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Lin to clash with Taufik

Anaheim: Top seeded Lin Dan of China and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia advanced to the men's singles final of the World badminton championship.

Lin beat third-seeded Peter Gade of Denmark 15-9, 13-15, 15-11 and No. 6 Hidayat swept No. 5 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 15-3, 15-12 on Saturday.

Top seeded Zhang Ning of China, the defending Olympic and World champion in women's singles, reached the final after an 11-7, 11-9 semifinal victory over No. 6 Xu Huaiwen of Germany.

The women's singles final will feature second-seeded Xie Xingfang of China against teammate Zhang Ning.

Xie Xingfang had to come from behind for a 2-11, 11-5, 11-6 victory over Taiwan's Cheng Shao-Chieh.

In the women's doubles final, Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China rallied in both games to take the World title away from China's Gao Ling and Huang Sui with a 17-16, 15-7 victory.

In men's doubles, No. 13 Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach became the first Americans to have a shot at a World badminton title, beating No. 4 Luluk Hadiyanto and Yulianto Alven of Indonesia, 15-9, 15-13 in the semifinals.

The Americans will face second-seeded Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto of Indonesia, who recovered from a 9-3 deficit to defeat No. 9 Chan Chong Ming and Koo Kien Keat from Malaysia, 15-9, 15-11 in the other semifinal.

The results:

Men's singles (semifinals): Lin Dan bt Peter Gade 15-9, 13-15, 15-11; Taufik Hidayat bt Lee Chong Wei 15-3, 15-12.

Doubles (semifinals): Tony Gunawan / Howard Bach bt Luluk Hadiyanto / Yulianto Alven 15-9, 15-13; Candra Wijaya / Sigit Budiarto bt Chan Chong Ming / Kien Keat Koo 15-9, 15-11. Women's singles (semifinals): Zhang Ning bt Xu Huaiwen 11-7, 11-9; XIe Xingfang bt Cheng Shao-chieh 2-11, 11-5, 11-6. Doubles (final): Yang We / Zhang Jiewen bt Gao Ling / Huang Sui 17-16, 15-7. Mixed doubles (semifinals): Xei Zhongbo / Zhang Yawen bt Daniel A. Shirley / Sara Runesten-Petersen 15-8, 15-8; Nova Widianto / Lilyana Natsir bt Sudket Prapakamol / Saralee Thungthongkam 15-9, 3-15, 15-10. — AP

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