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Chinese Shuttlers Steal Honours at Thailand Open

China swept to a clean sweep of all the titles at the Thailand Open, flexing their muscles as players count down to the Olympic Games in Beijing in about six weeks time.

World number one Lin Dan recovered from a one-game deficit to beat local hope Boonsak Ponsana 17-21, 21-15, 21-13 in the men's singles final.

Lin was stretched by the Thai player but once he levelled the scores at one game all, the result was never in doubt.

China also took top honours in the women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.

For Lin, it was an important victory ahead of the Olympics. The top-seed has failed to play to his best in recent events, particularly May's Thomas Cup Finals, and entered the Thai tournament to regain some confidence.

"Boonsak is a tough player and made it very difficult for me. This is an important win for me and a great boost for my confidence," he was quoted as saying by media reports after the final.

Boonsak's presence in the final guaranteed a near full house as Thais turned up to support the home player. And it looked like their presence helped him as he took the first game 21-17.

However, unforced errors from Boonsak turned the match Lin's way as the Chinese player took the next two games.

"'I matched him in technique but my problem was lack of fitness," Boonsak said. "Lin Dan is a very strong player. I need to work on my fitness for the Olympics. If I have more stamina I think I can win more matches."

Xie Xingfang won the women's singles for China with a 26-24, 21-7 victory over compatriot Lu Lan.

Lu spent all of her energy battling Xie for 50 points in the first game. After Xie sneaked it, there was nothing left in Lu in the second game, allowing her opponent to run away with it.

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng won the men's doubles when their Chinese compatriots Guo Zhengdong and Xie Zhongbo failed to come out for the second game after conceding the first 21-17.

The women's doubles was the only other event in which a non-Chinese pair had a chance to win, but Malaysia's Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty fell in three games to China's Yang We and Zhang Jiewen 15-21, 21-13, 21-13.

The mixed doubles was an all-China affair with Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen beating He Hanbin and Yang Yu 23-25, 21-10, 23-21.












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