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England to win title at C'ship after 23 years

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Primastuti Handayani, The Jakarta Post, Madrid

England has secured a mixed doubles title at the World Badminton Championships to go to the final Sunday which will be dominated by Chinese players in the men's singles and women's singles. China already secured the women's doubles title.

Anthony Clark/Donna Kellogg of England dashed Malaysia's hopes of securing a final slot at the championships after defeating Koo Kien Keat/Wong Pei Tty 21-14, 12-12.

The world No. 8 English pair dominated most of the game by winning their nets and rallies while the Malaysians committed too many unforced errors in the rally point system that gave the advantage to their opponents.

It's great. We were good in our attacks and defense, Kellogg said. I tried to keep away from the Malaysian man because he took control most of the game. The Asians like to drive a lot.

Committing 16 unforced errors, compared to seven by the English, Koo said, We didn't play well today. The English pair could read our strategy. All my attacks were anticipated by them. We just didn't play our game.

Reaching the final of the world championships is the best achievement for Kellogg/Clark so far.

It never happened when we used the old scoring system. Obviously, I like the new one because I can reach the final here, Kellogg said happily.

Compatriots Nathan Robertson/Gail Emms will be their opponents in the final after they beat Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand 21-18, 17-21, 25-23 in a one-hour match.

It would have been bloody disappointing if we couldn't set an all-English final tomorrow, Robertson said. It's fantastic...

It will be the second title for England after Nora Perry in 1983, who teamed up with Thomas Kihlstrom of Sweden. Perry had earlier won the women's doubles title with Jane Webster in 1980.

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