Tine Baun Not Ready To Bow Out Yet At Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships

BADMINTON England Press Release
Friday, March 8
 
Tine Baun Not Ready To Bow Out Yet At Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships Tine Baun kept the European flag flying by easing her way through to the semi-finals of the women’s singles at the Yonex All England Open Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
 
The two-time former champion from Denmark has a great chance of lifting the title again in her final tournament before retirement, especially as China failed to produce a semi-finalist in the women’s singles for the first time since 1995. That year Sweden’s Chinese-born  Lim Xiao Qing went on to take the title, beating Denmark’s Camilla Martin in the last all-European women’s final.
 
Baun, the No.7 seed, reached the last four with a 21-7 21-13 win over Lindaweni Fanetri and now has Korean fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun barring her path to the final.
Baun said: "I wasn't expecting such an easy game. She did well in her last game and I think she can play much better than that.
 
"I was willing to work hard for the victory and it was clear my opponent was a little nervous and not that confident, I had a good beginning and I took an attacking game from there and I played really well.
 
"The support for me is fantastic and I enjoy every moment of it, I feel so happy that I am ending my career in this way and here at the All England, my favourite tournament."
 
But Commonwealth champion Saina Nehwal is also through to the last four as the second seed aims to become the first Indian player to lift the women’s singles title and become only the third Indian player after Prakash Padukone  in 1980 and Pullela Gopichand in 2001 to lift an All England singles title.
 
Nehwal beat former champion and sixth seed and 2011 champion Wang Shixian of China 23-21 19-21 21-16 and now faces Thailand’s eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon, who knocked out German fourth seed Juliane Schenk 13-21 21-12 21-8.
 
Nehwal said: “I am just happy because I am playing well and there are a lot of Indian fans who are really cheering me a lot and I am really happy that I am doing well in front of them. It really motivated me to win today.
 
“She had a good game to come back in the second game and,  in the third set when I was leading 15-8, she was still able to come back strong so I really wanted to finish the match.”
 
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, strong favourite to win his third men’s singles title in what would be a fifth consecutive All England final, overcame Vietnam’s eighth seed Tien Minh Nguyen 21-17 21-19 and will meet Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the last four.
 
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