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16th Asia Games 2010 – Men Singles Badminton Finals (Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan)

November 27, 2010

I was looking forward to this match up at the start of the Asia Games 2010. I knew it was going to be great finals where World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei who has not won the Asia Games before will be here to prove himself again against one of the greatest badminton players of all time Lin Dan. Lin Dan on the other hand, has won all major titles in the world except the Asia Games. This was truely a matchup I couldn’t miss.

Chong Wei returning a shot (Photo's by Getty Images)

This time around before the game, I had a feeling that it just could be Chong Wei’s time to take revenge against his fellow rival. Chong Wei looked fitter and stronger in the early individual rounds whereby Lin Dan, didnt look at sharp as he was when he won the Beijing Olympics in 2008. However, we all knew that Lin Dan had the home advantage and the only way that Chong Wei could win would be to stay mentally focused and strong.

At the start of the first few points, one thing I notice about Chong Wei is that he has improved in his confidence and he could match Lin Dan. One thing I did was I underestimated Lin Dan who was just following Chong Wei’s style of play. At times it looked like Lin Dan was fooling around with Chong Wei. Chong Wei could not find a hole in the great wall’s defence which lead to the long rallies. Lin Dan took the first game easily 21-13.

In the second, Lin Dan took himself from 5th gear to 3rd gear.. He started the game slowly and Chong Wei took advantage of that to take a huge lead at the start. It started to get interesting as it would Lin Dan fight back in the second game or would he just give away the second game? China’s head coach Yong Bo said that Lin Dan wasn’t at his best fitness levels before the tournament hence my guess was Lin Dan would give the game up. But what I loved bout Lin Dan was the way he pushed the long rallies in the second game with the objective of tiring Chong Wei in the 3rd set. There were some lovely rallies in the first 2 sets which was one my fav of the higlights in the tournament. Chong Wei won the game 15-21.
Great wall of Lin Dan

Great wall of Lin Dan (Photo's by Getty Images)

Now it was the final set, everyone in Malaysia was buzzing that there is hope for Chong Wei to bag the country their next Gold medal. Little did we know that Lin Dan, had lots more up his racket. What he did was a true masterclass as he started to play a different style of play compared to what he had done in the 1st and 2nd. He started to play a very aggresive start and he was attacking lots in the first few points. When Lin Dan starts playing at that pace, it was very difficult for Chong Wei to keep up  and Lin Dan was leading 11-1 at one point. This truely showcased the ability of the World No. 2 as a true legend. He took the final set easily 21-10 to be crowed the 2010 Asia Games Badminton – Men’s Singles Champion.

To me it was a really great game to watch between the two best players in the world and I would say this was one of the best matchup’s between Chong Wei and Lin Dan. Congrats to both Lin Dan and Chong Wei for putting up a great display of badminton.

Lin Dan wins the Asia Games

Lin Dan wins the Asia Games (Photo's by Getty Images)Lin Dan's tribute to the fans (Photo by Getty Images)

Well I believe a badminton fan shouldn’t have missed the game for the world.. however if you did miss it, pls say thank you to smkmegah in YouTube for sharing the video with ya’ll 🙂 Enjoy the game peeps!

Btw, I know I have not been updating frequently, however I promise to be more active in the coming months 🙂 What you could do is to follow me on twitter or “like” me in the Facebook 🙂

Asia Games 2010 – Men Singles Badminton Finals

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 1

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 2

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 3

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 4

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 5

Lee Chong Wei vs Lin Dan Part 6

Ciao Da Maoz

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 11:03 pm

    Yeah i was.. Long time ago.. Lol RT @EmaDuel: hi @smashingmark .are you ex-Selangor player?Just asking :)Follow me on Twitter1 week ago
    is watching the china open super series semi’s.. Too many China Players!this tournament misses @taufikhidayat_1 and Peter Gade :(Follow me on Twitter1 week ago
    This is one of the most powerful smashes in the singles by our beloved @taufikhidayat_1 🙂 305kmh me on Twitter2 weeks ago
    Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan winning the gold at AsiaGames. I’ve put up the gr8 game.. me on Twitter2 weeks ago

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