Lin Dan through to final of badminton world championships

The defending world champion outpowered and outmanoeuvered Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh 21-17 21-15 in the semi-final

updated: August 10, 2013 15:08 IST
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Guangzhou: Defending world and Olympic champion Lin Dan is through to the final of the badminton world championships in Guangzhou, China after a shaky start against a fired-up underdog. (Also read: PV Sindhu settles for bronze)

The 29-year-old Chinese superstar, widely regarded as badminton's best ever player, took on Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh, seeded seventh.

Dancing light-footed around the court, the agile Vietnamese player, 30, won applause from the partisan crowd with a cheeky over-the-shoulder return as Lin took his time to find his feet in the first game.

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