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Wang beats world No. 1 Li in all-China badminton final

28 Sep 2014
By Joo Mi Park, OCA Young Reporter, Korea

Incheon, Korea: World No. 3 Wang Yihan upset the top-ranked Li Xuerui 2-1 in the all-China final of the Asian Games women's singles badminton competition at Gyeyang Gymnasium on Sunday. Li won the first set 21-11 but Wang came back to level the match by taking the second set 21-17. In the decider, Wang took the initiative and ran out a comfortable 21-7 winner to claim the gold medal from her World No. 1–ranked teammate.

Both players had trouble overcoming the blast of the air conditioner, with champion Wang admitting: "I couldn't ignore the effect of the air-con. I had difficulty controlling the shuttlecock. I was lucky to win." Commenting on the one-sided third set, Li said: "I made many mistakes in the third set, and Wang Yihan played very well. That's why I lost."

The champion Wang added:  "There isn't a special reason why I won this game. I just did my best. I'm very glad to be the gold medalist. Compared to the world championships, it feels like a greater honour to win the Asian Games. "I feel more happy because Chinese National Day, which is October 1, is approaching. Lastly, I'd like to thank my coach for putting me in the team, even though I'm ranked lower than Li Xuerui."

She considers Korea, especially Incheon, as a lucky place for her because she won the junior world championship in Incheon in 2006. Now she has another gold medal to add to her collection.
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