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Lin Dan Lee Chong Wei 2012 winner
11.03.12

Lin Dan lifts Yonex All England title again

LIN DAN won his fifth Yonex All All England men's singles title from his eighth final apperance today but not in the circumstances he would have liked.

Two-time champion Lee Chong Wei, who was aiming to become the first player since Malaysia's Wong Peng Soon in 1952 to win three All England titles in a row, was forced to retire in the second game with a shoulder injury in the last match of finals day at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Chong Wei needed treatment in the first game and had his shoulder sprayed before losing a close opener 21-19.

Lee Chong Wei had further treatment in the interval but Lin Dan opened a 6-2 lead in the second game before Chong Wei retired, much to the disappointment of a capacity crowd.

Lin Dan said: "We know each other very well. We have been playing together since we were juniors. He has made my career more successful.

"I was surprised when he retired. The first game seemed quite normal. But it would have been foolish to carry on with so many important tournaments this year.

"At the end we exchanged shirts on the spur of the moment. We are both reaching the end of our careers and the game is not always about winning and losing. It's something more important."

Chong Wei, who played with his right shoulder heavily strapped, said: "The injury happened on Friday and it has been quite difficult. I didn't want to push myself too much in this Olympic year.

"I tried my best in the first game but it was getting worse so I had to stop. I was pretty disappointed but I couldn't risk it. I knew inside I would not be able to finish the match and I have already withdrawn from the Swiss Open this week."

China finished with three titles after winning the women's singles when 21-year-old Li Xuerui defeated team-mate and 2009 champion Wang Yihan 21-13 21-19.

China were assured the women's doubles title and second seeds Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei defeated top seeds and defending champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang 21-17 21-12. That made up for Zhao Yunlei's two defeats in the final in 2009 and 2010.

The men's doubles went to Korea with 2008 champions and second seeds Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung coming from behind to defeat 2005 and 2009 champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng 21-23 21-9 21-14.

In the mixed doubles Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir lifted the title for Indonesia for the first time since 1979 when they won all three doubles titles.

The Indonesian pair, who defeated Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in the quarter-finals, toppled Denmark's 2005 runners-up Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl 21-17 21-19.

Natsir said: "We are overjoyed to win this title. It is Indonesia's first mixed doubles title since 1979 so it is very special."

Juhl said: "We are proud to have reached the final and we have played some of our best badminton this week."

But Laybourn added: "We are filled with disappointment because we had a big chance to take this title and didn't take it. But their tactics were different to what we had seen on the videos."

The Yonex All England Championships is the second of five Premier events on the OSIM BWF Superseries circuit 2012.

Next year's Yonex All England Championships will take place from March 5-10.

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