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China Win Suhandinata Cup

China regained the Suhandinata Cup with a 3-1 victory over South Korea in the final in India.

Malaysia finished third after overcoming the hosts India at the Shri Shiv Chhattrapati Sports City in Pune.

China have been the dominant team in the tournament, which celebrates its fifth year in 2008. The only time they have failed to finish on top in this mixed team event was at the 2006 tournament, when they lost to the Koreans.

However, there was no stopping the Chinese juggernaut in Pune as they fought back from losing the first rubber to take the title.

Korea, who also lost to China in last year's final in Auckland, New Zealand, went 1-0 up when their pair of Kim Gi-jung and Euom Hye-wom beat Zhang Nan and Lu Lu 15-21, 21-15, 21-14.

The Chinese quickly overturned the deficit and took a 2-1 lead with victories in the men's singles and men's doubles.

First, Gao Huan defeated Lee Dong-keun 21-14, 21-15 before the men's doubles pair of Chai Biao and Qiu Zihan emerged from a thrilling tussle with Kim Gi-jung and Choi Young-woo to win 17-21, 21-19, 22-20.

The Chinese wrapped up the title when Li Xuerui beat Sung Ji-hyun 21-13, 21-14 in the women's singles.

Malaysia prevented hosts India from gaining a place on the podium when they won the third-fourth place play-off 3-2.

The Malaysians, who finished fourth last year, relied on their doubles teams to achieve their victory with India boasting 18-year-old women's singles sensation Saina Nehwal and men's player Aditya Prakash.

It was the women's doubles pair of Vivian Hoo and Sannatasah Saniru who won the match for Malaysia when they beat Sikki Reddy and P. Thulasi 21-14, 13-21, 21-9 in the deciding rubber.

In the mixed doubles, Teo Kok Siang and Hoo beat RMV Gurusaidutt and Prajakta Sawant 21-8, 21-17 while Teo teamed up with Mak Hee Choon to beat Sai Praneeth and Pranav Chopra 21-14, 21-13 in the men's doubles.

The final standings are: 1 China, 2 Korea, 3 Malaysia, 4 India, 5 Thailand, 6 Japan, 7 Indonesia, 8 Hong Kong, 9 Chinese Taipei, 10 Canada, 11 Singapore, 12 France, 13 England, 14 Russia, 15 New Zealand, 16 Germany, 17 Scotland, 18 Sri Lanka, 19 Turkey, 20 Czech Republic, 21 Estonia.

The players must now prepare for the individual and doubles competitions.

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