Germany & Japan Win Their Historical Victories
- 22 May 2013
After the dramatic rubber games, Germany and Japan were filled with huge excitement on Day 3 of Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur.
Germany faced home team Malaysia to secure the last spot for the quarterfinals. The first match was the mixed doubles and Michael Fuchs (VT80)/Birgit Michels (NR700FX) defeated Chan Peng Soon (ARC11)/Goh Liu Ying (NR700RP, SHB01LTD) with a close, 21-17 18-21 21-17. Soon after the game, Lee Chong Wei(VTZF, SHB01LTD) tied the game 1-1 by winning the men’s singles match against Dieter Domke (VT70), 21-18 21-18. Malaysia took the men’s doubles and Germany won the women’s singles to tie again, 2-2. The women’s doubles became the decider. It was the seesaw game between Birgit Michels/Johanna Golsizewski (NR800) and Woon Khe Wei (NS9900)/Hoo Vivian Kah Mun (VT70). After the long 1 hour and 4 minutes match, Birgit and Johanna finished it by 21-16 16-21 21-18. It was the biggest ever winning for Germany to be into the quarterfinals of Sudirman Cup for the first time.
It was also the nail-biting game for Denmark and Japan. They played 3 final games at the mixed doubles, men’s singles and men’s doubles. Japan’s head coach Park Joo Bong considered the mixed doubles as their weak point, however, Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Miyuki Maeda troubled Christinna Pedersen(NR800)/Joachim Fischer at the first match. Christinna and Joachim gave their team 1-0 lead by 17-21 21-15 21-18, however, the close game from Hirokatsu and Miyuki encouraged Japan to give Kenichi Tago his first ever victory against Danish ace Jan O Jorgensen. Kenichi defeated Jan O after the thrilling final game, 13-21 21-19 27-25. World No. 1 men’s doubles Mathias Boe (VT80)/Carsten Mogensen (ARC-FB) took the lead for Denmark again by 2-1, however Japan tied 2-2 by Sayaka Takahashi’s winning. The final match was between world No. 3 Christinna Pedersen(NR800, SHB01-LX)/Kamilla Rytter Juhl(NR800) and world No. 2 Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo. Ayaka and Misaki finally brought Japan their first triumph against Denmark in the mixed team event.
The quarterfinals will be held on Thursday, May 23rd.
[Level 1] Tournament Results - Day 3
Results of Day 3
China def. Indonesia 5-0
Korea def. Thailand 5-0
Germany def, Malaysia 3-2
Japan def. Denmark 3-2