A close one
Today, the Netherlands and Germany met, which would turn out to be a close call, where the majority of the matches had to be settled in the third set. Womens singles between Deprez and Mahulette became the first match to go into three sets. At last, the German managed to fight his way out and be able to win the victory 21-18 / 18-21 / 21-13.
It was easier, however, in the men’s singles and doubles, where the Dutch could safely pull two victories home and bring Holland in front. This showdown ended up being a victory for Holland with 3-2.
Reached the goal despite losing
Denmark fulfilled the expectations of the Sudirman Cup – also called the World Cup for mixed teams – where the Danes reached the quarterfinals and thus a place among the eight best.
Overall, we are satisfied. The goal was initially top-eight and perhaps to try to play for a medal, but today we knew it would be really difficult. I think a top eight position is very good for where we are currently with this squad, says Badminton Sports Manager Denmark about the Danish performance that ended with a defeat to China in Thursday’s quarterfinals . It was a defeat at 3-1 to denmark when they earlier today met China. Viktor Axelsen succeeded as the only Dane to pull the victory home over Chen Long with the figures 21/11 -21/18
The former World Championship winner, stopped the winning streak
Ratchanok Intanon, the former World Championship winner, stopped the winning streak of South Korean An Se-young in the women’s singles to give Thailand a 3-1 victory and a berth in the semifinals of the Sudirman Cup here on Thursday evening. The 24-year-old Intanon beat the 17-year-old An 21-15, 21-17 in the women’s singles, bringing an end to An’s two-match winning streak at the tournament. During the group stage, An downed top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and 27th-ranked Cheung Ngan Yi of China’s SAR Hong Kong to help the defending champion South Korea qualify for the quarterfinals, who missed both 10th-ranked Sung Ji-hyun in the women’s singles and 6th-ranked Son Wan-ho in the men’s singles due to injuries.
Thailand won the opening mixed doubles through the 4th-ranked Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai who scored an identical score of 21-18 against the 7th-ranked Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yu-jung.
Thailand then enlarged the advantage to two points in the men’s singles when Kantaphon Wangcharoen, the German Junior 2016 champion, beat Heo Kwang-hee, the World Junior Championships winner, 21-17, 21-17. South Korea scored one point through Kang Min-hyuk and Kim Won-hoIn in the men’s doubles, by beating 33rd-ranked Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 19-21, 21-17 and 21-14. With the win, Thailand will meet China to vie for the final berth on Saturday.
Holland 3-2 Germany
Singapore 3-0 Vietnam
USA 3-1 Israel
Macau 3-2 Kazakhstan
China 3-1 Denmark
Thailand 3-1 Korea