- CNTV English - CCTV News

Chinese shuttlers claim 4th straight Sudirman Cup

05-30-2011 08:36 BJT

QiNGDAO, China - China was crowned the Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton champion for the fourth straight time by cruising past Denmark 3-0 here on Sunday.

Lin Dan of China (R) hold the trophy as he celebrates with his teammate after winning the
finals of the 2011 Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships in Qingdao, East
China's Shandong province, May 29, 2011.It is China's second fourth straight win at
Sudirman Cup. [Photo/Xinhua]

It is China's second fourth straight win at Sudirman Cup as the powerhouse had achieved it between 1995-2001.

"I am very proud of my players. We encountered some difficulties at the very beginning of the championship, but we managed to overcome it," said Chinese head coach Li Yongbo, whose team only lost two women's singles' matches en route to champions.

Denmark qualified for only their second ever Sudirman Cup final. In their first final in 1999, they were defeated by China 3-1, and this time they failed to avenge.

Xu Chen/Ma Jin met little challenge from their opponents Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen in the opening mixed doubles, putting China ahead with a victory of 21-14, 21-14.

The Chinese duo, only paired three months ago, was also instrumental in China's 3-1 win over South Korea on Saturday's semifinal as they saved four match points in the decider to defeat Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun 21-23, 21-14, 24-22.

"Yesterday's match gave us lots of confidence and we were comparatively relaxed today after that tough competition," said Xu Chen.

Chinese shuttlers hold up their head coach Li Yongbo after winning the finals of the 2011 Sudirman Cup world mixed team badminton championships in Qingdao, East China's Shandong
province, May 29, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Olympic and three-time world champion Lin Dan dominated the men's singles by beating veteran Peter Gade 21-16, 21-11.

Twelve years ago, Gade was a fresh-faced 22-year-old when he suffered a 15-13, 15-13 loss to Sun Jun as China cruised to win the Cup. This time, the 34-year-old lost again, but gained respect, both from his opponent Lin and the crowd.

"Gade is my next aim," said the grand-slam winner Lin, "He is already 34-year-old, but I still have to give out everything to beat him."

Gade said he was to retire after the London Olympic Games, which means it is his last Sudirman Cup. Gade was satisfied with his performance, having outclassed all of his opponents except Lin.

"I really enjoy this week, the great spectators and the great competition," said the experienced.

Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng secured the win for China after pushing aside Carsten Mogensen/Jonas Rasmussen 21-17, 21-13.

In the second game, the scoreline went point for point amid thunderous cheers and applause from the spectators in Qingdao Stadium before Rasmussen's return hit into the net to end the match and ignited the passion of the crowd.

Related stories

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program