Japan on top off the world!
Proving they were not just the best team by seeding but also by performance, Japan’s women this afternoon convincingly delivered the country’s first Uber Cup title in 37 years.
Despite the deafening din of support for Thailand – the first-time finalists on home soil – the top seeds closed the curtains on the Women’s World Team Championship in emphatic fashion, with three straight-games victories by some of their biggest stars.
The penultimate day of the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 was always weighted in Japan’s favour and Park Joo Bong’s line-up did not falter, with Akane Yamaguchi immediately denting the hosts’ aspirations for an upset. The world No.2 stifled Ratchanok Intanon into submission, mixing decisive attacks with rock-solid defence that left the usually-creative Thai star rattled while Yamaguchi buckled down to the task at hand, en route to carving out a 21-15 21-19 victory. The pocket powerhouse raised her level from 14-14 in the first game and, showcasing a take-no-prisoners style, rushed to game point with an unplayable body shot. The opening honours went to Japan moments later; Intanon misjudging the flight of a deep shot which nestled on the sideline.
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