GLASGOW • Chen Yufei announced herself as a new star yesterday when she knocked out Thailand's eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon 14-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the quarter-finals of the badminton World Championships.
The Chinese ninth seed had on Thursday upset Japan's top seed Akane Yamaguchi 21-18, 21-19 in the third round of the women's singles.
The 19-year-old reigning world junior champion will next take on Indian fourth seed P.V. Sindhu, who beat Chinese fifth seed Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 .
In the men's singles, five-time winner Lin Dan beat Vincent Wong in straight sets to reach the semi-finals.
The 33-year-old Lin, nicknamed "Super Dan" by his fans, defeated the 12th-seeded Wong from Hong Kong 21-17, 21-18 at the Emirates Arena.
"I really enjoyed today's match," said Lin, who was taken to three games in his two previous matches. "I am very happy that I managed to minimise my opponent's performance today. I expect to perform fully to my 100 per cent tomorrow."
Lin, also the Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, will fight for a final berth against top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea, who beat India's Srikanth Kidambi 21-14, 21-18 earlier.
"I am really happy with my performance because this is my first semi-final," said Son, who is guaranteed his first world medal. "Srikanth was coming back in the second set and won seven points in a row, and I was getting very nervous. If I had lost the second one, who knows what might have happened?"
Denmark's third seed Viktor Axelsen also made it to the semi-finals when he beat Taiwan's sixth seed Chou Tien-chen 21-18, 20-22, 21-16.
Chinese fifth seed Chen Long was set to play compatriot Tian Houwei in the final quarter-final late yesterday.
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