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Badminton: Lin, Chen line up titanic quarters clash, Wang out of women’s singles

Defending champion Lin Dan will face World No. 2 Chen Long in Friday's quarter-finals.

Defending champion Lin Dan will face World No. 2 Chen Long in Friday’s quarter-finals.

August 8, 2013: Four-time champion Lin Dan and World No. 2 Chen Long will face off in a mouth-watering clash in Friday’s quarter-finals after both won their third-round matches at the BWF World Championships in Guangzhou.

 

However, there was a shock in the women’s singles as defending champion Wang Yihan, the World No. 2 and second seed, was beaten by 18-year-old Indian P.V. Sindhu 21-18, 23-21.

 

The 29-year-old Lin, competing on a wildcard after playing just one tournament since winning his second Olympic gold last August, had to dig deep to beat Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 22-20 in a gripping first game before turning on the style to win the second 21-10.

 

Second seed Chen, 24, beat Malaysian Daren Liew 21-18, 21-15.

 

The winner of the Lin-Chen match will contest a semi-final against either Vietnamese seventh seed Nguyen Tien Minh or Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, who fought back to knock out fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 10-21, 21-17, 21-18.

 

Nguyen, 30, also came from behind to beat Pablo Abian of Spain 15-21, 21-9, 21-10.

 

In the top half of the draw, World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei continued his bid to win his first World Championships as the 2011 runner-up beat China’s Wang Zhengming 21-12, 21-7.

 

Lee’s quarter-final opponent is Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto, the eighth seed who won 21-19, 21-14 against German Mark Zwiebler.

 

World No. 3 Du Pengyu survived his third successive three-game battle, beating Japanese 16th seed Takuma Ueda 21-19, 13-21, 21-7. Du, 25, will face India’s Kashyap Parupalli, the 13th seed who beat sixth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-13, 21-16.

 

Wang’s defeat was a huge shock in the women’s singles. Sindhu, her teenage conqueror, will face China’s Wang Shixian, while fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon will take on Spain’s Carolina Marin, who clawed her way back to fifth-seeded Korean Sung Ji-hyun 13-21, 21-13, 22-20.

 

In the top half of the draw, World No. 1 Li Xuerui beat Lindaweni Fanetri 21-10, 21-12 and will face sixth seed Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei.

 

The winner of that clash will face either third seed Saina Nahwal of India or Korean Bae Yeon-ju.

 

As well as Wang’s loss, the other major upset was in the men’s doubles, with Chinese Taipei duo Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin beating top seeds Ko Sung-hyun and Lee Yong-dae of Korea, 14-21, 21-14, 21-19.

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