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Gade, Lin set up classic quarters, Taufik ousts Yu

DENMARK'S Peter Gade and China's Lin Dan will meet in the quarterfinals of the world championships in Hyderabad, India, after both won their third-round matches yesterday.

Gade, seeded third, had a 21-11, 21-12 win over Yan Kit Chan of China's Hong Kong to continue his record of not having dropped a game in this year's tournament.

Fifth-seeded Lin, winner of Olympic gold in Beijing last year and aiming for a third straight world championships crown, beat Dicky Palyama 21-11, 21-11 to end the run of the Dutchman who caused a first-round upset by beating China's Bao Chunlai.

Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat also made it to the last eight. The No. 4-seed and 2004 Olympic champion had a 21-15, 21-19 win over Yu Hsing Hsieh from China's Hong Kong.

In the women's singles, Chinese Hong Kong's top seed Zhou Mi reached the quarterfinals with a 21-11, 21-18 victory over Japan's Ai Goto. Zhou will next meet 2008 Beijing Olympic runner-up Xie Xingfang, who also progressed.

Second-seeded Wang Lin, also of China, remained on course for a final against Zhou by defeating South Korea's Hwang Hye-youn 21-10, 23-21.

The fancied Chinese did not have it all their own way yesterday, with fourth-seeded Wang Yihan upset by Germany's Juliane Schenk, who secured a surprise quarterfinal berth with a 21-18, 21-15 win.

Malaysian upset

The main shock came in the mixed doubles, where the top-seeded Malaysian pair Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty were beaten 19-21, 21-19, 12-21 by Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna.

On Wednesday, Jan Jorgensen of Denmark upset eighth-seeded Park Sung Hwan of South Korea 21-16, 17-21, 21-15 in the second round.

Jorgensen had a walkover in the first round thanks to the withdrawal of the England team, and pounced on Park, the former Asian champion who struggled through his opener.

Meanwhile, the Badminton World Federation announced yesterday that an Austrian male doubles pair had pulled out due to security concerns. England withdrew its eight-member squad on the eve of the tournament on Sunday.

Peter Zauner and Juergen Koch allowed a walkover in the men's doubles to sixth seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark on Wednesday.

"The two players left Hyderabad stating that they did not feel secure and that the upcoming Independence Day, together with the English team leaving, intensified their bad feeling," the federation said in a statement.

An Austrian player and coach had remained at the tournament, it said.

"The Austrian players state that they have taken advice from their embassy and the ministry of foreign affairs."

The federation however said it was unaware of the Austrian embassy issuing any security alert after the first week of July.

India is on a high security alert ahead of its Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.


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