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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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China sweep up at All England championships (pic)

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Published: 09 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM, England (AFP) — 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.

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 in the open or amateur eras since 1948.Fu Haifeng (L) and Cai Yun (R) of China celebrate winning their Men's Doubles match

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.

And 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 at the Games.

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."

For a while in the first game Lin faltered unexpectedly. From leads of 8-2, 10-6, and 16-12 he began to make errors, not all of them forced, allowing Lee to nudge his way up to 19-17.

 

Tine defends badminton's All-England title (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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BIRIMINGHAM, England (AFP) — Tine Rasmussen, who not long ago worked as a secretary to help fund her badminton, will defend her title the All-England Open which starts on Wednesday as the only woman who has loosened the Chinese dominance.

The last decade has seen 43 of the 50 All-England titles go to Asian players, fully 29 of them to China. And in women's singles eight of the last ten were won by Chinese.

But despite being past her mid-twenties before making her surge from obscurity, Rasmussen is now world number one, the winner of the first two Super Series tournaments of 2009, and a reasonable bet, in European conditions, to test the world's greatest badminton nation again this week.

The 29-year-old Dane is tall and striking, and her style strong and attacking, but her character is an intriguing mix of assertiveness and vulnerability. She also attributes her wonderful start to the year in Korea and Malaysia partly to the power of love.

"Um, I think we, er, we had some things at home, private stuff," she said with an engaging diffidence. "And it was finished.

"We were building up our house, me and my boy-friend, and we had a lot of stuff to decide on all this time. And just before Christmas we moved in," she said.

 
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