Saturday, March 7, 2009

Lin Dan to Face Lee Chong Wei

Chinese Lin Dan did not need any big struggle to advance to All England men's singles final. He overpowered Chen Jin 21-12 in the first game. Chen Jin retired when the score was 11-6 in the second game. Lin Dan will meet Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia who beat Indonesian big-mouthed Taufik Hidayat easily, 21-8, 21-13.

In the men's doules, six seed Lee Yong-dae and Shin Baek-cheol were downed by teammate Hwang Ji-man/Han Sang-hoon 17-21 and 18-21. Lee Yong-dae is All England 2008 champion, paired with Jung Jae-sung, and Hwang Ji-man is All England 2008 finalist with Lee Jae-jin as his partner. Hwang and Han will compete against Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China. Cai/Fu defeated Danish Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen in the semifinal in straight sets, 23-21 and 21-14.

Defending women's singles champion Tine Rasmussen of Denmark made her way to the final after a hard 22-24, 25-23, and 21-15 win over tough Chinese Jiang Yanjiao. Top seed Rasmussen will play against another Chinese, Wang Yihan, in the final. Wang Yihan beat Denmark's Nanna Brosolat Jensen without striving hard 21-11, 21-7.

China put other players in the final when mixed doubles team Yu Yang and He Hanbin defeated Russian Anastasia Russkikh and Indonesian Flandy Limpele in the semi-final, 21-12 and 21-14. Korean qualifiers Ha Jung-eun and Ko Sung-hyun eliminated Ma Jin and Zheng Bo to prevent an all-Chinese final in this event.

In the women's doubles, China already make sure of claiming a title after Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei subdued South Korean Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung 21-23, 21-15, and 21-17. They will face seventh seed Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen who downed their fourth-seeded mates, Yu Yang and Du Jing.

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