Li Xuerui

# Lin Dan is still the master over Chen Long

By Rizal Abdullah

It was not an easy match as he slogged for 65 minutes for his 21-17, 23-21 win over top seed and compatriot Chen Long in an all-China final in the men’s singles final in the USD150,000 China Masters in Jiangsu on Sunday but the show belonged to Lin Dan.

Dubbed “Super Dan” for his exploits on court Lin Dan, who won his sixth All-England title in March, showed why he is hailed to win his third Olympic gold medal in the Rio Olympics in August. He won in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

It is Lin Dan’s sixth China Masters title. His previous wins were in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2014. Chen Long is a two-time winner of the China Masters – in 2011 and 2012.

With Sunday’s win Lin Dan stretched his head-to-head count to 8-2.

Top seed Li Xuerui won her maiden China Masters title. In the final Xuerui, the top seed battled for 63 minutes to subdue her younger opponent and fifth seed Sun Yu 21-16, 19-21, 21-6.

The men’s doubles final was an all-Korean affair with Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong exacting sweet revenge on compatriots and third seeds Kim Si-jung-Kim Sa-rang with a  21-17, 21-14 in an all-Korean final which lasted 40 minutes.

Yong-dae-Yeon-seong lost to Si-jung-Sa-rang in semi-finals in the Malaysia Open Superseries Premier in Shah Alam earlier this month. Si-jung-Sa-rang went on to win the Malaysian Open title.

It was a 85-minute marathon in the women’s doubles final before the Luo twins – Luo Ying and Luo Yu – won in a come-from-behind 16-21, 21-15, 21-18 win over compatriots Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan. It was their second China Masters title, having also won in 2014.

In the mixed doubles top seeds Xu Chen-Ma Jin completed a hattrick of titles with a 21-17, 21-15 win over seventh seeds, compatriots Xheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen in 35 minutes. They were also champions in 2011 and 2012.



Men’s singles

Lin Dan (Chn) beat Chen Long (Chn) 21-17, 23-21


Men’s doubles

Lee Yong-dae-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) beat Kim Gi-jung-Kim Sa-rang (Kor) 21-17, 21-14


Women’s singles

Li Xuerui (Chn) beat Sun Yu (Chn) 21-16, 19-21, 21-6


Women’s doubles

Luo Ying-Luo Yu (Chn) beat Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) 16-21,  21-15, 21-18


Mixed doubles

Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) beat Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen 21-17, 21-15

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