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China Takes Women's Singles and Doubles Titles in Johor Bahru

China took two titles at the Asian Championships with Jiang Yanjiao upstaging world junior champion and compatriot Wang Lin to win the women's singles title.

The Chinese also sealed the women's doubles title with Yang Wei and Zhao Tingting beating Taiwan's Cheng Wen-hsin and Chien Yu-chin in the final.

Jiang went into the final as the slight favourite against the 18-year-old Wang. However, it was a tough contest as both players went for their shots.

In what turned out to be the longest final of the tournament, at 54 minutes, Jiang eventually took hold of the match in the final game to emerge as the 18-21, 21-18, 21-13 winner.

It was also the only final on the last day of the competition to go the full three games.

The fact that two of China's lesser known players reached the final will be a concern for the other teams who are hoping upstage the Chinese team at next month's Uber Cup Finals in Jakarta.

Four of the top four-ranking Chinese women pulled out of the tournament at the eleventh hour. However, none of the other players could take advantage of it, including Asian Games gold medalist Wang Chen, of Hong Kong, who fell in the semi-finals.

In the women's doubles, Yang and Zhao were the defending champions as well as 2004 Olympic gold medallists.

They had a pretty much easy ride into the final and were expected to dominate their opponents, having beaten them in their previous 10 meetings.

But the Taiwanese duo put up a stern fight in the opening game, eventually going down 22-20. However, it had taken too much out of them as the Chinese raced to a 16-9 lead in the second.

Cheng and Chien fought back to within two points but they were never going to deny their Chinese opponents, who closed out the game 21-16 to retain their Asian crown.

In the mixed doubles, it was an All Indonesia affair with Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa beating Nova Widianto and Lilyana Natsir 21-17, 21-17.

It was Vita's second Asian Championship title but for Nova, it was his second loss in a final on that day.

He was also beaten in the men's doubles final against South Korea with his partner Candra Wijaya.

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