China whitewashes 3-0 over South Korea
Reported by Netease Sports Channel, May 14, 2005 Beijing time,
It has been the fifth day by May 14h and China, South Korea, Denmark and Indonesia, who have advanced to the semifinals of the Sudirin Cup badminton tournament in Beijing, have ferocious matches in order to book their berth in the finals. Surprisingly, Indonesia scores a 3-0 win over formidable Denmark and thus becomes the first one advance to the finals. And Hot favorites China, in a bid to reclaim the badminton Sudirman Cup on home ground, sets the showdown with defending champion South Korea in the other semifinal match. The Korean arrange a new line-up to fight against China, replacing their prestigious Kim Dong Moon, Ha Tae Kwon and Ra Kyung Min. Special fans made up of the former champions and youngster players are right there in the gymnasium for support. There flys an interesting banner saying”With Thomas and Uber Cup at hand, how could Surdiman Cup be others!”
The fist match is mixed doubles. Chinese Zhang Jun and Gao Lin, who have won two Championship in Olympics, fight against Korean 8th-ranked Lee Jae Jin and Lee. The match approaches its climax in a short time. The Chinese combination move swiftly before the net and soon take lead at 3-2 but then they are surpassed by the Korean consecutive smashed at 9-3. After that, the Chinese get accustomed to the Koreans styles. A 306 km smash by Zhang Jun brings the services back to China and the Chinese trail the Korean to 9-11. At this moment, the Korean's morale is badly affected by a disputable ruling by the umpire and misplays frequently. The Chinese seek the chance to seal the first match at 15-11.
The Chinese trails the Korean at 1-5 at the beginning of the second round due to their frequent misses. Then the Olympic Champions begin to go all out to fight and make a 5-0. But with some fortune in their smashes, the Korean win the second game at 15-11.
In the decisive 3 game, the Chinese score first but the Korean instantly catch up by chance. After that the Chinese score consecutively and lead by 4-1. The Koreans trail up by 4 points but are suppressed by a Chinese 6-0 round at 5-10. The smooth coordination of Olympic Champions exerts in this critical point. Finally Zhang Jun and Gao Lin disposed South Korean 2-1 with the winning of the 3rd game at 15-8.
The second match is between the world's No.1 Lin Dan and the Korean No.3 Lee Y H. The there past record the Korean just cannot match Lin Dan. Super Dan controls the situation shortly after the beginning with clears and drops and takes the lead by 2-1. After several exchanges of services, both shuttlers score 3 points at 6-5. Carefully Lin Dan treats the match today and leaves almost no chances for the Korean. The rookie Korean shuttler can not react a bit before Lin Dan's accurate but deadly attack and loses the first match at 15-9.
In the following match, Lin Dan first leads by 4-0 with the first service. The Korean manages to trail up 2 point at 2-6. Then Lin Dan smashes a climax and expends the disparity to 10-3. The Korean stabilizes the match a little and trails up by 3 point at 6-10. But the Korean's hope to catch is soon perished by Super Dan's deadly smashes. Lin reaches the game point. At this moment, Lin Dan is a little relaxed and the Korean seeks the chance to make 5 consecutive scores. But it's of no use. Lin's overhead diagonal smash finishes this game at 15-11.
For the time being, the Chinese squad takes the lead in total by 2-0 with Lin Dan's easy victory.
Chinese Olympic women's single Champion Zhang Ning will meet the Korean Lee Y H. The Champion sets the pace first with a 5-1 round. Then because the Korean hard resistance, the rise of scores stops for some time. In order to break the tie, Zhang Ning tries to maneuver her opponent by her superior skills and succeeds in expanding the disparity to the game point 10-2 and shortly after that Zhang smashes over the 1sr game by 11-2.
Zhang Ning serves first in the second round. Though the Korean performs better than in the previous game, she cannot score more from the experienced Chinese. The scores the soon reach 8-1 in Chinese favor. Under such circumstance, the Korean lose her will of resistance and soon surrenders at 11-1.
With Zhang's victory, the Chinese squad beat the ex Surdiman Champion Korea at a straight 3-0 and will meet the Indonesian in the final.