Chinese shuttlers claim 4th straight Sudirman Cup

10:21, May 30, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 


Lin Dan (R) and Wang Xiaoli of China hold up the trophy during the awarding ceremony of the final at the 2011 Sudirman Cup in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, May 29, 2011. China claimed the champion with 3-0. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

China was crowned the Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton champion for the fourth straight time by cruising past Denmark 3-0 on Sunday.

It is China's second fourth straight win at Sudirman Cup as the powerhouse had achieved it between 1995-2001.

"I am very proud of my players. We encountered some difficulties at the very beginning of the championship, but we managed to overcome it," said Chinese head coach Li Yongbo, whose team only lost two women's singles' matches en route to champions.

Denmark qualified for only their second ever Sudirman Cup final. In their first final in 1999, they were defeated by China 3-1, and this time they failed to avenge.

Xu Chen/Ma Jin met little challenge from their opponents Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen in the opening mixed doubles, putting China ahead with a victory of 21-14, 21-14.

The Chinese duo, only paired three months ago, was also instrumental in China's 3-1 win over South Korea on Saturday's semifinal as they saved four match points in the decider to defeat Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun 21-23, 21-14, 24-22.

"Yesterday's match gave us lots of confidence and we were comparatively relaxed today after that tough competition," said Xu Chen.

Olympic and three-time world champion Lin Dan dominated the men's singles by beating veteran Peter Gade 21-16, 21-11.

Twelve years ago, Gade was a fresh-faced 22-year-old when he suffered a 15-13, 15-13 loss to Sun Jun as China cruised to win the Cup. This time, the 34-year-old lost again, but gained respect, both from his opponent Lin and the crowd.

"Gade is my next aim," said the grand-slam winner Lin, "He is already 34-year-old, but I still have to give out everything to beat him."

Gade said he was to retire after the London Olympic Games, which means it is his last Sudirman Cup. Gade was satisfied with his performance, having outclassed all of his opponents except Lin.

"I really enjoy this week, the great spectators and the great competition," said the experienced.

Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng secured the win for China after pushing aside Carsten Mogensen/Jonas Rasmussen 21-17, 21-13.

In the second game, the scoreline went point for point amid thunderous cheers and applause from the spectators in Qingdao Stadium before Rasmussen's return hit into the net to end the match and ignited the passion of the crowd.

Source: Xinhua

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】


 
 
     
 
Wen Jiabao  attends trilateral leaders' meeting of China,Japan and ROK
 
The Third  China-U.S.Strategic and Economic Dialogue
 
     
 
 
 
  Weekly review  
 
May 27   Kim calls for close ties through generations
 
May 23   China intends to enhance friendship with Japan
May 23   Expert: Ecological problems not all due to Three Gorges Dam
May 24   Top military official's visit promotes China-US military ties
May 28   The week in pictures
May 25   'China fever' sweeps US tourism industry
May 26   US should not monopolize cyber affairs
May 26   Salty tide hits Shanghai as drought lingers
May 25   A new chapter for China-South Africa cooperation
May 27   Military trusted most of all Chinese institutions
 
     
 
 

(Editor:燕勐)

  • Do you have anything to say?
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival brings zest to Chengdu
  • Chinese shuttlers claim 4th straight Sudirman Cup
  • People in wheelchairs set Guinness record for pulling plane
  • Traditional rice food festival kicks off in Taipei
  • Fabio Fognini beats Albert Montanes 3-2 at French Open
  • Veterans' Rolling Thunder marks Memorial Day in U.S.
http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90779/94835/7394601.pdf