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All England 2009 Finals Roundup

March 9, 2009

The All England ended up to be an all China affair whereby the Chinese swept all titles this year around. They showcased their supreme power in the sport when they upset the world no. 1 in the Mens Singles and Womens Singles. I did a poll recently on who would win both the singles finals and Chong Wei and Tine Rasmussen were the favourite choices of the many fans.

Tine showed great fighting spirit in the attempt to defend her title but that was not good enough. Wang Yihan showed some great characted to defeat Tine who is much taller and stronger than her. I think Tine is brings a good balance to the womens singles as for these past few years it was dominated by the Chinese players.

In the mens singles, Lin Dan showed to the world that he is the worlds best and he also proved that the world no. 1 ranking does not really say much. Credit to Chong Wei as he showed an imporved characted and a stronger mental strength this time around. He fought well point after point in the first set but it is hard to play Lin Dan who anticipates every move of his well. Lin Dan played lots of variety and he could easily up his pace to maintain a constant lead againts Chong Wei. Lin Dan beat Chong Wei 21-19, 21-12. Honestly I think Chong Wei needs to start winning important tournaments which Lin Dan plays just to prove a point.

Results

 

Order of play of Sunday, March 08, 2009
          Score   Duration
Court 1
       XD
Hanbin HE [3] CHN[CHN]
Yang (F) YU CHN[CHN]
KOR[KOR] Sung Hyun KO
KOR[KOR] Jung Eun HA
13-21 21-15 21-9 0:55
       MS
Dan LIN [2] CHN[CHN]
MAS[MAS] Chong Wei LEE [1]
21-19 21-12 0:43
       WD
Yawen ZHANG [7] CHN[CHN]
Tingting ZHAO CHN[CHN]
CHN[CHN] Shu CHENG
CHN[CHN] Yunlei ZHAO
21-13 21-15 0:48
       WS
Yihan WANG CHN[CHN]
DEN[DEN] Tine RASMUSSEN [1]
21-19 21-23 21-11 0:58
       MD
Yun CAI [7] CHN[CHN]
Haifeng FU CHN[CHN]
KOR[KOR] Sang Hoon HAN
KOR[KOR] Ji Man HWANG
21-17 21-15 0:39

Here are some videos of interviews and the mens singles game from youtube.

Do share with me your thoughts of the mens singles finals and the womens singles finals.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2009 8:38 pm

    too bad, chong wei failed to win the tournament.
    but still it was a great show by him

  2. March 11, 2009 2:12 am

    it was a better performance by Lee Chong Wei. I have to agree.. hope he keeps improving himself against Lin Dan..

  3. stevedow permalink
    March 11, 2009 8:35 pm

    Thanks for posting the interviews.

    I went to Birmingham to watch the quarters on Friday and had a great time. Unfortunately I missed the semis and finals, so had to watch them online. This site has decent streaming : http://watchbadminton.com/

    I can’t believe China won in every event – what a great badminton power they are. Well done China I say!

  4. greentea permalink
    March 13, 2009 3:23 pm

    Congratulations to Chinese youngster Wang Yihan. With confidence and determination, she beat the prematch favorite Tine Ramussen.
    This is a marvellous achievement for a young Chinese player.

    Well done, Yihan.

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