China's Lin Dan won his second title of the year at the Asian Badminton Championship in South Korea after beating Sho Sasaki of Japan in the final on Sunday. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: It was a day of mixed fortunes for China in the Asian Badminton Championships (ABC) with Lin Dan emerging as the men’s singles champion while Wang Shixian was beaten in the women’s singles final in Gimcheon, South Korea.
Unseeded Lin Dan, the five-time world champion, recovered from a sluggish start to beat Sho Sasaki of Japan 14-21, 21-9, 21-15 in a 66-minute final on Sunday to nick his third ABC title. It was also Lin Dan’s second straight title, having won the China Masters Grand Prix Gold in Changzhou, China, last Sunday.
Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan’s strong comeback after eight months to win the back-to-back tournaments is likely to earn him a place in China’s team for the Thomas Cup Finals in New Delhi from May 18-25.
While Lin Dan continued to be a dependable player for China, top seed and world No. 2 Shixian was a letdown. She went down 19-21, 15-21 to world No. 5 Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea in a 58-minute final.