Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Double Repeated Matches

There are two same matches in Thomas Cup quarter-final: China vs. Korea and Indonesia vs. India. China had beaten Korea in the last Group A match 4-1 and Indonesia had beat India also 4-1 in the last Group D match.

And again, China downed Korea to ease into Thomas Cup semi-final. Both China and Korea used the same formation as yesterday. Lin Dan surpassed Park Sung-hwan again and this time was easier then the previous one. He only needed two sets to give China a 1-0 lead with a 21-16, 21-15 triumph.

"I am playing better and better. My form is okay but I will not underrate any opponent,"Lin Dan uttered.

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng outshone Jung Jae-sung and Shin Baek-cheol 21-11, 21-16, continued by Chen Jin's 21-15, 21-12 win over Shon Wan-ho to give China a semi-final ticket.

In Indonesia clash, India failed to show any battle to Indonesia except for Kashyap Parupalli's striving to defeat Taufik Hidayat in the first match. However, he still lost 21-12, 10-21, and 17-21. In the second match, Markid Kido/Hendra Setiawan defeated Sanave Thomas and Akshay Dewalkar in straight sets, 21-16 and 21-17. Simon Santoso surmounted Arvind Bhat 21-8, 21-10 without any effort for the winning point.

Commenting the twice meeting with Korea, China manager Li Yongbo said that the redraw was very funny. "We played against the same line-up from Korea, on the same court and in the same stadium and won the same matches. Our fans at home might have thought it was a replay of the previous day's match. This is really funny."

Japan 3-1 Germany; Malaysia 3-2 Denmark

Japanese Kenichi Tago successfully defeated Marc Zwiebler in the first men's singles match of Japan vs Germany. Zwiebler gave Kenichi a tough fight that Kenichi had struggled to win in rubber sets, 15-21, 21-18, and 21-18.

However, Michael Fuchs/Kristof Hopp stunned Hiroyuki Endo/Yoshiteru Hirobe 16-21, 21-19, and 24-22, tying 1-1. Sho Sasaki gave Japan a lead 2-1 with a 21-19, 21-17 victory until Kenichi Hayakawa and Kenta Kazuno conquered Ingo Kinderwater and Johannes Schoettler 21-16, 21-16 to book a semi-final place against Indonesia.

In other Thomas Cup match, Malaysia almost met the same fate as losing to Japan as they survived a scare to beat Denmark. It seemed clear that Malaysia would surely progress to the semi-final as Lee Chong Wei and Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong again made the lead 2-0.

Wong Choong Hann failed to score 3-0 that he went down 20-22, 21-16, and 18-21 by Jan O Jorgensen. And Zakry, now partnered with Hoon Thien How, added Denmark's joy to make the point 2-2 as the Malaysians bowed down to Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen 26-24, 12-21, and 19-21.

Joachim Persson did not use the opportunity to bring his team to the semi-final after losing to Hafiz Hashim 12-21 and 10-21. Malaysia won 3-2 to meet defending champion China in the semi-final.

Uber Cup Quarter-final Results:

Indonesia 3-0 Malaysia
Adriyanti Firdasari def. Wong Mew Choo
Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda def. Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui
Maria Kristin def. Tee Jing Yee

Japan 3-1 Denmark
Eriko Hirose def. Camilla Sorensen
Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen def. Satoko Suetsuna/Miyuki Maeda
Ai Goto def. Karina Jorgensen
Mizuki Fujii/Reika Kakiiwa def. Lena Frier Kristiansen/Maria Ropke

China 3-0 India
Wang Yihan def. Saina Nehwal
Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli def. Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnapa
Wang Xin def. Sayali Gokhale

Korea 3-1 Russia
Bae Sung-hee def. Ella Diehl
Lee Hyo-jung/Kim Min-jung def. Valeria Sorokina/Nina Vislova
Tatjana Bibik def. Sung Ji-hyun
Ha Jung-eun/Jang Kyung-eun def. Ksenia Polikarpova/Anastasia Russkikh

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