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Zhu not in China squad for worlds

WORLD champion Zhu Lin will not be able to defend her title in India this August after being left out of the China squad for the badminton world championships, local media reported yesterday.

Olympic silver medalist and former world champion Xie Xingfang will lead China's team in the women's singles, which also includes All England champion Wang Yihan, China's highest ranked player Wang Lin and Lu Lan. "Zhu has been out of form in both competition and training recently, and Xie has shown a strong desire to play." China head coach Li Yongbo told the People's Daily. The 24-year-old Zhu, who was also dropped by Li for last year's Olympics and last month's Sudirman Cup, was knocked out in the first round at the All England and the second round at the Swiss Open but beat Xie in the final of the Asian Championships in April. The men's side is headed by Xie's boyfriend, Olympic and world champion Lin Dan. The world championships take place in Hyderabad on August 10-16.


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