Sunday, August 14, 2011

Can China Repeat Last Year's Success?

It is not impossible for China to take all the world championship title as they have done last year. Mixed doubles player Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei opened the match day, competing against another Chinese pair, Xu Chen and Ma Jin. Leading 21-17 in the first set, Zhang and Zhao did not need to play the second set as Xu and Ma retired due to Ma's injury.

In the other mixed doubles semis, Indonesia's world number two Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir surprisingly were subjected to home favorites Chris Adcock and Scottish Imogen Bankier. The unseeded pair won in straight sets 21-16 and 21-19.

"Today I think I was playing with the best women's mixed doubles player in the world. She tore Natsir up and made my job so easy," Adcock praised his partner. He was also happy to reach the world championship final in his own country.

Meanwhile, disappointed Lilyana revealed that her and Tontowi's game were easily guessed by their opponents. "We should have been defensive first, not aggressively attacking. Bankier was ready in the net. Finally they attacked us which made us under pressure and confused," she said.

In the men's doubles, Korean Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung fail to advance to the final after losing to China's defending champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in their 15th meeting, 18-21 and 14-21. Now Lee and Jung head-to-head is 7-8 against Cai and Fu.

However, Lee and Jung's teammates Ko Sung-hyun and Yoo Yeon-seong succeed to the final after vanquishing Indonesia's Mohammad Ahsan/Bona Septano 21-19 and 21-15.

Wang Yihan emerges as the winner in the Chinese-meeting semi-final. The second seed downs the third seed Wang Xin 21-15 and 21-15 to face Taiwanese Cheng Shao-Chieh in the final.

For sure, China will win the women's doubles title after placing their two pairs in the final. Top seed Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang will play compatriots Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei. Wang and Yu excelled Japanese third-seeded Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna in the semi-final 21-8 and 21-15 while Tian and Zhao eases to the final with a 21-14, 21-16 victory over India's Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa.

pictures by xinhuanews and bwfbadminton

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