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China takes three titles as Bao wins but Xie falters in final

BAO Chunlai won the men's singles crown at the US$200,000 Aviva Open yesterday as Chinese shuttlers took home three of five gold medals on offer in Singapore.

Bao had to fight hard against Boonsak Ponsana before seeing off the Thai, 21-19, 16-21, 21-15 in the final.

World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia had lost to Vietnamese shuttler Nguyen Tien Minh earlier in the tournament.

China also won the women's doubles and the mixed doubles titles.

Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen beat Indonesia's Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii, 21-14, 21-13 in the women's doubles.

Zheng Bo and Ma Jin, meanwhile, rallied past compatriots Zhang and Xie Zhongbo, 19-21, 21-19, 21-11 in the mixed doubles final.

Hong Kong, China's Zhou Mi, ranked No. 2 in the world, denied China another gold when she defeated former world No. 1 Xie Xingfang of China in a tough battle, 21-19, 18-21, 21-10.

There was a surprise in the men's doubles as the Olympic gold medal pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia were beaten by an unheralded British duo.

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, ranked 19th in the world, dispatched the No. 1 ranked pair in a dominant 21-12, 21-11 final victory at the fifth Super Series event of the year.

"They're th e best in the world on their day and to win 12 and 11 is quite incredible," Robertson said.

The Super Series continues next week in Jakarta, Indonesia.


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