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Lin, Zhang Win China Maters Titles
2005-09-04 17:07:36
Top seeds Lin Dan and Zhang Ning each beat their rivals to win the men's and women's singls title respectively at the badminton China Masters.

World number one Lin Dan defeated Bao Chunlai 15-6, 15-13 in an all-Chinese men's singles final.

The title comes as a consolation for the 21-year-old after the recently concluded Anaheim world championships, where he was stopped in bidding for his first world title with a straight sets defeat to Indonesian Olympic Champion Taufik Hidayat in the final.

Lin charged to a 6-1 lead and was never really threatened in the first game.

Equally spurred by a raucous home crowd, the two presented a breath-taking second, where Lin had to overcome a 4-2 deficit before outpowering his third-seeded opponent.

The two have met three time this year with Lin winning all.

In the women's singles final, Olympic champion Zhang Ning of China battled three sets to beat teammate Zhou Mi, seeded fifth, 11-3, 5-11, 11-3.

The 30-year-old Zhang won all the last four meetings against Zhou including the Olympic semifinal although she trails 5-11 on the full records.
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