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Rivals feel for Lin Dan

“He’s only human.”

Jan O Jorgensen (Mas 2nd)Those were the word uttered by both Lee Chong Wei and Jan O Jorgensen (left), following Lin Dan’s shock defeat in the second round of the Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton on Thursday.

Super Dan, who is the only player to complete the Super Grand Slam of all the major titles in the sport, was beaten in three games by Jorgensen, who notched his first ever victory over the world, Olympic and Asian Games gold medallist.

A week after coming close to upsetting Lin Dan in South Korea, Jorgensen finally got the better of Lin Dan to win 14-21, 21-15, 21-15 in the second OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament of the year.

“This is without doubt the biggest win of my career. I consider Lin Dan the best player ever and to have beaten him is wonderful,” said a delighted Jorgensen.

“To be fair, Lin Dan was not at his best. He has had a long season and was a little jaded.

Lin Dan (NR Mas 2nd)“I will face Chen Jin tomorrow and as usual will try my best. I didn’t look too far into the draw so will go out and enjoy myself.

“I missed a few tournaments with an injury last year and perhaps was a little fresher. Lin Dan has been playing in a lot of tournaments and was had some great results towards the end of the season and is now looking a little jaded.”

Chong Wei (below), agreed with Jorgensen’s assessment regarding Lin Dan, saying: “We are only human. I suffered towards the end of last year and now, perhaps Lin Dan’s conditioning is not as great, which explains his loss.

“He is still a dangerous player and I’m sure he will come back stronger and better.

“I’m disappointed he has lost, but that doesn’t mean it will be easier for me to win the title. I still have to play Taufik (Hidayat) in the quarter-finals. Let me get through that match first. I don’t want to think of the record just yet.”

Lee Cong Wei (NR Mas 2nd)Chong Wei was referring to his quest to win an eighth men’s singles title, a feat which will put him level with Wong Peng Soon for most wins in this tournament.

The Malaysian reached the quarter-finals when he easily defeated Japan’s Kazushi Yamada 21-8, 21-18, but admitted he was not too happy with his performance.

“I lost a bit of focus in the second game. It will be dangerous if I do the same against Taufik.”

Former world and Olympic champion Taufik, who lost to Chong Wei in last year’s final, has since dropped out of the top 10, is still a dangerous player despite his lowly ranking.

This was evident in his match against eighth seed Nguyen Tien Minh. The 2004 Olympic champion was in his element as he crushed the Vietnamese 21-11, 21-14 to stay on course to win the Malaysia Open for the second time, 12 years after his first victory.

Peter Gade (NR Mas 2nd)Meanwhile, Denmark’s Peter Gade (right), the fourth seed and two-time winner of the tournament crashed out to unseeded Japanese star Kenichi Tago, losing 19-21, 21-11, 21-16.

“I tried my best and wanted to go as far as I could in my final Malaysia Open but it was not to be,” said a disappointed Gade, who remains one of the most popular players in Malaysia.

“I have many happy memories here and the fans are always good to me. I knew what to expect from Tago, but sadly, it was not to be today.

“I’m looking forward to a long break after this as I really need to recharge my batteries before the All England and the Olympics.”

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