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Chinese shuttlers dominate in Delhi

Pitting two Chinese shuttlers against each other always ensures a mouth-watering encounter; and if one of them happens to be Lin Dan, world No. 2 and reigning world champion, the intensity of the action amplifies.

other Updated: Apr 18, 2010 23:44 IST
Anupma Tripathi

Pitting two Chinese shuttlers against each other always ensures a mouth-watering encounter; and if one of them happens to be Lin Dan, world No. 2 and reigning world champion, the intensity of the action amplifies.

On Sunday, 'Super Dan' won the Badminton Asia Championships, a title that had eluded him for a while now. Dan beat compatriot, Wan Zhengming 21-17, 21-15.

Even the crowd present to witness the fireworks was out in full support of Dan, who was very impressed with the fans' knowledge of Chinese. "Every time I won a point, the crowd would go Cha yu, which mean buck-up in English," said the elated champion.

The two Chinese players set the court on fire their impressive array of shots. Drops executed to perfection, deft placements and powerful smashes used to devastating effect had the crowd roaring and asking for more. "The crowd has been very supportive of me throughout the event. This is my maiden Asians title and I am happy to win it in India. It's my second visit here and my second win on the Indian soil as well," said the second seed.

Talking about the match, Dan said, "Though I wasn't in the best of form, after losing the All-England and the Swiss open this year, I desperately wanted a win. For me, it's a confidence-boosting victory."

Gopi satisfied with Saina's performance

National coach and Saina Nehwal's mentor P Gopichand said he was happy with ehr performance but admitted there is room for improvement.

“Three years ago, Saina's backhand was a problem. She has overcome that issue. Now she is even good with her forehand and parallel shots,” he said. “So the improvement is there. Also, the last few months have been good for her. I am sure she will be at her best for the Commonwealth Games.”