There were two shock results in the Denmark Open semi-finals on Saturday, as the top seeds in the men’s and women’s draws were both eliminated.
World No 2 Son Wan Ho suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of South Korean countryman Lee Hyun-il.
Son had won the last four encounters between the two players but on this time the outcome was different.
The match lasted more than an hour and a half, with the lead changing hands on several occasions throughout all three games, but in the end it was Lee who emerged a 25-23 18-21 21-17.
Standing between Lee and the title, however, is India’s Srikanth Kidambi, who dispatched Vincent Wong Wing Ki 21-18, 21-17.
In the women’s draw, Thai shuttler Ratchanok Intanon secured a big win over top seed and World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying.
The 22-year-old World No 9 produced a heroic performance to secure a 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 win over Tai, who had been the red hot favourite for the title.
Awaiting her in the final is another top-ranked player in Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who also need three games to defeat China’s Chen Yufei 10-21, 21-18, 21-19 in another thriller.