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Lin Dan shines through once again

There is no doubting Lin Dan is perhaps one of the greatest players in badminton history and he showed his ruthless side once again when he crushed Simon Santoso to win the German Open on Sunday.

The four-time world champion (left), breezed through the Grand Prix Gold tournament without dropping a game in the tournament and signalled his intention to regain the coveted All England title which begins on Tuesday with the qualifying rounds.

The Chinese superstar, or just Super Dan to his fans, has already won badminton’s oldest title four times, but Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei has won the last two editions, including beating Lin Dan in last year’s final.

With Lin Dan looking healthy and fit after many injury scares in the past 18 months, his performances in Germany will surely give badminton fans plenty to look forward to in England.

Against Simon, who is the reigning SEA Games champion, Lin Dan dominated from the start to carve out an easy 21-11, 21-11 victory which helped him defend the crown he won a year ago.

So dominant was Lin Dan that he only trail twice in the match, that too at the beginning of the first game. Once he got into his groove, Simon was completely blown away.

Lin Dan rained down 18 smash winners to show he is quite close to his explosive best and although Simon tried to rally, it really was a mismatch.

In the women’s singles final, Li Xuerui (right), disappointed the home crowd when she prevented Juliane Schenk from becoming a local winner when she defeated the German 21-19, 21-16 in 40 minutes.

It was a disappointing finish for Schenk, who was hoping to give the home fans something to cheer about after battling through to the final.

She was the only German to reach finals day, but once again, found a Chinese star too hot to handle. She may have defeated world No. 2 Wang Xin in the semi-finals, but has come up short once again.

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