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Tine, Ko-Yoo out to stop China domination

http://www.sports.cn/ 2010-09-19 11:31:00

September 18, 2010 - Only Denmark’s Tine Baun and South Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong stand in the way of a China clean sweep at the Li Ning China Masters 2010 in Changzhou, China.

As it was the case in the recent World Championships in Paris where China swept all five gold medals at stake, the same could happen in Changzhou and the burden falls on Tine in the women’s singles and the Koreans in the men’s doubles from stopping China.

But they are up against top class opposition.

In the men’s doubles, Ko-Yoo, who beat Malaysia’s Chang Peng Soon-Lim Khim Wah 21-18, 21-10 in the semi-finals, will be up against two-time world champions from China – Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng. The Chinese stopped South Korea’s Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae in three games – 20-22, 21-13, 21-17.

Going by Cai-Fu’s performance, Ko-Yoo could find the going tough.

Tine, however, looks to be in a better position after her commanding performance against World No 1 Wang Yihan in the semi-finals.

The Dane took the fight to the Chinese and never allowed Yihan to get into the game. Tine was also helped by the fact that Yihan hardly attacked and played into the tall Dane’s rallying game who scored an impressive 21-16, 21-19 win.

Tine will take on World Championships silver medallist Wang Xin who got the better of teammate Wang Shixian 21-11, 21-15.

In 2007, Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo stunned badminton fans around the world when she beat Zhu Lin, Zhang Ning and Xie Xingfang en route to winning the China Open title and Tine will be fully aware of the fact that anything is possible in today’s badminton.

In the men’s singles, Lin Dan’s erratic display did not stop him from recording his second win in as many games in his 21-12, 21-17 win over Wang Zhengming. Lin Dan, who beat Zhengming in the Asian Championships final, never looked comfortable despite the straight games scoreline and was troubled by his opponent’s ability to change the direction of his play at will.

Lin Dan will take on 2007 World Junior champion Chen Long who beat Bao Chunlai 21-18, 21-12.

But experience at key stages of the match pulled the match in the Olympic champion’s favour.

In the mixed doubles, Indonesia’s World No 1 Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir played well below their standards in their straight games loss to China’s Xu Chen-Yu Yang. The Indonesians lost 21-11, 21-17 with Yu Yang playing a key role at the net to trouble Nova-Lilyana.

Tao Jiaming-Qing Tian will be Xu-Yu’s opponent after they beat crack pair He Hanbin-Ma Jin 7-21, 21-12, 21-14 in the second semi-final.

In the women’s doubles, another all China affair will be on the cards with Bao Yixin-Lu Lu taking on Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang in the final.

Bao-Lu beat Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Wen Hsing-Chien Yu Chin 21-17, 11-21, 21-17 while Wang-Yu beat Cheng Shu-Zhao Yunlei 21-18, 21-16.

The finals will begin at 1300 hours China time. (Source: BWF)