Japan wins badminton’s Uber Cup for first time in 37 years

Source: The Japan Times | Published on 28th May 2018, 12:37 PM | Sports News |

Bangkok: Top-seeded Japan beat host Thailand in Saturday’s final to capture its first Uber Cup women’s team badminton championship since 1981.

The Thais were surprise finalists after they upset powerhouse China in Friday’s semi-finals, but singles wins by Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara, and a doubles victory by Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, finished off the plucky hosts 3-0 without dropping a game.

Former world No. 1 Yamaguchi opened with a 21-15, 21-19 win over 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon. Fukushima and Hirota defeated Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Puttita Supajirakul 21-18, 21-12 in the second rubber.

Okuhara, the reigning singles world champion, defeated Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol 21-12, 21-9 to close it out before Olympic doubles champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi could take the court.

The final of the men’s team tournament, the Thomas Cup, between Japan and China will take place on Sunday.

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