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China face Indonesia in Asia Team championship final

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

powerhouse stormed into the Team Championship final where they will face after they defeated 3-1 in the semifinals, here today.

Since and qualified for the Finals after their respective victories in the quarter finals Friday, they rested their senior players and allowed their young shuttlers to gain some international exposure.

The Finals is one the world's most prestigious events in terms of and fan interest.

The semi-finalists in this tournament automatically qualify for this year's Thomas Cup, to be held in Thailand's capital in May.

World number two of did not play in the semi-finals as the team's goal in the tournament was to book a ticket for the

The veteran Lee was replaced by

But he found China's too strong, resulting in the world number seven winning 21-18, 21-9.

Malaysia drew level after 2016 Olympic silver medalists Goh V Shem/beat He Jiting/21-18, 21- 12.

But bounced back with vengeance when Qiao Bin crushed Soong 21-17, 21-8.

In the men's doubles Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong confirmed China's berth in the final with a 21-15, 21-13 triumph over Ong Yew Sin/

Meanwhile, defending champions Indonesia, fought hard for a 3-2 win over

Jonatan Christie gave the lead when he upset the higher ranked 21-18, 21-14 in the first men's singles.

The men's doubles pairing of Mohammad Ahsan/Angga Pratama doubled their advantage with a 21-10, 21-8 over Chung Eui- Seok/Seo Seung-Jae.

But launched a comeback. Jeon Hyeok-Jin reduced the deficit with a 21-17, 21-16 win over Ihsan Maulana Mustofa.

Choi Sol-Gyu/then levelled the tie on aggregate with a 11-21, 21-18, 21-19 victory over Rian Agung Saputro/

However, Firman emerged Indonesia's hero with a 22-20, 11-21, 22-20 win over in 84 minutes.

In the women's event, will take on defending champions China in the final.

thrashed 3-0 in the semifinals while China overpowered 3-1.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 22:15 IST