Denmark & Thailand Advance to the Semifinals
- 24 May 2013
The quarterfinals of Sudirman Cup 2013 was held on Thursday, May 23rd after a one day off of Wednesday. Europe’s giant Denmark was solid enough to be into the semifinals by defeating Chinese Taipei. At the same time, it was the first time for Thailand to achieve a medal at the mixed team event.
The first match between Denmark and Chinese Taipei was the mixed doubles. Christinna Pedersen(NR800, SHB01-LX)/Joachim Fischer gave their team a good start by winning against Chen Hung Ling/Cheng Wen Hsing, 21-13 21-16.
After Jan O Jorgensen won the tough match against Hsueh Hsuan Yi, Mathias Boe (VT80)/Carsten Mogensen (ARC-FB) secured a 3-0 victory for Denmark. Mathias and Carsten defeated Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin in straight games, 21-18 21-11.
Denmark faces the defending champion China in the semifinal on Saturday.
Thailand and Japan played for their first semifinal spot.
After the loss of first mixed doubles, Japan tied 1-1 by Kenichi Tago’s men’s singles against Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak. It was really a tough first game for Kenichi. He couldn’t have any leads before 20-all because of the opponent’s attacking. From 15-20, Kenichi showed amazing comeback by capturing 7 consecutive points. Saensomboonsuk continued to smash in the second game, but Kenichi earned his trademark net winners to have enough lead. He completed the game with 22-20 21-18.
The first game of men’s doubles was also very close. Thailand’s Maneepong Jongjit (VT80)/Nipitphon Puangpuapech (VT80) were 4 points away 16-20 from Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan. It was for Thailand to come back this time. Maneepong and Nipitphon won the tensed game to take home the lead for Thailand by 27-25 21-16.
It was ace shuttler Ratchanok Inthanon (ARC-FB, SHB01-LX) who hammered the spot of semifinals. The women’s singles match against Sayaka Takahashi became a see-saw game. Sayaka’s defence and attack troubled the world No. 5 Ratchanok. Sayaka was leading almost the decider, however, Ratchanok kept playing aggressively at 17-19. She didn’t allowed Sayaka any points since then to give Thailand the historical moment. The final score was 21-19 9-21 21-19.
Thailand meets Korea in the semifinals.
[Level 1] Tournament Results - Day 5
Denmark def. Chinese Taipei 3-0
Thailand def. Japan 3-1
Korea def. Germany 3-0
China def. Indonesia 3-2