Wang wins again as Boe-Mogensen get ready to be new world No1s

China’s Wang Yihan kept up her winning run as she clinched the YONEX French Super Series final Pierre de Coubertin Stadium on Sunday.

A week after winning the Denmark Open, the world No. 2 defeated compatriot Li Xuerui 21-13, 21-9 in 34 minutes to add another title to her trophy cabinet. Denmark’s Matthias Boe-Carsten Mogensen clinched the men’s doubles title and will be the new world No. 1 when the rankings are issued this week.

Wang’s victory was China’s only title in the tournament but proved once again the strength in depth of their women’s singles.

The win also means Wang moves up to the top of the Super Series Standings and put her firmly in the running for a place in the VICTOR BWF Super Series Finals in Chinese Taipei on 5-9 January 2011.

Wang, who only dropped one game in the tournament, was the more consistent of the finalists. It was her steady hand and quick reflexes which forced Li into making numerous mistakes in the first game as Wang won 21-13.

In the second game, Wang’s confidence grew as she consistently punished Li’s errors to run out a 21-9 victor to take home her second Super Series title in as many weeks.

Most of the top Asian players skipped the YONEX French Super Series to prepare for the Asian Games which will be in held in Guangzhou, China. The Asian Games badminton competition is divided into two events – team (Nov 13-15) and individual (Nov 16-21).

However, Asia’s dominance continued with Thailand bagging two titles when Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam and Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul won the mixed doubles and women’s doubles in contrasting fashion.

While Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam had to slog for their victory over Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Overzier, top seeds Petya Nedelcheva-Anastasia Russkikh handed victory to their opponents after fatigued set in.

Aroonkesorn-Voravichitchaikul had won the first game 21-16 against the Bulgarian-Russian combination and were leading 11-2 in the second. Petra had played in both the singles and doubles events and having to play 12 matches in two weeks took its told and she had to retire from the match to hand Aroonkesorn- Voravichitchaikul their first Super Series title.

The mixed doubles final was an exciting affair with Prapakamol-Thoungthongkam pushed all the way by Fuchs-Overzier before the Germans lost 21-15, 21-15 in 42 minutes.

Fuchs-Overzier, the seventh seeded Germans, had never met their Thai opponents before Sunday’s final. Their nerves showed in the early exchanges as Prapakamol-Thoungthongkam leading all the way.

The second game followed the same pattern as the first with the Thais doing most of the attacks and Prapakamol leading the way with his leaping smashes. The Germans tried their best to keep up but there was no stopping Prapakamol-Thoungthongkam.

Meanwhile, Boe-Mogensen entered their match against Germany’s Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schöttler knowing victory will elevate them to the top of the doubles rankings this week.

With their confidence high after their victory at the Denmark Open last week, Boe-Mogensen took firm control of the first game and led all the way to take it 21-15.

The Germans started the second game stronger and won the first three points. However, the Danes raced from 6-6 to 13-6 and never looked back.

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