Lin Dan

Speedy ‘Super Dan’ too powerful for Hong Kong’s Vincent Wong at Glasgow Worlds

The five-time world champion’s quickness and court prowess prove too much for Hong Kong hope in the quarter-finals, but there's more good news for city’s mixed doubles team

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 9:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 September, 2017, 3:37pm

Vincent Wong Wing-ki’s world badminton championships dreams were shattered in less than one hour as “Super Dan” turned on the power on Friday night in Glasgow.

Wong was hoping to reach the semi-finals of men’s singles after doing Hong Kong proud in the previous round in his upset victory of China’s world No 2 Shi Yuqi on Thursday.

But there was no victory lap or celebration jig this time from the 27-year-old Hong Kong-born player, who was swept aside by Lin Dan, the Chinese two-time Olympic and five-time world champion 21-17, 21-18 in 59 minutes.

However, there was a bright spot for Hong Kong after Reginald Lee Chun-hei and Chau Hoi-wah were guaranteed a medal at the Worlds after the pair won through to the semi-finals of mixed doubles. The Hong Kong duo continued their giant-killing run by defeating China’s No 2 seeds, Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, 21-13, 17-21, 21-15.

Hong Kong coach Tim He Yiming was disappointed 12th seed Wong was unable to match Lin Dan’s speed and court prowess at the Emirates Arena.

“To beat Lin Dan, you have to be speedy and if you don’t have his speed, then you can’t win because Lin Dan has vast experience in major competitions. Vincent couldn’t match his speed,” said He.

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“Usually the younger players take a game off him at first because they play fast, but they can’t sustain it and Lin Dan then takes over. Lin Dan played really well today. He was fast and proved too strong in the end.”

However, coach He was well pleased that Hong Kong will end their Worlds campaign with at least a bronze medal after Lee and Chau registered a morale-boosting 73 minute-victory in their quarter-final match.

That meant Hong Kong are guaranteed their first medal at the Worlds in 10 years since Wang Chen clinched silver in women’s singles in 2007. Wang lost to China’s Zhu Lin in the final played in Kuala Lumpur.

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“Lee and Chau had never beaten the Chinese number two seeds in five previous meetings before, but they worked really hard, studying all their videos and trying to find their weaknesses. Their hard work has paid off.”

Lee and Chau will go on to meet Indonesia’s No 3 seeds, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.

Another Hong Kong mixed doubles pair, Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet, were in action late last night, trying to book a semi-final berth. They played England’s Chris and Gabrielle Adcock.

Wong earned the moniker “marathon man” after upsetting Shi Yuqi in 74 minutes in his last-16 match. Wong’s previous victory over Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama on Tuesday was completed in 84 minutes.