Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, Lu Guangzu and He Bingjiao Win China Badminton Internal Competition

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Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong are the most consistent players at the China Badminton Internal Competition. (photo: China Badminton)
Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong are the most consistent players at the China Badminton Internal Competition. (photo: China Badminton)

Lingshui: After two consecutive days of fierce competition, the 2021 China National Badminton Team’s internal tournament ended on Sunday, with Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong succeeded in winning the mixed doubles gold medal.

Zheng/Huang who are currently ranked number one in the world won the internal competition without any suspense. They beat the scratch pair, Ou Xuanyi/Chen Qingchen 21-9, 21-18 to clinch the gold. Surprisingly, World No. 2 mixed pair of Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping was defeated by Ou/Chen in the semi-finals, which eventually only settled for third place.

In men’s singles, with the absence of China’s World No. 6 Chen Long and World No. 11 Shi Yuqi, World No. 25 Lu Guangzu defeated Weng Hongyang 21-16, 21-16 to top the men’s singles event, while Li Shifeng finished third.

The women’s singles final saw World No. 9 He Bingjiao pulled off an upset to beat World No. 2 Chen Yufei 16-21, 21-16, 21-15.

Both He and Chen played very patiently in the first game as the score was very close. After 12-12, He Bingjiao’s offensive efficiency started to decline, while Chen Yufei strengthened her offense to win the first game 21-16. Chen committed a lot of mistakes in the second game, and He took advantage of that to win the second game 21-16. After the interval of the decider, He took the initiative to use the net very well by scoring 8 consecutive points to lead at 18-12, and finally won the third-set 21-15.

Some Chinese media were contemplating that if Chen couldn’t beat He in an internal competition, how could she win Olympic gold as she could potentially be drawn to meet World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan, World No. 3 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, or World No. 4 Carolina Marin of Spain in the Tokyo Games.

An upset-filled men’s doubles event saw World No. 22 Huang Kaixiang/Liu Cheng emerged as the champions by overcoming World No. 17 Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong 21-16, 20-22, 21-14, while World No. 6 Li Jun Hui/Liu Yu Chen ended up in fourth place after losing to World No. 21 He Ji Ting/Tan Qiang 22-20, 21-11 in the battle for the third and fourth.

Meanwhile, World No. 7 Du Yue/Li Yinhui defeated World No. 15 Zheng Yu/Li Wenmei 22-20, 21-18 to win the gold medal. The World No. 3 Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan only managed to finish with the bronze medal.

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