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Delighted Jorgensen sets up final clash with Lin Dan (pic)

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Published: 22 November 2009
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SHANGHAI: Danish shuttler Jan O Jorgensen is on cloud nine again after claiming another big scalp in the China Open here, beating homester Chen Jin to march into the final.

The 21-year-old unseeded player, who had beaten top seed Lee Chong Wei and Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand, defeated the fourth seeded Chinese 11-21, 21-18, 22-20.

“It’s great to make it to the final in Asia and here in China, which you can say is the nation of badminton. This is my first win over a Chinese player and it feels so good,” said the second-ranked Danish player after Peter Gade-Christensen.

“Tomorrow I can only dream of winning and it will be really tough to play against Lin Dan, who is probably the best player ever in men’s singles.”

Lin Dan defeated South Korean Park Sung-hwan 21-10, 21-11 in the other semi-final.

Chen Jin suffered from cramps midway through the second game but chose not to concede a walkover. He fought until the end to the cheers of the home crowd. Limping and hanging on to the last points, he could still deliver some cross smashes to put pressure on Jorgensen.

“It’s tough to play against a player who is injured,” said the Dane.

“You think a lot about what you do and how you have to play him. It was a bit more annoying when he just flew up and did the cross smashes. He is a good fighter. He fights for every shot and hats off to him.”

 
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Egelstaff on course to take singles crown

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 22 November 2009
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SCOTLAND'S Susan Egelstaff cheered the home crowd as she cruised through to her first final at the Bank of Scotland International Championships at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall.

The No.2 seed needed three games to beat Russia's Tatiana Bibik 21-15 12-21 21-13 in the quarter-finals – and then hit top form in the semis.



Up against Switzerland's Jeanine Cicognini, she waltzed through 21-17 21-12 in less than half an hour.



Now the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is hoping to become the first Scottish winner of the women's singles since Rita Yuan Gao in 2002.

 
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Lu advances to China Open Badminton quarterfinals (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2009
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SHANGHAI, Nov. 19  -- Lu Lan from China beat her teammate Wang Lin at ease to advance to China Open Badminton quarterfinals here on Thursday. China's Lu Lan returns the shuttlecock to her teammate Wang Lin during the women's singles second round match at the 2009 Badminton China Open Tournaments in Shanghai, east China, on Nov. 19, 2009. Lu Lan won 2-0.

    World No. 3 Wang Lin seemed affected by injuries, and she lost the match without causing Lu much trouble.

    The first set began with Lu's leading 7-2. Wang struggled to find her rhythm to give up her first set 12-21.

    Wang tried to recover at the beginning of the second set, but Lu copied her performance, refusing to give Wang any chance to lead.

    Wang made too many unforced errors afterwards, and Lu succeeded in securing her victory 21-10.

    "I think I did my best today," Lu said. "I tried to follow my own rhythm and keep active through the match."

    Wang didn't look disappointed after the loss. She said she was satisfied with her performance this season, expecting to keep moving ahead.

 
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Women's top seed eliminated in China Open badminton

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2009
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Women's No. 1 Wang Yihan of China unexpectedly joined the men's top seed Lee Chong Wei who lost in the first round on Wednesday, after losing the second round 21-18, 21-17 to Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo at the China Badminton Open here on Thursday.

Wang opened the first set 5-1, and maintained the advantage to 11-6. Wong got the chance to get rejuvenated after the technical time-out, hitting

firm attacks to draw the score 14-14 before Wang made errors afterwards to lose the first set 21-18.

The second set also started with Wang leading. She found herself 6-2 ahead in the early part of the match. However, Wong received several lucky

points after that, striving to get past Wang 10-9, and continued widening the gap between them in the following part of the second set.

Wong managed to knock down six straight points to establish a 20-12 lead, grabbing eight match points. Wang succeeded in saving five of them,

but made a fatal mistake to lose the match 21-17.

Wong stayed calm after beating world No.1 Wang.

"I didn't think too much about that," She said. "I just tried my best to fight."

Wang was satisfied with the performance of saving five match points. "I was too far behind. If I made fewer errors, I could have got a better chance."

 
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Inconsistent Chong Wei shown early exit in China

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 19 November 2009
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PETALING JAYA: For the third time this year, Lee Chong Wei crashed out in early rounds after enjoying a high in a previous tournament.

The world No. 1 won the Hong Kong Open last Sunday but he was brought down to earth with a heavy thud in the opening round of the China Open in Shanghai yesterday. He was beaten 6-21, 21-13, 17-21 by Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark.

It is certainly a horrible outing for Chong Wei, who was the runner-up to China’s Lin Dan in the same tournament last year. It was also the first defeat by Jorgensen, who is now seen as a new jewel of Danish badminton.

When Chong Wei claimed the Hong Kong Open title for the first time, it was hailed as a splendid effort, especially when it was his first tournament in six weeks after taking a break to recover from a knee injury.

 

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