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Taiwanese badminton pair falls in Australian Open finals

TAIPEI -- Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin had been impressive during their run to the men's doubles finals at the Star Australian Badminton Open, winning four straight matches without dropping a set.

Their luck ran out on Sunday, however, against the hottest team in badminton today, Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-Seong of South Korea.

Lee and Yoo won their third consecutive World Superseries title in three weeks, after wins in Japan and Indonesia, by defeating the Taiwanese duo 21-14, 21-18.

Lee and Tsai were unable to put much pressure on their Korean opponents until midway through the second set, when they drew level at 16 apiece. But the Koreans, ranked second in the world, ran off the next three points, and Lee and Tsai never recovered.

Still, the result represented progress for the Taiwanese, ranked sixth in the world.

They defeated another higher ranked Korean team, Kim Ki-jung and Kim Sa-rang, in the semifinals on Saturday after losing to them a week earlier, to clinch their best result of the year in a Superseries event.

Superseries tournaments rank behind only the World Championships and Superseries Premier events in importance on the professional badminton tour.

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