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Lin beats Chen in all-Chinese final

8/16/2009

HYDERABAD, India -- Olympic champion Lin
Dan completed a record hat trick of world badminton championship
titles by overcoming Chen Jin in an all-Chinese final on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, nicknamed "Super Dan", began cautiously
before stamping his authority over world No. 2 Chen,
winning 21-18, 21-16 in 45 minutes.

Seventh seed Lu Lan dashed Lin's girlfriend Xie Xingfang's
hopes for a third title by winning the women's final 23-21, 21-12.

The badminton powerhouse pocketed four of the five titles up
for grabs after also triumphing in the men's and women's
doubles.

Lin, the fifth seed but the overwhelming favorite, extended
his supremacy in the game, having won the 2006 and 2007 world
titles before clinching the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
last year.

"I'm very happy to win three times, I hope in future also I
can have better performances," Lin said in a courtside interview
through an interpreter after the win.

"The Chinese team training has been very effective. That is
why I have been able to sustain my performances for three days."

Despite facing stiff tests against Danish former world
No. 1 Peter Gade and Indonesian 2007 world runner-up Sony
Dwi Kuncoro in previous rounds, Lin was ready for the in-form
Chen.

Chen, 23, rallied from 11-6 down by denying Lin many
openings at the net and successfully engaging the left-hander in
rallies until Lin regained control to wrap up the first game.

Chen raised hopes of a fightback as the pair traded
fast-paced rallies in the second game, the finest lasting over a
minute which Chen won with a crosscourt smash to level at 14-14.

However, Lin quickly shifted gears to race to match point at
20-15. Although Chen saved one, the contest ended in anti-climax
when he made a service fault.

In the women's final, Lu showed her semifinal win over teammate and world No. 2 Wang Lin was no fluke, edging past her
28-year-old rival on extra points in the first game.

Lu dominated the second game with court speed and smashes to
Xie's backhand before sealing victory when the Beijing Olympics
silver medalist sent a return long.

"It was my mental strength, the fighting spirit was really
there," said a delighted Lu. "It was tough, especially in the
first game, up against my teammate."

China had dropped reigning women's champion Zhu Lin due to
poor form.

Chinese eighth seeds Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting won the
women's doubles, upstaging teammates and second seeds Cheng Shu
and Zhao Yunlei 17-21, 21-17, 21-16.

Denmark won the mixed doubles final when seventh seeds
Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl upset Indonesian second
seeds Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir 21-13, 21-17.