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Rivals struggle to stay with China juggernauts (pic)

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Published: 10 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: China have made a spectacular return to the international stage after a three-month absence with a rare feat of scooping all five titles in the All-England.

And the heat is on their traditional rivals, including Malaysia, to find a way to close the yawning gap.

In Birmingham, the Chinese players showed that the break from competitions did wonders to their appetite to win honours. The champions were Lin Dan (men’s singles), Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (men’s doubles), Wang Yihan (women’s singles), Zhang Yawen-Zhao Tingting (women’s doubles) and He Hanbin-Yu Yang (mixed doubles).

It was the first time in the history of the modern All-England that country won all five titles. The last country to achieve the feat was Denmark in 1948.

 

It’s Lin Dan again (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: World number one men’s singles shuttler Lee Chong Wei’s hopes of winning his first All-England title were torn to pieces by a ruthless Lin Dan who led a China cleansweep in Birmingham yesterday.Four in the bag: Lin Dan lifting the All-England trophy. — AP

The 27-year-old Chong Wei found his nemesis too hot to handle and went down 19-21, 12-21 in 43-minute match that saw the Malaysian struggling to keep up with the fiery pace set by the Chinese.

It was Chong Wei’s fifth defeat to Lin Dan since he prevailed over the Chinese at the Japan Open in September 2007.

Still, it was a better display from Chong Wei after his demoralising losses to Lin Dan at the Bei­jing Olympic Games and China Open last year.

The first game saw the speedy and attack-minded Lin Dan taking a healthy 8-2 lead before Chong Wei caught up — thanks mainly to uncharacteristic mistakes made by the China ace.

 
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China match-fixers have Rashid all riled up

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Published: 09 March 2009
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PETALING JAYA: Match-fixing may be taboo to many but not to China, or so it seems.

Their shuttlers’ tendency to ‘retire’ prematurely during matches against each others has been getting on the nerves of many in the world of badminton, including Malaysian singles chief coach Rashid Sidek, who yesterday claimed that China were getting away with it.

On Saturday, All-England defending champion Chen Jin complained of back pain and retired while trailing 12-21, 6-11 in an all-China semi-final against Olympic champion Lin Dan.

Just a day earlier, the 23-year-old Chen Jin hardly showed any signs of discomfort when he fought tooth-and-nail for 67 minutes to tame Japan’s Sho Sasaki 14-21, 21-13, 21-19.

 

Lin Dan: Marriage may affect performance

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Published: 09 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM: Olympic champion Lin Dan says he does not plan to marry yet in case it affects his performance before he defends his title at London 2012.

Lin Dan, perhaps the most charismatic player in badminton, is said to be engaged to Xie Xingfang, the former world and All-England champion, while he says he plans to retire at the next Olympics.

When the couple both won singles titles at the 2005 All-England, they attracted much publicity by going on a big wheel together in the centre of Birmingham city.

Now the press was keen to know how the Olympics had changed life for him and when the long-lasting romance might lead to nuptials.

“Life has not changed (as a result of winning the gold medal) because I chose to carry on and play another four years,” Lin Dan said.

“Also I have already got a girl,” he went on, referring to the twice former world and All-England champion, Xingfang, “and nothing is going to change that”.

When asked when they were going to get married, Lin Dan caused laughter by saying: “If I get married now, it might change my performance. It might be a distraction.”
 
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Fourth All England title for Lin Dan

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Published: 09 March 2009
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By Dave Thompson

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China clinched his fourth All England title on Sunday with a 21-19 21-12 victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

The match was a re-run of last year's Olympic final in Beijing where Lin swept to a 21-12 21-8 success.

It was tougher going on Sunday but, apart from a brief spell in the first game when the top seed led 19-17 Lin, seeded two, was generally in control.

He rattled off four points in a row to take the game and then produced an even better effort in the second, reeling off seven points in succession to race from 14-12 to 21-12 and victory.

It was a ninth triumph over his big rival in their last 10 meetings and a boost for the Chinese as he seeks to regain his place at the top of the world rankings.

Lin, making his sixth appearance in a row in the final, had won the title previously in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Keen to get through a news conference so he could go shopping, the Chinese told reporters: "There were a couple of times in the first game when I was not quite handling it but I managed to keep my form and I think I played well.

"I can stay focused a lot better these days and I think that makes me a better player."

A capacity crowd of around 4,500 at the National Indoor Arena warmed to a high-class contest and there was plenty of encouragement for the runner-up.

"I lost my focus on a few points but I played a lot better than I did at the Olympics. Psychologically, he's difficult for me to beat but I hope I get the chance to try again and even things up," he said.

The women's final later on Sunday is between world number one Tine Rasmussen of Denmark and unseeded Chinese Wang Yihan.

 

 
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