Xia Xuanze defeated Lin Dan 15-12, 15-10 in an all-China men’s singles final to improve on his second-place finish last year and earn his first victory at the Yonex Open Badminton Championships on Sunday.
British duo Flandi Limpele and Eng Hian beat Denmark’s Michael Lamp and Mathias Boe 15-5, 15-12 to win the men’s doubles while top seeds Gao Ling and Huang Sui of China downed compatriots Wei Yili and Zhao Tingting 10-13, 11-6, 11-5 in the women’s doubles final. Meanwhile, Keita Masuda was selected the 2002 badminton MVP, winning the honor for the first time since 1999, when he topped the voting by the Tokyo Sports Writers Club members.
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