Monday, August 30, 2010

World Championship 2010: China 5 Rest of World 0

China won all five titles at the YONEX-BWF World Championships at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris, a feat they have achieved only once at the World Championships in 1987 in Beijing.

China won the first of today’s finals at the Yonex World Badminton Championships when Zheng Bo-Ma Jin defeated their counterparts He Hanbin-Yu Yang in straight games at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris.

And Chen Jin made it two out of two for China when he defeated Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat 21-13, 21-15 to lift the men’s singles title.

Chen Jin’s aggression proved too much for the Indonesian super star as the Chinese, who was seeded fourth, went one better than the last edition in 2009 when he had lost the final to Chinese teammate Lin Dan in Hyderabad.

For Taufik, the former Olympic and World Champion, it was the end of a brilliant run here in Paris.

In the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Taufik, who won the 2004 Olympics, had shown glimpses of his class and brilliant skills to have his supporter’s dream of a repeat of 2005 when Taufik had won the World Championships.

But here at the Stade Coubertin on Sunday, in front of tennis superstar Martina Hingis, Chen Jin was the better and stronger player as he controlled the match right from the start.

Right from the beginning, Chen Jin kept a healthy lead and Taufik had to play catch-up for most of the match. What tilted the balance in favour of the Chinese were the seven consecutive points won in the first game and the five consecutive points won in the second game.

Taufik’s normally reliable net play was error-ridden and his wrong judgments at the baseline didn’t help his cause at crucial stages in both the games.

After the final Chen Jin, said, “It’s good to win a title. Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei have been winning all the while and to win the World Championships is always good.”

Chen also said that he had analysed Taufik’s play in the last two games and was able to predict most of the Indonesian’s moves in the final. “I think everyone had an equal chance to win in this world championship and I am happy that I have finally won the world title.”

“I committed too many mistakes,” said Taufik. “He was the better player and it was Chen Jin’s day.”

It was a memorable return for Zheng Bo-Ma Jin as they won 21-14, 21-10 and cemented their reputation as a pair to be feared going into the Asian Games this November.

“It is always good to win and we are happy to have landed the world title,” said Zheng Bo.

“We peaked at the right time and that helped us. After this it is back to the grind as we want the Asian Games title.”

In the women’s singles, Wang Lin beat Wang Xin 21-11, 19-21, 21-13 while Du Jing-Yu Yang beat top seeds Ma Jin-Wang Xiaoli 21-9, 21-17 to take the women’s doubles title.

In the last match of the day, Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng made it a perfect day for China when they beat Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong in three games.

The 18-21, 21-18, 21-14 win also meant that Cai-Fu successfully defended the title they won in Hyderabad last year.

“We tried our best and are sad that we failed to deliver the medal for Malaysia,” said Boon Heong.

“They were very strong in defence and try as we did to break them, we were unable to do it.

“We were also too eager in the second game and attacked without any tactical discipline and that cost us dearly.”

Cai Yun, credited the Malaysians for their fighting display but emphasized that their winning attitude was a major factor in their win.

“We were not thinking about five gold medals. Each time we go on court, we go with the aim to win and it was no different here,” said Cai.

What can I say...China simply superb....our men's double had only themselve to blame for the bad rubber game...

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