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No clean sweep for China as Lin Dan’s injury jinx strikes again

Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan and South Korea’s Kim Ki Jun-Kim Sa Rang denied China a clean sweep of all the titles, but four-time world champion Lin Dan’s injury jinx ended his hopes of retaining the Badminton Asian Championships gold medal.

Lin Dan (left), the reigning Olympic and Asian Games gold medallist, won this title a year ago before going on to take the world crown for a fourth time, appeared to be finally over a long list of injuries which have recently blighted his career, but a recurring waist injury forced him to concede a walkover to teammate Chen Jin in the men’s singles semi-final on Saturday.

Chen Jin will face teammate Du Pengyu in Sunday’s title decider after the fifth seed upset second seed Chen Long 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in 77 minutes.

The unexpected results will give Chen Jin’s Olympic hopes a boost as his close rival, Denmark’s Peter Gade, suffered a surprise quarter-final defeat at the European Championships.

Besides the men’s singles final, there will be three other all Chinese encounters on finals day.

In the women’s singles final, world champion Wang Yihan faces fourth seed Li Xuerui, who ended the giant killing run of youngster Chen Xiao Jia.

Chen Xiao Jia, who had earlier knocked out fifth seed Saina Nehwal and second seed Wang Xin, could not find a way past Li Xuerui, who won 21-15, 22-20.

Zhao Yunlei is in contention for two titles after entering the women’s doubles and mixed doubles finals.

In the women’s doubles, she and Tian Qing will gave up and coming youngsters Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin while in the mixed doubles, she and Zhang Nan will meet Xu Chen and Ma Jin.

The unseeded partnership of Ki Jung-Sa Rang, meanwhile, caused the biggest shock of the day when they outsmarted top seeds Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong in 33 minutes to score a 21-17, 21-9 victory.

Sixth seeds Endo-Hayakawa (above), made sure one title would not be kept in China when they outplayed seven seeds Hong Wei-Shen Ye 21-12, 21-17.

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