Sudirman Cup 2015: Japan Wins First Silver Medal

The 2015 Sudirman Cup came to its thrilling conclusion on May 17th. Building upon their success at last year’s Thomas & Uber Cup, the Japanese team boasted a fine run at this year’s Sudirman Cup.

The Japanese team—which placed as Thomas Cup champions and Uber Cup finalists—made a stunning run to their first ever Sudirman Cup final. However, it was China that came out on top on home soil. Lin Dan’s (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ LD, SHBSC6LDEX) stunning performance in men’s singles contributed strongly to China’s 3-0 win, sealing his victory with a brilliant cross-court jumping smash.

Saturday saw Japan face Korea in a tight semifinal. Despite dropping men’s singles and doubles matches, the Japanese team bounced back with three decisive victories in the remaining disciplines. Ayaka Takahashi (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune) and Misaki Matsutomo were in full control in their match against Ye Na Chang and Kyung Eun Jun, grabbing nine consecutive points in the second game, securing a 39-minute, 21-17, 21-8 victory.

While Indonesia fell 1-3 to China, Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD) and Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) proved once again that they’re one of the world’s most potent doubles pairs. Up against veterans Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng, Hendra’s keen net play and Mohammad’s explosive smashes lead the Indonesian duo to a 33-minute 21-16, 21-17 win. This match marked the only loss for China across the entire tournament.

At the YONEX booth, Lin Dan met fans for an autograph session. The booth was crowded with throngs of fans eager to get the five-time world champion’s signature.

2015 Sudirman Cup Results (Level 1, Final)

China def. Japan 3-0