# Mixed team champions China show their might

# Chinese shuttlers win all individual titles again


By Rizal Abdullah

Mixed team champions China showed their might again when they swept all the five titles at stake in the individual events in the SCG Badminton Asia Junior Championships which ended in Bangkok on Sunday.

There was no stopping the mighty Chinese who were also involved in two all-China finals – the men’s and women’s doubles.

This is the second year running that China has achieved the “clean sweep” and the Chinese manager Ding Ke said:

“This is shows that we are still are dominating force in the shuttle game. For two years we won all at stake and I see a bright future for Chinese badminton.”

China ruled at the CPB Badminton and Sports Science Training Center in Bangkok – the venue of the championships.

China have won the mixed team title for four years in a row with South Korea at the losing end each time.

Mixed doubles pair He Jiting-Du Yue started China’s dominance in the individual events but were fully stretched by South Korea’s unseeded pair of Kim Won-ho-Lee Yu-ri.

The Chinese pair battled for 55 minutes before they subdued the gritty Koreans 21-12, 19-21, 21-19. The match saw the China coaches getting a verbal warning for harrassing the service judge several times after he faulted their service.

China’s Sun Feixiang, seeded eighth, needed only 39 minutes to subdue his seventh seeded Taiwanese opponent Lee Chia Hao 21-13, 21-15 win in the men’s singles final.

The women’s singles title between third seed Chen Yufei and fourth seed Gregoria Mariska ended with the Chinese winning in 25-23, 21-14 in 46 minutes.

Mariska later told that she was affected by a swollen right ankle which restricted her movements on the court. The Indonesian sustained the ankle injury in her semi-final match against China’s Gao Fangjie on Saturday.

Third seeds Du Yue-Xu Ya defeated their unseeded compatriots Ni Bowen-Zhou Chaomin 21-15, 21-16 to win the women’s doubles while third seeds Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong upset top seeds He Jiting-Tan Qiang 21-12, 21-17 in an all-China men’s doubles final in 25 minutes.


RESULTS (All Finals)

Men’s singles

Sun Feixiang (Chn) beat Lee Chia Hao (Tpe) 21-13, 21-15


Men’s doubles

Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) beat He Jiting-Tan Qiang (Chn) 21-12, 21-17


Women’s singles

Chen Yufei (Chn) beat Gregoria Mariska (Ina) 25-23, 21-14


Women’s doubles

Du Yue-Xu Ya (Chn) beat Ni Bowen-Zhou Chaomin (Chn) 21-15, 21-16


Mixed doubles

He Jiting-Du Yue (Chn) beat Kim Won-ho-Lee Yu-rim (Kor) 21-12, 19-21, 21-19

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