beating world number one Nova Widhianto/Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia.

Saturday (3/7) semi-final fixtures:

Men's Doubles
6-Lee Yong-dae/Shin Baek-cheol (KOR) vs. Hwang Ji-man/Han Sang-hoon (KOR)
5-Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) vs. 7-Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng (CHN)

Men's Singles
2-Lin Dan (CHN) vs. 3-Chen Jin (CHN)
1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs. Taufik Hidayat (INA)

Women's Singles
1-Tine Rasmussen (DEN) vs. Jiang Yanjiao (CHN)
Wang Yihan (CHN) vs. Nanna Brosolat Jensen (DEN)

Women's Doubles
5-Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung (KOR) vs. Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN)
Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen (CHN) vs. 3-Yu Yang/Du Jing (CHN)

Mixed Doubles
3-Yu Yang/He Hanbin (CHN) vs. Anastasia Russkikh (RUS)/Flandy Limpele (INA)
Ha Jung-eun/Ko Sung-hyun (KOR) vs. Ma Jin/Zheng Bo (CHN)

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