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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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Chen clings to All-England title after controversial win (pic)

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Published: 06 March 2009
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BIRMINGHAM, England : Chen Jin clung to his All-England title by the width of a net tape and amidst a storm of booing during a controversial finish to his quarter-final in the All-England Open on Friday.

It looked as though his unseeded Japanese opponent, Sho Sasaki, had come back from a five-point final game deficit to 20-20 when he leapt forward and dismissed a tight net shot from Chen with a lunging kill.
Chen Jin

But the third-seeded Chinese player stood and pointed, objecting that there had been a foul, and umpire Mike Wright of New Zealand, after an agonising pause, and a slow gesture, agreed, calling the match to Chen by 14-21, 21-13, 21-19.

Sasaki was stunned, dropped his racquet and complained while Chen shook hands with all the officials.

This brought noisy hoots from the crowd and for a while it looked as though a major incident might blow up, as Chen had completed his formalities and began to make his way towards his kitbag.

But at the last moment, Sasaki got over his frustration, completed his circles of frenzied walking, and shook hands with the champion, and the umpire.

 

Donna wins

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Published: 06 March 2009
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Spondon's Donna Kellogg booked her place in the All England Open Championship mixed doubles quarter-finals last night.

Kellogg and Derby-born Anthony Clark overcame England's Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White 21-14, 21-16 in the second round.

They will meet South Korea's Sung Hyun Qo and Jung Eun in the next round of the event, which is being staged at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

 
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