Chinese back to winning ways in Swiss finals

Updated: 2008-03-17 09:45

LONDON - World champion Lin Dan returned to title-winning ways on Sunday to lift the Swiss Open with a 21-13 21-18 victory over former world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

The world number one suffered a shock defeat in the All England final in Birmingham a week ago, losing to compatriot Chen Jin, but in Basel breezed by Lee in their badminton Super Series event.

Lin had struggled in the Birmingham final with a knee injury but recovered by the start of the Swiss tournament on Wednesday and did not a drop a game in winning the title.

In contrast Chen, the All England winner, suffered a first round exit, forced to retire through injury midway through his first round match.

Lin's final victory was an extra boost for the Chinese who learnt last week he would not face sanctions over the bust-up he triggered in the Korean Open final in January when he threw his racket towards his opponent's coach.

Victory in the women's singles final on Sunday went to top seed Xie Xingfang who beat Chinese compatriot and Olympic champion Zhang Ning 21-18 21-17. The result was a relief for Xie after a first round loss in Birmingham.

The mixed doubles proved a disappointment for the British duo of Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg who had beaten Indonesia's world champions Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir in the semis.

The Britons could not reproduce that form and lost 21-15 21-9 to the Chinese fifth seeds He Hanbin and Yu Yang.

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