Guangzhou, November 15 - China lifted the Badminton women's team trophy for the ninth time at the Asian Games here on Monday after sailing past Thailand 3-0 in the final.
Chinese Badminton players
China have collected all the Women's Team titles but one, in 1994 when the Badminton powerhouse failed to clinch any title in Hiroshima, Japan, since they started to compete at the Asian Games in 1974.
Currently world number one Wang Xin met unexpected hard resistence from 15-year-old Ratchanok Intanon before she won 20-22, 21-17, 21-14.
"I was prepared but did not expect the match could be so hard, I think I was a little nervous," said Wang, who just turned 24.
For Ratchanok, there was nothing to lose against a strong Chinese opponent.
"I'm very satisfied with my performance today since I have tried my best, I didn't think I could take it to three games but I'm happy I did," said Ratchanok, replacing Salakjit Ponsana as the first singles. "We have no pressure playing against China, so it doesn't matter who played."
Wang Shixian extended China's lead to 2-0 by beating Nitchaon Jindapol 21-13, 21-12.
"You think I am not the nervous type, but I was really under stress in the match," said the 20-year-old Wang.
Jiang Yanjiao made her first appearance at these Games and secured the win for China after defeating S. Taerattanachai, 21-15, 21-10.