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Easy win for Super Dan while Wang Lin pulls out

http://www.sports.cn/ 2010-09-16 11:28:00

(Changzhou, September 16) The first round of the 2010 LI-LING China Masters concluded early this morning after numerous matches. There was no surprise hit throughout the day except the early exit of the newly-crowned world champion Wang Lin, who had to pull out halfway after spraining her ligament when playing against Indonesian veteran Maria Febe Kusumastuti.

The Lin Dan (CHN)-Park Sung Hwan (KOR) tussle that had drawn much attention ended with Lin Dan walking off with a 2-0 win (21-11, 21-17). Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai, Lin's teammates, both met touch challenges from their Korean counterparts but managed to triumph with 2-0 and 2-1 respectively. Also making the second round were host players Chen Long, Wang Zhengming, Du Pengyu, Gao Huan, Qiao Bin and Wen Kai.

The women's singles saw China's Wang Yihan, Wang Xin, Wang Shixian, Lu Lan, Jiang Yanjiao, Li Xuerui and Xia Jingyun outplaying their opponents respectively without a hitch. Chen Xiaojia came from behind with 2-1 (18-21, 21-16, 21-7) over Korea's Hwang Hye Youn to join her teammates in the next round.

In the men's doubles, Cai Yun, whose injury had caused much concern, eventually turned up at 11:00 p.m. and teammed up with Fu Haifeng to beat Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Chayut Triyachart of Singapore. Before that, in other MD matches, Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen overcame Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari/Soon Hock Ong of Malaysia, while Korean stars Lee Yong Dae/Jung Jae Sung managed to turn the table on the host pair of Hong Wei/Shen Ye with a 2-1 victory.

Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli, China's newly-formed combination after Beijing 2008, became the focus of attention throughout their play at midnight. As a result, they cruised into the next round by eliminating Indonesia duo Anneke Feinya Agustine/Annisa Wahyuni 2-0, taking an important step forward with their first-ever win after the Olympic Games.

Another two new pairs from the host team Xu Chen/Yu Yang and He Hanbin/Ma Jin, in the mixed doubles, also qualified for further competition thanks to their great individual skills. Their teammates Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei and Li Gen/Xia Huan, however, were not so lucky after suffering setbacks at the hands of Thailand's Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam and Malaysia's Jian Guo Ong/Sook Chin Chong respectively.