China almost made it a clean sweep at the All England badminton championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Sunday, winning everything but the men's doubles. Top seed Lin Dan played particularly well in the men's singles before a full house, and rarely found himself in trouble.
Lin Dan of China blazed to his third All England singles title in four years on Sunday with a 21-13, 21-12 victory over sixth-seeded compatriot Chen Yu. His head to head record with Chen now reads 5-0.
In the women's singles, Lin Dan's girlfriend Xie Xingfang, seeking her third consecutive All England crown, was never troubled as she beat Chinese-born Pi Hongyan of France 21-6, 21-13.
The women's doubles went to third seeds Wei Yili and Zhang Yawen who outlasted second-seeded fellow Chinese Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen 21-16, 8-21, 24-22.
In the mixed doubles, the new Chinese pairing of Zheng Bo and Gao Ling came from a game down to beat sixth seeds Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg 16-21, 21-18, 21-14.
But China's bid to sweep all five titles failed in the men's doubles when top seeds Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng lost 21-15, 21-18 to Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.