No way through Chinese Wall for Danes Christensen, Baun

IT was a double blow for Denmark as Peter-Gade Christensen and Tine Baun when both failed to stop the march of Chinese players in the World Championships yesterday.

Christensen, chasing his first world title, found Chen Jin too hot to handle and went down 21-19, 8-21, 11-21 in the semi-finals.

The Dane got off to a great start, showing his impeccable slicing smashes to keep Chen Jin at bay but when the Chinese upped the tempo, Christensen simply ran out of steam.

“I know Chen Jin very well. He is a strong player physically and always keep the speed at the highest level,” he said.

“I knew I would have had a chance if I continued with what I did in the first game.

“But he was stronger in the next two games and there was nothing I could do,” said a dejected Christensen.

Cheng Jin will play Taufik Hidayat in the final today after the Indonesian tamed South Korean Park Sung-hwan 21-10, 22-20 in the other semi-final yesterday.

In the women’s singles, great European hope Baun was reduced to tears after losing 11-21, 8-21 to Wang Lin of China in 31 minutes yesterday.

With the defeat, she failed to prevent an all China affair in the women’s singles final.

Wang Lin will take on the winner of the match between two other Wangs – Xin and Zhixian.

Baun said that an elbow injury prevented her from giving her best.

“I was in a lot of pain due to an elbow injury. There was mistimings and misjudgements in my strokes. I was not at my best,” said Baun, with tears streaming down her cheeks.

Wang, who was dropped from the Uber Cup squad despite being the third ranked player at that time, was happy that she assured a title for China.

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