Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen injured his knee during the third round of the badminton World Championships in Copenhagen on Friday and was forced to pull out. - EPA
COPENHAGEN: Home hero Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark could not hold back his tears.
On Friday, his miserable run in the World Championships continued, when he retired after picking up a knee injury during his third round match against Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan.
He gave up after 11-21, 4-9 in just 23 minutes. The pain in his knee started when he was trailing 0-2 in the opening game. The injury could see him sidelined for at least six weeks.
It is not the first time that Jorgensen has suffered a cruel blow in the world meet. Due to a heart ailment, he had to withdraw from the 2011 edition in Wembley and last year, he crashed out in the quarter-finals in Guangzhou.
“I am very upset. I had a good draw. It was a perfect condition. Everything was perfect ... but the worst thing happened to me,” said the 25-year-old Jorgensen, who had hoped to be the third Dane to win the world title after Flemming Delfs (1977) and Peter Rasmussen (1997).
“I was 0-2 down when I felt that sharp pain. I knew it was not just a small thing. I could feel right away that this was different ... I started struggling after that.
“I was not able to take deep steps and lunges – it was really tough to know that I was not able to give a fight.
“The whole dream of winning ... the whole dream of playing ... everything just burst quite fast,” added Jorgensen, who is determined to put the painful outing behind.
Denmark’s hope now rest on 2010 world junior champion Viktor Axelsen, who will take on Tien-chen next.