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Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chi-Lin picked up a double crown at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open yesterday, while China’s Lin Dan and Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi captured the singles titles.
Lin won his first title of 2018, getting the better of Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie in the Men’s Singles final.
The Chinese superstar had a comfortable first-game win before Christie gained the upper hand in the second. The Indonesian had his chances of taking the second as he led 18-13 and 19-15 before Lin grabbed the last six points in a row for a 21-14 21-19 victory.
“I was not worried about the second game, having already won the first, I was just looking to conserve energy and get ready for the third game,” said Lin. “This is my first time to New Zealand, I have not won a tournament yet this year. I have prepared well for the New Zealand Open and I am pleased that I have been able to win in front of such a wonderful crowd of supporters.
“No matter the level of tournament I want to come here and perform for the fans and play my best while my body still allows me to. I have enjoyed my time here and of course, I would like to come back and defend my title if everything works out.”
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