Aug 17, 2016

    Indonesia, Malaysia deny China badminton sweep

    INDONESIA and Malaysia launched a fierce South-east Asian assault on Monday to trample on China's dreams of repeating their London sweep of all five badminton titles.

    Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying landed the first blow, dumping London silver medallists Xu Chen and Ma Jin in their mixed doubles semi-final with a 21-12, 21-19 win to send Malaysian fans at the Riocentro into a frenzy.

    Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir then delivered the knock-out punch by upsetting reigning champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei 21-16, 21-15 in the other semi-final.

    The title will remain in Asian hands, however, with the gold medal decider set for Wednesday.

    Typically, Asian players are well represented at the pointy end of the tournament.

    However, the British flag was raised high over the Riocentro as rank outsiders Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis stormed into the men's doubles semi-finals.

    The world No. 22 pair have had a dream run, stunning the third-ranked South Koreans in the pool round.

    On Monday, they upset Japan's eighth-ranked Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa 21-19, 21-17.

    The Britons will play China's formidable Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan on Tuesday for a place in the final.

    The Malaysian duo of Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V. Shem compete in the other semi-final against another Chinese pairing in Hong Wei and Chai Biao.