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In today’s article, we will be covering the highlights of the Li-Ning China Open 2012, the final Premier Superseries event of the year. Let’s dive into the action-packed matches and see how the players performed.

Men’s Singles:

In the opening round, there were a few surprising results that caught everyone’s attention. Sho Sasaki from Japan (seeded 6) and Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark (seeded 8) both suffered straight-set losses. Sasaki was defeated by Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng (21-13, 21-16), while Jorgensen was outplayed by China’s Gao Huan (21-15, 21-11).

On the other hand, top seed Chen Long had a smooth victory over his compatriot Qiao Bin (21-16, 21-11). Joining Chen Long in the second round were five more Chinese players: Chen Jin (seeded 2), Gao Huan, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, and Chen Yuekun. Chen Jin had a tough fight against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto but managed to win in the third game (21-18).

Women’s Singles:

The dominance of Chinese players was evident in the Women’s Singles category, with nine out of ten Chinese players advancing to the second round. Olympic champion Li Xuerui (seeded 2) and silver medalist Wang Yihan (seeded 1) led the charge. Other Chinese players who secured their spot in the next round were Liu Xin, Chen Xiao Jia, Wang Shixian, Han Li, Jiang Yanjiao, and qualifiers Wang Lin and Xuan Deng. The only Chinese player who couldn’t make it was Suo Di, who faced a tough opponent in Li Xuerui.

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Unfortunately, the two World Junior champions from Japan couldn’t progress beyond the first round. Kento Momota gave a tough fight to Hu Yun from Hong Kong but eventually lost (21-17, 18-21, 21-18) in the Men’s Singles category. In the Women’s Singles, Nozomi Okuhara pushed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand to the limit but fell short (21-16, 13-21, 21-15). India’s PV Sindhu also had a close match against Japan’s Eriko Hirose but couldn’t secure a win (22-20, 14-21, 21-19).

Doubles:

There were a few notable withdrawals in the doubles categories. However, Ma Jin continued her impressive form, progressing into the second round in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. In the Mixed Doubles, Ma Jin and Xu Chen had a comfortable victory over India’s Akshay Dewalkar and Pradnya Gadre (21-5, 21-17). In the Women’s Doubles, Ma Jin and Tang Jinhua secured their spot in the next round by defeating Suci Rizky Andini and Della Destiara Haris from Indonesia (21-8, 21-17). They are set to face off against second seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang from China.

Men’s Doubles:

In Men’s Doubles, the top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen from Denmark remain on course for a repeat of their Olympic final. They had a convincing win over Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov from Russia (21-11, 21-16). Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng from China also had a smooth victory against Chris Adcock and Andre Ellis from England (21-9, 21-10). Olympic bronze medalist Lee Yong Dae, paired with Ko Sung Hyun, will face off against fellow Koreans Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang in the second round.

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Notably, Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ki Jung recently teamed up to take gold in Men’s Doubles for Korea at the 12th World University Badminton Championship.

This wraps up the highlights of the Li-Ning China Open 2012. Stay tuned for more badminton action and updates in the world of BWF (Badminton World Federation) news.

  1. Who were the top performers in the Li-Ning China Open 2012?

    • Top seed Chen Long in Men’s Singles.
    • Olympic champion Li Xuerui and silver medalist Wang Yihan in Women’s Singles.
    • Ma Jin in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
  2. Which Chinese players advanced to the second round?

    • Chen Jin (seeded 2), Gao Huan, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, and Chen Yuekun in Men’s Singles.
    • Liu Xin, Chen Xiao Jia, Wang Shixian, Han Li, Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Lin, and Xuan Deng in Women’s Singles.
    • Ma Jin and Tang Jinhua in Women’s Doubles.
    • Ma Jin and Xu Chen in Mixed Doubles.
  3. Who were the notable withdrawals in the doubles categories?

    • Men’s Doubles: Bodin Issara and Maneepong Jongjit (Thailand).
    • Women’s Doubles: Qing Tian and Zhao Yunlei (China), Bao Yixin and Zhong Qianxin (China).
    • Mixed Doubles: Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei (China).

The Li-Ning China Open 2012 showcased some thrilling badminton matches, with top players from around the world competing for glory. In Men’s Singles, top seed Chen Long cruised through to the second round, while in Women’s Singles, Chinese players dominated, led by Olympic champion Li Xuerui and silver medalist Wang Yihan. Ma Jin impressed in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles, continuing her successful run in the Superseries events.

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Notable matches included surprising losses by seeded players Sho Sasaki from Japan and Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark. The doubles categories also had their fair share of excitement, with Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen aiming for a repeat of their Olympic final in Men’s Doubles.

The Li-Ning China Open 2012 provided fans with a taste of high-level badminton and set the stage for an exciting tournament. Stay tuned for more updates and follow the action on Carnegiecentre.com for the latest BWF news.