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Lin captures hat-trick of world titles (pic)

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Published: 16 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, India  -- Olympic champion Lin Dan completed a record hat-trick of world badminton championship titles by overcoming Chen Jin in an all-Chinese final on Sunday.Lin Dan said hard work was the key to his success

The 25-year-old, nicknamed "Super Dan", began cautiously before stamping his authority over world number two Chen, winning 21-18 21-16 in 45 minutes.

Seventh seed Lu Lan dashed Lin's girlfriend Xie Xingfang's hopes for a third title by winning the women's final 23-21 21-12.

The badminton powerhouse pocketed three titles after also triumphing in the women's doubles. China can increase their haul to four as they have also qualified for the men's doubles final.

 
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China all over again

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Published: 15 August 2009
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It was from the depth of her misery that Christinna Pedersen, Danish mixed doubles player, uttered a fundamental truth that reflected the dilemma of the human condition.

"You know, I was so happy yesterday that I won the bronze," she said. "Today, I'm not happy at all that I have the bronze. I want to play tomorrow for the gold."

Pedersen and partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen had just lost a heartbreaking semifinal of the World Badminton Championships to world No.2 Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia. It was traumatic, for they had a 11-6 lead in the third game before crumbling to an Indonesian assault.

 
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Both Malaysia's badminton doubles pairs fizzle

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 August 2009
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HYDERABAD, Aug 15 – It was a disastrous ending for Malaysian shuttlers at the world championship, after both men’s doubles pair fizzled out in the semi-finals today.

The South Korean and Chinese shuttlers spoilt what otherwise could be have been an all Malaysian final in the men’s doubles tomorrow.

In the first semifinal, Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari displayed superb combination to outplay Chinese pair Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng to win the first set 21-18.

The top-rated Chinese duo returned to level in the second set 24-22.

In the exhilarating final set, Mohd Zakary and Abdul Latif cracked and allowed their rivals to win by 21-15.

“We lost a golden opportunity. Our tactics were good but we were just thinking of winning the match and made some mistakes.

“We were not focused in the last minutes and they scored quick points, the gap was too big for us to catch up,” Mohd Fairuzizuan told reporters.

In the adjacent court, another Malaysian pair, Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong played out a similar performance, but yet failed to tame the highly-charged Korean pair of Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae.

Despite grabbing a comfortable lead in the first set, wining 21-16, Koo and Tan could not sustain their victory momentum and lost 14-21, 20-22, in the subsequent sets.

“Our pair played very well but credit must be given to the Korean pair too. They (Tan-Koo) were thinking more of tactics and made some mistakes, and gave away easy points in the last set.

“Luck was not there for both our pairs today, every time in major tournaments this always happens (defeat). We had good chance to secure the title but it was wasted,” said a disappointed national doubles chief coach Rexy Mainaky.

 
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Chinese love birds make it to final

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 15 August 2009
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Hyderabad, Aug 15 It was a memorable day for the Chinese couple Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang, with both respectively entering the men’s and women’s singles finals of the World Badminton Championships.

Lin also is aiming to create history by becoming the first player to win three successive world titles. Xie, on the other hand, has also won the singles title twice in 2005 and 2007.

The love story of ‘Super’ Lin and Xie has been the talking point in badminton circles.

Lin, who is born in Shanghang County, first met Xie when he was a 14-year-old. The two have been together for five years.

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Nova, Liliyana only title hope for RI

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Published: 15 August 2009
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Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir are one match away from winning their third world badminton championship after reaching the finals in Hyderabad, India, on Saturday.

The Indonesian pair recovered from a second-game loss and overhauled a five-point deficit midway the third game to finally triumph 21-18, 14-21, 21-18 over Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in the mixed doubles semifinals, televised live on Global TV back in Indonesia.

Nova/Liliyana are now the only title hopes for Indonesia after Taufik Hidayat and Sony Dwi Kuncoro were beaten by their opponents in Indonesia vs. China semifinal tussle.

Taufik failed to rediscover the winning formula that earned him victory in 2005 as he went down 21-16, 21-6 to second seed Chen Jin.

Sony came out tougher than Taufik, but was not formidable enough to triumph over defending champion Lin Dan. After losing the first game, the fifth-seed Indonesian managed to preserve Indonesian fans hopes by taking the second game. As his stamina waned, he kept fighting only to lose out, 14-21, 21-13, 15-21.

Nova/Liliyana face another Danish duo, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, in Sunday’s finals.

 
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