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China dominate singles competitions

The relentless Chinese production line of badminton players continue to churn out new stars as they dominated the Badminton Asian Championships (BAC) in Qingdao, China on Wednesday.

Exactly half the number of participants in the pre-quarter-finals is from the host country, with China providing eight men and eight women singles players left in the draw of 16 in both singles competitions.

In the doubles events, 10 pairs are still in with a chance of winning the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles events.

Leading the way for China are all three of their five of their world champions – Lin Dan (men’s singles), Wang Yihan (women’s singles, (left) and Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei – who are all safely into the pre-quarter finals.

World champions in the men’s doubles (Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng) and women’s doubles (Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang) skipped the tournament but their replacements – Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong and Tian Qing-Zhao Yunlei – are the top seeds and will be looking to guide China to a clean sweep of titles for only the second time in BAC history.

A year ago, China did just that with the players who went on to become world champions in their respective disciplines winning the Asian crown four months before finishing at the top of the world.

In Qingdao, Chinese stars will look to add to the 44 titles – seven men’s singles and two men’s doubles crowns, 15 women’s singles and 14 women’s doubles gold medals and six mixed doubles titles  - they have won in the last 20 BAC competitions.

Indonesia and South Korea are the next highest winners with 22 and 21 titles. Other countries who have triumphed in the BAC are Malaysia (nine), Hong Kong (three) and Thailand (one).

Chen Jin, who needs a good run in this tournament to confirm his ticket to the London Olympics reached the third round when he Taipei’s Chu Han Chou 21-13 21-5. Chen Jin is due to meet Lin Dan (right), in the semi-finals in what many see as an epic battle.

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