Chen Long finally lives up to his name as world No 1
Updated: 2015-03-09 09:39
China's Chen Long plays a shot during the men's singles final against Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen at the All-England Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, March 8, 2015. [Photo/IC]
BIRMINGHAM, England - World No 1 Chen Long, who beat twice Olympic champion Lin Dan in Saturday's semifinals, fought back from one set down to beat Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen at the All-England badminton championships on Sunday.
Chen, the 2013 winner, beat the second-seeded Jorgensen 15-21, 21-17, 21-15 in front of 6,000 fans.
"I believed that I could come back so I kept calm and didn't rush the points," said Shen, 26. "I played tighter and didn't let in distractions."
It was Shen's first title since he climbed to No. 1 position in the world rankings last December. And the win proved more precious considering he eliminated five times champion Lin Dan in the semifinals.
Chenhad never beaten Super Dan in their previous six meetings in international arenas.
"I am very happy to win this trophy," Chensaid. "But if it were the Olympics or world championships, I would be much happier. Of course, this win will boost my confidence in the buildup to the Rio Olympics."