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China reach Sudirman Cup final with clinical display

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NANNING (CHINA), May 25: Hosts China closed in on an 11th Sudirman Cup title as they ruthlessly dismantled Thailand to reach Sunday�s final of the mixed-team badminton world championship.

China�s comfortable 3-0 victory sets them up for a tournament decider against top seeds Japan or Indonesia, who play their semifinal later on Saturday.

China went 2-0 ahead in just 94 minutes thanks to their world number one mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, and second-ranked Shi Yuqi in the men�s singles.

The tie was over when the men�s doubles world champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen triumphed.

Shi did not have it all his own way against 18th-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who squandered three opportunities to clinch the second game and force a decider.

It was a turning point and Shi held his nerve before closing out victory 21-15, 26-24 to thrill the home crowd and snuff out the brief Thai resistance.

�It was a very tough second game,� said Shi, beaten in last year�s world championship final by Kento Momota.

The top two in men�s badminton will meet once more on Sunday if, as expected, Japan beat Indonesia. � AFP

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China reach Sudirman Cup final with clinical display

NANNING (CHINA), May 25: Hosts China closed in on an 11th Sudirman Cup title as they ruthlessly dismantled Thailand to reach Sunday�s final of the mixed-team badminton world championship.

China�s comfortable 3-0 victory sets them up for a tournament decider against top seeds Japan or Indonesia, who play their semifinal later on Saturday.

China went 2-0 ahead in just 94 minutes thanks to their world number one mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, and second-ranked Shi Yuqi in the men�s singles.

The tie was over when the men�s doubles world champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen triumphed.

Shi did not have it all his own way against 18th-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who squandered three opportunities to clinch the second game and force a decider.

It was a turning point and Shi held his nerve before closing out victory 21-15, 26-24 to thrill the home crowd and snuff out the brief Thai resistance.

�It was a very tough second game,� said Shi, beaten in last year�s world championship final by Kento Momota.

The top two in men�s badminton will meet once more on Sunday if, as expected, Japan beat Indonesia. � AFP

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