Lee Couldn't Handle Chen

If the Chinese squad wanted another headline to take over from the semi-final withdrawals, then their performances on finals day certainly made more desirable headlines as China won all four of their matches in the final.

Chen Long stunned the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei with a three game victory in the men’s singles final, the 73-minute match started with an unlikely 21-8 win for Chen Long but the Malaysian was equally impressive in his 21-10 second game but Chen Long rallied back to stun Lee Chong Wei and take the title 21-18 in the third.

There was further success in a pair of one-sided victories in the women’s singles and men’s doubles, Wang Yihan defeated Juliane Schenk in two games as well as Cai and Fu beating Ahsan and Septano in a tight two game match to take the Chinese tally to 3 titles. There was a fourth title for the young Chinese pair of Chong and Bao over the 5th seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei, after losing the opening game and saving two match points the Chinese pair battled back to clinch the second game and then the third game to claim an unlikely fourth title in Japan.

The only non-Chinese final seen Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei take on the Danish pair of Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen, after sharing the opening two games Cheng Wen Hsing ensured that she would take one title this week and from 14-14 in the third game the Chinese point strung four points together to ensure a decisive lead that they wouldn’t surrender and took the third game 21-15 to claim the title.

Finals Results

One Response to YONEX Open Japan 2011: Chen Long Stuns Lee Chong Wei

  1. Michael says:

    I think a day of rest before the final does really make a difference on this level of play. But it is not the sportsmanhip or fairplay one wants as a badminton fan. If the opponents of Lee Chong Wei and Juliane Schenk, would have played their semifinals, it could have made a difference in the results.
    Lets hope for world wide badminton the other countries manage to avoid China-China semifinals in the future, as one can see this happening again and again, and just continue or begin to work as hard/smart or harder/smarter than the Chinese.

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