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Lin Dan-Chong Wei on course for repeat final

China’s Lin Dan won the battle of wills against Taufik Hidayat while his arch rival Lee Chong Wei cruised into the Yonex All England semi-finals after beating another Indonesian on Friday.

Lin Dan and Taufik (left), present and past Asian, world and Olympic champions were engaged in a tight first game which the Chinese superstar won 21-18. The effort took a lot out of Taufik, who then fell tamely 21-8 in the second as his search for the elusive All England title continues.

“The first game was a good one and interesting (to watch). In the second, I was down, but it is OK. I’m happy today maybe the next time I know how to beat him,” said Taufik who will now prepare for next week’s Swiss Open.

Lin Dan said: “Of course I’m pleased with performance against Taufik as he is a good player. It will be a big loss when he retires.”

In the top half of the draw for the final OSIM BWF World Superseries Premier tournament in the Olympic qualifying period, world No. 1 Chong Wei hardly broke sweat as he crushed Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21-9, 21-11

Liew Daren's challenge came to an end when South Korea' s Lee Hyun Il beat him 21-13, 21-13, thus, preventing an all-Malaysian semi-finals. 

In the other semi-final, Lin Dan, whom Chong Wei beat in last year's final to win the prestigious crown for a second time, will face Kenichi Tago of Japan, the player Chong Wei beat in the 2010 final. 

Tago stunned Chen Long 22-24, 21-12, 21-14, but will face a much harder contest against Lin Dan.

In the men’s doubles competition, the top three seeds marched into the semi-finals and were joined by eighth seeded Japanese duo Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata, who ousted Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu 21-15, 17-21, 21-12.

They will now play top seeds Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng, who crushed Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Bona Septano 21-19, 21-8 in 31 minutes.

Second seed Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae and defending champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (above), will meet in the second semi-final.

South Koreans Jae Sung-Yong Dae booked their ticket to the final four when they got revenge for their loss in Sunday’s German Open final by beating China’s Hong Wei-Shen Ye 21-15, 21-15.

The third seeded Danes were given a slight scare before overcoming fifth seeds Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong 21-12, 21-19.

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