Photo credit: Tang Shi
China’s women lost to Thailand in the semifinal of the Uber Cup in Bangkok earlier this year so they were up for revenge today when the two teams faced each other in yet another big semifinal.
At the Uber Cup Ratchanok Intanon won in three games over Chen Yufei in a match that lasted 61 minutes. That happens to be the only time the Thai has won against Chen, who had a 4-1 lead head-to-head before today’s clash, which should turn out to be only one minute longer than the last one.
Chen Yufei was best off in first game, which she won 21-14, only to see Intanon fight back and take second 21-17. Today became the fourth time out of six that the two girls needed three games to find a winner. And the winner was once again the Chinese who came out strongest with 21-17 in third game and brought her team in the lead of the semifinal.
Uphill for Thailand
Former World Champions, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan, won in two straight games when they played Thailand’s top double, Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, at the Uber Cup. Today the two Thai girls wanted it differently.
The Chinese did however won first game 22-20 but then the Thais took over control of the match. Kititharakul and Prajongjai won second game 21-16 and forced the match into a third decisive game. Here Chen and Jia gained control again and they could bring China on 2-0 after winning the game 21-14. Now it was uphill for Thailand’s women.
No more Thai power
At the Uber Cup Nitchaon Jindapol was up against Gao Fangjie who she defeated in three games in a match that lasted more than one and a half hour. Today there was a change in the Chinese team and Jindapol was up against bronze medalist from the World Championships in Nanjing, He Bingjiao, instead.
While Jindapol came out on the winning side at the Uber Cup, there was nothing to do for the Thai today. He Bingjiao proved too strong as she just needed 41 minutes to win the match 21-17 21-12. China won the semifinal 3-0 and got their revenge and they will be up against either Japan or Indonesia in tomorrow’s final.
Chen Yufei vs. Ratchanok Intanon 21-14 17-21 21-17
Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan vs. Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai 22-20 16-21 21-14
He Bingjiao vs. Nitchaon Jindapol 21-17 21-12