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Roundup Day 4: China books early titles in WS&WD

http://www.sports.cn/ 2009-11-22 11:05:00

(Shanghai, November 21) The semifinals of the 2009 Li-Ning China Open came to an end today. After booking the top 4 spots in the women's singles, Chinese women shuttlers secured another early title in the doubles. Lin Dan and Zheng Bo/Ma Jin brought the host the last berth in the men's singles and doubles respectively.

The big match between Lin Dan and Park Sung Hwan turned out to be one-sided with Lin showing his overwhelming strength against his arch rival from Korea. Park, who had managed to outplay Lin in the opening round at the 2007 China Open, suffered a total failure this time as Lin left no chance to him at all. Lin opened the first game with 4-0 and enjoyed the favorable wind to finish 21-10. In the second game, Lin maintained his big lead with another 4-0 opening and secured an early win with 21-11. 

In the men's singles final showdown Lin Dan will meet Jan Jorgensen of Denmark, who had surprised all by eliminating world No.1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the opening round and had just defeated injured Chen Jin (CHN) 2-1 the semifinals. Jorgensen described Lin Dan as the best shuttler today or the best in history. He might not expect to knock down Lin Dan in the finals but he wants to know what he can do in front of this super Dan.

In the first women's doubles match China's Zhang Yawen/Tian Qing whitewashed their Malaysian counterparts Chin Eei Hui/Wong Pei Tty 2-0. This is the second time the Chinese duo competed in an open tournament and the two showed better and better teamwork throughout the competition. In another WD semifinal, Olympic champions Du Jing/Yu Yang beat teammates Wang Xiaoli/Ma Jin to make the finals.

In the all-Chinese women's singles semifinals, Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Xin cruised to the finals after beating teammates Wang Shixian and Li Xuerui respectively.

With the withdrawal of Zhao Yunlei/Zhang Nan due to injury, China's Zheng Bo/Ma Jin direclty moved to the finals of the mixed doubles. They are to meet the challenge from Korea's Olympic champions Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung.

In the men's doubles, Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae (KOR) won the seesaw battle 2-1 over Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen of Denmark. Top-seeded Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong from Malaysia met no challenge from Chinese Taipei's Chen Hong Ling/Lin Yu Lang and clinched an easy win of 2-0.