Bao Defeats Reigning Champ Lin Dan

Peter Gade’s dream for a second All England title is still alive as the big threat in the bottom half crashes out. It has been a poor day for Chinese badminton as Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Cai and Fu have all crashed out today. Play was still going on well after 11pm tonight with so many three-game matches going down to the wire.

Mens Singles:

Peter Gade’s quest is still on, after coming through a 81-minute classic with Taufik Hidayat with the Dane coming through 20-22, 22-20, 22-20. Gade plays Lee Chong Wei after coming back from a game down against Shon Wan Ho of Korea to win the match 14-21, 21-14, 21-14.

The big news of the day is the shock defeat of Lin Dan to fellow countryman Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed coming through 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 to set up a semi final clash with unseeded Japanese player Kenichi Tago. Tago defeated the 3rd seed, Chen Jin in the quarterfinals 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 to book his place in his first All England semi final.


Women’s Singles:

Tine Rasmussen showed flashes of her brilliance in her three-game victory over 6th seed and current world champion Lu Lan, winning the match 16-21, 23-21, 21-11 and had to save 3 match points at 17-20 down in the second game. Rasmussen will play the 7th seed Saina Nehwal in the semi finals after the Indian defeated Juliane Schenk 21-8, 21-14 in their quarterfinal match.

The second semi final is an all-Chinese affair with top seed and defending champion Wang Yihan playing Wang Xin. The top seed defeated 8th seed Zhou Mi 21-9, 11-21, 21-17 to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. Wang Xin defeated 3rd seed and fellow Chinese player Jiang Yanjiao 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semi final against top seed Wang Yihan.


Mens Doubles:

Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the All England semi final after another fabulous victory over Gan and Tan of Malaysia, the Danish pair winning 21-18, 22-20. They will play the 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan after they defeated 8th seed Lee and Choong in their quarterfinal 21-17, 21-11 to book their place against the Danes in the semi final.

There was more Danish success with Boe and Mogensen defeating last years champions Cai and Fu in the quarterfinal, winning 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in a 68-minute thriller. The second seeds Lee and Jung suffered a surprise defeat against 7th seeded Xu and Guo, the Chinese pair winning 21-18, 21-10 to book their place against the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen.


Women’s Doubles:

The top seeded Du and Yu are through to the semi final without looking like dropping a game all week, they defeated the 6th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan 21-11, 21-9 to book their place against Pan and Tian in an all-Chinese semi final. The unseeded Chinese duo defeated Polii and Jauhari of Indonesia 25-23, 17-21, 21-17 to book their place against the top seeds. The other semi final is another all-Chinese encounter, with the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao defeating Lee and Ha of Korea 21-11, 21-19 to progress into the last 4. They will play Ma and Wang, the 2nd seeds in the semi final after they defeated Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei 21-12, 21-15.

Mixed Doubles:

Qualifiers Zhang and Zhao of China continue their improbable run with another win over a seeded couple, today defeating the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia 21-16, 21-18. The will play another Chinese pair in the semi final, the 4th seeded He and Yu after their 13-21, 21-18, 21-18 win over Tao and Zhang, the 6th seeds from China.

The English interest in the competition ended today with both pairs losing out to their seeded opponents, Clark and Olver losing out 21-19, 21-17 to Lee and Lee of Korea, the 3rd seeds whilst Robertson and Wallwork lost out to the 2nd seeds Widianto and Natsir 21-18, 21-19. The two seeded couples will meet in the semi finals for a place in Sunday’s final.


Day 3 Results

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11 Responses to Yonex All England Championships 2010: Lin Dan Falls to Bao

  1. peterandersson says:

    I think Bao Chunlai is the one to beat this year, seems to be at a peak.
    Thriling with the young japanese player, Kenichi Tago. He might be able to create more upsets.

  2. Simon says:

    So it seems as if Lin Dan’s break from playing international tournaments was just a little bit too long this time.

  3. Mel Wyatt says:

    Watched Bao Chunlai demolish Marc Zweibler in the first round, and he looked phenominal: he looked as though he was toying with Zweibler and pulled off showboat shots at will, but I honestly thought he would fold against Lin Dan.
    Seems this year might be pivotal – not only are some players losing their ‘invincible’ aura, but more and more European players are producing upsets and proving they can compete with the best of the Asians.
    With lots of younger players starting to come through and produce upsets, the next couple of years could be interesting!

  4. Prateek Kumar says:

    I was sitting in the second row watching that match and i’ve got to say (honestly, with no intentions of starting a flame war) that I think there was something fishy going on in that quarter final. Lin Dan would never lose to Bao in a million years. Those two players are a whole class apart. I don’t know why Lin Dan decided to lose, but he was clearly playing at ‘happy pace’. He barely even hit a smash in the whole game and he didn’t even seem to care when he lost. When Dan loses, it usually involves some sort of hissy fit/racquet throwing.

    It really annoys me that one of, if not the greatest singles player of all time is throwing matches. He’s done it several times (chen jin two years ago, chen hong before that, both in the all england). Many people are beginning to lose respect for him and even worse, its reflecting badly on the sport. I’m not just having a go at Lin Dan because other chinese players are also doing such things (chen jin 2008 olympics semi and 2009 all england semi to state a few such incidences).

    I’m glad that a genuine player like Lee Chong Wei could finally win this tournament. He represents the sport as a genuine athlete.

  5. Emmet Gibney says:

    I agree that the Chinese players have likely done this stuff in the past, and that their view is that what’s best for the team is what’s most important. However, I’m curious as to why Lin Dan would lose to Bao? China wants to have the best player forward, why remove the best player ever?

  6. Eddie Smith says:

    Lin Dan wasn’t exactly playing incredible in the opening two matches, I can’t recall the results but maybe he wasn’t playing at a level to beat LCW and China decided to put another player through so they wouldn’t have to see Lin Dan lose in the final?

    Maybe Lin Dan just isn’t motivated any more by just a Super Series event, even the All Englands. He’s still in the Swiss Super Series draw but that could change.

  7. Emmet Gibney says:

    It would have been a record breaking win for Lin Dan if he had taken the title though. I suppose once you’ve won everything so many times its hard to motivate yourself, not to mention the money is probably flowing fairly freely for him now. Just wait, he’ll release a pop album shortly ;)

  8. Mel Wyatt says:

    Sat behind Lin Dan in his first game and he seemed to be really struggling to get ‘interested’ in playing badminton. Maybe the appetite has gone???
    Predict a movie, fragrances (‘Dan Xingfang’)and a clothing range to go with the album :-p

  9. Prateek Kumar says:

    he already has a clothing range… It’s called the Lin Dan Rebel Collection.

  10. ti_DAN says:

    Lin Dan is still the best player badminton than
    Bao Chun Lai…:D

  11. Arthur says:

    Maybe Lin Dan needs to pull a Michael Jordan and play another sport for a year for variety =p

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