Disgraced Chinese doubles pair win first tournament since disqualified from London 2012

Sunday, 18 November 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli after winning China Open Shanghai November 18 2012November 18 - China's Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, who were disqualified from the London 2012 Olympics after a match-fixing scandal, returned in style as they won the women's doubles at the China Open in Shanghai in their first tournament since their ban was lifted.

The second-seeded pair beat Japan's Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna, who were seeded sixth, 21-19, 14-7 after they retired from the match.

World champions Yu and Wang were were among eight players disqualified from London 2012 for attempting to drop round-robin games in a bid to secure a favourable quarter-final draw.

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli spoken to by referee at London 2012 July 31China's Yang Yu and Wang Xiaoli speak to an official during their controversial match against South Korea's Ha Na Kim and Kyung Eun Jung at London 2012

The 26-year-old Yu, who had won the Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2008 with her then partner Du Jing, claimed she would retire, but resumed playing for the Super Series Premier event in Shanghai, after her suspension was lifted.

All the players involved in the Olympics scandal have been cleared to resume competition except the four from South Korea who remain barred from their national team.

Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli during China Open in Shanghai November 18 2012Yang Yu and Wang Xiaoli won their first tournament since returning from their London 2012 ban with victory at the China Open in Shanghai

In women's singles, Chinese Olympic champion Li Xuerui beat Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon 21-12, 21-9, while in the all Chinese men's singles final top-seed Chen Long overcame compatriot Wang Zhengming 21-19, 21-18.

In men's doubles, top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark beat Ko Sung-Hyun and Lee Yong-Dae of South Korea 21-15, 21-14.

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