German Open: Chinese shuttlers claim honours

Ko Sung Hyun of South Korea won the men's doubles with Shin Baek-cheol and then won the mixed doubles title with Kim Ha Na.

Lin Dan, who had already won the title in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012, defeated Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan by 15-21, 21-17, 21-17.   -  Reuters

Two-time Olympic champion and five-time World Champion, Lin Dan, has won his sixth German Open title. The Chinese shuttler, who had already won the title in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012, defeated Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan by 15-21, 21-17, 21-17. The match spanned over one hour and 17 minutes.

In the women's singles, Li Xuerui of China beat Wang Shixian 21-14, 21-17 inside 36 minutes. On being asked about Rio Olympics 2016 chances, Li said: “The important thing is to believe in yourself. I'll do my best!” In 2012, Li won the German Open and few months later she went on to win the gold medal in 2012 London Olympics.

Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea won the men's doubles title defeating fellow Koreans, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeo-seong. It took the duo one hour and 14 minutes to beat their fellow countrymen by 20-22, 21-18, 21-17. It was also Shin Baek-cheol's third title overall and his second in the men's doubles at Germany. In 2009, he won the men's doubles title with Lee Yong-dae. In 2013, Shin Baek-cheol won the mixed doubles with Jang Ye Na. Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong currently hold the world number one ranking and Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-cheol are ninth.

Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua of China beat Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-14, 21-18 inside 46 minutes to win the women's doubles titles. This was Tang Jinhua's second German Open title after 2012, when she won it with Huan Xia in Mülheim.

“Thanks to the many Chinese fans here in the hall,” said Huang Yaqiong and Tang Jinhua.

In the mixed doubles, Ko Sung Hyun lifted the title with Kim Ha Na beating his men's doubles partner, Shin Baek-cheol and Chae Yoo Jung. It took the duo 33 minutes to beat Shin and Chae 21-19, 21-12.

Ko Sung-hyun said: “Although we train together and we therefore know well, it is always difficult to play against our national colleagues. But we managed to win.”

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