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Lin advances but Danish seeds out

OLYMPIC and three-time world champion Lin Dan sailed into the quarterfinals of the China Masters super series in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, yesterday while Danish seeds Tine Rasmussen and Joachim Persson were stunned by Chinese youngsters.

Lin beat Hsien Yu Hsin of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-19 on his way to meet world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia who battered Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-15, 21-8 in just 26 minutes.

Lee, Beijing Olympics' runner-up, said he hoped to face Lin.

"I was doing well today and I wished I could carry on the form to go further in the top half," said the 27-year-old. "Hopefully I can play Lin Dan in the semifinals because he is my biggest rival."

Rasmussen, yet to find her best form after coming back from a five-month injury layoff, was the biggest upset of the tournament when the third seed surrendered to Chinese qualifier Wang Xin 21-17, 16-21, 14-21 in the second round.

She was made to sweat in the opening round, scraping through another Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuchun 12-21, 21-15, 21-13.

"It did not come as a surprise to me because I am not at my best after being out with injury for five months," said the 29-year-old who only returned to action in August.

In a later match, her compatriot Persson, seeded fifth, waved goodbye to the Olympic Center Stadium after losing a hard-fought match 22-20, 14-21, 20-22 to China's Du Pengyu, 21 in the men's singles.

In the mixed doubles, China captured seven of the eight spots in the third round.

As South Korea's top seed and Beijing Olympic Games winners Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung pulled out of the event due to Lee's injury, Ko Sung-hyun/Ha Jung-eun became the only non-Chinese pair in the third round after overcoming fellow South Korean Shin Baek-cheol/Jang Ye-na 21-23, 21-11, 21-16.

They next meet Beijing bronze medalists He Hanbin/Yu Yang of China.

In the women's singles, world No. 1 Zhou Mi from Hong Kong, China, raced to win the second round 21-7, 21-17 over Japanese Shizuka Uchida, but Hong Kong's Wang Chen retired with a knee injury, sending 19-year-old Malaysian Golden Grand Prix winner Wang Shixian into the third round.


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