By SARUN SAELEE
HONG KONG – Chinese world number three in men’s singles Lin Dan (林丹) Sunday defeated his compatriot Chen Jin (陳金) in the final of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011 and grabbed a $250,000 reward.
Current world champion Lin, alias Super Dan, won Chen, 2010 world champion, in two straight games 21-12, 21-19. In the semi-final match, Lin also beat world number one from Malaysia Lee Chong Wei (李宗偉) by the score of 21-16, 21-14.
Lee, as the top seed, was earlier expected to defend his title of the six-day event.
“I think that Lee Chong Wei will win the first game, but he can’t,” said Jeffrey Trinidad, a Filipino member of the Hong Kong Badminton Club, who expected Lee to win the match. “Lin Dan is so strong and better than him.”
Clara Kwok, an organizer of HKBC, said Lee did not play well against Lin. “Lin Dan can win him easy in two games,” she added.
Another member of HKBC, who worked as a staff of the event, reasoned that Lee had no enough time to warm up before walking into the court, so he was not ready for the game.
He said, “The men’s doubles match before them ended too quickly.”
Before the match between Lin and Lee, there was the competition between Cai Yun (蔡贇) partnered Fu Haifeng (傅海峰), the top seed in men’s double, from China and Zhang Nan (张楠), paired with Tao Jiaming (陶嘉明), from the same nation. The latter conceded a walkover.
The Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011 arranged at the Hong Kong Coliseum from Nov. 15-20, 2011 ended with very outstanding performances of the Chinese team. They won all five categories, comprising men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.