Thailand Continue to Cruise – Day 2 Session 1: TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO

Thailand’s women continued with their impressive run, completing their second victory with ease in the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2016 this morning.

Thailand, who beat Hong Kong 4-1 yesterday, had a shaky start against Bulgaria with team icon Ratchanok Intanon losing the first game to Linda Zetchiri. Once she settled down, however, Intanon gained the ascendancy to register a 17-21 21-14 21-15 victory.

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Busanan Ongbumrungphan made it 2-0 beating Petya Nedelcheva and Nitchaon Jindapol edged past Mariya Mitsova in two close games, 21-19 21-19. The surprise for Bulgaria was the inability of the Stoeva sisters, Stefani and Gabriela, to wrest a point, as they went down to Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-11 21-16.

Thailand’s second doubles pair of Rawinda Prajongjai/Jongkolphan Kititharakul ensured the 5-0 whitewash.

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In Uber Cup Group D, India were just as dominant over Australia. Saina Nehwal led the way beating Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen 22-20 21-14. PV Sindhu (21-12 21-11 over Joy Lai) and Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa (21-9 21-15) over Wendy Chen/Gronya Somerville ensured that India had no rude surprises in store.

Denmark began their campaign for a first-ever Thomas Cup title beating South Africa 5-0.

2day_Jacob MaliekalThe Danes, in Group D, went with their big guns and the result was straight games victories in all five matches. European champion Viktor Axelsen blew past Jacob Maliekal 21-14 21-11; Jan O Jorgensen consolidated beating Cameron Coetzer 21-9 21-9 before Hans-Kristian Vittinghus demolished Andries Malan in just 21 minutes, 21-7 21-7.

Coetzer and Maliekal combined to provide some resistance to Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, going down 21-13 21-16. Mads Pieler Kolding/Mads Conrad-Petersen then finished off things beating Malan and Willem Viljoen 21-8 21-17.

Japan had had a nervous start in their Group A opener yesterday, but today they appeared more composed against Mexico, winning all their matches without dropping a game. Takuma Ueda and Kazumasa Sakai gave them a 2-0 lead beating Lino Munoz and Job Castillo respectively; Riichi Takeshita had his hands full in the second game against Luis Ramon Garrido but closed out the match in straight games, 21-10 21-18.

Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi both took 22 minutes to complete the 5-0 rout.

Results:

Thomas Cup:

Group A: Japan bt Mexico 5-0; Group D: Denmark bt South Africa 5-0

Uber Cup:

Group C: Thailand bt Bulgaria 5-0; Group D: India bt Australia 5-0

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