A LIN Dan in fiery form is unstoppable. And defending champion China can again count on him to deliver in the semi-finals against Malaysia tomorrow.
In a 3-0 quarter-final win over South Korea yesterday, the three-time world champion showed his steely resolve to overcome a spirited Park Sung-hwan 21-16, 21-15 in a 54-minute battle.
Sung-hwan, who is one of the few players in the world to have beaten Lin Dan (in three out of their 14 meetings), did right to push Lin Dan deep into the baseline to force weak returns, which he finished off with stinging smashes.
But Lin Dan always found his way back to reverse the pressure on his opponent. The highly-charged first match victory for China did enough damage to the morale of the Koreans.
Scratch combination Jung Jae-sung-Shin Baek-cheol failed to level the tie, going down to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng 11-21, 16-21 in just 30 minutes. Chen Jin finished the job for China with a 21-15, 21-12 win over youngster Shon Wan-ho.