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Courtship stirring interest

The Olympian/China Daily
Updated: 2008-06-27 14:59


Their sport requires the most delicate of touches and their romantic liaisons are used by governing officials to promote it.

Gei Fei and Sun Jun Susi Susanti and Alan Budikusua Peter Gade and Camilla Martin Gao Ling and Chen Hong

Now badminton's hottest pairs both on and off court are getting ready to test their passion in the spotlight of the Olympics.

Wong Mew Choo and Lee Chong Wei Ra Kyung-min and Kim Dong-moon Zhang Jiewen and Choong Tan Fook Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang

Lin Dan and Xie Xing Fang (China)

Lin Dan(L) and Xie Xingfang in this file photo undated. [China Daily]

Xie Xingfang and Lin Dan, currently ranked world No. 1 in women's and men's singles respectly, are the most eye-catching couple on the badminton court right now.

Lin is currently the most dominant singles player in the world. Since 2004, he has been ranked No.1 for two years and won many tournaments.

His romantic relationship with Xie emerged at the Thomas and Uber Cup in 2004, when they were pictured kissing.

They both won titles at the 2006 World Championship and 2007 All England titles. Now they are China's biggest hopes at the Beijing Games.

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