China’s Lin Dan exchanges shirts with Lee Chong Wei after vanquishing the Malaysian world No 1 in the final of the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuching on Sunday.(AFP)
China’s Lin Dan exchanges shirts with Lee Chong Wei after vanquishing the Malaysian world No 1 in the final of the Malaysia Open Badminton Superseries in Kuching on Sunday.(AFP)

Lin Dan crowned Malaysia Open Superseries badminton champ, Carolina Marin loses

Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan upstaged great Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei to claim his maiden Malaysia Open Superseries badminton title; Chinese Taipei’s world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying left Spanish Olympic champion Carolina Marin a runner-up for the second week in a row in the women’s final.
By AFP, Kuching, Malaysia
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2017 06:22 PM IST

China’s Lin Dan, a two-time Olympic champion, engineered a brilliantly ruthless strategy against arch-rival Malaysian world No 1 Lee Chong Wei to win his first ever Malaysia Open Superseries badminton title on Sunday.

Showing no sign of fatigue, 33-year-old Lin pushed Lee, one year his senior, from back to front, forcing the recent All England Open winner into unforced errors to win 21-19, 21-14 in 55 minutes.

Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying emerged champion in the women’s singles. The world No 1 was, however, made to work hard for her win, defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin 23-25, 22-20, 21-13 in a 85-minute triumph.

The Spanish Olympic champion ended a runner-up for the second week in a row, after India’s PV Sindhu defeated her in the final of last week’s India Open Superseries badminton tournament in New Delhi

CLASH OF MASTERS

In the men’s final, the two badminton veterans started cautiously, and Lee, the title favourite, began securing points with his killer cross-court smashes. But Lin kept his calm, resorting to long rallies, swift returns and precision net play to defeat Lee.

With the unexpected victory, Lin has now won every major title the sport has to offer.

“My main target was to break my jinx at this Malaysia Open. We both played well and showed a high level of badminton. Me are Lee are both ageing, and so I cherish every moment we play each other in a big tournament,” he said.

Read | PV Sindhu jumps to world No 2 in badminton rankings; Saina Nehwal drops to 9

BADMINTON-LOVING CROWD

Although partisan, the crowd cheered both ageing icons, boosting the morale of the shuttlers who demonstrated agility and power play and reminded critics they are not ready to retire.

Lee began the contest as the attacking player, pushing Lin into making unforced errors, but he could not hold on to his 19-15 advantage in the first game. Lin stormed back into contention with six straight points to win 21-19.

Lin continued his domination in the second game, staying focused and sticking to long rallies to build a lead of 11-8.

Lin’s strong challenge for points saw Lee in the final shot hitting the shuttle wide, allowing Lin to take the second game 21-14.

Read | PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal lose in Round 1 of Malaysia Open badminton

LIN DELIRIOUS

As has become the norm for the Chinese player, Lin dropped his racket, flung off his shirt and collapsed to the floor to rejoice in a victory that had eluded him in 2006.

The Chinese star had never been able to win in Malaysia. Lin reached the final thrice but was defeated by Lee in 2005 and 2006 and by Chinese compatriot Chen Long in 2015.

In 2006, Lin was one point away from the title as he led 20-13 in the deciding game, but Lee staged a phenomenal comeback to win 23-21 at the same venue.

Although he went down in straight games this time, Lee vowed to return stronger.

“It wasn’t my best performance today. I lost some confidence after losing the first game, but overall I am satisfied with my performance,” he said.

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