Friday, May 24, 2013
Text by Dev Sukumar | BadmintonPhoto
Switzerland rebounded from a precarious position to beat New Zealand for fifth place in the positional play-offs in Level 3 of the Li-Ning BWF Sudirman Cup.
In a battle between the third-placed teams of Groups A and B in Level 3 this morning, Switzerland were 1-2 down but snagged a close Women’s Singles tussle to turn the tide and emerge winners. In other Level 3 play-offs, Turkey beat Kazakhstan 3-0 to finish ninth; Sri Lanka beat Lithuania 3-1 to finish seventh.
In Level 2, Sweden got past Canada 3-2 to end fifth and USA beat Austria 3-0 to finish seventh.
Sweden too crafted a come-from-behind victory over the Canadians. Adrian Liu/Derrick Ng gave the losers the lead with a 27-25 16-21 21-12 Men’s Doubles conquest over Jonathan Nordh/Patrik Lundqvist, and Michelle Li consolidated the lead with a 21-11 21-14 victory over Ellinor Widh in Women’s Singles. From there, the Swedes began their comeback – Gabriel Ulldahl taking the Men’s Singles from Martin Giuffre 21-8 21-9 and Emma Wengberg/Emelie Lennartsson making it 2-2 with a 21-13 21-18 success over Alex Bruce/Phyllis Chan in Women’s Doubles.
Nico Ruponen/Amanda Hogstrom clinched the tie, toppling Toby Ng/Jocelyn Ko 21-12 21-9 in Mixed Doubles.
Switzerland found themselves 1-2 after New Zealand’s Joe Wu (Men’s Singles) and Kevin Dennerly-Minturn/Oliver Leydon-Davis (Men’s Doubles) won their respective matches. Earlier, Anthony Dumartheray/Sabrina Jaquet gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead beating Oliver Leydon-Davis/Susannah Leydon-Davis 21-12 21-15.
The key match for Switzerland was the Women’s Singles; one of the day’s most keenly-contested fights. Switzerland’s Ayla Huser (featured image) saved game points in both sets against Anna Rankin to snatch victory – 23-21 25-23 in 41 minutes.
Shortly after winning that thriller, Huser again starred with Sabrina Jaquet, brushing aside Amanda Brown/Kritteka Gregory 21-11 21-17 in Women’s Doubles.
* For Li-Ning BWF Sudirman Cup 2013 schedule and results, click here.