AARHUS, Denmark – The 2020 Uber Cup finals came to a close on Saturday, October 16th with China reclaiming gold from Japan, maintaining their dominance by marking their 15th title win out of 19 finals. The Uber Cup finals were followed soon after by the 2020 Thomas Cup finals on Sunday, October 17th where Indonesia faced off against the reigning champions, China. In just three thrilling matches the Indonesia team, including Team Yonex members men’s doubles Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto, secured the title, marking this their first win in 19 years.
Uber Cup finals concluded with China reclaiming the championship title from Japan with a 3-1 victory. Final’s day kicked off with a powerful women’s singles matchup between Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) and Olympic gold medalist, Chen Yu Fei (CHN). Akane came ready for a win, quickly wrapping up the match in just two games of 21-18, 21-10.
Women’s singles were followed by a heated women’s doubles match between Yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto (JPN) and Jia Yi Fan and Chen Qing Chen (CHN). Fans were on the edge of their seats as the two teams fought hard to take the lead in the match. China having lost the first match of the day, regained control when Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan were able to claim a hard-fought victory, resetting the tone for the remaining matches with a score of 29-27, 15-20, 21-18. Riding the wave of adrenaline, women’s singles He Bing Jiao (CHN) claimed victory over Sayaka Takahashi in two quick sets, 21-9,21-18. Followed by women’s doubles Huang Dong Ping and Li Wen Mei (CHN) who sealed the overall victory with a hard fought score of 24-22, 23-21.
Indonesian fans went wild in the stands watching the Indonesia team make quick work of the finals in a 3-0 victory over China. Men’s doubles, Fajar Alfian and Rian Aridanto (INA) faced off against He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong (CHN) in a swift two game match 21-12, 21-19 proving their determination to bring home gold for their homeland.