Frost says Malaysia can top group at Thomas Cup Finals


  • Badminton
  • Monday, 21 Mar 2016

Director of Indoor Sports Business Unit of Li-NingLi Zhujun (2nd from left) and Deputy Director of Kunshan Sports Bureau Sun Lie Peng (second right) helped pick the drawof the Thomas Uber Cup Finals in the presence of BWF Referee Dennis Lee (centre)

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have every reason to be pleased after receiving a favourable draw for the Thomas Cup Finals from May 15-22.

In Monday’s draw at the Finals venue in China’s Kunshan, 2014 runners-up Malaysia have South Korea, England and Germany for company in Group C.

Defending champions Japan are in Group A with top seeds China, France and debutants Mexico.

Group B consists of Indonesia, India, Thailand and Hong Kong while second seeds Denmark head Group D together with Taiwan, New Zealand and South Africa.

Only the top two teams from the four groups qualify for the quarter-finals.

Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) technical director Morten Frost was pleased with the draw.

“We should be able to overcome Germany and England. We have a chance to top the group and it will be a good fight with the Koreans in the deciding game,” said the Dane.

The Malaysian women’s team, however, have been handed a daunting task. They are in Group A with title-holders China, European champions Denmark and Spain.

“It’s a tough group, but we do have a fighting chance against Denmark and Spain. There is a possibility of getting through to the quarter-finals,” said Frost.

South Korea head Group B with Taiwan, Mauritius and the United States while Group C is made up of Thailand, Indonesia, Bulgaria and Hong Kong.

Second seeds Japan are in Group D with India, Australia and Germany.

 

THE GROUPINGS

THOMAS CUP

Group A: China, Japan, France, Mexico.

Group B: Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong.

Group C: South Korea, Malaysia, England, Germany.

Group D: Denmark, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Africa.

UBER CUP

Group A: China, Denmark, Spain, Malaysia.

Group B: South Korea, Taiwan, Mauritius, United States.

Group C: Thailand, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Hong Kong.

Group D: Japan, India, Australia, Germany.

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