China made it four in a row with convincing win over Indonesia with Lin Dan back at his imperious best.
The Lin Dan of old reappeared yesterday against Lee Chong Wei and many expected a repeat performance against Taufik Hidayat in the opening singles of the Thomas Cup final. It didn’t take long to receive an answer as Lin Dan took an 11-1 lead into the interval of the first game, Hidayat attempted a comeback but the deficit was too great as Lin Dan took the opening game 21-7. The second started as a much tighter affair, but Lin Dan pushed ahead just before the interval in the second game to lead 11-6 and refused to led the Indonesian back into the match and stretched his lead before taking the match on the first of his match points, taking the second game and match 21-7, 21-14.
Cai and Fu played Kido and Setiawan in the opening of the doubles matches, with the Indonesians starting the best of the two pairings taking an 11-6 lead to the opening interval. Cai and Fu responded by stringing six points together to turn a 12-15 deficit into an 18-15 lead and then had three chances to win the opening game, only to let them slip away and then passed up a 4th chance to win the game before Kido and Setiawan also blew their chance to win the opening game, Cai and Fu missed out with their 5th chance before taking the game on the sixth attempt, 25-23. The second game was testament to the Indonesian pair as they dominated the game and never gave Cai and Fu a chance to lead after the interval in the second game, as Kido and Setiawan took the second game 21-16 to set up a deciding game. The Indonesian’s took an early lead in the deciding game before Cai and Fu strung seven points together from 3-1 down to lead 8-3 and after a brief comeback by Kido and Setiawan stretched their advantage further and further away from them to take the deciding game 21-12 and put China into a 2-0 in the rubber.
Chen Jin had China’s first chance to secure the Thomas Cup for the fourth consecutive time with a win over Simon Santoso. However the Indonesian had other plans as he took the opening game 21-19 after Chen Jin held an 18-15 lead in the opening game, Chen Jin responded in the second game by taking an 18-14 lead and eventually winning the second game 21-17. Chen Jin had beaten Simon Santoso in their previous four meetings but they had never went to a deciding game into today but Chen Jin was supremely confident of victory after taking a stunning 11-1 lead into the final game interval and just like Lin Dan had done in the opening game against Taufik Hidayat, he won the game 21-7 and completed the 3-0 rout as China defended their Thomas Cup