Chen Long loses in German Open semi-finals

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Despite huge disappointment at German Open, Chen Long will shift his attention to the All England. (photo: AP)

Mulheim an der Ruhr: No. 2 seed Chen Long has fallen short of a berth in the final of the German Open, beaten by Taiwanese and No. 14 seed Wang Tzu Wei on Saturday.Despite huge disappointment at German Open, Chen Long will shift his attention to the All England. (photo: AP)

The Olympic champion Chen Long was a little sluggish to start his semi-final match, losing the first set 18-21, before winning the second set 21-8.

Chen rallied from 11-13 down in the decider to take a brief 14-13 lead, but Wang kept his coolness and grabbed the next 4 points to eventually claim the decider 21-18.

Wang will play compatriot No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen in the final.

Malaysia’s challenge in mixed doubles fizzled out on Saturday after No. 4 seed Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing bowed out of the tournament by losing to No. 1 seeds Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong 21-16, 16-21, 17-21.

Rio Olympic women’s singles champion Carolina Marin will take on Japanese player Ake Yamaguchi in the final after Marin fought back from dropping a set to overcome Japanese player Minatsu Mitani 21-10, 17-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals.

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