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Badminton: Lin and Nehwal win Australian Open singles honours

Published on Jun 29, 2014 7:03 PM
 
Lin Dan of China (right) hits a return to Simon Santosa of Indonesia (left) in the men's singles final at the Australia Open badminton tournament in Sydney on June 29, 2014. Lin Dan won the match 22-24 21-16 21-7. Chinese superstar Lin Dan fought back from dropping the opening game to overhaul Simon Santoso and win the World Superseries Australian Badminton Open in Sydney on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Chinese superstar Lin Dan fought back from dropping the opening game to overhaul Simon Santoso and win the World Superseries Australian Badminton Open in Sydney on Sunday.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion downed the 18th-ranked Indonesian 22-24, 21-16, 21-7 in 75 minutes.

It was Lin's first World Superseries final in over two years and he took charge from the second game.

The 30-year-old, considered the greatest badminton player of all time, had to qualify for the Sydney event after his ranking dropped to 104 following a seven-month sabbatical from the sport.

 
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