Thomas & Uber Cups: China Cruise to Quarters
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.