Badminton: Lin Dan Wins Japan Open Men’s Singles Crown
Chinese badminton legend Lin Dan won the men’s singles title at the Japan Open final on Sunday with a victory over Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. Lin, a two-time Olympic gold-medallist and five-time world champion, defeated the 21-year-old Dane 21-19, 16-21, 21-19. The victory was significant for Lin as he sets his sights on a third consecutive men’s singles title at Rio’s 2016 Olympics. He suffered a setback in August with defeat at the hands of Denmark’s Jan O. Jorgensen in the world championships in Indonesia.
“I am training hard to prepare for Rio — the Olympics is our main focus now — but I don’t want to think too much at this moment about what I might achieve there,” he said on the Rio Games website early this month. In the women’s singles final local star Akane Yamaguchi, the winner of the Japan Open in 2013, failed to reclaim the crown when she went down against compatriot Nozomi Okuhara. Ninth women’s seed Okuhara, who downed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in the semi-final, defeated Yamaguchi 21-18, 21-12.
Japan Open Men’s Single Crown Winner- Lin Dan
Who is Lind Dan? Know more about Badminton player Lin Dan. Lin Dan is a professional badminton player from China. He is a two-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion, and five-time All England champion. Considered by many to be the greatest singles player of all time, by the age of 28 Lin had completed the “Super Grand Slam”, having won all nine major titles in the badminton world: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open,Asian Games, and Asian Championships, becoming the first and only player to achieve this feat.
He would become the first ever badminton player to complete the Super Grand Slam twice if he wins the Super Series Masters Finals again.