Glorious day for China as they beat Japan to regain Uber Cup trophy


Proud moment: China lift the Uber Cup title for the 15th time. - Badminton Photo

PETALING JAYAL China showed their determination to bag their 15th Uber Cup Finals title.

They took almost four hours to beat holders Japan 1-3 in the final at Ceres Arena in Aarhus on Saturday.

It was not the start that they hoped for when Olympics champion Chen Yufei put up a sluggish show to go down 18-21, 10-21 to a fired up Akane Yamaguchi in the first singles.

China came charging back in the first doubles to draw level but the win for Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan did not come easy.

In a match that went down the wire, the Olympics silver medal winners Qingchen-Yifan fought hard for one hour and 57 minutes to beat Yuki Fukushima-Mayu Matsutomo 29-27, 15-21, 21-18,

He Bingjiao made it look easy when she defeated Sayaka Takahashi 21-9, 21-18 in 44 minutes to put China in the lead at 2-1.

The second doubles could have gone either way but it was Huang Dongping-Li Wenmei who came through a closely-fought match to beat Misaki Matsutomo-Nami Matsuyama 24-22, 23-21 to hand China the Uber Cup victory.

China lost to Thailand in the semi-finals of the last edition in Bangkok, Thailand in 2018.

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