Chinese top seeds ousted in men’s doubles

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Chinese top seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen suffered a shock exit in the second round of the men's doubles at the BWF world championships in Glasgow yesterday.

After a bye in the first round, the pair met their match in new Indonesian pairing Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro, who came from behind to win 19-21, 21-18, 21-18.

"They were faster than us today," reflected Liu. "And they did better in the long rallies."

Li said he and his partner would draw on the experience for next time.

"We were unlucky to lose," said Li.

"All three games were very close But this has been a good experience and we must just work harder and harder."

Ahsan and Saputro have been together for just a year since teaming up after the Rio Olympics. "We are very happy," said Ahsan. "We were confident we could beat the world No. 1s."

But fellow Chinese Huang Keixiang and Wang Yilyu, the 13th seeds, fared better, easing past Germans Matijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski 21-9, 21-7.

In women's doubles, there were wins for two Chinese pairs: fourth-seeded Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan and eight seeds Luo Ying and Luo Yu.

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