Unheralded Indian Subhankar Dey shocked multiple time World and Olympic champion Lin Dan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the quarter-finals of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship here Thursday. World No. 64 Subhankar took 45 minutes to upstage the current World No. 12, who has five World Championship titles and two Olympic gold medals in his kitty.
The Indian won crucial points in both games which were closely fought. Also Read - Never Thought of Cancelling The Games: Tokyo 2021 Spokesman
Lin Dan, at 35, is at the business end of his career but was awarded top billing at the event. Barely two weeks ago, it was Kidambi Srikanth, who beat Lin Dan at the Denmark Open. The other notable performance on Thursday came from CWG gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap, who beat local player Alexander Roovers 21-14 21-12. Also Read - Swimmers Srihari Nataraj, Maana Patel Nominated For Universality Places in Tokyo Olympics
In the quarter-finals, Subhankar will be pitted against seventh seed Toby Penty of England while Kashyap will face Frenchman Toma Junior Popov. Also Read - Indian Women Archers Lose, Crash Out of Olympic Contention
The Indians, however, had a disappointing day in doubles with Arun George and Sanyam Shukla losing to Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidil 19-21 16-21.
Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang beat MR Arjun and Shlok Ramachandran 21-16 21-18 in another match.