Indian shuttler stunned Olympic medalist and five-time World Champion Lin Dan in a 45-minute match by beating him 22-20, 21-19. With this, he entered the quarter-finals of SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship on Thursday.
The first day of November proved to be a happy day for Indian Badminton fraternity. In an unexpected match, World No. 64 Shubhankar Dey crashed out his Chinese opponent Lin Dan. To note, the current World No 12 Lin is a five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic medalist.
The unheralded Shubhankar has now entered the quarter-finals of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton, taking place in Saarbrucken (Germany).
In a close game, the two shuttlers gave a tough fight, but Shubhankar managed to win crucial points in both the games, thus making an unpredictable yet well-played win against the Chinese counterpart.
While in the first game, the Indian not only saved three game points but also won straight five points, thus bringing the game to an end by 22-20.
Lin Dan gave a fightback in the second game, despite Dey taking the initial lead by 12-7. But Dey did not lag behind for much time and won crucial points that made him won the straight game by 21-19.
World Champion, Lin Dan, was awarded the top-most billing at this event. Two weeks earlier, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth had defeated Lin Dan at the Denmark Open.
In another match, top-seeded Indian badminton player and Common Wealth Games Gold medalist Parupalli Kashyap, who defeated Alexander Roovers 21-14, 21-12.
Now for the quarter-finals, Shubhankar Dey will be facing seventh-seed England’s Toby Penty.
Parupalli Kashyap will be seen giving his power-packed performance against French shuttler Toma Junior Popov.
As far as the Indian doubles are concerned, shuttlers Arun George and Sanyam Shukla lost to Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel by 19-21, 16-21.
Also, another disappointment came in the form of MR Arjun and Shlok Ramachandran who lost to Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang by 21-16, 21-18.
Hopes have aroused from singles shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Shubhankar Dey, who are soaring high with their good performances at the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championships.