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South Korea stops China from another clean-sweep at China Masters

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14:40, September 19, 2011

CHANGZHOU, Jiangsu Province, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Korean Jae Sung Jung and Yong Dae Lee stopped China from making another clean-sweep at China Badminton Masters as the pair clinched the men's doubles title by beating home favourite Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng in Sunday's final.

China has swept all the five gold medals last year, and this time it seemed that it would do it again after Chen Long, Xu Chen and Ma Jin, Xia Huan and Tang Jinhua, and Wang Shixian gained four gold medals in the first four finals, but Lee and Jung said no.

The third seeded pair, stood with the pressure from thunderous cheers and applause from the home crowd, outplayed newly-crowned world champion Cai and Fu in straight games 21-17, 21-10.

"We started our preparation for the match in the early morning and our defence during the match was good," said Jung.

Cai admitted both he and Fu were not in the best form after the world championships. "Our training is not systematic after the worlds. To be honest, we didn't imagine that we could enter final before the tournament."

Among the four titles of China, three were from the all-Chinese finals, in which two retirements occurred.

In women's singles' final between former world No. 1 Wang and fourth seeded Jiang Yanjiao, Jiang lost the first game 16-21, and when lagging behind 5-8 in the second game, she decided to retire due to her left knee injury.

"The court is a bit hard and there were something wrong with my knee," explained Jiang.

Wang said she had never imagined winning the China Masters because her confidence was undermined after several months of downturn, in which she gave out her world No. 1 position to teammate Wang Yihan and was knocked out of the top four at the world championships.

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