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Badminton: Chinese top seeds crash out of women's doubles

China's top-ranked doubles pairing of Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua crashed out of the women's doubles in the second round of the badminton world championships on Wednesday (Aug 27) in Copenhagen.

COPENHAGEN: China's top-ranked doubles pairing of Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua crashed out of the women's doubles in the second round of the badminton world championships on Wednesday (Aug 27) in Copenhagen.

The Chinese duo, who received a first-round bye, were convincingly beaten by Indonesia's Anggia Shitta Awanda and Della Destiara Haris 21-14, 21-18 in one of the early shocks of the tournament.

Bao and Jinhua were tipped as serious title contenders having paired up two years ago when they won the Hong Kong Open but their first world championship appearance together ended after just 42 minutes. "I wasn't confident. When the Indonesians changed tactics, I couldn't adjust," Tang admitted to bwfbadminton.org.

There was understandable delight for Haris, 22, and her 20-year-old partner Awanda, though, who were almost in disbelief after securing the biggest win of their careers. "We are very happy and surprised but nothing is impossible. We went all out. We just played our game and didn't think about winning," said Haris.

The Indonesian pair will face either Danish duo Line Damkjaer Kruse and Marie Roepke, the 15th seeds, or Malaysia's Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei for a quarter-final berth.