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Hong Kong shuttler Wang beats teammate Yip to lift women's singles title

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Category: Badminton News Published: 09 December 2006
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Hong Kong shuttler Wang Chen downed her teammate Yip Pui Yin to win the women's singles title at the Doha Asian Games on Saturday.

Wang's experience and knowledge over Yip attributed much to her 21-14, 22-20 victory.

Wang hit long shuttles a lot to restrain Yip's smash, the vital weapon for Yip, wrapping up the first game 21-14 within 15 minutes.

Yip's lack of composure cost her the chance to rally back in the second game even with a lead of 19-14.

Yip made a lot of mistakes. Her service error and down-net mistake rendered Wang the last two points of the match.

Wang took full use of her knowledge of Yip to press hard on Yip 's backhand and took chances to drive to empty points of the court, forcing a couple of diving saves from Yip.

The gold medal is the best reward for a veteran of 30 years.

"I'm very happy. I had a lot of pressure on me, she has less. I was very nervous today. This is the last Asian Games for me, so I didn't want to lose," said Wang. "Yesterday, I played very fast, today I was slower."

"It is very important for me. I mean the gold medal for I am already 30 years old."

"It is very difficult and tough since the first match of the Games."

"I didn't think too much about winning. I was not expecting to take the gold medal."

"In the second game, I lost some points, but I didn't give up. I'm very happy because it hasn't been an easy match. I had to fight for every point."

"The Hong Kong team gave me many chances to compete in international tournaments. This gold medal is not only mine, this is a medal for the whole team," said Wang.

"Today, she was not very dangerous and was less strong than usual."

Yip felt regret for her fluster in the key points.

"I still could not get myself calm down in the critical moments. I made a lot of mistakes and wasted my lead in the second game, so I feel regret for the loss," said Yip.

"Wang is much experienced than me and shot most of her shuttles on my backhand to curb my powerful smash," added Yip.

Wang won three Asian Badminton Championships in the 2003, 2005 and 2006 editions. Wang ranked top eight at 2002 Asian Games, 2004 Olympic Games and World Championships. Yip ousted Olympic champion Zhang Ning from China in her quarterfinal of the tournament.

(source: Xinhua)
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