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A shuttlecock fight of epic proportion

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Published: 11 March 2009
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FIRST there was shuttle diplomacy — when envoys criss-crossed the globe to ease tension between warring parties. Then there was "Ping Pong diplomacy" — a term coined in the 1970s when Richard Nixon's administration used a table tennis tour to ease Sino-American tensions.

Now there is shuttle-cock diplomacy. And that is when the feathers really start to fly.

Emerging superpower China annoyed neighbouring Malaysia this week as an unprecedented Chinese domination of badminton's showpiece event — the All-England Championships — led to heated claims of match-fixing.

The Malaysians believed the Chinese team had forced defending men's champion Chen Jin to retire from his semi-final to allow countryman and Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan an easy path to the final. Once there, the well-rested Chinese competitor smashed his Malaysian opponent. Malaysia called shenanigans. "Everyone in the world of badminton is talking about it. They (China) know our reaction but they just do not care," Malaysian coach Rashid Sidek thundered afterwards as the Malaysian Badminton Association lodged an official complaint. "They do not see that their actions are bringing a bad reputation to the sport. Yes, this is affecting the sport as a whole. We do not condone such tactics. For us, we want the best players on the day to win."

 
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Badminton star falls in final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 10 March 2009
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The Danes put up a brave effort but in the end China took every title in the competition

Tine Rasmussen’s bid to defend her All England Open Badminton Championships title was thwarted on Sunday by China’s Wang Yihan, who defeated the Dane 21-19, 21-23, 21-11 in the women’s final in Birmingham.

Rasmussen put her loss down to tiredness, citing her gruelling three-set semi-final match against Jiang Yanjiao, from China, where she came back from being down 16-9 in the final set to win.  The world’s top-ranked player added, however, that she should have won the first set.

‘I won my points but she scored on my errors, and there were too many of those today. I was just tired,’ Rasmussen told Internationalbadminton.org.

Denmark’s Anna Brosolat Jensen, who was an unranked qualifier, had her finest professional hour at the tournament, finally losing to Yihan in the semifinals.

On the men’s side, fourth-seeded Peter Gade is still looking for his first All England title since beating Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat in the 1999 finals. It was Hidayat who sent Gade out of this year’s quarterfinals, winning 21-17, 21-18.

China ran the entire board at this year’s tournament, taking the men’s, women’s, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles titles. It is the first time one nation has swept the All England tournament since Denmark did it in 1948.

 
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Clean sweep not on our minds, says China badminton coach Li

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Published: 10 March 2009
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Wang Yihan of China poses with the trophy after winning Women's Singles Final match against Tine Rasmussen of Denmark during the All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, central England, on March 8. Wang won 21-19, 21-23, 21-11, and became the first to win the women's singles at only the second attempt.

 Wang Yihan of China poses with the trophy after winning Women's Singles Final match against Tine Rasmussen
of Denmark during the All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, central England, on March 8. Wang
won 21-19, 21-23, 21-11, and became the first to win the women's singles at only the second attempt.

China's head coach Li Yongbo said their All England badminton championship clean sweep of all five titles had not been uppermost in their minds here.

China had won all five in a world championship before, but that was in Beijing back in 1987, and this, in European conditions, was a far tougher task. It was also the first clean sweep at the All England event since 1948.

Li said: "We didn't think about winning all five titles. We mustn't think about outside factors, or we can't play the way we have."

Asked if China's controversial decision to skip the Super Series finals in Malaysia in December had been justified by this performance, Li answered, laughing: "Do you think we made the wrong choice?"

Asked if China will compete in the next Super Series finals, Li answered: "It depends on each team and each circumstances. We have to look at what is best for each player. We didn't think the decision was controversial."

China became the first nation ever to win all five titles in the open era at the All England championships when Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng wrapped up the the men's doubles 21-17, 21-15 against Korea's Han Sang Hoon and Hwang Ji Man.
Fu Haifeng (left) and Cai Yun of China celebrate winning their Men's Doubles match against Han Sang Hoon and Hwang Ji Man of Korea during the All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Chinese pair won 21-17, 21-15.
Fu Haifeng (left) and Cai Yun of China celebrate winning their Men's Doubles match against Han Sang Hoon and Hwang Ji Man of Korea during the All England Open Badminton Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. Chinese pair won 21-17, 21-15.

The success which really made it possible was that of Wang Yihan, the young unseeded player from Shanghai, who beat Tine Rasmussen, the top-seeded titleholder from Denmark, 21-19, 21-23, 21-11, and became the first to win the women's singles at only the second attempt.

The success which attracted the most attention was the repeat of the Olympic men's singles final, in which Lin Dan again beat Lee Chong Wei, the world number one from Malaysia, in straight games, though this was a closer match than the one in Beijing.

The Chinese star beat the ambitious, hard-working Malaysian 21-19, 21-12 after beginning rather patchily, then grabbing his first important chance, and accelerating away impressively towards the end.

Asked how or why he won, Lin said: "It wasn't tactical or anything - we are both good players. It was more psychological. I was focused and calm.

"I think I played quite well. There were a couple of times in the first set where I didn't handle the situation the best I could and let him have an advantage. But I kept my form and managed to play well."
 
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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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Category: Badminton News
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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