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China, Korea split golds in Shanghai

http://www.sports.cn/ 2008-11-23 23:16:00

(Shanghai, November 23) The BWF Super Series 2008 China Open wrapped up its six-day competitions this evening. China and Korea split the five titles on offer as the host claimed champions of men's singles, women's singles and doubles and Korea dominated in men's doubles and the mixed doubles event.

On the men's side, Beijing Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan smashed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-18, 21-9 to win the champion.

"Lin was slow in the first game, " said Lee Chong Wei. "But when he sped up in the second, I couldn't catch up with him at all."

Lee Chong Wei and I didn't show our best forms in today's match due to a lack of systematic training after the Beijing Olympic Games, commented Lin.

Although Lin collected the title, he had only reached 70 percent of his normal condition, according to Xia Xuanze, head coach of the men's team.

30-year-old Dane Peter Hoeg Gade won the Denmark Open and snatched his first French Open title recently, but failed to maintain his superb form in Shanghai as he conceded to Wong Choong Hann of Maylasia 21-17, 18-21, 16-21 in the round of 16 games.

For seventh-seeded Hidayat Taufik of Indonesia, his dream of winning the China Open was shattered on Thursday after he fell to Chinese Du Yupeng with 0-2 in the second round.

Chinese hopeful Chen Jin also stopped in the quarterfinal.

In men's doubles, Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae of Korea vanquished Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 17-21, 21-17, 21-13 in the final as Chinese aces Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng suffered early defeat in the qualters.

On the women's side, China placed all together 6 players in the women’s singles quarters, including Xie Xingfang and Zhu Lin. It was Jiang Yanjiao winning the title by beating her teammate Zhu Jingjing 21-15, 21-13. Jiang Yanjiao said, "I don't have load because of my injury and I had good preparation for the final today."

Earlier, Zhu came from nowhere to topple 7th-seeded Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia 21-11, 21-14.

Chinese duo Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting triumphed over their Malaysian counterparts Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty 21-14, 21-19 in the doubles final.

Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung of Korea whitewashed China's Xu Chen and Zhao Yunlei 21-16, 21-15 to make their statement in the mixed doubles.

The overall performance of the Chinese national team is satisfying, as they bagged three golds, said head coach Li Yongbo .

He also expressed his satisfaction with the fledging young players, but pointed out that some of the players didn't achieve satisfying results during the rebuilding of the team after the Olympic Games.