China secures two golds in badminton worlds, Chen Long in final
Posted on Aug 31 2014 | IANS
Copenhagen, Aug 31 : China has secured the women's and mixed doubles gold medals at the World Badminton Championships while its Chen Long has set up a men's title clash with top-seeded Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang downed Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda from Japan 21-8, 21-13 in the women's doubles semi-finals Saturday night and will take on fellow Chinese Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, the 21-13, 21-10 winners over South Korea's Hee Lee and Seung Chan, reports Xinhua.
Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei defeated teammates Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin 21-15, 21-13 and Xu Chen and Ma Jin overcame local pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen 21-15, 21-9, making the mixed doubles final a Chinese affair.
Chen Long, seeded second, faces Malaysian Lee in the men's singles final after the Chinese eliminated Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto.
In the other semi-final, Lee secured his spot in the final after beating local hope Viktor Axelsen in straight sets.
Lee said Sunday's final would be "a tough game" if it proved to be Chen on the other side of the net.
Earlier, Chinese Li Xuerui romped into the women's singles final with a 21-8, 21-14 victory over Japanese Minatsu Mitani, setting up a championship clash with Spain's Carolina Marin, who advanced by beating India's P. V. Sindhu 21-17, 21-15.
In the men's doubles final, Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo will confront fellow South Koreans Sung Hyun Ko and Baek Choel Shin.