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Wang Yihan out to complete ‘Wang set’ in Malaysia

China’s three famous Wangs – Yihan, Shixian and Xin – have been the dominant force in the women’s singles with each of them being world No. 1 at one time or the other.

Wang Yihan (NR semis Mas)World champion Wang Yihan (left), currently occupies the top spot in the rankings and on Sunday, she will have the chance to emulate her two teammates when she contests the Maybank Malaysia Open presented by Proton gold medal match.

Wang Xin, who won this tournament in 2009 will be seeking to regain the title on Sunday after knocking out defending champion Wang Shixian 21-12, 25-23 Saturday’s semi-finals.

Wang Yihan reached the title decider when she beat India’s Saina Nehwal 21-15, 21-16.

“We both played well, each of us going for every single shot, but I guess the drift in the court affected her more than me,” said Wang Yihan.

“Overall I’m satisfied with my game and although I’ll face a fellow Chinese in the final, I will be going for the win.”

Saina, meanwhile, said her quarter-final victory over two-time Malaysia Open champion Tine Baun on Friday made it harder for her to go all out in the semi-finals.

“The quarter-final took its toll on me and I just wanted to end the game fast. As a result, I made too many errors and gave away 14 points.”

Wang Xin (NR sf Mas)Wang Xin (right), who won four Superseries tournaments last season, will go in search of her first tournament win of the year, feeling a little tired.

“The back-to-back tournaments have made us both tired. I’m a bit fresher as I failed to reach the final in South Korea,” said Wang Xin.

“Shixian won in Seoul and I knew I had to be more patient against her. It will be an even match in the final as we know each other so well.”

China are also assured of the mixed doubles title as world champions Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei will take on world No. 2 pair Xu Chen-Ma Jin.

Zhang Nan outfought Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-13, 21-16 while their teammates edged Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir 21-17, 21-14.

"We played fairly well and we distributed the shuttler well,” said Zhang Nan. “It wasn't as easy as it seemed because we had the home crowd against us and we had to make our chances count.”

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Semi-finals
Men
Singles: Kenichi Tago (Japan) bt Chen Jin (China) 3-2 retired; Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) bt Chen Long (China) 21-18, 17-21, 21-13.
Doubles: Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu (Taipei) bt Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Japan) 21-19, 18-21, 21-12;  Cho Gun Woo-Shin Baek Choel (South Korea) bt Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong (China) 26-24, 23-21.

Women
Singles: Wang Yihan (China) bt Saina Nehwal (India) 21-15, 21-16; Wang Xin (China) bt Wang Shixian (China) 21-12, 25-23.
Doubles: Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung (South Korea) bt Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (Japan) 17-21, 21-15, 21-11; Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter-Juhl (Denmark) Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (China) 21-14, 21-13.

Mixed doubles: Xu Chen-Ma Jin (China) bt Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) 21-17, 21-14; Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (China) bt Chan Peng Soo-Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) 21-13, 21-16.

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