Lin Dan survives scare to set up dream final, world No.1s knocked out
Saturday, January 29, 2011 – Badmintonphoto
Three-time world champion Lin Dan had a lucky escape against Simon Santoso before winning in three games to set up a dream VICTOR Korea Open Superseries Premier final against top seed and arch rival Lee Chong Wei.
China’s Lin Dan faced four games points in the opening game, but came back to take it 23-21, much to the frustration of his Indonesia opponent. The SEA Games champion, however, learnt from his mistake in the second game and closed it out 22-20 despite squandering two game points early on.
Exciting by his win, Simon, who has just returned from a back injury, made too many mistakes in the decider, gifting the reigning Olympic and Asian Games champion the game and match, 21-15.
His win means Lin Dan will finally get to meet Chong Wei, a week after pulling out of the PROTON Malaysia Open Superseries citing an abdominal injury.
The Chinese superstar holds a 14-7 lead in head-to-head meetings, but more importantly, has the psychological edge as he beat his Malaysian opponent in both the Olympic and Asian Games finals.
Chong Wei reached the OSIM BWF World Superseries Premier final by beating China’s Du Penyu 2110, 21-10.
China’s Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang ensured their country will finish with at least three gold medals in badminton’s richest ever tournament when they knocked out world No.1s Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin of Chinese Taipei in the women’s doubles.
The Chinese duo 21-9, 17-21, 21-7 in 42 minutes and will now play team mates Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei who beat compatriots Du Jing-Pan Pan 21-12, 22-20.
Both Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei have the chance of winning two titles as they are also in the mixed doubles final where Tian Qing will partner Jiaming Tao against Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan.
The other all-Chinese final will see Wang Shixian meeting Wang Yihan in a repeat of last week’s PROTON Malaysia Open.
The only match not to feature China is the men’s doubles which will see local favourites Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae, who beat Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 20-22 21-9 21-10 taking on world No.1s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.
Boe-Mogensen, who opted out of playing in Malaysia to prepare for this tournament, had to dig deep before emerging victorious in their quarter-final match against South Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong.
In a close encounter, it was the Europeans who used their experience to carve out a 21-17, 21-19 victory.
Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt Du Penyu (China) 21-10, 21-10; Lin Dan (China) bt Simon Santoso (Ina) 23-21, 20-22, 21-15.
Doubles: Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong (Korea) 21-17, 21-19; Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae (Korea) bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) 20-22 21-9 21-10.
Singles: Wang Yihan (China) bt Sung Ji Hyun (Korea) 21-5, 18-21, 21-18; Wang Shixian (China) bt Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thai) 21-7, 21-13.
Doubles: Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (China) bt Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin (Tpe) 21-9, 17-21, 21-7; Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei (China) bt Du Jing-Pan Pan 21-12, 22-20.
Mixed doubles: Jiaming Tao-Tian Qing (China) bt Ko Sung Hyun-Ha Jung Eun (Korea) 21-18, 21-17; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (China) bt Xu Chen-Ma Jin (China) 21-14, 21-11.