China’s star shuttlers shall be examined by Thailand’s dark-horse women’s team and Indonesia’s males within the final 4 of the Uber and Thomas Cups, with Japan additionally grabbing spots in each semi-finals after a dramatic knockout stage on Thursday.
The distinguished biennial occasion has introduced collectively 16 high groups from 5 continents for per week of intense competitors in Bangkok for the boys’s Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup which is contested by the ladies.
In Thomas Cup motion, China’s star-stacked males secured their final-four spot early within the day with a Three-Zero wipeout of Taiwan. The one stumble got here when world quantity 5 Chen Lengthy dropped one recreation in opposition to Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen, although he bounced again to end the job 21-18, 10-21, 21-14.
A tense match to decide who would face top-seeds China then adopted between arch-rivals Malaysia and Indonesia – who had been runners-up within the final 2016 Thomas Cup.
Malaysia’s veteran participant Lee Chong Wei stole the primary level 21-19, 21-16 from Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. However Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo – the world’s primary doubles pair – put their nation again on monitor with a 21-19, 20-22, 21-13 win in opposition to Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.
Eying a shot at each trophies, Japan rolled into the semi-finals after its top-seeded girls overcame an early scare from Taiwan and the boys outclassed France Three-1. The lads may have a tough trip in opposition to Denmark – whose workforce made historical past in 2016 by turning into the primary non-Asian nation to take residence the Thomas trophy.
The Danes took down Korea Three-Zero on Thursday to proceed their run at retaining the title.
World primary Viktor Axelsen, who had misplaced a match the evening earlier than to Malaysia’s Lee, regained his rhythm on Thursday to beat Korea’s Son Wan-ho, who’s one rank beneath him, 21-14, 14-21, 22-20.
With AFP inputs