China’s Lin Dan continued his dominating run as he reached into Men’s Singles semi-final after beating Denmark’s Hans Kristian Vittinghus at quarter-final stage of German Open GP Gold 2012 on Friday, March 2, in Germany.
Lin, who is currently World Number Two and the top seed in Men’s Singles draw of German Open, overpowered his in-form Danish rival and emerged as the winner of the two-set fight.
The top seed Chinese shuttler had to work hard for 54 minutes to chuck out Vittinghus in straight games with a tight margin.
On the other hand, the lower ranked Danish showed his brilliance as he remained close to Lin in both games but remained unlucky to continue his positive run in the ending points and crashed out from the event.
Vittinghus put up superb show in the opening points as he matched the speed of his rival and remained close until 3-3 when Lin started to dominate the pace of rallies.
The top seed played his normal game and did not commit any mistake which helped him to take a good lead of 11-7 until the one-minute break.
After the interval, Vittinghus geared up his speed and played positive badminton. He managed to level the score at 12-12.
The score progressed closely at this stage and entered in the concluding phase. At this stage, Lin elevated his play and dominated the pace of rallies. He managed to win the first set with a remarkable margin of 21-19.
In the second game, both men entertained the local fans by playing fast and aggressive badminton and continued progressing in a thrilling fashion.
However, it was Vittinghus who took a wonderful lead of 11-8 until the break.
After the interval, the Danish could not maintain his lead as his opponent started to play attacking game. Lin played fast badminton at this stage and levelled the score at 12-12.
In the concluding phase, both shuttlers remained close on the score board until 21-21 when Lin showed his brilliance and scored the ending points to bag the set with a tight score of 23-21.
This entertaining straight-set fight ended in straight games with a 21-19 and 23-21 score on the board.
Lin will take on Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in the Men’s Singles semi-final contest of the tournament.