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Chen Xiao Jia creates upset in quarter-finals

Former world No. 1 Wang Xin (below right), was sensationally knocked out of the Badminton Asian Championships (BAC) in Qingdao, China, as unheralded teammate Chen Xiao Jia scored a straight games victory on Friday.

The unseeded Chen Xiao Jin (left), who also defeated fifth seed Saina Nehwal of India in the second round, showed no fear as she faced the second seeded Wang Xin in the quarter-finals and came away with a 21-15, 21-19 victory.

Her reward is a semi-final bout against world No. 4 Li Xuerui, who ousted seventh seed and World Championships silver medallist Cheng Shao Chieh 21-7, 21-12.

Shao Chieh was the sole non-Chinese player left in the women’s draw and it means China are guaranteed the gold medal as world champion Wang Yihan will take on another former world No. 1 in Wang Shixian for a place in the final.

It is the same scenario in the men’s draw with world champion Lin Dan up against world No. 5 Chen Jin in one semi-final and world No. 3 Chen Long taking on former world junior champion and eighth seed Wang Zhengming in another last four encounter.

China shuttlers make up 15 of the 20 semi-finalists with South Korea’s Kim Ki Jung-Kim Sa Rang (men’s doubles), Kang Ji Wook-Eom Hye Won Eom and Sa Rang-Choi Hye In (mixed doubles) and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (men’s doubles) and Shizuka Matsuo-Mami Naito (women’s doubles) the only non-Chinese players left in all five categories.

China are seeking to win all five titles in the BAC for the second straight time, after having done so a year ago where Lin Dan (men’s singles), Wang Yihan (women’s singles), Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (men’s doubles), Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (women’s doubles) and Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (mixed doubles) captured the gold medal before going on to repeat that feat at the World Championships.

They will hope the BAC will be a lucky charm as they eye another clean sweep at the London Olympics later this year.

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