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Spain’s Marin stuns Li as Chen beats Lee

Reigning European champion Carolina Marin claimed the women's title in Copenhagen as China's Chen Long handed Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei his third successive defeat in the final.

Spain's Marin stuns Li as Chen beats Lee
Spain's Carolina Marin topped China's Li Xuerui (not in picture) in the women's single finals at the 2014 BWF Badminton World championships held at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Photo: Jonat
Spain's Carolina Marin pulled off a monumental upset at the Badminton World Championships in Copenhagen as she beat Chinese world number one Li Xuerui to win the women's singles title on Sunday.
 
The 21-year-old ninth seed recovered from dropping the opening game to the top seed and Olympic champion to complete an incredible 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 victory and earn her country its first ever major title in the sport.
 
"I don't have any words…it was a fantastic match," said Marin. "She played amazing rallies in the first set and her strokes are so good. My coach told me if I wanted to win I had to fight until the end. I fought to the end, that's what I did. I feel so excited."
 
Malaysia's Lee comes up short again
On the men's side, China's Chen Long won the men's singles title on Sunday inflicting Malaysia's world number one Lee Chong Wei's third successive defeat in the final.
 
The 31-year-old Malaysian, whose last chance of winning the world title this may be, was beaten 21-19 21-19 by Long in Copenhagen.
 
Lee, a two-time Olympic silver medallist, had looked to be in prime position to at last win the elusive crown after his nemesis in the past two finals, another Chinese player, Lin Dan, was absent.
 
"I am not yet the world number one. I will take some rest and get ready for the Asian Games," said Chen.
 
Lee felt moved to apologise.
 
"I am sorry that I didn't win for my country," said Lee. "I tried my best but I made too many mistakes. But I shall go on."

 
Doubles titles
Earlier, China extended their dominance in women's doubles as Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei claimed the country's 12th straight gold medal in the event by defeating compatriots Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli 21-19, 21-15.
 
Meanwhile South Korea struck gold in the men's doubles as Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-choel, the 12th seeds, beat fellow countrymen Lee Yong-dae and Yoo
Yeon-seong 22-20, 21-23, 21-18.

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MATCH-FIXING

Denmark makes racket over ‘match-fixing’ Chinese badminton players

The national association for badminton in Denmark says the sport’s world federation should punish Chinese players for a match at last week’s Fuzhou China Open which has been described as a “farce”.

Denmark makes racket over 'match-fixing' Chinese badminton players
China's Junhui Li, left, and Yuchen Liu, seen here during a different match, lost in the controversial quarter-final in Fuzhou. AP Photo/Aaron Favila/Ritzau Scanpix

Bo Jensen, director of Badminton Denmark, wants the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to take action after seeing footage of a quarter final match in which He Jiting and Ta Qiang defeated Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in three sets.

“I am giving my support to the criticism. This is cheating, it’s match-fixing and we can’t accept it,” Jensen said to TV2 Sport.

“In our context, this is just as bad as doping, and it must be punished because if it is not, we will damage the sport’s reputation amongst fans and the many sponsors that are making huge investments at the moment,” he added.

Several Danish badminton players are reported to have been present during the match. Doubles pair Mads Pieler Kolding and Mads Conrad-Petersen lodged a complaint with tournament organisers following the match about the way it had been played.

Another player, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, later posted an update on Facebook in which he compared the match to a scandal during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, when eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were disqualified for deliberately trying to lose.

“This was a complete farce of a match which made me think of the London Olympics when 4 pairs deliberately tried to lose their matches. I kid you not, it was this bad,” Vittinghus wrote, citing errors in play that “just (don’t) happen at this level”.

“Difficult to get hard evidence, but if you have watched a bare minimum of world class badminton, you’d know what just happened,” he also wrote.

The BWF told TV2 Sport that it would not comment on the issue prior to receiving a report from the tournament’s organisers.

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