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Hosts sweeps China Masters badminton event

2009-09-20 09:31:44 GMT2009-09-20 17:31:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

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CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Hosts China swept the China Masters badminton Super Series after world and Olympics champion Lin Dan brushed aside Thai Boosak Ponsana 21-17,21-17.

The men's singles was the only one that saw a non-Chinese player competes as the hosts already booked four all-Chinese finals took place previously.

Lin, three times world champion and Beijing Olympics winner, did not give much room to the Thai player in the 40-minute final amid thunderous cheers.

In the mixed doubles, title favorite Xie Zhongbo and his partner Zhang Yawen left the match trailing at 21-13, 19-21, 4-8 when Xie didn't feel very well.

"He did not feel well and went to the hospital," said Chinese head coach Li Yongbo.

The championship went to another Chinese pair Tao Jiaming and Wang Xiaoli.

It was not the first time that Xie suffered a heart problem during competition. He was diagnosed premature beat in 2007 after he was eliminated from the quarterfinals at the China Masters.

Teenager Wang Shixian grabbed the women's singles title after a stunning win over world number two Wang Lin 21-14, 14-21, 21-14.

Wang Shixian, 19, continued to play the role of seed killer when she edged second seed Wang Lin in 58 minutes, nailing 33 net winners to Lin's 18.

"I used the right strategy of going to the net and I also won some lucky points," said she, ranked 64th in the world.

Wang Shixian overcame newly crowned world champion Lu Lan, seeded fifth, 16-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the semifinal after beating All England champion and fourth seed Wang Yihan 21-18, 21-18.

Wang Shixian said a pressure-free state of mind helped a lot in her run for the championship.

"Because some of the higher ranked players missed the tournament so I got the opportunity to compete here. So I did not have big goals and had no pressure," she said.

"I also think 'I am the youngest here so what I need to do is just try my best and see what happens'," she added.

Lu Lan, 22, Wang Yihan, 21 and Wang Lin, 20, are dubbed "small flowers" in the national first string team where Wang Shixian has yet to join.

"Of course I hope I can be selected into the top flight team. Iwill work harder as I am aware of the gap between those three and me," she said.

Beijing Olympics winners Du Jing and Yu Yang overcame teammates Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei 21-15, 21-15 to capture the women's doubles title.

Du and Yu led 11-8 to enter the technical timeout and never looked back in the opening set.

The two pairs changed leads in the second but Du and Yu again led 11-8 and quickly to extend their advantage to 15-8.

"This victory is such an encouragement for us because my injury stopped us from producing good performance after the Olympics," said Du, 25, who have been bothered by knee injury since their triumph in Beijing.

"I still have a long way to go to reach as good a form as in the Beijing Olympics last year," she added.

Du and Yu will compete in the Japan Open kicking off two days later.

"Hopefully we can win again in Japan," said Yu.

World champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng withdrew from the men's doubles final due to Cai's injury, surrendering the title to teammates Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen.

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