The $7,50,000 Australian Open Superseries came to an end today and champions were crowned at Olympic park stadium of Sydney on the final day. Intensity of competition can be measured by the fact that 3 out of 5 matches were decided in a 3 set battle. It was a great display of Badminton skills & every point was fought well by the players. Let’s see how matches panned out on the final day.
1. Chen Long v/s Victor Axelsen- World no- 1 and the top seed, Chen long of China was forced to play his best game by the World no- 9 Victor Axelsen which went on for 3 sets. Chinese was certainly the favorite, he lived up to the expectations by taking 1st set easily with a score of 21-12. World no- 9 Axelsen was not in a mood to go down without a fight. 2nd set saw neck to neck battle with both players taking 10 points each. Axelsen fought back to show the World no-1 that he deserves to be in the final and secured the 2nd set, 21-14. 3rd set was a replay of 2nd set with scores level till 10 points and Axelsen going into set break with a marginal lead of 11-10. Thereafter, Chen took a narrow lead of 1 point to lead the game 17-16. Top seed Chinese was not in a mood to allow Axelsen pull off another upset and thrashed his dream of the title in a close fought battle which ended with a score of 21-18.
2. Carolina Marin v/s Wang Shixian- A battle of two All England Champions. This year England Open champion Carolina Marin raced away in the 1st set with a lead of 8-2, but the Chinese fought back to narrow down the lead to 2 points till set break. Seeded 3rd Marin was on the verge of closing the 1st game with a score of 20-18, but 5th seeded Chinese tried to claw her way back by taking 2 points. World no-3 Marin finally won the set with a score of 22-20. Again in 2nd set Marin didn’t allow Wang Shixian to come back in the game and clinched the title with a score of 21-18 in the decisive set. Marin was in tears after winning the match, she lost here in the finals last year to World no-1 Saina Nehwal of India. This one is her third title this year. She has already won All England Championship & Malaysia Open Superseries.
3. Ma Jin/ Tang Yuanting v./s Tang Jinhua & Tian Qing– In an all Chinese affair it was 5th seeded pair of Ma Jin & Tang Yuanting who prevailed over 6th seeded pair of Tang Jinhua & Tian Qing in a competitive game. It was an evenly matched contest between the two Chinese pairs that saw pair of Ma Jin & Tang Yuanting taking 1st set 21-19 in a close fight. 6th seeded Chinese pair of Tang Jinhua & Tian Qing then took 2nd set with the score of 21-16. 3rd set again saw a see-saw battle between the two pairs and game going to the wire; finally 5th seeded Chinese pair held their nerves to take the the 3rd set 22-20 and win the Women Doubles title.
4. Lee Yong Dae/ Yoo Yeong Seong v/s Liu Cheng/Lu Kai- World no-1 & top seeded Korean pair of L Yong Dae & Y Yeong Seong was up against unseeded Chinese pair of L Cheng & L Kai. World no.1 was favorite going into the match, as expected they took early lead of 11-8 going into the set break and finally closing down the set with a score of 21-16. Chinese pair game back strong in the 2nd set, going into the set break with a score of 11-8. World no-1 then leveled the score by taking 3 points & they won the Men’s doubles title by taking 3rd set 21-17.
5. Liu Cheng/ Bao Yixin v/s Lee Chun Hei Reginald/Chau Hoi Wah – 4th seeded Chinese pair of L. Cheng & B. Yixin lost in a 3 set battle to World no-12 & unseeded pair of Chun Hei Reginald & C. Hoi Wah of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s unseeded mixed doubles pair took the 1st set 21-19 in a close contest. But 4th seeded Chinese pair came back strongly & took the 2nd set with the score of 21-19. Finally World no-12 Hong Kong’s pair won the mixed doubles title by taking the 3rd set with a score line of 21-15.