Taipei: Local hope Chou Tien Chen has shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist No.4 seed Lin Dan of China to headline a big day of upsets in the semi-finals of Chinese Taipei Open on Saturday.
Chou survived a three-set thriller to defeat Lin 21-19, 18-21, 21-16 in 77 minutes. Chou fought back from 14-18 deficit, and managed to seal the winning point in the first set after he caught Lin Dan off guard by luckily rolling the shuttlecock across the top of the net to Lin Dan's side. Lin Dan then reclaimed the second set with 21-18. Chou took a commanding 13-3 lead over the Chinese in the decider, but Lin Dan fought back superbly, closing on Chou with 16-17. The Taiwanese recomposed himself to reel off the next four points to cruise to victory.
Chou Tien Chen becomes the first Taiwanese player to defeat Lin Dan. (photo: AP)