Lin Dan wins mens title at Badminton Asia Championships

China’s Lin Dan won the men’s singles at the Badminton Asia Championships in China on Sunday, defending his title won last year in South Korea and adding another crown to an illustrious career.

Lin, the No. 2 seed, defeated compatriot Tian Houwei 21-19, 21-8 in a match that lasted 50 minutes in the central city of Wuhan.

Lin, a five-time world champion and twice Olympic gold medallist, racked up his fourth Asian title with the victory.

In women’s singles, seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand came from behind to upset top seed Li Xuerui of China 20-22, 23-21, 21-12 in a match that lasted 76 minutes.

In men’s doubles, Lee Yong-Dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong of South Korea downed Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 18-21, 24-22, 21-19.

In an all-China women’s doubles final, Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting bested Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang 21-12, 21-12.

And in mixed doubles, Indonesian pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir beat defending champions Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah of Hong Kong 21-16, 21-15.

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