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Nathan Robertson wins but England lose to Japan in opening badminton encounter (pic)

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Published: 20 October 2009
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England suffered a shock 4-1 defeat by Japan in Bath in the first of a two-match series.

Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork gave England the perfect start by taking the mixed doubles against Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Mizuki Fujii 21-13 21-11. Jenny Wallwork (pictured) gave England the perfect start with partner Nathan Robertson

Robertson made his first international appearance at home since winning his 100th cap against the Japan team in that match in China.

However, Portsmouth's Andrew Smith lost 19-21 21-14 21-12 to Kenichi Tago, then Jersey's three-times national champion Elizabeth Cann was beaten 21-18 18-21 21-16 by Eriko Hirose.

Jessica Fletcher - called up at short notice for her senior England debut at the age of 17 when Donna Kellogg was forced to pull out through injury - and Jenny Wallwork went down 18-21 21-11 21-10 to Mami Naito and Shizuka Matsuo as Japan secured the winning lead.

 

Super Dan makes history by defending men's singles badminton title at National Games (pic)

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Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China, -- "Super Dan", as Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan was nicknamed, made history by defending the men's singles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Sunday. Lin Dan of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) team celebrates after winning the men's singles final of badminton against Bao Chunlai of Hunan province at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 18, 2009. Lin won the match 2-0 and claimed the title of the event.

The 26-year-old, who represents People's Liberation Army, crushed Bao Chunlai from Hunan 21-11, 21-3 in a 35-minute match.

    This was a replay of the final of last National Games four years ago as Lin pipped Bao 15-10, 15-2.

    Thus Lin became the first player to defend men's singles badminton title in the National Games history.

 
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Olympic silver medalist Cai crowned at National Games

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Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China,  -- Olympic silver medallist Cai Yun paired up with his national teammate Xu Chen to lift men's doubles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Sunday.

    Cai/Xu from Jiangsu overcame Fu Haifeng and Zhu Lihua from Guangdong 21-16, 21-15 in the 39-minute final.

    Cai was also the champion of the last National Games but with another partner Zhang Jun, who is currently a national coach.

    In the national team, Cai teamed up with Fu to win a silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games. They were also twice world champions in 2006 and 2009.

 
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Always smiling Gao Ling calls it quits

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Published: 20 October 2009
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QINGDAO, East China, -- Gao Ling is one of the most successful women's doubles specialist in the history of badminton and is noted for her anticipation, consistency, forecourt prowess and sporting smile.

    But after winning everything in her 22-year playing career, the always smiling Gao decided to call it quits, even though the ending looked by no means perfect.

    Gao, who represents Hubei, paired up with Wei Yili but lost to Beijing Olympic champions Du Jing and Yu Yang from Liaoning 21-18, 21-18 in the women's doubles quarterfinals at the 11th Chinese National Games on Friday.

 

Wang Lin takes women's singles badminton title at National Games (pic)

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QINGDAO, East China  -- Wang Lin from Zhejiang beat Jiangsu's Wang Shixian to win women's singles badminton title at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Saturday. Wang Lin of Zhejiang province jubilates after the women's singles final of badminton against Wang Shixian of Jiangsu province at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 17, 2009. Wang won the match 2-1 and claimed the title of the event.

    World No. 1 Wang Lin lost the first game 21-16 but managed to turn around the situation to win in the second at 21-18. In the decider, The 21-year-old Wang led all the way and never looked back to secure a comfortable win at 21-11.

    Wang Lin, who topped the world ranking since last month, revenged on Wang Shixian as the former lost to the latter in China Masters final in September.

    "It's really hard to win the final at last. Playing on national court is always harder than on international circuit," said Wang Lin.

    "A National Games champion is far from enough as I need to be more mature especially mentally," added Wang Lin.

    Wang Shixian said she lost the match mainly because she was too tired after continuous hard matches in both team and singles events.

    "But I'm really satisfied with my performance as I clinched a silver medal in my maiden National Games trip," added the 19-year-old.

 
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