Subhankar Dey stuns Lin Dan

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.

Subhankar won crucial points in both games which were closely fought. (File Photo)   -  BWF Website

Unheralded Indian Subhankar Dey shocked multiple time World and Olympic champion Lin Dan 22-20, 21-19 to enter the quarterfinals of the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship, here, on 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.

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The Indian won crucial points in both games which were closely fought. Lin Dan, at 35, is at the business end of his career, but was awarded top billing at the event.

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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.

In the quarterfinals, Subhankar will be pitted against seventh seed Toby Penty of England, while Kashyap will face Frenchman Toma Junior Popov.

The Indians, however, had a disappointing day in doubles with Arun George and Sanyam Shukla losing to Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel 19-21, 16-21. Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang beat M.R. Arjun and Shlok Ramachandran 21-16, 21-18 in another match.