China Open: Lin Dan, Marc Zwiebler reach semis

Lin Dan is extremely lonely without Lee Chong Wei

Fuzhou: The hometown hero Lin Dan fought off an ace assault from Japan’s Sho Sasaki to reach the China Open semi-final, prevailing 21-18, 26-24 on Friday. Sasaki had his chances to force a decider in the second set when he was leading 20-19 and 23-22, but he just couldn’t finish Lin Dan off. Lin will play Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan, who defeated Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-18,16-21,21-17 in 72 minutes. Lin Dan is extremely lonely without Lee Chong Wei

Meanwhile, the world’s number 25, Marc Zwiebler who stunned top seed Chen Long yesterday, fought back from one set down to see off India’s Parupalli Kashyap 18-21 21-18 21-13. He will play Indian Srikanth Kidambi who completed the semi-final line-up after a 21-17, 23-21 triumph over Kento Momota of Japan.

In the women’s competition, the path could be cleared for Saina Nehwal to become just the second non-Chinese player to win the tournament (Lee Chong Wei’s wife, Wong Mew Choo was the first non-Chinese women’s singles to win China Open in 2007) after the sixth seed beat Suo Di 21-13, 17-21, 21-5 and her potential final-four opponent, seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon, was knocked out by Liu Xin of China in straight games, 21-15 21-18.


World number three women’s singles Wang Yihan’s hope of winning the China Open title also came to an end as she was beaten in a tight contest 18-21,21-19,21-19 by fifth seed South Korea’s Bae Yeon-ju, while Japanese youngster Akane Yamaguchi had another sensational win after her 21-18 21-14 victory over Sun Yu.


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