ALL ENGLAND 2007 – Golden couple for a 10th time

The image of the day in Birmingham was Lin Dan, all fresh and changed, who came up on stage to kiss his girlfriend Xie Xingfang after her easy win over […]

ImageThe image of the day in Birmingham was Lin Dan, all fresh and changed, who came up on stage to kiss his girlfriend Xie Xingfang after her easy win over Pi Hongyan.

By : Raphael Sachetat. Photos : Badmintonphoto.com

This presitigious event marks the 10th time that the two love birds have both claimed victory in the same tournament.

China missed the clean sweep because of Malaysia’s youngsters Koo and Tan, who once again stunned the world champions (after their victory over Fu/Cai in the Japan Open) to claim a title which had been coveted in vain by Malaysian pairs for more than 25 years. It was in 1982 that the Sidek brothers had last won this event for Malaysia.

Pi Hongyan, for her part, was unable to cope with Xie Xingfang’s speed and went down 21/6, 21/13.

Local fans were disappointed by the loss of their new heroes – Clark and Kellogg – who were not far from beating the invincible Zheng Bo and Gao Ling in the appealing final of the mixed doubles event. The English were up 21/16, 17/16 but failed to conclude and went down 18/21, 14/21 in the two remaining games. Yet their performance in this matches their impressive run in the World Championships last summer – which is very good news for English fans.

Last but not least, new names are to be added in the women’s doubles event as Zhang Yawen and Wei Yili won the final against Olympic Champions Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei in overtime in the decider.

Results :
MS : Lin Dan (CHN) beat Chen Yu (CHN) : 21/13 – 21/12
WS : Xie Xingfang (CHN) beat Pi Hongyan (FRA) : 21/6 – 21/13
MD : Koo/Tan (MAS) beat Cai/Fu (CHN) : 21/15 – 21/18
WD : Wei/Zhang (CHN) beat Yang/Zhang (CHN) : 21/16 – 8/21 – 24/22
MxD: Zheng/Gao (CHN) beat Clark/Kellogg (ENG) : 16/21 – 21/18 – 21/14

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.