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.