Sunday 27 August 2017
Lin Dan moved one step closer to a sixth world title after a dominant display in the TOTAL BWF World Championship semi-finals.
The two-time Olympic champion defeated Korean top seed Son Wan Ho 21-17 21-14 to set up a date with destiny against Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in tomorrow’s final.
Lin, who will turn 34 this year, was quick to point out his age is of no concern when it comes to world-title winning finals.
“I’m very happy to have made it to the final of the World Championships,” he said.
“I didn’t think that much about it before I came here, I just hoped I could play my best this week.
“I’ve played very well this week, I’m very young and still competitive - I think I’ll do my best.”
The second women’s singles semi-final was just as straightforward, with P.V. Sindhu easing past China’s Chen Yufei 21-13 21-10.
The Indian already has two world bronzes to her name and was ecstatic to have secured her best world finish ever, but insisted she still has her sights set on gold.
“I’m very happy, this match was very important for me because I already have two bronze medals and I really wanted to change the colour,” she explained.
“I felt really happy with my game, now to go on and get a gold is something I really hope for, I’ll get ready and recover soon so I can give my best in the final.”
China’s Chen Qingchen won her second match of the day, this time with mixed doubles partner Zheng Siwei as the pair beat Chris and Gabby Adcock 21-15 23-21.
The victory means Chen will play two finals tomorrow, and the Asian couldn't be happier to have doubled her chance of gold.
"I am trying to get one [gold] medal, but it will be very tough,” she said.
“It may be even harder than today, because I have used a lot of energy.
“Our mixed doubles opponents, Tontowi Ahmad and Lilliyana Natsir, are experienced and four months ago we lost to them in Indonesia, so we will prepare and try to make less mistakes this time.”
China was also victorious in the second men’s doubles semi-final, where Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan downed compatriots Chai Biao and Hong Wei 21-17 21-19.
And it was Japan who triumphed in the women’s doubles, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota progressingto the final after they beat Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen 21-17 19-21 21-14.
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History was made on finals day at the TOTAL BWF World Championships as Viktor Axelsen became the first European player to win men’s singles gold in 20 years.