Lin Dan wins 4th badminton world title

Updated: August 14, 2011, 11:36 AM ET
Associated Press

WEMBLEY, England -- Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan got a preview of his title defense next year when he won his fourth world title Sunday in the Wembley arena that will be used for the 2012 Games.

The second-seeded Chinese player saved two match points against top-seeded Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and went on to a 20-22, 21-17, 23-21 victory. It was one of the closest matches of the 24 between the two rivals.

Lin rarely dominated the match, and there were moments, particularly at 16-13 in the final game, when it seemed Lee's court coverage, patience and ability to turn defense into attack would secure victory.

But when it mattered, it was Lin who delivered.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press