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Dane Rasmussen back from brink to beat world champion

Dane Tine Rasmussen saved three match points before rallying to beat world champion Lu Lan 16-21 23-21 21-11 in a thrilling women`s singles quarter-final at the All England championships.

Dane Rasmussen back from brink to beat world champion
London: Dane Tine Rasmussen saved three match points before rallying to beat world champion Lu Lan 16-21 23-21 21-11 in a thrilling women`s singles quarter-final at the All England championships on Friday. Rasmussen, champion in 2008 when she beat China`s Lu in the final, trailed 20-18 in the second game and looked to be heading out. The tall Dane held her nerve though, saved both match points and another at 21-20 to level and then take the set. The demoralised Chinese, taken to three games by unheralded Scot Susan Eglestaff on Thursday, went 7-1 down in the decider and despite a mini-fightback proved unable to stem the flow. Rasmussen, who has saved match points on other occasions in big games at the All Englands, told reporters: "Even when I am not at my best I think I can turn it round. I have it in me. "I was delighted to turn this one round and then produce my game in the third when I played with a lot more confidence." In Saturday`s semi-finals Rasmussen, runner-up in 2009 to China`s Wang Yihan, meets Saina Nehwal of India or unseeded German Juliane Schenk. Bureau Report

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