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Lee Chong Wei beats Kenichi Tago to All England title

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei celebrates his victory in Birmingham

World number one Lee Chong Wei clinched his first All England Championship with a 21-19 21-19 win over battling unseeded Japanese Kenichi Tago.

The Malaysian, last year's runner-up, came back from 15-11 down in the opener to convert his fourth game-point.

Tago fought back to 14-14 in the second but Lee landed the final shuttle just inside the baseline to win.

Denmark's Tine Rasmussen overcame holder and top seed Wang Yihan of China 21-14 21-19 in a tense women's final.

Lee, whose route to the title opened up after the surprise exit of world and Olympic champion Lin Dan in the quarter finals, admitted the final was a great opportunity to claim his first All England crown.


"I thought this was my best chance when Lin got knocked out," he said.

"It is a big relief and big dream fulfilled, especially as this is the 100th All England championships."

Rasmussen avenged her defeat in last year's final despite a spirited comeback from defending champion Wang in the final game.

Wang levelled at 17-17 from 17-14 down, but it was Rasmussen who held her nerve to win.

"I was thinking about the title, which you shouldn't do, but she was too," said Rasmussen.

"It is a wonderful feeling because this is something everybody wants."

Lars paske and Jonas rasmussen of Denmark
Paske and Rasmussen upset the fourth seeds to claim the men's doubles title

After losing their grip on the men's and women's singles titles, China retained two of the doubles title they won in last year's clean sweep.

Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei's campaign through from the qualifying rounds ended in a 21-18 23-25 21-18 mixed doubles victory over Indonesian pair Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir.

Olympic champions Du Jing and Yu Yang beat their third-seeded compatriots Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei 20-22 21-16 21-13 in the women's doubles final.

The men's doubles was won in dramatic style by Denmark's Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen who saved four match points on their way to a 21-23 21-19 26-24 win over Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

Susan Eglestaff, Andrew Smith and Rajiv Ouseph's second-round exits were the best British singles results at the championships and new Great Britain singles coach Kenneth Jonassen has promised to raise standards.

Our goal always has to be to push the limits and never be satisfied with the current level

New GB singles coach Kenneth Jonassen

"When they think they have reached their limit, I want to push them more," said the Dane.

"I will show them we need to examine every part of their game to see if we can improve that.

"We need to bring intensity to practice. We want a group of three or four players wanting this more than anything.

"Our goal always has to be to push the limits and never be satisfied with the current level, always wanting more."

The former world number two takes up his role in July.

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see also
Top seed Chong Wei reaches final
13 Mar 10 |  Badminton
GB mixed doubles pairs crash out
12 Mar 10 |  Badminton
Robertson and Clark knocked out
11 Mar 10 |  Badminton
All England win for Agathangelou
11 Mar 10 |  Badminton

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