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Badminton: China beat Japan to retain Uber Cup and clinch 13th women's title

Published on May 24, 2014 10:15 PM
 
Chinese badminton players celebrate after defating Miyuki Maeda and Reika Kakiiwa of Japan in the Uber Cup final match at Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi on May 24, 2014. Favourites China swamped Japan 3-1 on Saturday to maintain a stranglehold on the women's Uber Cup badminton team championships by winning their eighth final in the last nine editions. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Favourites China swamped Japan 3-1 on Saturday to maintain a stranglehold on the women's Uber Cup badminton team championships by winning their eighth final in the last nine editions.

The Chinese, who boast the world's top three singles players, showed off their prowess in front of a handful of spectators at the Siri Fort complex in New Delhi.

World No. 1 Li Xuerui gave the champions the lead with a 21-15, 21-5 win over the 12th-ranked Minatsu Mitani in a one-sided match that lasted just 36 minutes.

Japan drew level through their doubles pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who stunned Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua 21-18, 21-9.

 
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