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Taiwan badminton players win two golds, two silvers

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Taiwan badminton players won two gold and two silver medals at this year’s US Open, which concluded in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Fang Chieh-min and Lee Sheng-mu won gold in an all-Taiwanese final in the Men’s Doubles, easily defeating Chen Hung-ling and Lin Yu-lang 21-19, 21-14.

It was the pair’s fourth consecutive win in as many stops on the tour, and their global ranking, now at eighth, is expected to move up.

Chen and Lin, who ranked 14th in the world and were seeded third in the championship, had to settle for silver.

In the Women’s Doubles, Taiwan players Cheng Wen-hsin and Chien Yu-chin, who ranked fourth in the world and first-seed in the championship, drew their first game against the championship’s fourth-seed Rie Eto and Yu Wakita of Japan, but cruised to a win in the next two games 21-8, 22-20.

It was their second consecutive gold on the tour.

In the Mixed Doubles, Taiwan’s Lee Sheng-mu and Chien Yu-chin finished second to Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier of Germany, who won 21-19, 21-14.

The tournament, which began on July 19, has a prize purse of US$120,000.

It has attracted more than 300 players from 33 countries.

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