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Super Dan aware of youth challenge

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Published: 21 September 2009
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"Super Dan", as Chinese top shuttler Lin Dan was nicknamed, said he already felt his dominance challenged by a new force from his own team.

    Lin, clinching China Masters title here on Sunday, keeps his tight grip on the top position in the Chinese badminton national team and is arguably the best player in the world, being the first player to win three world titles and only the second to hold the Olympic and world titles at the same time.

    Despite all the dominance, the 26-year-old, however, felt clear challenges from the national team which recruits promising young players from all over the vast country of 1.3 billion people.

    "I always think China has the world top men's singles players in numbers. It is always more difficult for me to play my teammates than foreign players because we know each well," he said.

 
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Hosts sweeps China Masters badminton event

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Published: 21 September 2009
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 Hosts China swept the China Masters badminton Super Series after world and Olympics champion Lin Dan brushed aside Thai Boosak Ponsana 21-17,21-17.

    The men's singles final was the only one that saw a non-Chinese player compete as the hosts already booked four all-Chinese final staking place earlier.

    Lin, three times world champion and Beijing Olympics winner, did not give much room to the Thai player in the 40-minute final amid thunderous cheers.

    "I am happy with the result, not just the victory, but also the fact that I overcame China's major opponents on the way to the championship," said Lin, 26.

    Lin eliminated world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the semifinal after beating South Korean Park Sung Hwan.

    Chinese head coach Li Yongbo said the gold medal haul and young players' performance were beyond his expectation.

    "I did not expect that we could take all five titles. I think the most satisfying thing is that we found great potential in some of the young players. "said Li. "They will add China's competitiveness in 2012."

    Teenager Wang Shixian was one of the young stars Li was referring to as she staged the biggest upset of the tournament to win.

    The 19-year-old, ranked 64th in the world, beat world number two Wang Lin 21-14, 14-21, 21-14 as she continued to play the role of seed killer. She overcame newly crowned world champion Lu Lan, seeded fifth, 16-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the semifinal after beating All England champion and fourth seed Wang Yihan 21-18, 21-18.

    "I used the right strategy of going to the net and also won some lucky points," she said.

    Shixian said a pressure-free state of mind helped a lot in her run for the championship.

 
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Lin Dan delivers classic display to crush Chong Wei (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Lin Dan did not disappoint his home fans when he put on another classic performance to crush Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the semi-final of the China Masters at Changzhou yesterday.

Three-time world champion Lin Dan underlined his superiority yet again when he survived a titanic battle in the first game en route to beating top seed Chong Wei 22-20, 15-21, 21-7 in a 65-minute match yesterday.Simply the best: China’s Lin Dan

Chong Wei did well to force a decider but his fightback proved to be an anti-climax when he ran out of steam.

It was Lin Dan’s third win over Chong Wei this year after his wins at All-England and the Sudirman Cup in Guangzhou.

Yesterday’s victory showed once again the gulf between these two players.

 

Missing Raya fuels Zakry-Fairuzizuan’s fire in Japan (pic)

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Published: 20 September 2009
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KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving your loved ones behind is the hardest thing to do – especially on the first day of Hari Raya.

But that’s exactly what national men’s doubles shuttlers Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (pic) will be doing and that is also why they are determined to make up for it by doing well in the Japan Open, which will begin on Wednesday.

The seventh seeds Zakry-Fairu­zizuan will leave for Japan tonight with the country’s top pair, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong.

The national men’s doubles pairs are ready to make their presence felt again on the international stage after skipping the ongoing China Masters in Changzhou.

Zakry said they felt blessed that they could at least spend some time to go for prayers together in the morning.

 

Lin fights into China Masters final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 20 September 2009
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China's Lin Dan fought his way into the China Masters badminton final here on Saturday after the hosts ensured a fourth title in the men's doubles.

China already sealed the women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles after the quarterfinals on Friday.

Lin, world and Olympic champion, outlasted world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 22-20, 15-21, 21-7 in a fiercely competed men's semifinal at the six-day Super Series event.

"Both of us brought our ability to a full display tonight. The first two sets were tough but the third one was good," said Lin.

Lin went straight to the victory after leading 11-7 to change sides in the decisive set, hitting two winners and benefitting from eight Lee's mistakes in the second part of the third set.

 
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