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China's Lin Dan wins first Asian title

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - World and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China won his first Asian championship crown with a 21-17 21-15 win over compatriot Wang Zhengming on Sunday.

“My form has not been good. I didn’t do well at the All England and Swiss Open and this gives me a boost,” world number four Lin told reporters.

Second seed Lin was a strong favourite for the title in the absence of Malaysian world number one and all England champion Lee Chong Wei.

“I have never won the Asian championships so this is a first. My opponent Wang is young and good (and) I know he will get better,” said Lin, who lost his All England crown when he went out in the quarter-finals to compatriot Bao Chunlai.

Qualifier Li Xuerui won the women’s singles title by beating Liu Xin 21-13 18-21 21-19 in another all-Chinese final.

Reporting by Sanjay Rajan in Chennai; Editing by Justin Palmer; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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