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Category: Badminton News Published: 13 April 2009
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SEOUL (AFP) — China swept three titles at the 2009 Badminton Asia Championships in South Korea on Sunday, proving yet again they are a virtually unbeatable force in world badminton.Bao Chunlai of China returns the shuttlecock to his compatriot Chen Long

There was however some home joy, with South Korea's Olympic mixed doubles champion pair of Lee Yong-Dae and Lee Hyo-Jung prevailing in an all-Korean final at the event in Suwon, just outside Seoul.

The men's and women's singles finals were both all-China affairs.

In the men's, Bao Chunlai defeated unseeded Chen Long 16-21, 21-10, 21-16 after overcoming a slow start.

Six-seeded Zhu Lin had an easier time capturing the women's crown, needing just 37 minutes to beat 2000 Asian champion Xie Xingfang 21-11, 21-10.

China secured their third title of the tournament in the women's doubles, where the unseeded Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli beat Beijing Olympic silver medalists Lee Hyo-Jung and Lee Kyung-Won of Korea, 21-11, 21-18.

The Lees, who are not related, were going for their third Asian title and first since 2005.

In the men's doubles, Indonesia's top-seeded pair of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan edged out Korea's Ko Sung-Hyun and Yoo Yeon-Seong, 21-18, 26-24 in a thrilling finale.

This was the first Asian championships staged in Korea since the event began in 1962.

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