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Gade fails to continue the classics

http://www.sports.cn/ 2008-11-20 20:05:00

(Shanghai November 20) Danish veteran shuttler Peter Hoeg Gade failed to maintain his superb form of grabbing two international event titles after the Beijing Olympics as he conceded to Wong Choong Hann of Maylasia 21-17, 18-21, 16-21 this afternoon at the China Open in Shanghai.

"I should have won the game and I was looking forward to the game against Lee Chong Wei tomorrow, " Gade noted after the match. He won the first set but then had a disastrous second set.

In the second set I was controlling the game then he took a break and when he came back, he played very well, Gade said, adding "I was better than Choong Hann in most of the game, but he played very well -- the best I've seen he played for a long time."

The 30-year-old Gade suffered a lung infection and broke two rib bones in the beginning of 2008, but gradually re-established his international reputation afterwards.

Speaking of his performance at the Olympics, Gade said it was "OK" and then "getting better and really good." The Dane beat the former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in three games to snatch his first French Open title after winning the Denmark Open.

Facing a season of extreme high and low, the Danish player said "you cannot always win", but it is the two latest champions make him keep going.

When asked about his plan of retirement, Gade pointed out he would lay down his racket in one or two years. "Maybe after the end of the World Champions in Paris. A lot of things can happen. One serious injury and I'll stop." He added.