Monday, 22 Jul 2024

France and Canada shine at the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019

France and Canada made their mark at the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019, delivering thrilling performances that exceeded expectations. Despite facing more accomplished rivals from Group 2 such as the Netherlands and Germany, France and Canada emerged victorious during the group phase of the tournament.

Epic Matches and Undefeated Records

Thom Gicquel and Ronan Labar of France showcased their unbeatable talent at this year’s Sudirman Cup. They maintained their undefeated record by defeating Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura with a score of 21-17, 21-16, giving France an early lead. It was a tremendous start for France, setting the stage for an intense evening of badminton.

Michelle Li of Canada swiftly retaliated with a dominant performance against Yaelle Hoyaux, securing a resounding victory with scores of 21-7, 21-4. Her clinical play not only restored parity but also rejuvenated the Canadian team.

Michelle Li shows her teammates how it is done.

“I’m really happy I could start the winning momentum for Canada. I think we still have a chance, so I will go back to the stands and cheer for my team,” Li expressed after the match.

Rising Stars and Unexpected Triumphs

Brian Yang of Canada proved his mettle by defeating the seasoned veteran Brice Leverdez, despite being ranked No. 122 in the world compared to Leverdez’s No. 34 ranking. Yang’s stellar performance with scores of 21-14, 21-12 showcased his immense potential and contributed to Canada’s overall success.

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In the crucial fourth match, Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai of Canada faced off against Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran of France in a high-stakes women’s doubles showdown. The Canadians mesmerized the crowd with their relentless attacks and astonishing defensive saves, ultimately triumphing with scores of 21-11, 21-17. This victory secured Canada the 13th place overall, an impressive achievement considering their underdog position.

“Acrobatic saves by Honderich/Tsai to win the point,” tweeted the Badminton World Federation (BWF) while sharing the highlights of the intense match.

Group 2 Final Standings

The final standings for Group 2 are as follows:

  • 13th place: Canada
  • 14th place: France
  • 15th place: Netherlands
  • 16th place: Germany
  • 17th place: Singapore
  • 18th place: Vietnam
  • 19th place: USA
  • 20th place: Israel

Sri Lanka celebrates the win of their women’s doubles pair.

Amidst the Sudirman Cup excitement, Sri Lanka delivered a stunning blow to top-seeded Ireland, consequently claiming Group 3. This achievement followed their inspiring triumph over second-seeded Switzerland earlier in the week.

Although Ireland initially took a 2-0 lead after winning the mixed doubles and men’s singles, Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback through Kavidi Sirimannage and the determined partnership of Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka, equalizing the score at 2-2.

In a gripping women’s doubles match, Kavidi Sirimannage and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa displayed exceptional resilience against Rachael Darragh and Chloe Magee of Ireland. After 80 grueling minutes of intense badminton, Sirimannage and Hendahewa emerged victorious with scores of 21-15, 22-24, 21-17, securing their team’s position as the champions of Group 3.

Group 3 Final Standings

The final standings for Group 3 are as follows:

  • 21st place: Sri Lanka
  • 22nd place: Ireland
  • 23rd place: Switzerland
  • 24th place: Australia
  • 25th place: Slovakia
  • 26th place: New Zealand
  • 27th place: Lithuania
  • 28th place: Nepal
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For more detailed results, you can click here. Our sincere congratulations to all the teams and players who participated in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019. It was a thrilling display of badminton excellence that captivated fans worldwide.

FAQs

  1. What is the Sudirman Cup?
    The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship held every two years. It is named after Dick Sudirman, an Indonesian badminton player and official.

  2. How many teams participated in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019?
    A total of 28 teams participated in this year’s Sudirman Cup, competing across three groups.

  3. Who were the top-seeded teams in each group?
    The top-seeded teams in each group were the Netherlands (Group 2) and Ireland (Group 3).

Conclusion

The TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 showcased incredible talent, tenacity, and unforgettable badminton moments. France and Canada took the spotlight in Group 2, while Sri Lanka emerged triumphant in Group 3. Congratulations to all the teams for their remarkable performances and contributions to this prestigious tournament.