S.W. Zheng Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

China’s top badminton team avenges a previous loss against the Netherlands in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

S.W. Zheng Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

S.W. Zheng Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

In the mixed doubles finals on Sunday, top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong easily dispatched Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek of the Netherlands in straight games.

By beating the Dutch couple, Zheng and Siwei were able to exact some measure of retribution for their elimination from the 2020 All England Open Badminton Championships in the round of 16.

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After a back-and-forth first game that ended with both teams at 15 points apiece, the Chinese pair eventually pulled ahead and won the first set.

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Zheng and Huang faced tougher Competition in Game Two.

The Dutch pair took the lead early and never relinquished it. The Chinese shuttlers battled back from an 8-13 deficit to win the game 22-20.

After the match, Huang said, “I feel like this was the first true game of the Tokyo Olympics.” We wanted to experience what it’s like to be a part of a long rally, with an emphasis on quick actions, so we came here today.

In spite of the adversity, “we feel very happy,” Huang said. “Tomorrow, against the South Korean duo, I’m hoping for a better performance.”

Against Monday, Zheng and Huang will take on Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jung, the sixth-ranked doubles team in the globe.

The badminton tournament is taking place in the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, which is a closed venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.