WORLDS 2009 Finals – Cai & Fu Plot a Fitting Finale

The ending of the 2009 World Championships could not have been scripted any better than the badminton spectacle that was the men’s doubles finals.  Intensely fast and aggressive style of […]

The ending of the 2009 could not have been scripted any better than the badminton spectacle that was the men’s doubles finals.  Intensely fast and aggressive style of play, amazing prowess and splendid rallies, service fault errors, pumped fists mixed with gut wrenching cheers and Li Yongbo himself on court side gave fans gathered at the Gachi Bowli stadium at Hyderabad a classic that will be often recalled as one of the best men’s doubles matches in the recent history of the sport.

By Gaurav Gupta, Badzine Correspondent live in Hyderabad.  Photos: BadmintonPhoto (live)

Probably the greatest threat to complete Chinese domination for the gold on finals day was the explosive Korean pair of Lee Yong Dae & Jae Jung Sung, who gave many nervous and heart breaking moments to the Chinese fans watching all around the world.

Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng started the match by steaming ahead 11-6 at the interval and the five-point cushion proved sufficient enough against the slow starting Koreans.  Stringing together 3 points on the trot on the back of Lee Yong Dae’s springy retrieving, the Koreans closed the gap to 18-20 but playing catch-up was their undoing as the Chinese pair took the lead in the match claiming the first game 21-18.

The late charge in the first game was built upon the by Lee and Jung as they fought hard for their points against the determined Chinese who kept placing the shuttle back in play forcing winners from the Koreans’ racquets.  The two-time All England champs could not recover the 4 point deficit at the mid game break and went down 16-21 in the second as the match moved to level terms.

The first two games of the match were a prelude to the epic encounter that was played out between the two pairs in the rubber game as the “never give up” attitude of the both the pairs was brought to fray.  Exchanging leads with only a difference of a point, the pairs engrossed themselves in a pitched battled right throughout the game.  Both the pairs lost key points on service faults as the Chinese pair homed in on their first match point at 20-19.  The Koreans were in no mood to give up as the match reached its pinnacle with both pairs trading match & championship points.

It took the Chinese six match points before finally converting to close a marathon third game 28-26 and the delighted celebrations at the end of the match only indicated the pleasure of this hard fought win for Cai & Fu who claimed their second World Championship crown after their win at Madrid in 2006.

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