China untouchable in Sudirman badminton triumph
Qingdao: The rest of the badminton world was left wondering on Monday how they would ever catch up with China after the dominant force in the game romped to a fourth successive Sudirman Cup win.
The hosts demolished Denmark, Europe`s best team, 3-0 in Sunday`s final in front of a raucous sell-out crowd in the seaside city of Qingdao.
Hot pre-tournament favourites China were the outstanding side at the world mixed team championships and no other country came even remotely close to toppling them as they rampaged their way to yet another big title.
With teams eyeing the Olympics in London next year, it was yet another awesome display of China`s domination. Lars Uhre, Denmark`s head coach, admitted his ageing side never came close.
"We got swept away very quickly, we didn`t stand a chance," he said.
After the heavy defeat at a packed house of about 12,500, Denmark now contemplate a future without their world number five Peter Gade, who confirmed this would be his last Sudirman Cup.
Tine Baun, the women`s number eight, is also reaching the twilight of her career.
"We are very experienced but we believe you need experience in the big matches," said Uhre.
"Our best players are quite old and we are not as quick at getting them to this high level because we cannot train them from such a young age as you do here, so they peak later," he told the post-match press conference.
Gade, 34, admitted it was "almost impossible" to beat China on home turf and said they had frightening strength in depth compared with the rest of the world.
"It`s not quite impossible but you need a few things to get together before you can do it," he said after he was comprehensively beaten by Lin Dan.
"They have not been that much under pressure in the tournament and they have a lot left in the reserves.
"Maybe we used up a bit more energy than them on the way and if we are to beat them we need that extra edge.
"They have a fantastic team. We have to be honest; they could almost put out two teams which would be in the final against us."
Chief coach Li Yongbo, under whom China have enjoyed huge success, said he had been surprised by the ease with which his powerful side had defeated Denmark.
"Denmark were strong. Most of their players are experienced and quite old but it was difficult for them against us today," he said.
"Today`s performance was the best of the week. We recovered from some small difficulties in the group stages to find the confidence to put on a good performance in the final."
"I didn`t expect it to be so smooth," he admitted.
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