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Wang Breaks Two-Year Title Drought

Unseeded Chinese player Wang Lin ended 27 months of waiting when she won her second career title at the Danish Open.

Wang scored a 21-18, 21-10 victory over in-form Hong Kong women Zhou Mi in the final to win the women's singles crown - her first victory on the international circuit since the China Masters in March, 2006.

Wang had a thrilling run to the title, surprising many players on the way, including Zhou and home favourite Tine Rasmussen, the third seed.

All England champion Rasmussen was going great guns and was favourite to lift the title. But she didn't count on Wang's tenacity as the Chinese player won their semi-final encounter 21-17, 13-21, 21-18.

Wang started the tournament with a hard-fought 18-21, 21-16, 21-11 victory over Denmark's Nanna Brosolat Jensen.

She then had two fairly routine matches to take her to the last four. First, she beat Dane Camilla Sorensen 21-13, 21-17 before brushing aside Japan's Megumi Taruno 21-16, 21-15.

Then came her epic victory over Rasmussen that set up a final showdown with Zhou.

Former Chinese national Zhou, who won the recent Macau Open, started off with straight-game victories over Katie Tolmoff and Canada's Anna Rice.

She was then stretched to three games in her quarter-final against Japan's Ai Goto before winning 21-10, 18-21, 21-12.

That gave her a semi-final clash against China's second-seeded Lu Lan. Zhou played a superb match to clinch victory 21-16, 21-15. However, she was unable to play her best against Wang, settling for the silver medal.

Olympic bronze medallist Maria Kristin Yulianti yet again was undone by a strong draw. The unseeded player easily defeated Hill Pittard 21-10, 21-10 in the first round but then came up against Lu in her next match.

Despite putting up a great fight, Yulianti went down 21-19, 12-21, 21-16, proving she has the potential to trouble the world's top players.

China's Wang Yihan, one of several fresh players off the country's massive assembly line of world-class talent, last just one match.

Wang, who won the Japan Open in September, lost to Rasmussen 21-6, 21-15. Another player to suffer a first-round exit was Germany's seventh-seeded Xu Huaiwen, who lost 9-21, 21-13, 21-14 to qualifier Goto.

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