All England Open 2018: Lin Dan brushes aside old foe Lee Chong Wei in 40th career encounter to enter semi-finals

Lin Dan, the former two-time Olympic champion, turned the clock back for one magical hour on Friday as he ended the title defence of his career-long rival Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals of the All-England Open.

AFP March 17, 2018 12:09:36 IST
All England Open 2018: Lin Dan brushes aside old foe Lee Chong Wei in 40th career encounter to enter semi-finals

Birmingham: Lin Dan, the former two-time Olympic champion, turned the clock back for one magical hour on Friday as he ended the title defence of his career-long rival Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals of the All-England Open.

All England Open 2018 Lin Dan brushes aside old foe Lee Chong Wei in 40th career encounter to enter semifinals

China's Lin Dan celebrates his win over Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at the All England Open. Image credit: BWFFansite

The 34-year-old Chinese player beat the 35-year-old Malaysian 21-16, 21-17, though their light-footed movements and brilliantly varied stroke-play would have made it impossible for outsiders to guess their ages.

Lee attacked more than usual to try to nullify the attacking threat of a freshly motivated Lin, and managed to squeeze in front at 16-15 in the first game and 13-10 in the second.

But Lin showed just why he has made himself many people’s unofficial favourite for his seventh All-England title, making brilliant surges during the most crucial phases of both games and finishing them off quickly.

"I played quite well," said Lin understatedly. "It’s a great tournament, and he is one of the great competitors, so this is superb."

Lee did not appear too downcast.

“I will move forward now,” he said. “There are a lot of competitions to come this year.”

But there will surely be fears that this may have been his last appearance at the tournament he says he loves best.

Earlier there was an upset when Olympic champion Chen Long lost for the first time to his fellow Chinese player Shi Yuqi, and after his 21-10, 21-17 defeat he appeared to be suggesting that the result was to be expected.

“I am happy that whoever wins this match will go to the semi-finals for Team China,” he said.

“I often train with him and we are friends,” responded the seventh-seeded Shi.

"But every time we played before he won. I will try to do better than last year,” he added, referring to his loss to Lee Chong Wei in 2017 final.

He next has a semi-final with Son Wan Ho, the fifth-seeded Korean.

Updated Date:

also read

Asia Cup hockey 2022: Defending champions India look to continue momentum after Olympic high
Sports

Asia Cup hockey 2022: Defending champions India look to continue momentum after Olympic high

Goalkeeper Savita will lead the side in the absence of Rani Rampal, who has been rested to recover from a hamstring injury.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Athlete surveillance warnings cloud China's Games
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Athlete surveillance warnings cloud China's Games

National Olympic associations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia have advised athletes to leave their personal devices at home and use temporary burner phones if possible while in China for the Games.

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China restricts activists' social media ahead of Winter Games
Sports

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: China restricts activists' social media ahead of Winter Games

Human rights activists and some academics in China have had their WeChat messaging app accounts restricted in recent weeks.