China continues dominance at badminton worlds
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — China continued to show its badminton dominance Wednesday as two more of its women made the last 16 of the singles at the world championships.
Leading the way was Wang Yihan, the winner of the world title in London three years ago, who outplayed Anna Thea Madsen of Denmark 21-13, 21-13, often thumping down the biggest smash in the women’s game.
She was followed by Wang Shi-Xian, the winner of the All-England Open title in Birmingham five months ago, whose superb movement was too much for Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in a 21-15, 21-18 victory.
Li Xuerui, the Olympic champion, and 12th-seeded Han Li advanced Tuesday.
On the men’s side, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia continued his quest for a first world title with a convincing 21-12, 21-9 second-round win over Dieter Domke of Germany.
He remains on course for a final matchup against Chen Long, who advanced 21-11, 21-10 against Marc Zwiebler, another German.
Hu Yun and Wang Zhengming make up a Chinese trio in the men’s last 16.