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China Choose The Hard Way To Enter Quarter-Finals

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) -- Defending champion China chose the hard way to enter the quarter-finals before beating South Korea 4-1 in the final Group A match of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament at Putra Stadium here Tuesday.

Although the South Koreans lost Tuesday's match, they still make it to the quarter-finals after both teams earlier trashed minnows Peru, 5-0.

Despite the scoreline suggesting an easy match, China, the top seed, took nearly four hours to beat their fifth-seeded opponent and let their opponent steal a game.

China, hunting for their eighth Thomas Cup crown and tipped to win this year's edition, lost the fourth tie after their second doubles, world number five Guo Zhendong/Chen Xu, bowed out to the South Korean scratch pair, Yoo Yeon Seong/Ko Sung Hyun 19-21, 21-19, 19-21.

Earlier, Beijing Olympic gold medallist and three-time world champion Lin Dan was forced to sweat by South Korean singles ace Park Sung Hwan but the Chinese won 21-18, 25-23.

World number eight duo, Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng then defeated Jung Jae Sung/Shin Baek Cheol 21-11, 21-12 before world number three men's singles Chen Jin won the tie for China, taming world number 39, Shon Wan Ho, 21-14, 21-13.

As Guo Zhendong/Chen Xu lost to their opponents, Bao Chunlai then beat South Korean former singles ace, Lee Hyun Il, 21-18, 21-15.

In the final group D tie, India defeated Australia 4-1 and will march together with Indonesia to the quarterfinals.

Australia, the 12th seeds of the tournament, managed to steal a game when their second doubles, world number 100 Glenn Warfe/Ross Smith, beat Sanave Thomas/Rupesh Kumar 22-20, 21-18.

The other game that stole the limelight was between world number 33, Kashyap Parupalli and Australia's first singles, Jeff Tho, who was beaten 21-18, 21-10.

The Indian on Monday nearly pulled off an upset, dragging world number five Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia into a rubber match before bowing out to the Athens Olympic gold medallist.

Indonesia, seeded second, white-washed Australia 5-0 to top Group D on Sunday.


Source from BERNAMA












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