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China reach Sudirman Cup final with clinical display

 NANNING (CHINA), May 25: Hosts China closed in on an 11th Sudirman Cup title as they ruthlessly dismantled Thailand to reach Sundayís final of the mixed-team badminton world championship.

Chinaís comfortable 3-0 victory sets them up for a tournament decider against top seeds Japan or Indonesia, who play their semifinal later on Saturday.

China went 2-0 ahead in just 94 minutes thanks to their world number one mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, and second-ranked Shi Yuqi in the menís singles.

The tie was over when the menís doubles world champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen triumphed.

Shi did not have it all his own way against 18th-ranked Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who squandered three opportunities to clinch the second game and force a decider.

It was a turning point and Shi held his nerve before closing out victory 21-15, 26-24 to thrill the home crowd and snuff out the brief Thai resistance.

ďIt was a very tough second game,Ē said Shi, beaten in last yearís world championship final by Kento Momota.

The top two in menís badminton will meet once more on Sunday if, as expected, Japan beat Indonesia. Ė AFP

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