LIN Dan's aim to beat Lee Chong Wei in the Maybank Malaysia Open will have to wait after the world and Olympic champion was shown a second round exit by Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.
There was no such hiccup for Chong Wei though, as he cruised to a 21-8, 21-18 win over Kazushi Yamada of Japan in 37 minutes to book his quarter-final berth against a rejuvenated Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia today.
Chong Wei could even concede 10 points on the trot in the second game to trail 3-10 before recovering to secure a comfortable win over Kazushi.
Lin Dan suffered a shock 21-14, 15-21, 15-21 defeat to Jorgensen to pour cold water on his bid to beat Chong Wei in a tournament the Malaysian is seeking to win a record-equalling eight time.
Chong Wei, however, said that winning an eighth Malaysia Open title would not be any easier despite Lin Dan's defeat as he still had to beat Taufik and probably the rising Chen Long to reach the final.
"Maybe he (Lin Dan) doesn't want to play me here but I feel he is tired after having played in so many tournaments," said Chong Wei.
"He has been playing continuously for several months, and did well at that, and this could have taken a toll on him. However, I don't want to think too much about it and just focus on my own game. I still have to beat Taufik and Chen Long.
"Taufik is in his best form and I cannot afford to lose concentration, like I did against Kazushi."
Taufik, who looked sharp in his 21-11, 21-14 win over Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in 41 minutes, was relishing his meeting with Chong Wei.
"Now it is all about Chong Wei. He is the World No 1 and it's his time. But we have seen a lot of upsets and I want to go for a win too. I don't know if it is going to be a close match but we will see," said the 2004 Olympic champion.
"My motivation is back and I have the faith of my family, friends and coach and I want to fight for the Olympic title again."
China's Chen Jin advanced after Dionisius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia conceded a walkover after losing the first game 21-11. Chen Jin will play Jorgensen for a place in the last four.
Third seeded Chen Long advanced to the last eight with a 21-15, 21-17 win over Hans Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark.
Veteran Peter Gade Christensen, a two-time winner, also crashed out in the second round after a 19-21, 21-11, 21-16 defeat to Kenichi Tago of Japan in his final appearance in the Malaysia Open.
In the women's singles, Malaysian Tee Jing Yi's campaign came to an end when she lost 21-18, 21-6 to Juliane Schenk of Germany in the second round.
Selected 2nd Rd Results:
(Malaysia unless stated) Men's Singles: Lee Chong Wei bt Kazushi Yamada (Jpn) 21-8, 21-18; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) 21-11, 21-14; Chen Long (Chn) bt Hans Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 21-15, 21-17; Kenichi Tago (Jpn) bt Peter Gade Christensen (Den) 19-21, 21-11, 21-16; Chen Jin (Chn) w.o. 21-10 rtd; Jan Jorgensen (Den) bt Lin Dan (Chn) 14-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Doubles: Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang (Kor) bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 21-16, 18-21, 21-16; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Mak Hee Chun-Ong Soon Hock 21-16, 21-13; Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu (Tai) bt Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano (Ina) 15-21, 21-11, 21-16; Cho Gun Woo-Shin Baek Cheol (Kor) bt Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan (US) 21-13, 21-16; Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong (Chn) bt Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (Ina) 21-16, 19-21, 21-13.
Women's Singles: Wang Yihan (Chn) bt Bae Youn Joo (Ger) 21-12, 21-8; Juliane Schenk (Ger) bt Tee Jing Yi 21-18, 21-6; Wang Shixian (Chn) bt Pai Hsiao Ma (Tai) 24-22, 21-11.
Doubles: Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei w.o Anneke Feinya Augustin-Nitya Krishinda Maheswari; Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (Chn) bt Jung Kyung Eun-Kim Ha Na (Kor) 21-18, 21-12; Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui bt Eom Hye Won-Jang Ye Na (Kor) 21-18, 21-14.
Mixed Doubles: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Muhammad Rijal-Debby Susanto (Ina) 21-16, 21-14; Maneepong Jongjit-Savitree Amitrapai (Tha) bt Robert Mateusiak-Nadiedza Zieba (Pol) 13-21, 21-16, 24-22.