Fuchs-Overzier stop Chinese Taipei, disappointment for Leverdez again

Sunday, July 25, 2010 – Filepic: BadmintonPhoto

Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Overzier stopped Chinese Taipei from making a clean sweep of all the doubles titles when they beat Lee Sheng Mu-Chien Yu Chin in straight games in the mixed doubles. Zhu Lin, meanwhile, captured her second consecutive title in relatively easy fashion.

While there was disappointment for Sheng Mu in the mixed doubles, there was no denying him the title in the men’s doubles when Sheng Mu-Fang Chieh Min showed their growing maturity in the game with a convincing 21-19, 21-14 win over compatriots Chen Hung Ling-Lin Yu Lang.

The win also meant a fourth title for Sheng Mu-Chieh Min after winning the Singapore Open and Indonesia Open Super Series titles in June and last week’s Canada Open.

The World No 8 ranked pair were hardly troubled, despite some resistance in the first game, as they played a solid attacking and defensive game to beat their teammates.

But that was not the cases in the mixed doubles as Sheng Mu-Yu Chin were stopped by the same margin (21-19, 21-14) by the Germans.

Fuchs-Overzier appeared to have done their homework well as they were quick to anticipate Sheng Mu-Yu Chin’s game to turn defense into attack as they put their opponents on the back foot.

There was consolation for Yu Chin in the women’s doubles when she partnered Cheng Wen Hsing to win the gold with a 21-8, 22-20 win over Japan’s Rie Eto-Yu Wakita.

The Japanese were a bundle of nerves as they committed too many unforced errors to surrender the first game meekly. Although they stepped up their game in the second, Yu Chin-Wen Hsing were in no mood to lose control of the match.

In the women’s singles, Zhu Lin benefitted from Judith Meulendijks’ retirement in the second game as she won her second title in just 15 minutes.

After taking the first game 21-19, Meulendijks was trailing 6-11 when she retired from the game, handing Zhu Lin her second crown after the Canada Open last week.

England’s Rajiv Ouseph also came good in California when he won the men’s singles crown with an emphatic straight games win over France’s Brice Leverdez.

Although the Frenchman put up a gallant fight, Ouseph, the third seed, was clearly the better player as he stroked home to a 21-17, 21-9 win to leave Leverdez with his second runner-up title in two weeks.

Leverdez was also a losing finalist against Indonesia’s former world champion Taufik Hidayat at the Canada Open last week.

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