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Dark horses surprisingly defeated No.1 players in China Open 2016

Dark horses surprisingly defeated No.1 players in China Open 2016


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Author: Huang Jie   Source: Xinhua

FUZHOU, China, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) —the second round of China Badminton Open 2016 started on Nov.17. Huang Dongping / Li Yinhui, the Chinese young pairs in Women's Doubles defeated No. 1 seeds, Rio Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi with 2-1 and reached the quarter finals.

Chinese Luo Ying / Luo Yu (the left) are in a game. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi rank no. 1 in the world currently, whereas the young pair Huang Dongping / Li Yinhui just rank No.58 in the world. In the first game, Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi met no difficulty and won with 21-14.However, the Chinese players struck back at critical moment without hesitation, came back to win with 22-20 twice and advanced to the last eight.

After two intervals, the two girls once again went into battle of Mixed Doubles. Li Yinhui was active all along and partnered Zhang Nan to defeat No. 3 seeds Malaysian Chan Peng Soon / Goh Liu Ying. However, with her partner Liu Cheng, Huang Dongping was slightly tired and lost to South Korean Yoo Yeon Seong / Jang Ye Na.

Luo Ying (the right) / Luo Yu are in the interview after games. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

After the game, Li Yinhui said,”I feel better today. Although I have many more competitions in two matches this year, it is the first time for me to adapt to such a short interval. After all, I am young enough to adapt to this arrangement. In Mixed Doubles, Zhang Nan will undertake more. Once I have some mistakes, I will communicate with him (Zhang Nan) in time.”

In Men's Singles, the Rio Olympic champion and tournament No. 2 seed Chen Long met the rising star Shi Yuqi and won with 21-16, 21-13.

Chinese Chen Long returns the shuttlecock. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

Chen Long expressed that although he was not in the top shape, he had a strong wish to win with a good state. “Shi Yuqi with rapid progress has won the champion in the French and German Open. Much younger than me, he has no pressure and needs much experience. Actually, we can compete with each other and encourage each other.” 

In Women’s Singles, 19-year-old He Binjiao, the champion of Japan, German and French Open triumphed over Thai Porntip with 2-0. In Men's Doubles, tournament No. 1 seeds Chai Biao / Hong Wei defeated another Chinese pair Lu Kai / Zheng Siwei. In Mixed Doubles, taking the champions of Japan, German and French Open previously, No. 5 seeds Chinese Zheng Siwei / Chen Qingchen also reached the next round.


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