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South Korea win Uber Cup title, beating China 3-1

05-16-2010 11:22 BJT

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The ladies team from China went into the Uber Cup championship final riding on a legendary winning streak, but the women had to face a determined South Korean side threatening to rewrite history in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Chinese women had collected 11 Uber Cup titles and won six in a row. They aimed to defend their title again on Saturday. Chinese top seed Wang Yihan went up against Bae Seung Hee in the first singles match.

The Chinese shuttler got off to a flying start and took a 3-1 lead in the first game. But Bae Seung Hee launched a comeback. She leveled the score and then reached game point. Wang Yihan saved the point three times, but she couldn't stop her opponent taking the first set.

Wang seemed to lose her temper in the second and made a series of mistakes. But Bae Seung Hee raised her game and soared to a six point lead. The South Korean held on to win 21-18 and scored a moral-boosting match point for the challengers.

The doubles team of Lee Hyo Jung and Kim Min Jung gave the South Korean side a 2-0 lead. They beat Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli, the leading doubles pair in the world. The match lasted more than one hour, and the South Korean duo overcame a one-set deficit to beat the Chinese pair 18-21, 21-12, 21-15.

But China kept up the fight in the next singles match. The team's fourth Uber Cup debutant Wang Xin outdid South Korean youngster Sung Ji Hyun in three games. Wang Xin met some resistance in the first, but settled it 21-14. Sung Ji Hyun leveled the score 1-1 after clinching the second 21-16. But Wang took control and coasted to a 21-7 win in the decider. The 2-1 match score sent the Uber Cup final into the next doubles confrontation.

And it was the South Korean team that scored an historic upset. Lee Kyung Won and Ha Jung Eun clinched a come-from-behind thriller against China's Olympic champions Du Jing and Yu Yang. The final line score read 19-21, 21-14, 21-19...South Korea wins it.

Chinese Badminton Team, head coach Li Yongbo said, "Losing the match may not be a bad thing. Even if you win this time, you will have to suffer a defeat some day. That day will finally come. So it's good that we can find out our problems before the London Olympics. The bad things can turn into good ones. Anyway, the Olympic games are the most important for us. "

It was the first time South Korea's won in the six clashes with China in the women's badminton team championship final.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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