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Date
29 Jul 2012
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London 2012 , IOC News , Badminton

China start in style - London 2012 - Badminton

China emphatically demonstrated their dominance of Badminton as all of their Doubles top seeds eased to victories on the opening day of London 2012 competition.

The Asian nation boasts the top pairs in each of the three Doubles events at Wembley Arena and there were no mistakes as all featured in the evening session.

Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei were hardly troubled as they brushed off the challenge of Germans Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels in Group A, winning 21-6 21-7 in 28 minutes.

Such was their superiority that the longest rally of the match was only 19 strokes.

It was a similar story in the women's Doubles as Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang saw off Canada's Michele Li and Alex Bruce 21-11 21-7 in Group D.

In the men's event, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng were not kept long by Australians Ross Smith and Glenn Warfe in Group A, winning 21-11 21-17.

Zhao was also in action earlier in the day in the women's Doubles, in which she is seeded second with Tian Qing, and enjoyed a 21-11 21-12 win over Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.

Also impressive from China was women's third seed Li Xuerui, who was a late addition to the team but looked imperious as Peru's Claudia Rivero was vanquished 21-5 21-6 in just 22 minutes.

Yet the Chinese may not have it all their own way, with the All England men's Doubles champions, the second-seeded Chung Jae-sung and Lee Dong-dae, beating former world leaders Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan 21-15 21-19.

With the top seeds in the men's and women's Singles not in action, former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat took centre stage to make a winning start in one of the highlights.

The 2004 Athens gold medallist, seeded 11th, proved too strong for the Czech Republic's Petr Koukal, winning 21-8 21-8 in Group O.

Germany's Marc Zwiebler also made swift work of the world's number 209, Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed of the Maldives.

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