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Shon’s run ends

Birmingham, Aug. 2 (Reuters): South Korean Shon Seung-mo, the man who beat top seed and world No. 1 Chen Hong in an epic quarter-final at the world badminton championships, bowed out tamely in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Looking jaded, Shon lost 4-15, 5-15 to ninth seed Wong Choong Hann of Malaysia.

In Friday’s encounter with Chen, the top-rated Chinese, Shon, seeded 13, had saved a match point in the second set before battling through to a three-set triumph in an 85-minute 5-15, 17-14, 15-9 roller-coaster. A little over 12 hours later the Korean was back at the National Indoor Arena but there was to be no repeat, Wong sweeping into Sunday’s final in 47 minutes.

He now meets fifth seed Xia Xuanze who disposed of unseeded Chinese compatriot Bao Chunlai 15-11, 15-7 in a well-fought 45-minute clash.

Wong, last year’s China Open winner, is the first Malaysian to reach a men's singles final at a world championships.

In the women’s singles, defending champion Gong Ruina beat fellow Chinese Zhou Mi 11-2, 11-4 and will meet compatriot Zhang Ning who beat Holland’s Mia Audina Tjiptawan 11-7, 11-0 .

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