Kuala Lumpur : Badminton powerhouse China looks on the awakening track to strike back in their preparation for the Olympic Games , winning four of the five titles in BWF top-tier, Super 750 tournament. It’s not the first time China scoop four titles in MAS Open, they did same feat in 1988 and 2011 edition.
Lin Dan is back again, the Chinese badminton mega star had struggling form in last 12 months, losing regularly in the very first round or second. He reached final of Super 300 tournament in Thailand but got shocking outcome, defeated by Singaporean qualifier Loh Kean Yew.
A superb performance by Lin in final to eliminate Chen Long underlines his intention for Tokyo 2020. Losing badly in opening game, Lin changed his tactic to outmaneuvers Chen who’s widely known for solid defense with mastery technical skill and excellent placement plus too many unforced errors by Chen Long in deciding game, 9-21,21-17,21-11.
Lin Dan was so emotional after wining the match, hard to believe that he did it. And surprising guest Lee Chong Wei appeared to give pay cheque in awarding ceremony, took photos with Chen & Lin on podium, his two arch-rivals in major events, what a memorable moment.
Tai Tzu Ying completes her hat-trick mission, overcomes Akane Yamaguchi with two quick games despite the Japanese enhanced the pressure to the world number one in second game. It’s under pressure situation, Tai started to make errors and hard to see she produced deceptive shots but luckily she’s back to focus in time to nail it, 21-16,21-19.
Li JH/Liu YC played really well, defense and attacking shots that bombard Kamura/Sonoda, the Japanese made great comeback in second game, 4-10 to level scoreline 16 all, but the Chinese regained their concentration to smash fast furiously in end of match, 21-12,21-17. First two finals, mixed doubles and women’s doubles practically are exhibition match where the higher-ranked pairs prevail.