China Sports Weekly (8.28-9.3)-Xinhua
BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) — Here are the latest Chinese sports headlines from last week:
1. Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong Win Third World Title
Zheng Siwei (L)/Huang Yaqiong of China pose on the mixed doubles podium at the 2022 BWF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoyu)
Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China won their third mixed doubles world title beating doubles finalists Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan 21-13, 21-16 on Sunday.
Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan also won their third women’s doubles gold at the world championships. Olympic women’s singles champion Chen Yufei lost to top seed Akane Yamaguchi in the final to win a silver medal.
However, at the following Japan Open, Zheng/Huang saw their 38-game winning streak ended by Watanabe/Higashino in the semifinals, where Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan and Chen Yufei also crashed.
2. Chinese players make breakthroughs at US Open
Wu Yibing of China performs a return during the men’s singles second round match against Nuno Borges of Portugal at the 2022 US Open Tennis Championships in New York, Aug. 31, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
The ongoing US Open has seen Chinese players make multiple breakthroughs in the singles events. Wu Yibing recorded the best result for a Chinese male player at a Grand Slam after reaching the last 32 and gained experience and confidence despite a third-round loss to defending champion Daniil Medvedev.
In the women’s event, for the first time in history, China has four players in the Round of 16. GS results.
3. China lose to Japan in Women’s AVC Cup final
China’s Wang Wenhan (L) kicks the ball during the final match between China and Japan at the 2022 AVC Women’s Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City, the Philippines, Aug. 29, 2022. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
China ended their quest for the Women’s Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup as runners-up after losing to Japan 25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 in the final in Pasig City, Philippines.
Kuang Qi, coach of China’s young second-row team, praised his players for their fighting spirit and admitted they still need to work on their abilities to grab key points when it counts.
4. China beat Bahrain in FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers
Zhou Qi (1st L) of China shoots during the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2023 against Bahrain in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Aug. 29, 2022. (Photo by Kalizhan Ospanov/Xinhua)
With 22 points from star center Zhou Qi, China concluded their 4-game FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers window with an 80-67 win over Bahrain at Nur-Sultan on Monday.
After winning the other game of Window 4 against hosts Kazakhstan the previous week, China now sit in second place in Group F with a 6-2 record.
5. China eliminated from FIVB Men’s World Cup after three straight losses
Yu Yuantai of China serves during the match against Canada at the FIVB World Championship in Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 29, 2022. (Photo courtesy Chinese Volleyball Association)
The Chinese men’s volleyball team withdrew from the FIVB World Championship after losing all three group matches against Turkey, Canada and Italy.
Despite a disappointing global run, China managed to secure a spot in the Paris 2024 qualifiers with a 25th place finish. ■