Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

NEWS

The Indonesian badminton team is gearing up for their strongest bid in years to recapture the Thomas & Uber Cup titles, led by YONEX All England champions. It has been 19 years since their TotalEnergies BWF Thomas Cup victory in men’s badminton and 25 years since their triumph in the Uber Cup for women. The upcoming tournament in Aarhus, Denmark from 9-17 October provides Indonesia with an excellent opportunity to secure their 14th Thomas Cup win.

Indonesia boasts the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairings, both two-time All England champions: Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. Their men’s singles line-up is equally impressive, featuring Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ginting and world No.7 Jonatan Christie. Leading their Uber Cup squad are women’s doubles Olympic champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.

The tournament will see the world’s top players gather in Scandinavia once again, following the recent Sudirman Cup held in Finland. China, who have won six of the last eight Thomas Cups, will be defending their title. However, they will be fielding a young squad this year, including She Yuqi and Liu Cheng, who were part of the cup-winning team in 2018.

Hosts Denmark made history in 2016 as the first non-Asian nation to lift the Thomas Cup, and they remain strong contenders in the men’s singles with Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and world No.3 Anders Antonsen. In the Uber Cup, defending champions Japan, led by Akane Yamaguchi, who defeated Olympic champion Chen Yufei in the Sudirman Cup, are among the favorites. Japan’s women’s doubles teams also pose a strong threat, with Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, and Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, both reigning YONEX All England winners.

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Thailand, the Uber Cup runners-up in 2018, have a talented singles line-up, including Ratchanok Intanon, Pornpawee Chochuwong, and Busanan Ongbamrungphan. Unfortunately, England has withdrawn their team from the Thomas Cup due to injuries to their top-ranked players.

FAQs

Q: Who are the top contenders for the Thomas Cup?

A: Indonesia, China, and Denmark are the top contenders for the Thomas Cup. Indonesia, led by YONEX All England champions and boasting the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairings, is poised for a strong bid to win their 14th Thomas Cup. China, who have won six of the last eight titles, will be defending their title with a young squad. Denmark, the first non-Asian nation to lift the Thomas Cup in 2016, remains a formidable force, particularly in the men’s singles.

Q: Which teams are the ones to watch in the Uber Cup?

A: Defending champions Japan are among the favorites in the Uber Cup. Led by Akane Yamaguchi’s impressive performance in the Sudirman Cup, Japan has a strong chance of clinching the title. They have formidable women’s doubles teams, including the last two sets of YONEX All England winners. Thailand, the runners-up in 2018, also have a talented singles line-up and will be a team to watch out for.

Summary

Indonesia is ready to make a strong comeback in the Thomas & Uber Cup tournaments. Led by YONEX All England champions, the team is determined to recapture their titles. With the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairings and compelling line-ups in both men’s and women’s singles, Indonesia is a force to be reckoned with. However, they will face tough competition from defending champions China and host nation Denmark.

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In the Uber Cup, defending champions Japan, with their impressive women’s singles and doubles teams, are among the favorites. Thailand, the runners-up in 2018, also has a strong line-up in the singles category. Unfortunately, England has withdrawn their team from the Thomas Cup due to injuries.

Badminton enthusiasts can look forward to an exciting tournament in Aarhus, Denmark from 9-17 October. Stay tuned for thrilling matches and noteworthy performances from the world’s top players.