BIRMINGHAM: China's top seed Lin Dan beat Denmark's Kenneth Jonassen 15-10, 15-3 to reach the semifinals of the All England Open men's singles badminton championships on Friday.

In the semifinals, the 22-year-old shuttler will play Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei who saved five consecutive match points to beat China's veteran Chen Hong 9-15, 17-14, 15-2.

The other semifinal will be held between Peter Gade of Denmark and South Korea's Lee Hyun-II.

China's top two women players Zhang Ning and Xie Xingfang also entered the last four. Zhang beat Eriko Hirose of Japan 11-8, 11-6 while Xie eased past Germany's XuHuaiwen 11-2, 11-5.

In the semifinals, Zhang will meet Pi Hongyan of France and Xiei takes on Dutch player Mia Audina Tjiptawan.

The results: (quarterfinals):

Men: singles: 1-Lin Dan (Chn) bt 6-Kenneth Jonassen (Den) 15-10, 15-3; 4-Peter Gade (Den) bt Chen Jin (Chn) 15-6, 15-13; Lee Hyun-il (Kor) bt 15-Shoji Sato (Jpn) 15-7, 15-11; 3-Lee Chong Wei (Mas) bt 7-Chen Hong (Chn) 9-15, 17-14, 15-2.

Doubles: Choong Tan Fook & Lee Wan Wah (Mas) bt Jung Jae-sung & Lee Yong-dae (Kor) 15-6, 15-4; Lin Woon Fui & Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari (Mas) bt Thomas Laybourn & Lars Paaske (Den) 13-15, 15-12, 15-7; Jens Eriksen & Martin Lundgaard (Den) bt Guo Zhendong & Xie Zhongbo (Chn) 15-12, 15-8; Mohd. Zakry Abdul Latif & Gan Teik Chai (Mas) bt Luluk Hadiyanto & Alvent Yulianto (Indo) 15-13, 15-17, 15-3.

Women: 1-Zhang Ning (Chn) bt Eriko Hirose (Jpn) 11-8, 11-6; 4-Pi Hongyan (Fra) bt Cheng Shao-Chien (Taipei) 11-1, 11-1; 7-Mia Audina Tjiptawan (Ned) bt 3-Wang Chen (HKG) 9-11, 11-7, 11-7; 2-Xie Xingfang (Chn) bt 5-Xu Huaiwen (Ger) 11-2, 11-5.

Doubles: Gao Ling & Huang Sui (Chn) bt Kumiko Ogura & Reiko Shiota (Jpn) 15-8, 15-6; Yang Wei & Zhang Jiewen (Chn) bt Cheng Wen-Hsing & Chien Yu-Chin (Taiwan) 15-5, 15-3; Lee Hyo-jung & Lee Kyung-won (Kor) bt Aki Akao & Tomomi Matsuda (Jpn) 15-8, 15-9; Wei Yili & Zhang Yawen (Chn) bt Gail Emms & Donna Kellogg (Eng) 15-9, 15-1.

Mixed doubles: Lee Jae-jin & Lee Hyo-jung (Korea) bt Jens Eriksen & Mette Schjoldager (Den) 15-12, 15-5; Zhang Jun & Gao Ling (Chn) bt Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thungthongkam (Thai) 15-7, 15-4; Nathan Robertson & Gail Emms (Eng) bt Xie Zhonbo & Zhang Yawen (Chn) 15-5, 8-15, 15-13; Nova Widianto & Lilyana Natsir (Indo) bt Thomas Laybourn & Kamilla Juhl (Den) 13-15, 15-9, 15-11. - AP

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