China moved a step closer to its clean sweep bid in badminton at the Guangzhou Asian Games by beating Thailand 3-0 in the women’s team final on Monday.
It was the fourth consecutive Asian Games gold for China’s women in the event and they outclassed the Thais in front of a cheering home crowd.
World number one Wang Xin lost the first game to Ratchanok Intanon but rallied to take the opener 20-22 21-17 21-14.
"I’ve prepared for this match beforehand but I didn’t realise it would be so hard," said Wang, who hugged her coach afterwards.
There was no such drama in the following two matches when world number four Wang Shixian and number six Jiang Yanjiao both beat their rivals easily.
South Korea and Indonesia shared the bronze medal.
China’s shuttlers expect to savour a team badminton golden double later today when they face South Korea in the men’s team final led by Olympic champion Lin Dan.