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Asian Games: Indonesia beat China for place in doubles final

AFP | Sunday, Sep 28, 2014

INCHEON, South Korea - Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir prevented an all-Chinese final in the Asian Games mixed doubles badminton Sunday after thrashing the world number three pair in two games.

Second seeds Ma Jin and Xu Chen were no match for the third seeds and went down 21-12, 21-10 in their semi-final.

They struggled to put points on the board in the face of fast and powerful attacking play, with Chinese coach Li Yongbo looking on impassively as they crashed to defeat.

World number one mixed doubles Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei had an easier ride against unseeded Indonesias Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto, winning 21-19 21-17 in their semi-final.

China last won the Asian Games mixed doubles title in 2006, but Indonesia have not been champions since 1982.

Indonesian women's pair Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari scored a historic victory in their doubles final Saturday where they beat Japan in two games, the country's first Asiad win in that event since 1978.

China are out of the men's doubles event and lost in the men's team competition, so can only win a maximum four gold medals compared to their five-gold haul in 2010.

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