The former world No. 1, who will be 36 at the end of the year, has dropped to No. 5 in the latest world rankings but will need to buck up if he is to challenge for a medal at the London Olympics later this year.
In New Delhi, Gade was shown the door by South Korea’s Shon Wan Ho, who won 24-22, 21-18 in 53 gruelling minutes on Friday.
It was a cruel blow for Gade, who was looking for a pick me up after suffering his first ever loss at the European Championships last week.
The former All England champion, who will retire after the Olympics, had said earlier in the week that he was paying the price for pushing his body to the limits to qualify for London.
He, however, is determined to bow out with a medal to his name and as such, will take it easy in the run up to the Games.
Gade’s defeat meant China’s Chen Jin will remain at world No. 4 at the end of the week, thus guaranteeing China will have the maximum of three qualifiers in London.
Under the Badminton World Federation rules, a country can have three players in the singles competition if they are ranked among the top four in the world.
Lin Dan (No. 2) and Chen Long (No. 3) are the other Chinese players who have confirmed their tickets to badminton’s most important tournament of the year.
China also have the maximum number of slots for the women’s singles with their three might Wangs – Yihan, Xin and Shixian – in the top three positions of the world rankings.
Meanwhile, Chen Jin conceded a walkover to local lad Kashyap Parupalli, who will now meet Wan Ho (left), for a place in the final.
The other semi-final will be between defending champion and world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and Hsu Jen Hao of Taipei.
Chong Wei, who is playing in his first tournament since suffering a right shoulder injury at the All England final in March, brushed aside former world champion Taufik Hidayat 21-16, 21-13 while Jen Hao edged Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-19, 21-18.
In the men’s doubles, unheralded Malaysian pair Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah showed their compatriots Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong how it is done when they qualified for the semi-finals of the OSIM BWF World Superseries tournament.
The youngsters outlasted Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov 21-17, 16-21, 21-10 to qualify for the last four where they will meet second seeds Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were stopped in the quarter-finals by Indonesia’s Angga Pratama-Ryan Agung Saputra (right), who kept their cool under pressure to win 21-18, 15-21, 21-19.
They will now take on Thailand’s Bodin Issara-Maneepong Jongjit with both pairs going in search of their first Superseries title.
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