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China smash their way to five titles in Changzhou

http://www.sports.cn/ 2010-09-20 09:55:00

September 19, 2010 - A different venue, a different Championships. But the outcome was still the same as China swept all five titles at the Li Ning China Masters Super Series in Changzhou on Sunday.

Olympic champion Lin Dan bounced back from his World Championships defeat by winning the men’s singles but showed that he is human after as he struggled to live up to the high expectations of badminton fans around the world in his three-game win over compatriot Chen Long.

Denmark’s Tine Baun and Korea’S Ko Hyun Sung-Yoo Yeon Seong also failed to stop the Chinese juggernaut as Li Yongbo’s charges repeated their World Championships feat in Paris last month by winning all five titles in Changzhou.

Ko-Yoo found world champions Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng too hot to handle as they crashed to a 21-14, 21-19 defeat in 33 minutes.

The Chinese showed great understanding and hunger to pile on the points with some strong attacking play which left the Koreans with no answer.

In the women’s singles, Tine was also blown away by Wang Xin, silver medallist at the World Championships in Paris.

The Dane, who beat World No 1 Wang Yihan in the semi-final, could hardly reproduce the form that brought her to the final as Wang Xin swept to a 21-13, 21-9 win in just 26 minutes.

Tine committed far too many errors and was hardly in the game as Wang Xin used her speed and variety of strokes to push the Dane around the court.

Nevertheless, Tine was gracious in defeat.

“She (Wang Xin) played really well and deserved to win. I just have to go back and work on my game to improve myself,” said Tine.

Wang Xin, meanwhile, attributed her win to her ability to adapt to the conditions in the venue faster and it helped me to take control of the game,’ said Wang Xin.

However, it was the men’s singles which attracted the attention of fans as they came to see three-time world champion Lin Dan redeem himself after his shock loss in the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Paris last month.

Lin Dan once again showed great inconsistency in his game, playing brilliant shots one moment and suddenly seeming to lose focus of his game the next.

However, once again experience proved to be the decisive factor as Lin Dan stepped up his game at crucial moments of the match to win the match 21-15, 13-21, 21-14.

“It is good to win the title after the disappointment of losing in the World Championships and it is a good confidence booster for me,” said Lin Dan.

“Chen Long gave me a tough fight and made it difficult for me but I am happy to have won the title.”

In the women’s doubles, Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang beat Bao Yixin-Lu Lu 21-8, 21-8 to take the title while Tao Jiaming-Tian Qing beat the more experienced pair of Xu Chen-Yu Yang to win the mixed doubles title. Tao-Tian won 21-11, 21-14.

After the China Masters, the Super Series circuit heads to Tokyo for the YONEX Japan Open which begins on Tuesday. (Source: BWF)