New Delhi: Twenty-six-year old Jan O Jorgensen has won several top tournaments in his career including French Open, Denmark Open and Copenhagen Masters. Having beaten players like Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, the Danish national champion is considered one of the most accomplished players in the circuit.
Despite achieving a lot in his career, Jorgensen has one weakness — he could never get the better of China’s Chen Long, currently ranked second in the world. On Saturday, in the India Open men’s singles semi-finals, Jorgensen came agonizingly close to realize his dream but the Chinese once again had the last laugh.
The men’s singles final on Sunday at the Siri Fort Complex is going to be yet another mouth-watering contest. Pitted against Long would be world No. 1 and defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who got the better of China’s Du Pengyu in an extended battle, 21-17, 19-21, 21-14, in the second semi-final that lasted 72 minutes.
In what was arguably the best match of the $250,000 tournament so far, Long managed to get past a fighting Jorgensen 21-15, 21-23, 21-19 in one hour 19 minutes. It was a thrilling encounter that kept the spectators on their toes and ended when the Danish player gave away a couple of easy points to lose against Long for the sixth consecutive time. The two players embraced each other warmly after the match but the note of disappointment was writ large on Jorgensen’s face.
“I let it go,” the Danish star said after the match. “I was full of errors in the first game and in the decider, I faulted at 18-all,” he pointed out.
Long said he was determined not to allow the Danish to beat him for the first time in his career. “This was my first visit to India. I just wanted to play my best game and show my tactics to the audience here. I have played Jorgensen many times… We are of almost same age and play at the same level. I expected it to be a tough match,” he said.
The final between Lee Chong and Long could be a classic battle as the two have fought evenly in the circuit in the last few years. The two have met 16 times with each winning on eight occasions. In their last meeting in All-England last month, the Malaysian won in straight games. Before this Long won four times in a row against the world’s top ranked player.
The women’s final will be between Li Xuerui and Wang Shixian. In the all-Chinese semi-final, Li beat Liu Xin 21-12, 21-13 and Wang defeated Wang Yihan 15-21, 21-7, 22-20.