Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thomas Cup for China Again

Favorite China won their fourth Thomas Cup title in a row and their eighth title. The master had better quality in skill and mental compared to Indonesia that they humbled the 13-time champion just 3-0.

Four-time All England and three-time world champion Lin Dan excelled Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat 21-7, 21-14 in just 44 minutes. Mighty Lin Dan effortlessly led the match in the first set. And the score was 11-1 for Lin Dan when the players took a break in the first set. Lin Dan won 5 smash winners and 7 net winners, compared to Taufik's 3 and 1.

In the beginning of the second set, Taufik tried to show some fight by leading 2-0, but Lin Dan was able to equalized the score until he left Taufik 7-4 and 12-5 to win 21-14 and clinched China's first point.

Lin Dan celebrated his win by hugging his coach after his win.

Lin Dan is happy with his straight-set win

I am tired, very tired. I hope to change my economy class ticket to first class when we return home tonight,” he said.

“I am happy to have got the chance to play (Lee) Chong Wei and Taufik and beating them both. They are two of the best players in the world. Chong Wei is still the most difficult player to play against.

“Today, we (Taufik and myself) tried to win the first point for our country. It was our responsibility to get the first point and I won.

“I put in a lot of effort in my win but I must say that I am not a class above the rest as many have made out. Chong Wei, Taufik and Peter (Gade Christensen) are at the same level.

“We have players like Chen Jin, Bao Chunlai and Chen Hong in the next group.”

Chinese team pose

In the second match, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng fought hard to defeat 2008 Olympic gold medalists Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan 25-23, 16-21, and 21-12 - making China led 2-0.

In the last match, Indonesia's Simon Santoso surprised China's Chen Jin with a 19-21 first-set win. However, Chen Jin struggled to grasp the second-set win and downed Simon's mental in the third set that Chen Jin won easily 21-7. With a 19-21, 21-17, and 21-7 victory, Chen Jin contributed it to China's 3-0 win.

Japanese Thomas and Uber Cup team

Malaysia Thomas Cup team

pictures by thomasuberkl2010 and internationalbadminton

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