Badminton: Japanese women start strongly as team bid for Thomas and Uber Cup double

Gurusaidutt is like a busy bee without a buzz or bombast in Indian badminton. Tugging at their hearts and compelling his courtside coaches, teammates and the home support to root for him as the finish-line approached. The match was inconsequential for both teams. But the value of a win in the Thomas Cup cannot be under-estimated. After losing the first game , the Indian had fought back to take the second and was just a single point away from clinching the team win. The German though clawed his way back, and at another mistake from Gurusaidutt could have upturned the momentum. Feeling the pressure, Gurusaidutt turned to coach Gopichand who advised his ward to push to the forehand side of the German. Guru double-checked if he had heard that clear and then dutifully executed the stroke. Gurusaidutt walked towards the coach with folded hands of gratitude.

India’s chances at the ‘World Cup’ of badminton – Thomas, Uber and Sudirman Cups

Women’s singles world champion Nozomi Okuhara crushed Louisa Ma , in the second singles to secure the winning point in their opening Group A encounter. Japan are favourites for the Uber Cup and showed why when doubles pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi then blew away Australia’s Khoo Lee Yen and Ann-Louise Slee , in the second doubles, as the top seeds ran out comfortable winners.

The world’s 16 top nations compete for the men’s Thomas Cup and women’s Uber Cup every two years, with matches comprising three singles and two doubles. While China’s women have dominated, winning 14 times including the past three editions, Japan have emerged with a shot at taking home both trophies at this year’s edition in Thailand.

Shuttler Daren fighting for spot in Thomas Cup squad Daren, who played third singles in the New Delhi edition, said: “It won’t be easy, player in the men’s singles department and ranked second in the country.

Japan ended China’s reign on the men’s team championship when they hammered the defending champions in the semifinals of the Thomas and Uber Cup here on Friday. While their men lost, Chinese women continued their supremacy in the Uber Cup, mauling Korea Japan’s domination of the Chinese men’s team — unbeaten since — was so absolute that China just about managed to win one game in the three matches and that too after saving a couple of game points. The stage for the upset was set by world number four Kenichi Tago, who humbled world number two Chen Long , in 43 minutes to hand the Chinese their first defeat in the competition.

The defending champions would have thought that the loss would be a mere aberration, but the Japanese had some other plans. It looked like China’s Biao Chai and Wei Hong would set the record straight when they took a lead in the first game. But they inexplicably lost nerve and the game and eventually the match. With world champion Lin Dan scheduled to play the third singles, all the Chinese needed was to stretch that match till the fifth rubber but former junior world champion Kento Momota wasn’t going to be an easy prey for world number six Pengyu Du as the latter found it the hard way.

The year-old Japanese did drop the first game after wasting two game points but then raised the tempo with clinical smashing and net play to upset Du , , to send the team into their maiden Thomas Cup final. I am happy that I got a chance to finish things off,” said Momota after the match.

Is Kento Momota in the same ranks as Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan?

The Badminton World Federation has postponed the Thomas and Uber Cup, the premier global men’s and women’s team championship, to be held in Denmark for three months from the earlier scheduled date in May in view of the COVID pandemic. The BWF took the decision after “consultation and consensus” with tournament hosts Badminton Denmark. The tournament is now scheduled for August in Aarhus, Denmark. The postponement of Thomas and Uber Cup came after the BWF suspended five more tournaments on Friday, including three continental championships crucial for Tokyo Olympics qualification but stripped of that significance now, in view of the COVID pandemic in the host cities.

Heightened travel and quarantine restrictions and the subsequent extreme logistical complications this has caused has also contributed to the postponement,” he said on Friday. He said while the BWF look forward to staging this tournament at a later date, the world body’s thoughts were first and foremost with everyone affected by this pandemic around the world.

Up to the Thomas Cup has been held 27 times but only four countries have large scale team competitions, the Thomas Cup the men’s event and the Uber Nine matches (five singles and four doubles)were held over two days, the first.

Japan enjoyed one of their best days in badminton history on Friday as the men sensationally knocked out powerhouse China in the Thomas Cup and the women entered the Uber Cup final. The men will take on Malaysia — victors over Indonesia in the second semi-final– in their maiden Cup final on Sunday at the Siri Fort complex in the Indian capital.

The women fought back gallantly from to defeat hosts India and qualify for Saturday’s final against China, who prevented further embarrassment by routing South Korea China, the overwhelming favourites seeking a record sixth consecutive Thomas Cup title, never recovered after Chen Long lost to Kenichi Tago in the opening singles. World number two Chen lasted just 43 minutes against the aggressive fourth-ranked Tago to go down , It was left to year-old Kento Momota to seal the tie for the semi-finalists by coming from behind to upset world number six Du Pengyu , , after an hour and 25 minutes.

World champion Lin Dan, who was due to play the fifth match, was left stranded as the Japanese celebrated a famous win even as the Chinese stormed out of the stadium in a huff without speaking to the media.

Thomas, Uber Cup finals put off to August

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Kento Momota hits a return against Brice Leverdez of France in a men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Thomas Cup in Bangkok on.

Badminton was introduced in Singapore in the early 19th century and reached the height of its success in the s. By the mids, however, the game had spread to the rest of the local population which included English-educated elites, civil servants, white-collar workers and Chinese school students. One of the reasons that the sport was adopted at such pace was due to its relatively convenient gameplay — it requires only a few players — and any piece of flat ground could be turned into a badminton court.

Badminton parties could affiliate themselves with the SBA and join its annual open championships where the best players were chosen to represent Singapore in the prestigious Malayan Badminton Championships. Some of the players who made the cut during the prewar period included E. Nonetheless, the immediate postwar period saw the rise of players such as Ong Poh Lim and Wong. The team on this occasion included veterans Wong and Ong as well as Ismail Marjan. However, in , the Malayan team coached by Wong lost the Thomas Cup to Indonesia 3—6, ending its dominance in the competition.

The last time Singapore granted citizenship to foreign-born shuttlers was in Tan, T. Upholding the legacy: Singapore badminton. Singapore: Asiapac, p.

Indonesia Tops Group Table in Thomas Cup

Takuma Ueda prevailed in a thrilling decider as Japan claimed their maiden Thomas Cup title by edging out five-times champions Malaysia in a pulsating final of the men’s team event on Sunday. Japan’s men’s team produced the shock of the tournament, beating defending champions China in the Thomas Cup semi-finals. I am Malaysian and I like Japan but to be honest, I always cheering for Japan no matter what game it is. The game has ended and Japan won the match by

Open Men’s Singles TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals Men’s Singles Li Ning BWF World Championships Men’s Singles.

Search titles only Posted by Member: Separate names with a comma. Newer Than: Search this thread only Search this forum only Display results as threads. Useful Searches. Multiple votes are allowed. CantSmashThis Regular Member. Chong Wei favors this because he feels like this makes the competition more open, as opposed to China always winning due to their depth in the events.

I feel it is not a team sport anymore if only 1 player in Single and 4 in Double. RedShuttle Regular Member. I have an even better idea: one game of MS and one game of MD. Better still, just cancel the whole thing! This whole idea of changing the format and what LCW said are absolutely ridiculous. The target, one again, is China. First it was limiting the number of single players in the Olympic and now this.

Maybe having too much depth and being too strong is a crime now.

Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu rested for Thomas, Uber Cup badminton

South Korea qualified for the last eight along with Malaysia who beat Germany India will take on Germany in a dead rubber in their last pool tie Wednesday. However, after suffering a disastrous loss Sunday, captain Parupalli Kashyap came back strongly to defeat Dong Keun Lee , to make it for the hosts. Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.


Originally held every three years, in the newly-formed Badminton World Federation BWF decided that, from , the Thomas and Uber Cups would be held in the same place at the same time and would be held every two years from The joint holding of the two events gives fans a chance to see the best players from around the world at the same time and the Thomas and Uber Cups are always eagerly awaited by badminton fans everywhere.

Indonesia has won the Thomas Cup 13 times. Thomas presented a cup for the competition and it was thus later named after him. Malaysia was the first winner and the first country to have its name engraved on the cup. In the early days the Thomas Cup was held every three years. Nine matches five singles and four doubles were held over two days, the first team to gain five wins was the winner.

Badminton Highlights – 2014 THOMAS CUP FINALS – Malaysia vs Japan MD END/HAY vs HOO/TAN