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World doubles champions Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli, of China, watch as the shuttlecock hits the net during their women's doubles badminton match against South Korea's Jung Kyung-eun and Kim Ha-na, unseen, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. Wang and Yu and their South Korean opponents were booed loudly at the Olympics on Tuesday for appearing to try and lose their group match in Wembley Arena to earn an easier draw. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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World doubles champions Yu Yang, left, and Wang Xiaoli, of China, watch as the shuttlecock hits the net …

Did the world doubles badminton champs try to lose?

Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China were booed off the Olympic court Tuesday after appearing to intentionally lose against South Koreans Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na in a preliminary women's match. The South Koreans also didn't look as if they were trying to win at times.

The reason? Both teams had already topped their groups and qualified for the last 16, but the result ensured top seeds Wang and Yu avoided playing their No. 2-seeded teammates until the final.

Yu said they were only trying to save energy for the knockout rounds, starting Wednesday.

"We would try hard in every match if they were elimination games," she said.

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