Teen prodigy An Se Young inspired Korea to a 3-2 result over Chinese Taipei, which gave the defending champions top place in Group 1C of the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019.
Ten-time winners China routed India 5-0 for top spot in Group 1D. Canada and Ireland finished on top of groups 2B and 3A respectively.
Chinese Taipei got off to a good start, with Wang Chi-Lin/Lee Yang decimating Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae in 40 minutes.
Chinese Taipei would have anticipated a 3-0 lead, with their two strong singles players to follow, but Korea’s An Se Young threw a spanner in the works with her sensational upset of women’s singles No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, 14-21 21-18 21-16.
Chou Tien Chen expectedly gave Chinese Taipei the lead once again as he cruised to victory over Lee Dong Keun in men’s singles, 21-12 21-17.
Korea experimented with their women’s doubles pair, with Chang Ye Na pairing up with Kong Hee Yong, and the move worked well, as they stopped No.43 Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun.
It was left to in-form mixed doubles duo Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung to wrap it up for Korea, which they did in 37 minutes against Tseng Min Hao/Hsieh Pei Shan, 21-10 21-18.
India Blown Away
China completed their second whitewash in Group 1D, with India left to rue their missed chances of their first tie against Malaysia, which they lost 2-3. Today’s loss meant India’s campaign came to an end.
Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping put the hosts on track, taking just 28 minutes to clinch the mixed doubles against Pranaav Chopra/Sikki Reddy.
Sameer Verma gave a good account of himself against Chen Long in the men’s singles. The Indian played a clever game, creating opportunities at the net, and preventing Chen from imposing his pace. It was a long-drawn encounter, with Chen having enough in reserve to triumph 21-17 22-20.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty looked like they could reduce the margin for India, but were outgunned in the third by Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong 18-21 21-15 21-17.
Chen Yufei was comfortable against a less-than-fully-fit Saina Nehwal (21-12 21-17), before Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan completed the rout for China.
“I think she defends and moves well, her stamina is good and she is tall. She has many advantages in several departments, so I think she will be an outstanding player in future.” – Vanquished No.1 Tai Tzu Ying on An Se Young.
Germany took a 1-0 lead against Canada through Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel in men’s doubles, but were pegged back in the next three matches.
Michelle Li (women’s singles), Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (men’s singles) and Rachel Honderich/Kristen Tsai (women’s doubles) gave Canada an unassailable lead before Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich reduced the margin for Germany in the mixed.
In the same group, Singapore finished third beating Israel 4-1. Misha Zilberman won the point for Israel with the closest margin of the session, beating Jia Wei Joel Koh 16-21 21-13 28-26 after saving two match points.
Ireland topped Group 3A with an all-win record, beating Australia 3-2. With the score at 2-all, Nhat Nguyen and Sam Magee gave Ireland the deciding point, beating Sawan Serasinghe/Eric Vuong 21-17 21-11.