Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thomas Cup: Smooth Start for Seeded Teams

Kuala Lumpur - In the first day of Proton-BWF Thomas and Uber Cup 2010, seeded teams did not find any trouble.

First-seeded Thomas Cup team China grabbed the victory easily 5-0 over Peru in Group A first match. 2008 Olympic gold-medalist Lin Dan opened the match by competing against Antonio de Vinatea in straight sets, 21-4 and 21-6. Chen Jin continued the lead 2-0 as he beat Andreas Corpancho. And Chen Long made sure for China's win as he beat Rodrigo Pacheco.

Two last matches which were men's doubles matches were won easily by Chinese pairs, Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen and Chai Biao/Zhang Nan.

“My opponent was not strong but I took this opportunity to play against him seriously. I tried all my strokes. Now, I have a better idea on what to expect in this stadium. It was a great warm-up session for me,” Lin Dan said after the match. The three times world champion also looked forward and prepared to meet South Korea.

"South Korea are still a strong team even without their top players, (Lee) Yong-dae. Our team have a day's rest and will be ready for the battle against the Koreans," he said.

Second-seeded Indonesia also conquered Australia 5-0. They did not play Sony Dwi Kuncoro as the second singles player, so Simon Santoso replaced Sony. And Simon did well as he made Indonesia lead 3-0 with a 21-13 and 21-4 triumph over Chad Whitehead.

Meanwhile, the home team Malaysia gained a matchless win because their opponent, the Nigerian players, did not arrive at stadium on time. Thus, it was announced that Malaysia won 5-0 with every players won 21-0, 21-0.

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