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China encounters tough draw in BWF superseries Finals

(Xinhua)

09:14, December 14, 2011

LIUZHOU, South China, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese players were handed a tough draw in the 2011 BWF Superseries Finals to be held here from Dec.14-18, as many of them will have to play against each other in the group stage in three categories.

Lin Dan, known as "Super Dan" among his fans, was drawn in men's singles Group B alongside Chen Long, while world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng are in men's doubles Group A together with Chai Biao and Guo Zhendong, and world No. 1 Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei will face Xu Chen and Ma Jin in mixed doubles Group A.

According to the event rules, the top two seeds of each category should be separated in groups, so all-China rivalry was avoided in the women's singles and women's doubles. Wang Yihan and Wang Xin, both of China, are 1-2 on the women's singles rankings, and Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli and Tian Qing/ Zhao Yunlei occupy the top two spots in women's doubles.

Early clashes between teammates will increase China's difficulty to set new records in the grand finale of the 12-leg 2011 BWF world superseries, which is open to the top eight in superseries rankings, but per team is limited to only two entries for each of the five categories.

China won the women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles' titles in the 2010 Finals.

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