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Lin Dan to take on Jorgensen

http://www.sports.cn/ 2009-11-22 00:18:00

Saturday, November 21, 2009 - By Raphael Sachetat.

Lin Dan gave a demonstration of power badminton in front of his home crowd to beat Park Sung Hwan of Korea 21/10 – 21/12.

There is something extraordinary about this man - Lin Dan. The best player ever, for most of the badminton specialists. The raw talent, the Speed, the vision.

And Park Sung Hwan couldn’t agree more. The Korean scored half of his opponents points. Lin Dan never let the Korean into the match. Lifting hardly any shuttles, making the game look very simple, Lin Dan was on top very early on, leading 9/3 and making it look like this match was a practice session.

A bigger gap then emerged from a few attacks down the line, with 16/5, and then  both players scored as many points, giving Lin Dan the first game 21/10.

Coached by his mentor Tang Xian Hu who doesn’t travel anymore -  together with former World Champion Xia Xuanze, Lin Dan started the second game exactly as the first one. When leading 10/2, Lin got aggravated by a small of his mistakes. A perfectionist while there was no obvious danger of being caught back.

Park looked lost, with no solution to counter the speed of the Olympic champion. After 37 minutes of play, it was all over and Lin Dan is now eying at a 6th major title this year, having lost yet in 2009 only two matches. Against Compatriot Chen Jin in Indonesia and once against Lee Chong Wei .

Will Jan Jorgensen be the third man to beat Lin Dan this year ? When asked why the Chinese hadn’t come to watch his future opponent – whom he’s never met – he waved off any signs of arrogance: “I would have come to watch if he had played after me, but as it was, I had to prepare for my own match,” said Lin.

“As for my match, it was a tough match today. Park is always a tough opponent to play, and I prepared well, watching a lot of videos.”

After spending a lot of power and energy in the mixed doubles, the Korean wonder Lee Yong Dae once again worked wonders later in the evening, with another thrilling match against Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

The Koreans had an even greater reason to beat their opponents of the day – on top of making it two in a row  after Hong Kong : they had in mind to avenge the humiliation of the 2009 Yonex Korea Open, where the Danes had stunned them in the final in front of their home crowd.

This time, the match was much closer than last January, where the Danes had taken it in straight games. In a splendid battle which lasted One hour and 19 minutes, the Koreans managed to win 21/16 – 19/21 – 23/21 after saving one match point when the Danes led 20/19.

The final on Sunday is expected to be another amazing match as Lee and Jung are to take on Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, which gives a match between the first and second ranked pairs in the world.

Lu Lan and Wang Shixian were sitting side by side in the players stand to watch their compatriots and training partners Wang Xin and Li Xuerui fight for the spot against Jiang Yanjiao in the final. Wang took an early lead in the first game, but her younger opponent started out the second game with the best intentions, leading 9/3 but the left hander was able to recover and once she got back at 18/18, her experience prevailed and she was able to enter the final.