Den­mark beat In­done­sia to win first Thomas Cup ti­tle

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KUNSHAN (China)—Den­mark beat In­done­sia 3-2 in the Thomas Cup fi­nal Sun­day, se­cur­ing the na­tion’s first world bad­minton team championship after rack­ing up eight sec­ond-place fin­ishes over the decades.

Hans-Kris­tian Vit­tinghus led the Danes to vic­tory in the fifth and fi­nal match of the tie on the back of strong sin­gles per­for­mances from fourth-ranked Vik­tor Ax­elsen and world num­ber five Jan O. Jor­gensen. Den­mark is the first Euro­pean na­tion to win the Thomas Cup.

“Ever since we came here, since last week, I’ve been dream­ing about b eing the de­cid­ing fac­tor in a fi­nal,” said Vit­tinghus. “I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that my team­mates put me in this po­si­tion where I had a chance to win the cup for Den­mark.”

In the open­ing match, Euro­pean champ Ax­elsen kicked off the fi­nal by con­trol­ling the net as he ex­ploited his height with smash­ing over­heads and div­ing saves to take the first game.

World num­ber eight Tommy Su­gia­rto grabbed the early lead in the sec­ond, but the Dane proved too strong, clinch­ing the match 21-17, 21-18.

Fol­low­ing the win, Ax­elsen sprinted to the side­lines, toss­ing his shirt and racket into the roar­ing au­di­ence—a scene that would re­peated by his team­mates with each suc­ces­sive win.

“I was re­ally ner­vous dur­ing the game, but I man­aged to stay calm in the end and that’s why I won,” said Ax­elsen.

Sec­ond-ranked dou­bles team Mo­ham­mad Ah­san and Hen­dra Se­ti­awan evened the score and halted Den­mark’s mo­men­tum with a 21-18, 21-13 over Mads Con­rad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kold­ing.—AFP

KUNSHAN: Play­ers of Den­mark cel­e­brat­ing dur­ing award cerem­ing after de­feat­ing team In­done­sia in fi­nal at Thomas Cup Bad­minton Championship.

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