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Badminton: Wildcard Lin on course for clash with Chen, Lee scrapes through

Defending champion Lin Dan moved into the third round of the BWF World Championships in Guangzhou.

Defending champion Lin Dan moved into the third round of the BWF World Championships in Guangzhou.

August 7, 2013: Lin Dan beat Dutchman Eric Pang 21-14, 21-17 to move into the third round and remain on course for a quarter-final clash with second seed Chen Long at the BWF World Championships in Guangzhou.


Pang, 31, reached the second round following the withdrawal of his first-round opponent, fifth seed Kenichi Tago of Japan.


The 29-year-old Lin, who has won four of the last five World Championships (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011), has played little competitive badminton since winning his second successive Olympics gold medal last August and required a wildcard to compete this week, due to a plummeting ranking.


On Thursday, the Chinese superstar will face Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng, the 15th seed, who beat Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine 21-6, 21-13.


Chen, the World No. 2 and winner of this year’s All England Open, moved into the third round with a 21-15, 21-12 win over Sho Sasaki of Japan.


The 24-year-old Chinese star, bronze medallist at London 2012, will face Lin or Chong on Friday if he beats Malaysia’s Daren Liew in the third round.


Also in the bottom half of the draw, fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand faces Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark on Thursday, with the winner playing either seventh seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam or Pablo Abian of Spain in the quarters.


In the top half of the draw, World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei – beaten by Lin in the last two Olympic finals – struggled through to the third round. The top seed lost the opener against Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka before winning 14-21, 21-18, 21-11.


Lee will face China’s Wang Zhengming, the 14th seed, who beat Russian Vladimir Ivanov 16-21, 21-9, 21-18.


Lee or Wang will progress to a quarter-final clash with eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia or Germany’s Mark Zwiebler, the 11th seed.


Third seed Du Pengyu of China again required three games, beating Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand 21-5, 16-21, 21-15.


Du faces Japan’s Takuma Ueda, the 16th seed, with the winner going on to face either Hong Kong’s Hu Yun or India’s Kashyap Parupalli in the last eight.


In the women’s singles, top seed Li Xuerui and second Wang Yihan of China both progressed to the third round with comfortable wins, as did third seed Saina Nehwal of India.


Eighth-ranked Minatsu Mitani of Japan was the highest seed to be knocked out after losing 21-16, 21-9 to compatriot Sayaka Takahashi.

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