Malaysia edges out Denmark while China powers into Thomas Cup semis (2)

10:57, May 13, 2010      

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The Chinese shuttlers who defeated South Korea in the group decider 4-1 on Tuesday, locked the victory 3-0, leaving no chance for their opponents to send the second doubles or third singles, which might be both troublesome.

The Olympic and world champion Lin Dan strived for the vital points in both sets to win over Park Sung Hwan, once called "Lin Dan finisher", 21-16, 21-15, compared with a close win Tuesday 21-18, 25-23.

"I am more relaxed today after the tough match yesterday," said Lin. "Both of us played very well today. However, when we are both in good form, it is me that did better."

Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng, the 2006 world champion doubles, again gave China a 2-0 lead when they outdid South Korea's top doubles player Jung Jae Sung and his new partner Shin Baek Cheol in 29 minutes 21-11, 21-16 before Chen Jin, third ranked single in the world, sealed the victory for China by beating South Korea's youngster Shon Wan Ho again 21-15, 21-12.

In the other half zone, Indonesia, the 13-time champion of the men's team tournament, also repeated their win against India in the group stage 3-0, setting up another semifinal with Japan on Friday, who outplayed Germany 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

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