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No China Crisis in Switzerland

After a fantastic week of triumphs and excitement there was disappointment in the end for Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg as their bid to win the Wilson Swiss Open Mixed Doubles tournament in Basel floundered at the final hurdle, leaving the pair to dwell on what might have been.

The final outcome may not have been the result the duo were hoping for but they can at least reflect on a fantastic boost to their world ranking, which is absolutely vital in an Olympic Year and the two should have an increased level of confidence for the upcoming European Championships in Denmark in April.

The glory of the Mixed Doubles event went to Chinas He Hanbin and Yu Yang who triumphed by a score of 21-15, 21-19 which completed a double victory over English teams for the pair after they had earlier defeated Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in the same tournament. This capped a fine week for the fifth seeds of the tournament and was part of a fantastic tournament for the Chinese team in the tournament.

The Men's singles title went to Lin Dan who recovered from the knee injury which hampered his performance in the final of the Yonex All England final in Birmingham which saw him lose, to defeat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in straight sets to clinch the title. The ability to bounce back quickly from setbacks is the mark of a quality player and there can be no denying of Lin Dan's tenacity and strength of play.

Another Chinese player to triumph was Xie Xing Fang, who was another player to rebound from a traumatic time in Birmingham and a straight sets victory over the current Olympic champion in Switzerland was proof of her resurgence.

The final Chinese victory of the tournament which was their fourth of the campaign came in the Women's Doubles event where a Chinese victory was assured given that the final was an all Chinese affair.

The only victory of the tournament that escaped the grasps of the Chinese team was the Men's Doubles which was claimed by Koreas Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung who were competing in their third final in as many weeks. The duo were triumphant at the All England final and were runners up in the German Open but returned to winning ways in Switzerland.

With this year's Olympic Games taking place in Beijing there is inevitably going to be pressure placed on the Chinese players to win the Gold medals in their host nation and their current run of form would indicate that they have every chance of doing just that. The Chinese nation is putting a lot of effort into making the Games a success and there is as much political pressure on the players to succeed as there is sporting pressure.

With the stadiums and arenas looking fantastic and the badminton players carrying a great run of form going into the Games, things are definitely looking good for the Chinese with regards to the Beijing Olympic Games.

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