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Hidayat gets sweet revenge over arch rival Lin in badminton final
Oleh : admin Sabtu, 09 Desember 2006 23:46:25
DOHA (AFP) - Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat has scored sweet revenge over arch rival Lin Dan, beating the world No.1 to lift the Asian Games badminton singles title.
DOHA (AFP) - Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat has scored sweet revenge over arch rival Lin Dan, beating the world No.1 to lift the Asian Games badminton singles title.

Hidayat overcame some second game nerves to to beat the Chinese star 21-15, 22-20 in a tense match in front of a packed pro-Indonesian crowd.

''I lost in the team event and it was playing on my mind. I wanted to win the first game for sure. He was fast in the second game and I wanted to stay with him and with endurance I did,'' said Hidayat, of Indonesia.

He said his personal rivalry with Lin did not have an impact on the game, and he offered an olive branch of sorts.

''I never speak to him because I don't speak Mandarin and he doesn't speak Indonesian. But we are okay,'' the seventh seed said in English.

Tensions have been simmering between the two since Hidayat launched an astonishing personal attack on Lin last Friday saying he was arrogant and unfriendly.

The comments backfired spectacularly with the 25-year-old losing twice to Lin in the team competition, both times in three games.

Lin diplomatly conceded that Hidayat had played the better match.

''Taufik played much better than I expected. He played better than me. The Asian Games is important and I am disappointed,'' he said.

(asia.news.yahoo.com)
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