Badminton: China rolls through Spain, clinches quarter-final spot

Wang Shixian hits a return in the women's singles group match in the Uber Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, on May 17, 2016.
Wang Shixian hits a return in the women's singles group match in the Uber Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, on May 17, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

KUNSHAN, China (AFP) - Wang Shixian and the Chinese women's team steamrolled through Spain on Tuesday night at the Uber Cup in China, dispatching the top-ranked player and securing a quarter-final berth to boot.

Spain struggled out of the gate with the tournament favourites, with world No. 1 Carolina Marin falling 21-19, 18-21, 19-21 to sixth-ranked Wang.

The Chinese proceeded to pummel the Spaniards in a 5-0 rout.