CHINA-ENGLAND SERIES: CHINA CLOSING IN ON SWEEP
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November 12, 1998 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - China, represented by a team of young
second-stringers, is closing in on a sweep of a six-tie team exhibition series
against host England. At the meet in Saint Austell today, the visitors beat
England 3 matches to 2 to take a winning 4-0 lead in the series.
China's three victories today came in the two singles matches and in the
women's doubles. Tang Chunyu defeated Rebecca Pantaney 11-8 and 11-5 in the
women's singles, Xia Xuanze beat Robert Nock 15-5 and 15-5 in men's singles,
and the pair of Lu Ying and Gao Ling trounced Ella Miles and Sara Sankey 15-13
and 15-8 in the women's doubles.
Chris Hunt and Sara Sankey had earlier staked the English side to an early
1-0 lead with a comeback 10-15, 15-7 and 15-4 win over Zhang Yi and Gao Ling
in the mixed doubles opener, but the home team failed to hold the advantage
in the middle matches.
In the final match - the men's doubles, Hunt and Simon Archer beat Fan Yong
and Jian Shan 15-11 and 15-11.
On Monday this week at Gateshead, China had won the first tie in the series
4 matches to 1. Deng Chuanhai and Lu Ying beat James Anderson and Sara Sankey
16-17, 15-11 and 15-6 in mixed doubles, Tang Chunyu beat Tracey Hallam 11-7
and 11-2 in women's singles, Xiao Hui lost to Darren Hall 7-15, 7-15 in men's
singles, Lu Ying and Gao Ling beat Ella Miles and Sara Sankey 15-11 and 17-15
in women's doubles, and the pair of Xia Xuanze and Cai Yun defeated James
Anderson and Neil Waterman 15-9 and 15-9.
On Tuesday at Grantham, China was the victor, 3 matches to 2. Lu Ying and Gao
Ling beat Sarah Hardaker and Jo Davies 15-10 and 15-2 in the women's doubles,
Deng Chuanhai and Cai Yun lost to Julian Robertson and Nathan Robertson 13-15
and 16-17 in the men's doubles, Dong Fang beat Tracey Hallam 11-2 and 11-7 in
women's singles, Xia Xuanze defeated Darren Hall 15-7 and 17-15 in men's
singles, and the mixed doubles combination of Zhang Yi and Gao Ling went down
to defeat to Nathan Robertson and Jo Davies in a very closely contested match
13-15, 15-13 and 12-15.
On Wednesday in Portsmouth, China took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series.
Lu Ying and Gao Ling beat Jo Goode and Donna Kellogg 15-9 and 15-4 in the
women's doubles, Xia Xuanze and Cai Yun lost to Simon Archer and Chris Hunt
8-15 and 4-15 in men's doubles, Xiao Hui turned the tables first-day winner
Darren Hall 15-9, 8-15 and 15-9 in the men's singles, and Pi Hongyan beat
Rebecca Pantaney 11-5 and 11-4 in women's singles. In the mixed doubles match,
Deng Chuanhai and Lu Ying lost to England's top combination of Simon Archer
and Jo Goode 13-15, 15-10 and 11-15.
The remaining ties in the series will be played on Saturday at the town of
Weston-super-Mare and on Sunday in Stevenage.
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