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Badminton: Lee conquers Chen in India, while Wang wins women’s

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won his second successive India Open title and third in four years with an impressive win over China’s Chen Long, the World No. 2. Photos: AFP.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won his second successive India Open title and third in four years with an impressive win over China’s Chen Long, the World No. 2. Photos: AFP.

April 7, 2014: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia extended his recent mastery over China’s Chen Long with a 21-13 21-17 victory in the final of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.

 

Chen, 25, was looking to avenge his defeat to Lee in last month’s All England, but the top seed outplayed his younger rival to improve his head-to-head record to 9-8.

 

As in the All England final, the 31-year-old Lee chose not to engage Chen in quick exchanges, opting instead for high tosses and interspersing them with sharply angled smashes in a near-perfect display.

 

Lee only dropped his high standards early in the second game when his netplay deserted him and Chen took a small lead, but the Malaysian quickly tightened his game, resumed the ascendancy and clinically converted his first match point.

 

There was also a repeat of the All England finalists in the women’s singles and again China’s Wang Shixian came out on top, beating World No. 1 Li Xuerui 22-20, 21-19 to reconfirm her position in the top ranks.

 

Li, the 2012 Olympic champion, built up handy leads in the first game, but Wang saved two game points before clinching the first game, showing incredible athleticism on key points. Wang, 24, repeated the come-from-behind performance in the second game. Down 16-18, the World No. 3 allowed Li only one more point before her celebrations broke out after sealing victory in 47 minutes.

 

Wang, who beat World No. 2 Wang Yihan in the semi-finals, was not on the Chinese team at the last Olympics and said she’s motivated to make the team for the next one.

 

China’s Wang Shixian showed off her athleticism as she continued her recent revival with victory over World No. 1 Li Xuerui in the women’s singles final.

Wang Shixian showed off her athleticism as she continued her recent revival with victory over World No. 1 Li Xuerui.

“This year I’ve started well and I just want to maintain my condition and form,” she said. “I want to play well until the next Olympic Games. I’m really looking forward to going to the Olympics because last time I didn’t have the chance to go and my performances dipped after that. My aim now is to keep performing well and to do my best in building up to Rio.”

 

Wang, who has now reached three straight Superseries finals, added that the recently announced year-ending BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals is also great motivation.

 

“I’ve never been to Dubai and I’m looking forward to qualifying and going there,” she declared. “It seems to be a fabulous city. The way many people describe it to me, it’s like a wonderland, so I hope the Superseries Finals will be held there even more than four years.”

 

Chinese duo Yu Yang and teenager Tang Yuanting started finals day with a 21-10, 13-21, 21-16 win over Kim Ha-na and Jung Kyung-eun of Korea in the women’s doubles. The experienced Yu was pleased with her 19-year-old partner.

 

“It’s the first time we’re a pair and the important thing is to cooperate and communicate well,” she said. “It was a difficult match, but we just took it point by point and tried not to worry. My partner played well.”

 

Denmark won the two other doubles competitions. Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen won their second Superseries title this year, denying 2013 winners Qiu Zihan and Liu Xiaolong with a 17-21, 21-15, 21-15 win in the men’s doubles. Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen took the mixed crown, beating Kim and Korean compatriot Ko Sung-hyun 21-16 18-21 21-18 in the day’s closest result.

 

For more information, visit: www.bwfbadminton.org

 

Source: BWF

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