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Monday December 17, 2012
By LIM TEIK HUAT
SHENZHEN: World No. 2 Chen Long finally came good to claim the men’s singles title but it was the Danish men’s doubles pair of Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen who stole the hearts of the Chinese fans in the World Super Series Finals here yesterday.
Boe-Mogensen proved too strong for Japan’s Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki Endo, winning 21-17, 21-19 in 46 minutes for their third straight Super Series Finals crown. Immediately after their triumph, the Danes performed the “Oppa Gangnam Style” dance much to the delight of the fans. Boe-Mogensen, the silver medallists in this year’s London Olympics, also threw their shirts into the stands.
It was a splendid end for the world No. 1 pair as they looked out of sorts in the group stages. They lost to Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong but recovered to beat Olympic champions Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun of China to progress to the semi-finals on points countback. In the semi-finals, Boe-Mogensen were involved in a titanic battle with China’s Hong Wei-Shen Ye before winning 26-24, 24-26, 21-15.
As for the Japanese, they had a much easier time after Haifeng-Cai Yun conceded a walkover midway through the first game of their semi-final clash.
Boe-Mogensen were delighted to end their season on a high.
“We are extremely proud of what we achieved in China as they are the No. 1 nation in badminton. To beat two Chinese pairs here is an achievement,” said Boe, who also partnered Mogensen to win the China Open for the last two years.
On their impromptu dance, Mogensen explained: “We were asked before the match whether there was anything special we wanted to do if we win. We told them about the dance. Once the music started, there was no backing out.”
Denmark also won the mixed doubles title as well with Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen getting the better of reigning Olympic champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei 17-21, 21-12, 21-14. It was Nielsen-Pedersen’s second Super Series Finals title, having emerged triumphant in 2009.
Chen Long, always playing second fiddle to compatriot Lin Dan and Malaysian world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, was never troubled by team-mate Du Pengyu in the final. He cruised to a 21-12, 21-13 win to erase the pain of losing to two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in last year’s final.
China’s Li Xuerui was handed the women’s singles crown after her team-mate Wang Shixian retired due to an ankle injury in the second game. It was her third major win of the year, having also won the Olympics and All-England.
Men’s singles: Chen Long (Chn) bt Du
Pengyu (Chn) 21-12, 21-13.
Women’s singles: Li Xuerui (Chn) bt Wang
Shixian (Chn) 21-9, 15-4, retired.
Men’s doubles: Mathias Boe-Carsten
Mogensen (Den) bt Kenichi Hayakawa-Hiroyuki
Endo 21-17, 21-19.
Women’s doubles: Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang
(Chn) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen
(Den) 21-16, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: Joachim Fischer Nielsen-
Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Zhang Nan-Zhao
Yunlei (Chn) 17-21, 21-12, 21-14.
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