No problem as Chen Long, Lin Dan advance into China Masters 3rd round

Lin Dan could be tuning up for another run at the Rio Olympic. (photo: AFP)

Jiangsu: With the support of home crowds, World No. 1 Chen Long and two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan eased into the China Masters third round on Wednesday.Lin Dan could be tuning up for another run at the Rio Olympic. (photo: AFP)

Top seed Chen Long took just 37 minutes to brush off compatriot Ren Pengbo in the Changzhou Olympic Center in Jiangsu.

Ren was able to offer up some genuine resistance against the No. 1 seed Chen Long, with the lead switching hands on several occasions, but the unflappable Chen Long quickly regained his composure and balance to wrap up a pretty straightforward 21-11, 21-17 win. Chen will take on 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Shi Yuqi of China next.

Lin Dan, the Chinese badminton maestro romped to the third round with convincing win against Cheng Po Wei of Taipei. Lin Dan leading virtually from start to finish in both sets to send his Taiwanese opponent packing with 21-12, 21-10 in 24 minutes. Lin will next take on Japan’s Riichi Takeshita, who was a 21-11, 21-14 winner over Zhou Zeqi.

Others to advance on Wednesday included mixed doubles top seeds Xu Chen/Ma Jin of China, the world No. 1 men’s pair Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong of South Korea, women’s doubles top seeds Luo Ying/Luo Yu, and women’s singles No. 1 seed Li Xuerui.


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