Lin Dan will be bidding to win his second title of the year after booking his berth in the final of the US$200,000 Korea Masters in Gwangju.
The 36-year-old former world No.1 will take on Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in today’s men’s singles decider of the BWF World Tour Super 300 event at Gwangju Women’s University Stadium.
Playing against a player 13 years younger than him, the 36-year-old Lin Dan couldn’t convert when he was leading at 21-20 in the first set, allowing Kanta Tsuneyama to smash his way for a 24-22 win.
In the second game, Tsuneyama scored 3 consecutive points to lead at 11-9 during the mid-game interval. Lin Dan looked tired and was moving slower after the interval, while Tsuneyama seized the opportunity to take the second set 21-12.
After the defeat, Lin Dan failed to earn the additional 30 ranking points needed in order to qualify for the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals. Winning the Korea Masters would give him 1050 ranking points.
The 16th-ranked Lin won the Malaysia Open — his only title so far — back in April. He has lost eight times in the first round of tournaments this year.