Hidayat reachs men's singles final at badminton worlds

12:35, August 29, 2010      

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Indonesian ace Taufik Hidayat fought his way into the men's singles final at the Badminton World Championships for the first time in five years, beating South Korea's Park Sung Hwan in straight sets on Saturday.

The former world and Olympic champion took the opening set comfortably 21-10, but seemed under control in the second set.

Trailing 18-20, the seasoned fifth seed managed to come back and win four points in a row, reaching the final for the first time since his title winning moment in 2005.

"I was determined to win the match in two sets," said the fifth seed Hidayat. "When I fought back to tie in 20-20, I knew I could win the second set."

Chen Jin watched Hidayat's match on the stands as the fourth seed from China reached the final first by beating world No. 2 Peter Gade from Denmark.

Chen lost the first set 19-21, but managed to win the following two 21-8 and 21-11.

"I have reached my goal of advancing into the final, and I just want to perform well tomorrow," said Chen who lost to teammate Lin Dan in last year's final.

Besides, the powerhouse China has made sure to bag three golds home as the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles will all feature Chinese finals on Sunday.

In the final match on Saturday, defending world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng of China smashed Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia 21-16, 21-13, setting up an encounter with Malaysia's top seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in Sunday's final.

Source: Xinhua


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