Tine Baun, playing in her last-ever All England tournament, is through to the final at All-England for the fourth time. The 33-year-old, who retires after the tournament in Birmingham, saw off Korean fifth seed Sung Ji-hyun 24-22 19-21 21-19 in a gruelling 75-minute semi-final to keep her dream of a third women's singles title alive. Baun said: "I had a dream of being in the final, but I didn't expect it - but I am still definitely retiring."
The seventh seed, winner in 2008 and 2010, will face 18-year-old eighth seed Intanon Ratchanok in the final after the Thai youngster stunned India's second seed Saina Nehwal . Thailand's Intanon Ratchanok, who is just 18-years-old, squealed with joy as she won 21-15, 21-19. Saina again losing out to a "non-Chinese player" The world No. 3 Indian went down 15-21, 19-21 to the young and dynamic Intanon in a 40-minute match at the National Indoor Arena.
Malaysian ace player Lee Chong Wei secured his position in last four on Friday, one more step closer to his third All England Open title. His 21-17, 21-19 victory over seventh seed Tien Minh Nguyen only took him 34 minutes.
Lee grabbed the lead from the first shot, maneuvering the shuttle to different corners and earning points with forceful smashes and kills at the net.Although he made a few mistakes which allowed his rival to save four match points, he managed to finish the match with a jump smash.
However, he was dissatisfied with his own performance. "I still couldn't fully control the tempo," Lee said. "I made some simple mistakes, but I must forget about it and move on."
Currently his biggest opponent could be Chinese shuttler Chen Long, who edged out Indian Kashyap Parupalli 21-16 and 21-10.Chen dominated the court, making agile defenses and serving well-masked drops throughout the game.
"I think I played well in the match," he said. "The second set was better and easier."
The women's singles action for Chinese saw third seeded Wang Shixian ousted by Indian Saina Nehwal 23-21, 21-19, 21-16.The 23-year-old Wang, All England champion in 2011, seemed to have lost patience at the crucial third set. With the last shot hurried into the net, she had to stop in the quarter-finals.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable 21-16, 21-11 victory over Belaetrix Manuputito of Indonesia reach the quarterfinals of the Yonex All England Open badminton championships here at wembley on thursday.However the earlier round saw Saina Struggling to win against the Thailand Girl Sapsiree Taerattanachai with a score line of 21-8 ,18-21,21-16.
Saina will now face former world No.1 Shixian Wang from China in the quarterfinal Match. Saina has a 3-1 head-to-head record against the Chinese so far.
While Indian Players P. Kashyap, P.V. Sindhu and Sourabh Verma advanced to the pre-quarter in the Singles event earlier on Wednesday , in the Mixed Doubles Diju and Jwala got the better of Peter Kaesbauer and Isable Herttrich from Germany 21-9,21-17.
The Indian players could not continue the winning streak on thursday except Kashyap , who beat 7th seeded Kenichi Tago 21-18,21-12 and will face Long Chen from China in the quarter finals .
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