GUANGZHOU, South China, Nov. 20 — Chinese "Little Flower" Wang Shixian outpowered Chinese teammate Wang Xin 21-18, 21-15 to grab the badminton singles title at the Asian Games here on Saturday.
It is the second title Wang bagged here after the hosts strolled to the women’s team victory for the fourth time in a run.
Shixian took the surprisingly easy win, leading at 7-0, 10-1 in the second set before she nailed the victory.
"I am very happy for my performance here as this is my first Asian Games. It felt so different competing at a quadrennial event," said the 20-year-old. She also beat Wang Xin in 2009 Malaysia Super Series event to lift her first major tournament title.
Wang Xin said she continued her tradition of not be able to play well against teammates.
"I didn’t play well today but I am still happy because my teammate took the championship. She was better prepared than I was," said Wang Xin, 24, who spent her birthday on this court last Wednesday.
"Normally I can’t be at my best when playing against my teammates, maybe because I will be too relaxed to focus," she said.
Shixian was dubbed the Little Flower together with a new generation of Chinese women shuttlers including injured world champion Wang Lin, 21, All-England winner Wang Yihan, 22 and 2009 world champion Lu Lan, 23 as well as Wang Xin.
In the earlier matches, South Korean pair Shin Baekcheol/Lee Hyojung overcame He Hanbin/Ma Jin of China, 20-22, 21-18, 22-20 to set up a final meeting with Chinese Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei who defeated Chen Hung Ling/Cheng Wen Hsing from Chinese Taipei, 21-16, 21-15.
Shin said both sides made a lot of mistakes but they made a better use of the opponents’ weakness to win.
"They are an extremely aggressive team but their defence wasn’t so good today and they were making a lot of faults due to that. We were able to figure out what their weakness was and we just kept on attacking them to our advantage," said Shin.
"In the third game, it was incredibly tense and I made a lot of faults, but my partner Lee was able to encourage me, which made me feel relaxed and made me play better," said the 21-year-old.