China secures women's singles gold at Denmark Badminton Open

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-10-19 9:19:13

Two Chinese badminton players entered the women's singles final at Yonex Denmark Open in central Denmark's Odense on Saturday, locking for gold and silver medals a day ahead of Sunday's final.

The women's singles final will be contested by last year winner Wang Yihan, seeded No. 3, and top seed Li Xuerui, both of China.

In her semifinal, Wang Yihan beat compatriot Wang Shixian, seeded No. 2, in two straight sets 21-19, 21-12, while Li advanced after beating fourth seed Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea with an easy victory of 21-17, 21-12.

Chinese players also entered the finals in all other four categories.

Men's singles Chen Long, seeded No 2, locked a slot in the final after winning his semifinal against Indian Kashyap Parupalli 21-16, 21-15. Chen will face in the final Wan Ho Son of South Korea, who beat China's Tian Houwei 21-17, 21-9.

In the men's doubles final, top seed Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea will defend their title against Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan from China.

The Korean duel defeated Danish Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen 21-14, 21-17, while Chinese Fu and Zhang breezed over world champions Ko Sung Hyun /Shin Baek Choel of South Korea 21-15, 23-21.

The final in the women's doubles will be between Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang from China and Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi from Japan. Both pairs scored wins against their fellow countrywomen in the semifinals.

The mixed double final will pitch Ma Jin/Xu Chen from China against Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia.

Ma and Xu beat their teammates Liu Cheng and Bao Yixin 21-12, 21-9, while Ahmad and Natsir, the All England champions, won over Indonesian Riky Widianto/Puspita Richi Dili 21-10, 21-15.

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