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Badminton: World No. 1 Chen Long reigns supreme at All England

Chen Long celebrates his second All England title in three years. Photos: AFP.

Chen Long celebrates his second All England title in three years. Photos: AFP.

March 9, 2015: World No. 1 Chen Long overcame a stiff challenge from Jan O Jorgensen to win his second Yonex All England Championships title in three years with a 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 victory in front of 6,000 fans in Birmingham.

 

Prevailing in a battle of the top two seeds at the Barclaycard Arena, the 26-year-old Chen was one of three world champions victorious in Sunday’s finals, two of which featured thrilling comebacks.

 

“I believed that I could come back so I kept calm and didn’t rush the points,” said Chen, who beat legendary compatriot Lin Dan in the semi-finals. “I played tighter and didn’t let in distractions.”

 

Jorgensen, the Dane aiming to become the first European to win the title since his compatriot Peter Gade 16 years ago, said: “He is so strong physically, but I proved that I can play to my world ranking.”

 

The World No. 1 came from behind to beat No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen in Birmingham.

The World No. 1 came from behind to beat No. 2 Jan O Jorgensen in Birmingham.

Earlier, Carolina Marin staged the first of the day’s comebacks as the Spaniard won her first Superseries title while also crushing Saina Nehwal’s hopes of becoming India’s first woman winner.

 

Nehwal threw away a 6-1 lead in the second before the Spaniard turned on the style to win 16-21, 21-14, 21-7.

 

“I was making too many easy mistakes and my hand was really nervous at the start, but then I just wanted to enjoy it,” said Marin after her 62-minute win.

 

China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei won the mixed doubles title by beating three-time champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia 21-10, 21-10.

 

China’s Bao Yixin and Tang Yuanting also won the women’s doubles in two games, beating compatriots Wang Xialoi and Yu Yang 21-14, 21-14 in 39 minutes.

 

In the final match of the day, China attempted to win their fourth title, but second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen were in inspired form as they beat Zhang – contesting his second final of the day – and Fu Haifen 21-17, 22-20.

 

Source: All England Championships (www.allenglandbadminton.com); Editing by SportAsia

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