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Hong Kong's Wang Hoping to Crash China Party

Hong Kong's Wang Chen is confident she can be among the medals when the Beijing Olympic Games women's singles competition gets underway next month.

The former China international is hoping to dent the mainland's hope of making a clean sweep of badminton titles at the Beijing Games.

The world number six told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper said none of the top players would want to meet her and she is determined to give it her all in what will be her final Olympics.

The 32-year-old will be taking part in her second Olympic tournament and said: "This is going to be my last Olympics because of my age, and I believe I can win a medal.

"It would be great to do so for Hong Kong after all the support I have received here. But I won't give myself any pressure and will try to stay relaxed. I think I will enjoy my game much more than I did in the days when I was with the China national team," added Wang, who has recently recovered from a wrist injury.

Despite her confidence, Wang knows that China will be armed with a powerful squad, including the top three women in the world. There will also be a strong challenge from Denmark's All England champion Tine Rasmussen.

"China are still likely to dominate and Tine Rasmussen of Denmark has been in great form over the last couple of months, but I believe I still have a good chance."

Wang arrived in Hong Kong in 1999, having had a bust-up with China team management and jumped ship. She was given special dispensation to represent Hong Kong at the Athens Games four years ago, but she was beaten in the quarter-finals by eventual gold medalist, Zhang Ning, of China.

Hong Kong's main men's singles hope is Ng Wei, who is ranked 20th in the world. Ng admits that he has had difficulty adjusting to the 21-point system in each game.

Previously, badminton games lasted until 15 points. Ng, though, wants to prove at Beijing that he can cope with the system.

Said Ng: "I have been struggling with the new 21-rally point scoring system since it was introduced two years ago. My world ranking dropped from ninth to 29th and many people said I am washed up. But I never gave up and worked even harder than before."

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