Lin Dan foils Chou Tien Chen fightback to win German Open

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Lin Dan and Chou Tien Chen pose for pictures after their Men's Singles Final match at the German Open. (photo: badminton.de)

Mulheim: Two time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China was taking on 26-year-old Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen in the German Open finals at the RWE Sporthalle stadium in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany on Sunday.Lin Dan and Chou Tien Chen pose for pictures after their Men's Singles Final match at the German Open. (photo: badminton.de)

Both players have a point to prove. Veteran Lin Dan has won all the most important badminton events amongst any other player in history and is eyeing a third gold medal at 2016 Rio Olympics; while Chou Tien Chen is still trying to cement a place in badminton history.

The Chinese badminton Superstar lost his first set 15-21 to No. 4 seed Chou Tien Chen. Both were neck and neck from the off in the second set, and Lin was trailed 14-16 before he reeled off 6 consecutive points and won the second set 21-17.

Lin Dan found his form in the decider, leading most of the game to seal his first title of 2016 with a 21-17 third set victory.

South Korea’s Ko Sung-hyun was the double winner of the day. He won the men’s doubles title alongside Shin Baek-Cheol by stunning No. 1 men’s doubles pair and fellow South Koreans Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong in a three-set thriller 20-22, 21-18, 21-17 that lasted 77 minutes.

Ko Sung-hyun then partnered with Kim Ha-Na to defend their reputation as the No. 1 mixed doubles pair by beating compatriots Shin Baek-Cheol and Chae Yoo Jung 21-19, 21-12 for the mixed doubles title.

In women’s competition, the London 2012 gold medalist Li Xuerui claimed the women’s singles title after she needed just 36 minutes to secure a 21-14, 21-17 victory against her countrywoman No. 4 seed Wang Shixian.

The China camp also picked up their third titles of the day when Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua put up a superb performance to dismiss Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-14, 21-18 for the women’s doubles title.

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