Jwala/Ashwini crash to Qing Tian/Yunlei

Lin Dan gets past Taufik; Wang Shixian holds off Tine Baun

Seoul (Korea): The Indian challenge at the Korea Open Premier Super Series ended with the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa falling to a Chinese pair in the quarterfinals. Jwala and Ashwini were packed off by eighth seeds Qing Tian and Zhao Yunlei 21-16 21-15 in exactly half-an-hour. The Korea Open is the first million dollar prize money event in badminton.
The Indians trailed from the start, as the Chinese kept a handy lead at all times. Only briefly in the second game did Jwala and Ashwini manage to stay level, but from 6-all, the Chinese shot ahead again and never looked back.
Among the most-awaited matches on the day was Lin Dan versus longtime rival Taufik Hidayat. Taufik managed to take the second game but Lin Dan pulled the match, to earn a semifinal against Indonesian Simon Santoso. In the other half of the draw, world No.1 Lee Chong Wei dismissed young Chinese contender Wang Zhengming 21-14 21-19, and will take on Du Pengyu, also of China.
The women’s singles saw world No.1 Wang Xin being bundled out by Korean Ji Hyun Sung 11-21 21-9 21-19, but Wang Shixian salvaged pride for the Chinese with a hard-fought win over Tine Baun of Denmark, 21-15 12-21 24-22.


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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the Indian in Thoreau's Walden who makes cane baskets and is surprised nobody wants them. A. was talking about discipline when she said: "But Dev, if you want to move ahead in life, you'll have to be like that," and she may as well have defined everything else for me. I've played the low percentage game for too long to believe there's anything in it but the romance; the odds keep getting jacked up higher and higher; and you may be a good Idealist but a worse Fool.
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