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Rasmussen blames slow form for early exit at China Masters

2009-09-17 11:26:54 GMT2009-09-17 19:26:54 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Tine Rasmussen of Denmark returns a shot during women's singles second round match against China's Wang Xin at 2009 China Masters in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, on Sept. 17, 2009. Rasmussen lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Chen Qi)

Tine Rasmussen of Denmark returns a shot during women's singles second round match against China's Wang Xin at 2009 China Masters in Changzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, on Sept. 17, 2009. Rasmussen lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Chen Qi)

CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Danish star Tine Rasmussen Thursday said she was on way back to top form after she was out of the China Masters badminton super series here.

Rasmussen was met with by far the biggest surprise of the tournament when the third seed surrendered to Chinese qualifier Wang Xin 21-17, 16-21, 14-21 in the second round. She was made sweat in the opening round, scraping through another Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuchun 12-21, 21-15, 21-13. In the second set, Rasmussen seemed to be losing stamina when her 24-year-old rival raced to a 11-4 lead before she saw the left-handed Wang pull off a 6-0 attacking surge in the decisive set.

"It was not a surprise for me because I am not at my highest level after my injury for five months," said the 29-year-old who captured the opening two Super Series titles and became runner up in All England this year before sidelined for five months due to injury.

She just came back in August's world championships in India.

"It is OK for me. I used this tournament as a way coming to my old level again," she added. "And I did not get to play many left-handers. I learnt from this match."

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