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South Korea dethrone China to win badminton’s Uber Cup in nail-biter | Badminton News – Times of India

BANGKOK: South Korea shocked defending champions China to win badminton’s prestigious Uber Cup on Saturday in an epic battle that went right down to the wire in Bangkok.
The holders had been aiming for a sixteenth title within the girls’s group championship however with the nations deadlocked at 2-2 all of it boiled right down to a singles match between China’s Fifteenth-ranked Wang Zhiyi and Forty sixth-ranked Sim Yu-jin.
Sim, who turned 23 on Friday, sprang an upset by beating Wang 28-26, 18-21, 21-8 in an exciting 88 minutes — and with it South Korea’s first Uber Cup crown in 12 years.
It was a vastly disappointing conclusion for China, who had jumped out to an early lead within the tie when Chen Yufei sealed a spectacular come-from-behind win in opposition to An Se-young in a marathon match filled with drama.

Chen, the world quantity three and Tokyo Olympic gold medallist, went down 21-17 within the opening sport to fourth-ranked An.
An constructed a five-point lead early within the second sport however Chen roared again to take that sport 21-15 and sealed the decider 22-20 regardless of struggling an harm scare to her ankle.
An, who continues to be solely 20, had her personal drawback with cramp in her proper hamstring and each gamers collapsed on the court docket in exhaustion after 91 minutes of gruelling motion.
A dissatisfied and emotional An, who triumphed over top-ranked Japanese star Akane Yamaguchi a day earlier, mentioned she was fearful she had let down her team-mates.
“I tried my best, as much as I could… I was at 20 points but then I lost control,” she mentioned of her failure to capitalise on three match factors.
Indonesia play India in Sunday’s Thomas Cup, the lads’s group championship, additionally within the Thai capital.

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