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Chinese shuttler He Jiting retires from Denmark Open******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- After losing his men's doubles match at the BWF Denmark Open, Chinese shuttler He Jiting retired from the tournament here on Wednesday due to injury.
He and former partner Tan Qiang had a 5-0 record against Japan's Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi across previous encounters, but were outclassed by the same opponents on Wednesday in straight sets 21-13, 21-10.
"I was a bit exhausted, but that's not an excuse, because our opponents are the same. It's fair," said 23-year-old He.
"I did not play much in the cup games, maybe I rested too long," said Tan, "We were not feeling right until the second set, but it's too late."
Paired with Liu Xuanxuan in the mixed doubles, He announced his retirement from the tournament while trailing 6-1 in the first set to Malaysian duo Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.
Liu progressed to the round of 16 in the women's doubles with partner Xia Yuting, overpowering the Canadian duo Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai 21-11, 21-19.
20-year-old talent Feng Yanzhe, paired with Du Yue in his BWF tournament debut, edged India's pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-17, 14-21, 21-11 in the mixed doubles.
Lu Guangzu had a good start in his men's singles match against Brice Leverdez but missed a key point and lost the first set 23-21. Undeterred, the 25-year-old raised his game against his French opponent and grabbed the following two sets 21-10, 21-6.
"It's a real challenge to play so many tight games in a row," said Lu, "I'm feeling tired and a bit relaxed after the Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup tournaments. It's important to keep a good mentality."
He Bingjiao won in straight sets against Singapore's 22-year-old Yeo Jia Min 21-14, 21-17 in the first encounter between them, booking a berth in the second round.
Wang Zhiyi edged Iris Wang of the United States 21-19, 22-20. In the women's singles match between Han Yue and Sayaka Takahashi, the 22-year-old Chinese lost their fifth encounter 21-15, 18-21, 16-21.
"It looks like I couldn't keep up with Sayaka today," said Han, "I felt the shuttle speed was a bit fast, or maybe it's because I haven't played for a while. I was impatient to counterattack and the moves are just not right." Enditem
La Liga: Lopez saves a point for Espanyol, Lozano scores hat******
MADRID, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Espanyol's veteran goalkeeper Diego Lopez helped earn his side a point as they drew 1-1 at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Tuesday.
Raul de Tomas, who was sent off for a violent challenge on Athletic defender Yeray Alvarez in injury-time, opened the scoring after a foul by Mikel Vesga in the first half, but Inaki Williams' third goal of the season after excellent work from Inigo Lekue leveled the score after the break.
Lopez saved Espanyol with two one-on-one saves from Oihen Sancet and a brilliant stop from Alex Berenguer in the closing minutes as Athletic dominated.
Villarreal looked to be heading for their third consecutive league defeat as they trailed 3-1 at home to Cadiz with just 10 minutes left to play.
Striker 'Choco' Lozano scored a hat-trick for a Cadiz side that went into the game after a home defeat to Alaves. Lozano's goals in the 15th, 45th and 52nd minutes looked to have put his side on track for a win, before he had to limp off with an injury.
Villarreal threw everything forward in the closing minutes and Boulaye Dia gave them a lifeline in the 80th minute before Dutch international Arnaut Danjuma saved a point for the home side in the sixth minute of injury-time.
Mamadou Loum's 47th minute goal gave Alaves their second win in two games to lift the side from Vitoria out of the bottom three and lift the pressure on coach Javier Calleja.
FC Barcelona visit Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night, while Real Madrid entertain Osasuna on Wednesday night, and league leaders Real Sociedad travel to play Celta Vigo on Thursday. Enditem
Huang/Zheng overpower Thai duo to reach Denmark Open final******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttlers Huang Dongping and Zheng Yu overpowered fifth-seeded Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai from Thailand here on Saturday to reach the Denmark Open women's doubles final.
The newly paired Chinese duo took a straight win of 21-10, 21-15, and will meet second-seeded Lee So-hee/Shin Seung-chan from South Korea in the final.
"We defeated the Tokyo Olympic champion yesterday and it has given us much confidence to play strong since the very beginning today. And my partner gave many great smashes," said Huang. "Honestly, we did not expect to go as far as the final. Each match is a big surprise for us."
However, Huang did not make the mixed doubles final spot paired with her Olympic mixed doubles winning partner Wang Yilyu. Fourth-seeded Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino from Japan took revenge on the Chinese top seed 16-21, 21-17, 21-17 in the mixed doubles semifinal.
As the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalists, the Japanese duo had lost the Olympic semifinal to the Chinese pair.
The 27-year-old Wang was not satisfied with the results and his own performance, although he had made many great saves.
"Huang has done well enough, but I'm not so determined to push myself. I should have done more for my partner because she is also playing the women's doubles. Maybe I was not well prepared mentally," said Wang.
"It's not a bad thing for us to lose this game. It'll tell us how to improve ourselves," said Huang, "we need to cover each other in key rally."
In the women's singles semifinal, sixth-seeded He Bingjiao from China was edged 23-21, 22-20 by second seed Akane Yamaguchi who had defeated Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yufei twice in Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup.
"I was never thinking about giving up, even when I was falling behind in both sets. I tried to overturn the game, but it seemed that I just need a little bit more luck," said 24-year-old He.
He told Xinhua that Yamaguchi is her good friend and they have been playing against each other since the junior tournaments.
"Akane has great personality and strong will. She can save all the smashes no matter how difficult the shots are," said He. "She is not an emotional player and always keeps calm. She is very energetic on the pitch. It looks like she is never tired." Enditem
China's daily crude steel output hits 3******
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's average daily output of crude steel recorded a three-year low in September, according to the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) Monday.
The average daily output in September fell 21.2 percent year on year to 2.46 million tonnes, CISA vice chairperson Qu Xiuli said at a press conference.
She noted the drop in output is a must, as the country continued to control the production and energy cost of the steel industry.
A cut in output, however, did not affect the profits of China's major steel mills. In the first nine months of this year, profits of the country's major iron and steel companies surged 123 percent year on year.
Qu urged more efforts to build up the industrial and supply chains to enhance the coordinated development of upstream and downstream companies.
As part of the green shift by its energy-consuming steel industry, China has vowed to shrink its crude steel output in 2021 from a year earlier. Enditem