Dan too strong for Jorgensen

The battle between third seed Jan O Jorgensen and fifth seed Lin Dan in the quarter-finals of the All England Open on Friday went the way of the Chinese shuttler.

Dan, a winner last week in Germany, is carrying on his good form in Birmingham this week, and despite getting off to a slow start, he soon gained the upper hand over his Danish opponent.

Jorgensen was quickest out of the blocks and looked dominant in the first game, but Dan came storming back in games two and three to complete a 10-21, 21-9, 21-15 victory in 67 minutes.

Dan moves on to face countryman Xue Song in the semi-finals, the man who ousted top seed Chen Long in the second round.

Xue maintained his strong form by beating Viktor Axelsen 21-19, 22-24, 21-12 in another tightly contested encounter lasting 73 minutes.

In the women’s draw, second seed Saina Nehwal came unstuck against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Tapei, going down surprisingly easily, 21-15, 21-16.

Ying moves on to meet seventh seed Wang Shixian of China, after she beat her higher-ranked countrywoman Li Xuerui 16-21, 21-18, 21-17.

Elsewhere, women’s top seed Carolina Marin avoided an upset to book her place in the semi-finals, defeating Thai sixth seed 21-17, 21-19.