Thomas & Uber Cups: China Cruise to Quar­ters

The Economic Times - - Sports - AP

China left out world cham­pion Lin Dan as they cruised into the quar­ter­fi­nals of the men’s Thomas Cup in New Delhi on Mon­day. The Chi­nese men, aim­ing for a record sixth suc­ces­sive ti­tle in the pre­mier team cham­pi­onships, over­pow­ered Rus­sia 5-0 to record their sec­ond win.

The Chi­nese women, seek­ing their eighth Uber Cup ti­tle in the last nine com­pe­ti­tions since 1998, moved into the knock-out rounds with a 5-0 drub­bing of Eng­land. It was the sec­ond suc­ces­sive win for the favourites, who boast the world’s top three women’s play­ers in their ranks.

Eng­land will join China in the quar­ter­fi­nals from Group W if they beat win­less Rus­sia in their last pre­lim­i­nary match on Wed­nes­day.

South Korea’s men, run­ners-up to China in the Thomas Cup fi­nal two years ago, and Malaysia booked the two quar­ter­fi­nal spots from Group C. The South Kore­ans con­ceded the sec­on­dandthirds­in­glestoIn­dia,but­won both­the­do­u­blestiesafterSonWan-Ho had taken the open­ing sin­gles against K Srikanth in three games. Malaysia, who thrashed In­dia 4-1 on Sun­day, beat Ger­many by the same score af­ter world num­ber one Lee Chong Wei toyed with Marc Zwiebler in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance. France, play­ing in the Thomas Cup for the first time, came from be­hind to stun Tai­wan 3-2 and keep their hopes alive of a quar­ter­fi­nal spot from Group D be­hind China. France must de­feat Rus­sia to qual­ify for the quar­ters. For­mer men’s cham­pi­ons In­done­sia opened their cam­paign with a 5-0 de­mo­li­tion of Sin­ga­pore. World num­ber eight Boon­sak Pon­sana led Thai­land to a 5-0 rout of Nigeria to stay on course for a quar­ter­fi­nal berth from Group A along­side In­done­sia.

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