Asian Games Women’s Team F: China defeat Korea 3-0

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China women's team wins its fifth consecutive Asian Games gold medal

Incheon: The Chinese team successfully defended the women’s team title in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games on Sunday. Li Xuerui, Zhao Yunlei / Tian Qing and Wang Shixian of China, all had to overcome one set deficit to pull off comeback wins against their Korean rivals.China women's team wins its fifth consecutive Asian Games gold medal

 

Korea’s 23-year-old world number four – Sung Ji-Hyun fought to a brilliant lead in the opening match, taking the first game 21-17 with epic rallies stirring up a cheering home crowd as an unsettled Li put shots long and wide. Sung lost 21-13 in the second set, and Li Xuerui’s artillery of shots and lightning quick returns in the rubber game finally broke over-stretched Sung who yielded 21-16 in the 65-minute tussle.

Doubles pair Kim So-Yeong and Chang Ye-Na took their first game against Zhao Yunlei and Tian Qing 21-19 in the second match, but the tired Korean pair bowed out quickly to the Chinese pair 21-7 and 21-12 in the second and third set.

World number six Bae Yeon-Ju also managed to take the first game off world number two Wang Shixian with 21-12. Bae lost the second set to Wang 16-21, and with the deafening crowd chanted “Bae Yeon-Ju! Bae Yeon-ju! Bae Yeon-ju!”, the exhausted Bae just couldn’t finish the third set losing 19-21 to Wang in the 82 minutes match.

“We prepared well and studied how they played but we had a hard fight — every match went to three games,” said China`s Wang.

“We were not surprised by how good they were because we have met them many times and it`s always very difficult.”

Korea`s Chang added: “The home ground was to our advantage but it just didn`t work out — we tried hard to win gold, but the Chinese are a great team. “The hosts will again challenge China for gold in the men`s team final on Tuesday.

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