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News | BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals

Denmark and Thailand emerge as top contenders in the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018, claiming victory in their respective groups during the round-robin phase. Denmark’s Men’s Singles veteran, Jan Jorgensen, made an impressive comeback, securing a crucial win for the title-holders. Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia also celebrated his first triumph over world No.1 Viktor Axelsen. Meanwhile, Thailand showcased their strength in Women’s Doubles, leading to their success in the Uber Cup.

Denmark’s Triumph in the Thomas Cup

Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen, still on the path to recovery from a long injury lay-off, displayed a determined performance in the Group D match against Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain. With a score of 16-21, 21-17, 21-14, Jorgensen’s victory sealed a 3-2 success for Denmark, who had to overcome deficits of 0-1 and 1-2. This win was especially significant for Jorgensen, as he strives to regain his top form. The former world No.2 expressed his satisfaction, stating, “I think this is another step in getting back to where I was a year ago.”

In another exciting match, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia defeated world No.1 Viktor Axelsen. Despite Axelsen leading initially, Lee fought back and secured a straight-games victory (21-9, 21-19). Lee expressed his surprise at winning in two games and acknowledged the boost of confidence this win brings to his team. Axelsen, on the other hand, lamented his lackluster performance against his “aggressive” opponent.

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These exhilarating matches set the stage for a thrilling Thomas Cup showdown between Malaysia and Denmark.

Thailand’s Domination in the Uber Cup

Thailand faced an initial setback in the Uber Cup when Ratchanok Intanon lost to her arch-rival, Tai Tzu Ying. However, Thailand quickly rebounded and won the next three matches, securing top spot in Group B. Their impressive performance in Women’s Doubles played a crucial role in their success. Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai and Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai emerged victorious in their respective matches, with Nitchaon Jindapol also contributing to Thailand’s win with a hard-fought comeback in the Women’s Singles.

Thailand’s triumph in the Uber Cup group stage sets them up for the quarter-finals, where they will face Indonesia.

Exciting Quarter-Finals Ahead

The knockout draw for the quarter-finals took place after the group stage, and it revealed captivating match-ups. Hosts Thailand will battle against Indonesia, while defending champions China will face Denmark. Top seeds Japan will go head-to-head with Chinese Taipei, and Korea will take on Canada in the remaining two quarter-final matches.

The stage is set for intense competition as these top badminton nations compete for supremacy in the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals.

FAQs

Q: Who emerged as the top contenders in the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018?
A: Denmark and Thailand secured top positions in their respective groups during the round-robin phase.

Q: Which players made a significant impact in the tournament?
A: Jan Jorgensen of Denmark showcased his resilience, securing a crucial win for his team. Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia achieved his first victory over world No.1 Viktor Axelsen.

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Q: Which teams will face each other in the quarter-finals?
A: Thailand will take on Indonesia, while defending champions China will face Denmark. Top seeds Japan will compete against Chinese Taipei, and Korea will battle Canada.

Conclusion

The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 have witnessed thrilling matches and impressive performances from top badminton nations. Denmark and Thailand have emerged as the teams to watch, showcasing their skill and determination. As the competition progresses into the quarter-finals, anticipation builds for intense showdowns between these talented athletes. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre for updates on the tournament and the continued success of the badminton community.

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