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Lang Triumphs Again

It is virtually impossible for athletes to be at the very top of their game throughout their entire career but the mark of the truly great players is how they manage to bounce back from adversity and this is as true in badminton as it is in any mainstream sport.

Ville Lang from Finland had a pretty rough patch where he was unable to even buy a win but recent weeks have seen the player rebound succesfully and the Banu Invest International in Romania saw him clinch his second tournament victory in a number of weeks. The Croatian International was the scene of Langs previous victory but to win 2 in a short space of time must surely give Lang a massive boost and boost his chances of Olympic qualification.

Lang managed to win in straight sets over his Estonian opponenent Raul Must and although the 21-17, 21-18 scoreline suggested it was a straightforward triumph, there was some difficulties faced by Lang, most notably when his racquet broke during the final. Bizarrely, Lang did not have a spare racquet with him and had to borrow one from his opponent, which was at least sporting from Must.

Although there was dissappointment for Must in the way that he was brushed aside so easily in the final, it was another spirited tournament for him and he also indicated that he may be returning to a former level of success and quality play which could also see him sneak a spot at the Beijing Olympics.

Not only is the spur of the Olympics driving badminton players on in their determination to succeed and win but the European Circuit Finals are another event on the calendar which is ensuring players are striving to pick up as many points as poosible in order to sneak a place at the event and give themselves the opportunity to take home a large cash prize.

Lang is currently outside the top 5 ranked players eligible for the competition but with 3 eligible events still to come, if Lang can maintain his current level of performance there is every opportunity for him to clinch his place at the event.

The Ladies event ran a bit more to expected form as the clear favourite Hye Youn Hwang from Hong Kong lived up to her pre-tournament billing to clinch victory at the event with a comfortable victory over Olga Goloyanova from Russia. There was to be some joy for Goloynova though as she and her partner Anastasia Prokopenko defeated American top seeds Eva Lee and Mesinee Mangkalakiri in straight sets to triumph in the Ladies Doubles.

Whilst Goloyanova had mixed fortunes in her two finals there was double dissappointment for Lukasz Moren from Polan who suffered defeat in the Mens Doubles and the Mixed Doubles. Moren and Michal Rogalski lost the Mens Doubles final to Vladimir Metodiev and Krasimir Yankov from Bulgaria. Bulgarian opponents were also the cause of Morens downfall with Diana Dimova and Stilian Makarski triumphing over Moren and his partner Malgorzata Kurdelska in the Mixed Doubles.

With some surprises and some favourites holding their nerve, the Romanian event was never short of interest and intrigue and no doubt the local badminton fans were delighetd with what was on offer, even if there were no triumphs from local stars to cheer.

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