so there has been a lot of guesses about this. it looks like the Chinese themselves have an internal agreement. if they faces their own team, then who loses the first set will concede the game. we have seen some vigorous first set battle and then the next set was complete non-competitive. the reason for this is obvious. let the winner be determined in one game, and then the winner will conserve energy for later round by not having to play two more hard games. the IBF Referees however are not dumb, they have starting to notice this trend: Referee to examine Chinese doubles match Keralanext.com 2-August-2003 BIRMINGHAM: Chinese players were under the microscope at the world badminton championships on Friday after a women's doubles pairing bowed out to compatriots in the quarter-finals. There were concerns Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen did not make an effort to contest the second game against their Chinese team mates and reigning champions Gao Ling and Huang Sui. Gao and Huang took the first game 15-11 in a fairly even tussle and then led 10-2. From that point there seemed to be a lack of urgency and the titleholders wrapped up the match 15-11 15-3. The first game lasted 45 minutes but the second just 11. Tournament referee Henry Boon Kong Ee of Singapore said: "I will talk to the chief executive (of the International Badminton Federation) and hopefully they can do something about it. They (the players) had better buck up." "I cannot at this stage tell whether we have seen the complete match." Ee said he accepted the second set might not have been as competitive as the first in front of a paying public, adding "I will examine (the game).I will ask the umpire." The referee said he would probably also meet the technical committee at the tournament after making a report "so I can tell them verbally." The winners are seeded three this year to retain the title they won in Seville in 2001. Friday's beaten quarter-finalists were seeded five.