Sunday, August 16, 2009

Two-time Finalists

Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung

Hyderabad (8/16) - South Korean pair Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung failed to win their first world championship title after losing to fifth-seeded Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng in a very tough match, 18-21, 16-21, and 26-28 in an hour and 15 minutes. They became the finalists again, like in 2007 world championship.

The 4th seeds Lee/Jung made the mistakes at the end and the Chinese pair hugged each other in great relief and celebration.

“I have failed in my second final in the world championships. It’s disappointing but on the other hand, we are satisfied that we showed the world a good badminton match,” 20-year-old Lee Yong-dae said.

“We had prepared well and tried really hard but it was never easy to beat this Chinese pair. They played so well today."

The 27-year-old Jae-sung said that the defeat had only fuelled the fire in them to take their game to an even higher level.

“We have been together for four years now and Yong-dae is more matured now compared to our first outing in the world championships. And our teamwork has been really amazing,” he said.

“Our task is to continue showing the world what badminton is all about. We will be out to do well in other tournaments.”

“We would not have won the title today if not for the great trust we have in each other,” Cai Yun said.

“There are so many tough rivals in badminton and it gives us great pleasure to beat one of them here.”

“Nothing comes easy in achieving success. And we have worked very hard for this moment. It feels nice to leave this tournament by giving the fans a classic show. There will certainly be more from us," added Fu Haifeng.

All-Chinese Women's Finals

The women's finals were dominated by Chinese players. Seventh-seeded single's player, Lu Lan, downed her senior fifth seed Xie Xingfang 23-21 and 21-12 to win her first world championship title. It became Lu Lan's most prestigious title of her career since she has never won Olympic medals or All England title. 28-year-old Xie Xingfang was 2005 and 2006 world champion.

On the other hand, senior pair Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen overcame the younger second seeds Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei in rubber sets, 17-21, 21-17, and 21-16.

Defending Champions Were Defeated

The only Indonesian hope for winning a title in Hyderabad was demolished by Denmark. Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl captured the title by subduing the defending champions, Nova Widhianto and Lilyana Natsir, easily, 13-21 and 17-21 in only 38 minutes. It was the fastest match in the final, just like the women's singles.

As a whole, China dominated with 4 titles while Denmark took a title from mixed doubles.

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