Fri, Aug 17, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Susilo eliminates another Chinese star

AFP , KUALA LUMPUR

Japan's Aki Akao, back, returns a shot against China's Yang Wei and Zhang Jie Wen as her teammate Tomomi Matsuda looks on in the third round of the World Badminton Championships at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

PHOTO: AP

Singapore's Ronald Susilo dumped third seed Chen Jin from the badminton world championships yesterday, and immediately warned the formidable Chinese shuttlers against complacency.

Susilo, who has a reputation for defeating Chinese stars, downed Chen, who is ranked No. 3 in the world, 21-19, 21-14 in a powerful performance to secure a spot in the quarter-finals.

Susilo, who clawed his way back up the rankings to No. 11 after tearing his Achilles tendon at the 2005 worlds, said his strategy to play aggressively early had worked.

Susilo, 28, said he wanted to prove here that other nations could compete at the same level as China, whose players monopolize the sport's world rankings.

"The Chinese players are very dominant. Everybody has the motivation to beat them and I am among them, because I want to prove that other countries can also compete," he said.

Chen, who finished his second-round match late on Wednesday night, conceded that he failed to capitalize on crucial points.

"It was a tough match and I have some lessons to take away from this," he said.

China's women's world No. 1 Zhang Ning had no such problems against Maria Kristin Yulianti, motoring past the Indonesian to also book a place in the quarter-finals.

China's doubles combinations also secured quarter-final places with No. 1 seeds Zhang Yawen and Wei Yili defeating South Korea's Lee Kyung Won and Lee Hyo Jung 21-14, 21-19.

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