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Chen beats Lin to notch historic win

By Xinhua In London (China Daily) Updated: 2015-03-09 07:56

Legend falls in straight sets to compatriot at prestigious event

World No 1 Chen Long of China beat two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan for the first time in their seven meetings to reach the final at the All England badminton championships on Saturday.

Chen, the All England winner in 2013, claimed a surprise straight-sets win 21-13, 21-12 in just 45 minutes. He was set to fight for the title against Denmark's Jan O. Jorgensen, who defeated Sho Sasaki of Japan 21-11, 21-12 in the other semifinal.

"I didn't put too much pressure on myself," Chen said. "I just told myself to play my best and the result also shows that if I play my best I can beat anybody in the world."

The 31-year-old Lin, bidding for his sixth All England championship, said that considering his age, he can expect tougher matches ahead with more and more young talents rising.

"But I will work harder to beat them. Since I have decided to stay on the tour, I will try my best."

Lin said he was satisfied with his performance at this year's tournament.

"To enter the semifinals is not a bad result. My goal this year is to make the Sudirman Cup mixed team event in May and the world championships in August," he said.

Jorgensen became the first European to reach the men's final since Peter Gade in 2004. He is yet to drop a game en route to the final.

In the women's singles final, Sun Yu, China's only survivor in the semifinals, lost to third-seeded Saina Nehwal of India 21-13, 21-13 in 51 minutes.

Nehwal will play Spain's world champion Carolina Marin, who won 21-18, 21-11 over Chinese Taipei's rising star Tai Tzu Ying.

"It is a big event and everyone dreams of winning," Nehwal said. "This is a big hurdle and everyone (in India) expects a lot of me."

In the mixed doubles' final, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia, who took out Chris and Gabby Adcock in the last eight, will attempt to win their fourth successive All England title against the Chinese duo of Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

China has secured the women's doubles title with fifth seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang taking on teammates Bao Yixin and Tang Yuanting in the final.

The men's doubles final will be held between Chinese pair Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan and Denmark's second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

Chen beats Lin to notch historic win

 Chen beats Lin to notch historic win

Chen Long on his way to a 21-13, 21-12 victory over Lin Dan in the semifinals of the All England tournament on Saturday. Rui Vieira / Associated Press

(China Daily 03/09/2015 page21)

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