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Martin ends Euro drought
Camilla Martin of Denmark in action in the All England final
Martin won four matches against Chinese players
Denmark's Camilla Martin became the first European for 15 years to win the All England Open when she beat China's Gong Ruina 7-5 8-6 7-3.

The number five seed stunned the world champion to win the prestigious title for the first time, having finished runner-up in 1995.

Martin was also the first player to capture a major title by winning four matches in a row against Chinese opposition.

I knew I had a chance once I got to the final because I have beaten Gong four times before
Camilla Martin

The only time she looked in trouble was when she slipped from 2-0 up to game point down at 6-4 in the second.

But the 27-year-old went on to convert her first match point and become the first European since compatriot Kirsten Larsen in 1987 to take the title.

Martin, who won the silver medal at the Sydney Olympics, described the achievement as like being "alone with the Chinese army".

"It is very special to me," said the Dane, who was world champion herself in 1999.

"I knew I had a chance once I got to the final because I have beaten Gong four times before, but I tried not to think about it because I would get too nervous."

Instead it was Gong who appeared to let the tension of the occasion get to her.

Her consistency fell away towards the end of the first game and, after missing game point at 6-4 in the second, she self-destructed badly.

China's Chen Hong
Hong overpowered Budi Santoso
Gong committed errors four times in the next five rallies and the writing was on the wall after she pushed a net shot wide to go two games down.

Martin was clearly fired up, erupting into a characteristic bout of swearing in Danish in response to a mini Gong revival in the third game.

Her best moments came in the last few points as she attacked with a series of clears and a tight net shot that earned her a piece of badminton history.

The men's singles title was also decided in emphatic fashion, with China's second seed and last year's runner-up Chen Hong overpowering unseeded Indonesian Budi Santoso 7-4 7-5 7-1.

In the mixed doubles final, South Korean pair Kim Dong-Moon and Ra Kyung-Min overcame the number one seeds, Denmark's Jens Eriksen and Mette Schjoldager, 7-3 7-3 7-0.

Dong-Moon then teamed up with Ha Tae-Kwon to claim the men's doubles crown with a 7-2 7-2 1-7 7-3 win over England's Flandy Limpele Eng Hian.

John Hyde reports for BBC Sport
"Four of the five titles went to the Asians"
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