Carolina Marín out of Indonesian Open at semi-final stage
The number one seed, Marín, lost the semi-final match in three sets to Wang Yihan from China 16-21, 21-11, 21-17. Lee Chong Wei took the men's title and Tai Tzu-ying the women's.
There was a major upset in the Indoenesian Open as Spaniard Carolina Marin, the number one seed in the women's singles, lost in a tight battle against fourth seed Wang Yihan from China in their semi-final.
Marin won the first set with relative ease but nerves got the better of her in the second, and she went on to lose 16-21, 21-11, 21-17.
"I'm disappointed," Marin told reporters after the match.
"I started really good and I was very focused on what I have to do in the game, but in the second set I was nervous."
Wang went on to lose the final against unseeded Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan 21-17, 21-8, capping a miserable badminton tournament for China.
Lee on course for Olympics
In the men's competition, Lee Chong Wei beat Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen in a hard-fought final, raising hopes the Malaysian badminton ace may be on course for Olympic victory.
World number two Lee battled back from one set down to defeat Jorgensen 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 in a thriller featuring a series of long rallies and dramatic smashes.
Fifth seed Jorgensen dominated in the early stages and appeared to be heading for victory as he took the lead in the second set. But second seed Lee fought back doggedly, winning a series of tough rallies to cling on. By the final stages of the third set, Lee was firmly in control, winning point after point as Jorgensen's initial confidence faded.
Lee said he was "very happy" to win his sixth Indonesia Open title after the tough match, that lasted one hour and five minutes, but admitted he did not play well at the start. "In the second game he was leading 19-17, I was preparing myself to lose," he said.
Jorgensen said he was "very disappointed" at his loss. "I felt that I had the game in my hand and I think I should have won it," he said.
The victory will be a boost for Lee as he heads to Rio this summer, where the 33-year-old will again try for Olympic gold. At the last two Olympics, Lee lost in the final to his arch-rival, China's Lin Dan. In another boost for the Malaysian, Lin was knocked out of the Indonesian Open earlier in the tournament, losing in a shock defeat to unseeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie.
Top seed Chen Long of China withdrew, blaming an injury.
Despite his loss in the final, Jorgensen's impressive performance will be a boost for the Danes, coming hot on the heels of their maiden Thomas Cup victory last month.
More than 7,000 badminton fans were watching the competition at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
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