GROUP 1A CHINA 5 INDIA 0 Mixed Doubles : Men’s Singles : Men’s Doubles : Women’s Singles : Women’s Doubles :
Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei bt Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa Chen Long bt Parupalli Kashyap Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan bt Akshay DewalkarPranaav Jerry Chopra Wang Yihan bt PV Sindhu Yu Yang-Wang Xiaoli bt Ashwini Ponnappa-Pradnya Gadre
MAY 20 2013
21-10, 21-13 21-11, 21-9
25-23, 21-18 19-21,21-16, 21-14 21-18, 21-11
ONE STEP IN
GROUP 1C CHINESE TAIPEI 3 MALAYSIA 2 Men’s Doubles : Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong Women’s Singles : Tai Tzu Ying bt Sonia Cheah Men’s Singles : Yang Chih Hsun lost to Lee Chong Wei Women’s Doubles : Chen Wen Hsing-Hsieh Pei Chen bt Woon Khe Wei-Vivian Hoo Mixed Doubles : Lu Ching Yao-Lai Chia Wen lost to Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying
China, despite not fielding their best line-up, showed why they are odds on favourites for the Sudirman Cup with a 5-0 demolition of India in their opening Group 1A match. While they did struggle in the men’s doubles and the women’s singles, China already have one step in the knockout stages.
21-18, 21-18 21-7, 21-13 8-21, 13-21 21-17, 21-19 23-25, 11-21
In the opening mixed doubles match, China opted to field Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei instead of the higher ranked Xu Chen-Ma Jin. There were no jitters for the pairing as they easily overcame Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa for China’s first point. Chen Long avenged his defeat to Parupalli Kashyap at the Indonesian Open last year to put China on the road to victory.
PV SIndhu, who has stepped up after the late withdrawal of Saina Nehwal, also gave her Chinese rival a run for her money.
China also decided to rest their veteran pairing of Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun and send in Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan in their men’s doubles encounter against Pranav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar.
Li Xuerui, who was beaten by Sindhu at the China Masters, was rested and China fielded Wang Yihan instead.
They are currently ranked sixth in the world and are their best pairing, but their superior ranking did not match their performance.
It was another struggle for China as Sindhu fought tooth and nail before bowing out 21-19, 16-21, 14-21.
It was a struggle all the way for the Chinese players in the opening game, where they squandered game point before labouring to a 25-23, 21-18 win to give them an unassailable 3-0 lead.
China finished the rout by winning the women’s doubles through Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang.
Hosts Malaysia are on the brink of an early exit from the Sudirman Cup after they were stunned 2-3 by Chinese Taipei in their opening match at the Putra Stadium. With the defeat, Malaysia must beat Germany on Tuesday or face the ignominy of watching the rest of the competition from the stands. Hope of repeating their 2009 semi-final appearance now looks precarious. Malaysia were expected to struggle in the women’s singles and doubles, but it was the failure to win their opening men’s doubles match that saw them succumbing to the embarrassing defeat.
Under-fire Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong were picked ahead of their conquerors at the Malaysian GP Gold Goh V Shem-Lim Khim Wah. It turned out to be the wrong choice as they were beaten in straight games by 26th ranked Lee Sheng Mu-Tsai Chia Hsin. Kien Keat-Boon Heong had beaten their rivals when they last met at the Hong Kong Open last year.
Sonia Cheah, who played instrumental role in Malaysia winning the Axiata Cup earlier this year, was a bundle of nerves in her match against Tai Tzu Ying. World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei gave Malaysia a glimpse of hope with an effortless 21-8, 21-13 win over Yang Chih Hsun.
In the women’s doubles Vivan Hoo-Woon Khe Wei were forced to play catch-up by Chien Yu ChinCheng Wen Hsing. The Chinese Taipei pair were marginally better and took the match 21-17, 2119 to earn their country a well deserved winning point.
In the dead mixed doubles Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying overcame a tentative start to beat Lu Ching Yao-Lai Chia Wen Malaysia now have a days rest to regroup before taking on Germany.
DENMARK 4 SINGAPORE 1 Mixed Doubles
Men’s Singles Men’s Doubles
Women’s singles Women’s doubles
Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen bt Chrisnanta Danny Bawa-Vanessa Neo Yu Yan Jan O Jorgensen bt Derek Wong Carsten Mogensen-Mathias Boe bt Christnanta Danny Bawa-Terry Yeo Zhao Jiang Line Kjaersfeldt lost to Gu Juan Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl bt Vanessa Neo Yu Yuan-Yao Lei
21-11, 21-17 17-21, 21-9, 21-13 21-10, 21-12 16-21, 12-21 21-19, 21-18
DANISH DELIGHT D
enmark’s vulnerability in the women’s singles was exposed in their 4-1 win over Singapore in Group 1D of the Sudirman Cup competition. Singapore opted for Gu Juan instead of Xing Aiying in the women’s singles and she duly delivered for them. But the win came after Denmark had already wrapped up the tie. As feared, the Danes sorely missed three time All England champion Tine Baun. They opted for, Line Kjaersfelt, ranked 80th in the world. But she was beaten 16-21, 1221 by Gu Juan. Denmark, as expected were rampant in the doubles matches. They picked up their
Jan O Jorgensen, stepping in the shadows of the illustrious Peter Gade, clawed his way back from a game down before getting past Derek Wong. The world number one pairing of Matthias Boe-Carsten Morgensen had little problem in disposing the scratch pairing of Christnanta Danny Bawa-Terry Yeo to give the Danes the winning point. Their world number three pairing of shuttlers Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl completed the win with victory in the women’s doubles.
GROUP 1A 1200hrs:
Indonesia vs India
GROUP 1B: 1800hrs:
Korea vs Hong Kong
GROUP 1C 1800hrs:
Japan vs Singapore
GROUP 1D 1200hrs:
GROUP 1B THAILAND HONG KONG
Germany vs Chinese Taipei
Women’s Singles Men’s Singles Women’s Doubles
: : :
Maneepong Jongjit-Nipitphon Puangpuapech bt Wong Wai Hong-Chan Yun Lung Ratchanok Inthanon bt Yip Pui Yin Boonsak Ponsana lost to Hu Yun Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul lost to Tse Ying Suet-Poon Lok Yan Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam bt Lee Chun Hei Chau Hoi Wah
21-14, 21-18 21-19, 21-16 21-19, 20-22, 19-21 13-21, 21-15, 14-21 24-22, 22-20
DO OR DIE MISSION
The mixed doubles duo of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam came to Thailand’s rescue in their opening Sudirman Cup tie against Hong Kong.
It will be a battle for survival for four teams in Group 1 on the second day of the Lining Sudirman Cup.
With both teams tied at two points apiece, Sudket-Saralee stepped up to clinch a dramatic winning point. In a match punctuated by spectacular shots and desperate defending, it was the Thai pair that made good with a 24-20, 22-20 win over Lee Chun Hei Chau Hoi Wah.
Having lost their opening matches, Malaysia, India, Singapore and Hong Kong must beat their home from Kuala Lumpur. With only the top two teams in each of the four
Singapore, who were demolished 0-5 by Denmark on Sunday, are also likely to bow out of the competition early. The Japanese side led by Kenichi Tago, have a more balanced side and should join Denmark in the
The Hong Kong pair came agonisingly close in both games only to see their rivals come up with the winning points. The world number six pair were lucky to have clinched the win and it was evident with the duo bringing their palms together in prayer. Earlier, Thailand had taken a comfortable 2-0 lead by winning both the men’s doubles and women’s singles.
today will earn them a last eight berth. India, beaten by China in their opening match, will have their work cut out against Indonesia. India are favoured to win both the singles ties, despite missing the services of the injured Saina Nehwal. Teenager PV Sindhu, the newly crowned Malaysia GP Gold winner is a capable replacement. With Indonesia missing both Simon Santoso and Sony Dwi Kuncoro, their youngster Tommy Sugiarto singles. The tie will be decided in the doubles, where the Indonesians hold the upper hand.
a much more energetic Korean side. Korea are seeded behind Thailand in the group but may even qualify as group champions if they strike form. Of the four teams, facing early exit, Malaysia has the best chance of making it to the knockout stage. German has the edge in the women’s singles through their European silver medallists Juliane Schenck but could spring a surprise in the women’s and mixed doubles.
Puangpuapech instead of Bodin Issara and the pair delivered with the opening point. Ratchanok Intanon beat Yip Pui Yin in the women’s singles to put
in three games by Hu Yun. Hu Yun had also edged out Boonsak in three games when they last met at the BWF Superseries Finals last year. The women’s doubles between Duanganong AroonkesornKunchala Voravichitchaikul and Poon Lok Yan-Tse Ying Suet was with the Hong Kong pair putting their side back level with the Thais.
GROUP 3A PHILIPPINES 3 NEW ZEALAND 2
GROUP 2A SCOTLAND 4 RUSSIA 1 Robert Blair-Imogen Bankier bt Ivanov Vladimir-Nina Vislova Kieran Merrilees bt Vladimir Malkov Kirsty Gilmour bt Natalia Perminova Robert Blair-Paul Van Rietvelde bt Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov Women’s Doubles : Kirsty Gilmour-Imogen Bankier bt Tatjana Bibik-Anastasia Chervaykova Mixed Doubles Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s Doubles
: : : :
21-15, 12-21, 24-22 21-19, 21-10 21-18, 21-18 21-19, 22-20
: : : :
Blair making a return to their side after plying the trade in England for 13 years gave his side a winning start partnering Imogen Bankier in the mixed doubles. They defeated Ivanov Vladimir-Nina Vislova 21-15, 12-21, 24-22. team championships and were expected to easily top the group. USA SWEDENSWEDEN 3 USA 2 : Amanda Hogstrom-Nico Ruponen bt Phillip Chew-Jamie Subandhi 21-16, 21-17 : Gabriel Ulldahl bt Sattawat Pongnairat 21-16, 20-22, 21-18 : Patrik Lundqvist-Jonathan Nordh bt Halim HaryantoPhillip Chew 24-22, 14-21, 21-14 Women’s Singles : Ellinor Widh lost to Iris Wang 16-21, 12-21 Women’s Doubles : Amanda Hogstrom-Emelie Lennartsson lost to Eva Lee – Obanana Paula Lynn 22-20, 15-21, 6-21
17-21, 21-16, 15-21 17-21, 21-17, 21-15
SRI LANKA 3 TURKEY 2 Mixed Doubles
: Karunaratne Edirimuni Niluka Rushan Perera-Sirimannage Kavidi Ishadika bt Ramazan Ozturk-Neslihan Men’s Singles : Karunaratne Edirimuni Dinuka Rushan Perera bt Murat Sen Women’s Singles : Hadukuttihettige Dona Lekha Shehani lost to Ozge Bayrak Men’s Doubles : Karunaratne Edirimuni Niluka Rushan Perera-Karunaratne Edirimuni Dinuka Rushan Perera bt Emre Lale-Murat Sen Women’s Doubles : Sirimannage Kavidi Ishadika-Kuruppu Oshadie Purnima lost to Ozge Bayrak-Neslihan Yigit
21-14, 21-15 21-7, 21-14 10-21, 18-21 21-10, 21-15 15-21, 17-21
GROUP 3B VIETNAM 5 KAZAKHSTAN 0
A resurgent Sweden stunned USA 4-1 to brighten
: Duong Bao Duc-Nguyen This Sen bt Kulmatov KhaitmuratSuleyeva Karina Men’s Singles : Pham Cao Cuong bt Niyazov Artur Women’s Singles : Nguyen Thuy Linh bt Yakovleva Elizaveta Men’s Doubles : Nguyen Hoang Nam-Nguyen Tien Minh bt Kulmatov Khaitmurat-Niyazov Artur Women’s Doubles : Vu Tri Thang-Nguyen Thi Sen bt Suleyeva KarinaYakovleva Elizaveta
competiton. In a day of upsets in Group 2A, which also saw Scotland beating Russia, Sweden only dropped one point
AUSTRALIA 4 LITHUANIA 1
The men’s singles and the men’s doubles turned out to be crucial for the Swedes, who won both matches in three games to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. Despite losing the tie, the Americans fought hard to go home with a more respectable scoreline.
18-21, 17-21 21-9, 21-10 21-14, 21-13
Veteran Robert Blair inspired Scotland to a stunning 4-1 defeat of Group 2 top seeds Russia in the Sudirman Cup.
Mixed Doubles Men’s Singles Men’s Doubles
Alcala Mark Shelly-Castilo Gelita lost to Oliver Leydon-Davis Benjamin Gadi Antonio bt Joe Wu Venice Alcala Malvinne Ann bt Rankin Anna Benjamin Gadi Antonio-Alcala Mark Shelly lost to Kevin Dennerly-Minturn-Oliver Leydon Davis Women’s doubles : Gelita Castilo-Nicole Magno Dia bt Amanda Brown-Gregory Kritteka Mixed Doubles Men’s Singles Women’s Singles Men’s Doubles
Mixed Doubles : Men’s Singles : Women’s Singles : Men’s Doubles : Women’s Doubles :
Renuga Veeran-Ross Smith bt Edgaras Slusnys Ashwant Gobinathan bt Povilas Bartusis Verdet Kessler lost to Akvile Stapusaityte Akvile Glenn Warfe-Raymond Tam bt Povilas Bartusis-Alan Plavin Gronya Somerville-Veeran Renuga bt Vytaute Fomkinaite-Akvile Stapusaityte
21-8, 21-12 21-16, 21-18 21-16, 21-18 21-13, 21-14 21-14, 21-9
21-11, 21-9 25-23, 20-22, 22-20 26-28, 21-17, 21-19 21-18, 23-21 21-7, 21-10
Published on May 20, 2013