China reign supreme in Basel as Lin Dan gains revenge
China swept four of the five titles at stake in the Yonex Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in Basel on Sunday with five-time world champion Lin Dan, 33, exacting sweet revenge over his 21-year-old compatriot Shi Yuqi to win the men's singles crown.
Just last week Shi Yuqi pulled off a stunning 24-22, 21-11 win over the Chinese legend in the semi-finals in the prestigious Yonex All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham. The defeat denied Lin Dan a dream final against World No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
However, Lin Dan, who was top seed in the Swiss Open, showed that he is still the master of the shuttle sport with a 21-12, 21-11 win over Shi Yuqi in a final that lasted only 31-minutes.
There was also joy for Lin Dan's compatriot Chen Xiaoxin in the women's singles final. The unseeded Xiaoxin defeated third seed and reigning world junior champion Chen Yufei 21-19, 21-14 in 53 minutes to bag her first Grand Prix Gold title.
Except for the mixed doubles which went to Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai, China also won the men's and women's doubles.
The third seeded Thai pair carved out an impressive 21-18, 21-15 win over Indonesian's second seeds Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto in 40 minutes.
The men's doubles was also an all-China affair with top seeds Chai Biao-Hong Wei coming back from a set down to beat unseeded Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan 13-21, 21-16, 21-15 in 54 minutes.
In the women's doubles final top seeds Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan stopped the Stoeva sisters from Bulagaria - Gabriela and Stefani 21-16, 21-15 in a 37-minute affair.
YONEX SWISS OPEN GRAND PRIX GOLD
MS: Lin Dan (Chn) beat Shi Yuqi (Chn) 21-12, 21-11
MD: Chai Biao-Hong Wei (Chn) beat Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) 13-21, 21-16, 21-15
WS: Chen Xiaoxin (Chn) beat Chen Yufei (Chn) 21-19, 21-14
WD: Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) beat Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul 21-16, 21-15)
XD: Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) beat Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina_ 21-18, 21-15