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Laybourn-Rytter Juhl keep Europe in the hunt

One a day China, as usual, dominated the semi-finals of the Yonex All England, Europe were left with something to smile about as Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (below), reached the mixed doubles final.

The former world champions, who were defeated by England’s Nathan Robertson-Gail Emms the last time they played in the All England final seven years ago, were in stunning form as they ousted second seeds Xu Chen-Ma Jin in straight games.

Facing the world No. 2s and defending champions without any fear, the Danes went on the attack from the get go to score a brilliant 21-16, 21-18, victory for only their first win in three meetings with the World Championships silver medallists.

“We did what we prepared in our tactics and we really made them insecure and they could not get their game together,” said Laybourn.

“We are happy and proud about our spot in the finals. We will do everything we can to win and I believe if we play like we did today and the past two weeks we can take the title.”

They will now take on Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir in the only final not involving a representative from China.

Tontowi-Liliyana captured two OSIM BWF World Superseries crowns last year in India and Singapore, but have yet to win A Superseries Premier event such as the All England.

They qualified for the final when they edged Malaysian qualifiers Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying in a titanic battle which could have gone either way. In the end, the more experienced Indonesians won 27-25, 21-16.

In the men’s doubles, defending champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen failed to make it a double celebration as the Danes were eliminated by South Korea’s Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae (left).

Jae Sung-Yong Dae, who won here in 2008, needed just 37 minutes to score a comprehensive 21-14, 21-13, victory.

They will take on world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng in Sunday’s final. The Chinese duo, who succeeded their great rivals as champions in the All England in 2009, outplayed Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata 21-10, 21-15.

The two pairs will now clash for the 21st time, with the score tied at 10-a-piece.

The women’s doubles took on a similar look with Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang meeting Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei once again.

The Chinese pairs have met eight times in the past year, seven of which have come in finals, including last year’s World Championships.

Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei have won only once, in Malaysia 14 months ago, and will be looking to end their winning streak against the top rated pair.

They reached the title decider by ousting the ever dangerous third seeds Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung 21-19, 21-19, while Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang easily defeated Huan Xia-Tang Jinhua 21-13, 21-18.

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