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Badminton: Chen champion as China win all five Denmark Open titles

World No. 1 Li Xuerui beat Wang Yihan 21-17, 22-20 in an all-Chinese women’s singles final. Photos: AFP.

World No. 1 Li Xuerui beat No. 3 Wang Yihan 21-17, 22-20 in an all-Chinese women’s singles final, as China won all five titles at the Denmark Open in Odense. Photos: AFP.

October 20, 2014: China captured all five titles at the Yonex Denmark Open on Sunday to became the first nation after Denmark to complete a clean sweep at the historic tournament, which began in 1936.

 

World No. 1 Li Xuerui won the women’s singles by beating No. 3 Wang Yihan 21-17, 22-20 in an all-Chinese final, but otherwise China clinically dispatched their rivals from Korea, Indonesia and Japan in straight games at Odense Sports Park.

 

World No. 2 Chen Long retained the men’s title by edging Korea’s Son Wan-ho 21-19, 24-22 in the latest chapter of their growing rivalry. The seventh-seeded Son, who beat Chen in the Asian Games team competition last month, was 17-15 ahead in the first game and 20-17 in the second, only for the second seed to fight back with some thrilling play.

 

“This was not an easy win, but I prepared well and took some risks in the second game,” Chen said after his second title in this year’s MetLife BWF World Superseries.

 

World No. 2 Chen Long beat Korea’s Son Wan-ho in the men’s singles final at the Denmark Open, as China won all five titles in Odense.

World No. 2 Chen Long beat Korea’s Son Wan-ho in the men’s singles final, after coming from behind in both games.

Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan won the men’s doubles by beating Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong 21-13, 25-23, preventing the top-ranked Koreans from securing a fourth successive World Superseries triumph.

 

A distinct feature of China’s strategy was to work the shuttle around to find gaps in Korea’s defence. Many winners came from pushes into open spaces, leaving Lee and Yoo staring at each other quizzically.

 

For the 31-year-old Fu, it was a first triumph in Denmark and third time lucky, having lost in two previous finals with different partners.

 

“I’m more experienced and he’s young and energetic, so we complement each other well,” said Fu, who has partnered the 24-year-old Zhang since January.

 

Zhang, the 2012 Olympic mixed doubles champion, added: “We played a magnificent match and I’m very pleased to beat Korea and be a part of this Chinese team.”

 

In the mixed doubles, Xu Chen and Ma Jin avenged their Asian Games loss to Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir by beating the Indonesians 22-20, 21-15. An inspired performance by Xu, often seizing control at net, paved the way for China’s second win of the day.

 

Eighth seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang won the women’s doubles by beating Japanese third seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-14.

 

The Denmark Open featured all-Danish winners in its first year in 1936 and again in 1955. China came close to emulating that feat in 2005, 2008 and last year, taking four titles on each occasion.

 

Source: BWF (www.bwfbadminton.org); Editing by SportAsia

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