Saturday, May 25, 2019
TEXT BY Tom Leonard | Badminton Photo
France and Canada signed up for an epic evening at the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 after upstaging their more accomplished Group 2 rivals Netherlands and Germany during the group phase of the tournament.
Michelle Li quickly restored parity with a 21-7 21-4 win over Yaelle Hoyaux. Her clinical effort gave Canada the lift they needed.
“I’m really happy I could start the winning momentum for Canada. I think we still have a chance so I will go back to the stands and cheer for my team,” she said post-match
How right she was. Canada’s Brian Yang rose to the occasion against Brice Leverdez. The 17-year-old belied his No. 122 world ranking to defeat the veteran Leverdez (ranked No. 34), 21-14 21-12.
The Canadians’ persistent attack and desperate defence wowed the crowd as they cruised to a 21-11 21-17 win to secure their team 13th place overall.
Group 2 Final Standings
13 – Canada
14 – France
15 – Netherlands
16 – Germany
17 – Singapore
18 – Vietnam
19 – USA
20 – Israel
Sri Lanka Smash Ireland to win Group 3
Sri Lanka produced a stunning blow to top seeds Ireland to claim Group 3 – this coming after an inspirational victory over second seeds Switzerland earlier in the week.
Sirimannage then returned for the deciding women’s doubles match and together with Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa outlasted Rachael Darragh/Chloe Magee 21-15 22-24 21-17 in 80 gruelling minutes.
In other Group 3 classification matches, Switzerland and Slovakia had narrow wins against Australia and New Zealand, while Lithuania secured their first victory of the week with a 3-1 result over Nepal.
Group 3 Final Standings
21 – Sri Lanka
22 – Ireland
23 – Switzerland
24 – Australia
25 – Slovakia
26 – New Zealand
27 – Lithuania
28 – Nepal
For full results, click here.