Qiao Bin knocks out Dan in China

Lin Dan

Top seed Lin Dan was knocked out in the semi-finals of the China Masters by Qiao Bin on Saturday.

The All-Chinese clash saw Bin survive a second game comeback from the five-time world champion to win 21-16, 15-21, 21-14 on the courts of the Olympic Sports Centre in Jiangsu, China.

Incredibly, Dan would blow a nine point lead in the opening game, with Bin reeling off 14 consecutive points to win the game after being down 16-7.

Dan battled back in the second game to win comfortably but in the decider, Bin started off the stronger of the two shuttlers and kept a points buffer as he lead from start to finish.  

Bin next faces Tian Houwei in the final on Sunday after the second seed battled past Huang Yuxiang 21-18, 17-21, 21-6.

In the women's singles, second seed Aya Ohori of Japan eased past Gao Fangjie 21-17, 21-13 while Seana Kawakami beat Cai Yanyan 18-21, 21-11, 21-8 to set up all all-Japanese final on Sunday.

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