China ensures three golds before finals at Hong Kong Open

2012-11-24 22:07:29 GMT2012-11-25 06:07:29(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HONG KONG, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- China, who won historical five golds at London Olympics, is certain to claim at least three titles at the 2012 Hong Kong Badminton Open after the semifinals.

Olympic champion Li Xuerui beat teammate Wang Lin, who just returned from injury, 21-12, 21-13 to reach the final and will compete with No. 1 seed Wang Yihan for her second gold medal in eight weeks. Li won the China Open last Sunday, which was her first title after winning in women's singles at London Games.

Wang Yihan made a revenge by beating Germany's fifth-seeded Juliane Schenk 21-8, 19-21 and 21-15 to reach the final, who eliminated Wang Yihan at quarterfinals at last week's China Open.

"Li Xuerui is the Olympic champion and world champion," said Wang. "Tomorrow's final will be a tough match."

Defending champion Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang used only 34 minutes to thrash No. 4 seed Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito of Japan in women's doubles' semifinals and will play against Olympic champions Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei in the final, which also secured China a gold medal.

Tian and Zhao defeated teammates Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua 21-18, 11-21 and 21-18.

The third medal came from mixed doubles in which defending champion and Olympic gold medallists Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei will face the challenge from newly crowned China Open winners Xu Chen/Ma Jin, who disqualified Malaysia's Chan Peng-Soon/Liu Ying-Goh.

Chen Long will play against twice Hong Kong Open champion and world's No.1 Lee Chong-Wei in men's singles final. Chen beat Tommu Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-18, 21-10 to reach the final while Lee defeated Japanese Kenichi Tago.

Defending champion and Olympic champion pair Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng will play against their old rival Koo Kien-Keat/Tan Boon-Heong of Malasyia in men's doubles finals on Sunday.

China won all five gold medals at the last edition of Hong Kong Open.

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