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Mixed day for Chinese stars

China are assured of one title at the Yonex Swiss Open, but they didn’t have things all their way on Saturday.

Once again it was the Chinese women who flexed their muscles with Wang Shixian reaching the women’s singles final while Superseries winners Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin and Huan Xia-Tang Jinhua (right), will contest the doubles title decider.

Bao Yixin missed out on the mixed doubles crown after she and He Hanbin were beaten by third seeds Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam.

None of the Chinese pairs reached the men’s semi-finals while in the singles, second seed Chen Long was shown the door. Former world champion Chen Jin salvaged some pride for his country by reaching the final.

Chen Jin’s 21-11, 21-18, victory over Taufik Hidayat on Saturday was sweet revenge for his loss last week at the All England Open when the Indonesian won their second round match 21-19, 21-19.

It was Chen Jin’s fourth victory in six meetings with Taufik, with one of those wins coming at the 2010 World Championships final in Paris.

He will now play South Korea’s Lee Hyun Il who defeated Chen Long 21-14, 21-19.

Wang Shixian showed world junior champion Inthanon Ratchanok she still has much to learn about the senior tour when she ousted the Thai teenager in straight games.

The world No. 3 dominated the match to run out a comfortable 21-17, 21-15, winner. Waiting for her in the final is Indian star Saina Nehwal, who outgunned Japanese shuttler Minatsu Mitani 21-16, 21-18 in 35 minutes.

China Masters winners Huan Xia-Tang Jinhua were in their element as they outplayed veteran Malaysian pair Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty 21-12, 21-11, to set up a first ever meeting with Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin.

Japan Open champions Bao Yixin-Zhong Qianxin (above), stunned top seeds Ha Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung in two tight games which could have gone either way. In the end, the young Chinese duo scored a deserved 23-21, 21-19, victory.

Bao Yixin came out short in the mixed doubles after Sudket-Saralee defeater her and He Hanbin 21-18, 21-14.

The Thais will meet All England champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir, who ousted Europe’s final challengers, Chris Adcock-Imogen Bankier (right), 21-15, 16-21, 21-13.

In the men’s doubles, Taipei’s Fang Chieh Min-Lee Sheng Mu prevented an all-Japanese final by beating Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa 21-15, 23-21. Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato had earlier beaten Alvent Yulianto Chandra-Hendra Aprida Gunawan 21-18, 21-17.

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