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Thomas and Uber Cup 2024 Finals Highlights, China vs Indonesia: China complete Thomas & Uber Cup double with win over Indonesia

Published at :May 5, 2024 at 8:01 PM
Modified at :May 15, 2024 at 11:48 PM
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Hello and welcome to Khel Now’s live blog for the Thomas and Uber Cup 2024 Finals between China vs Indonesia. Please wait for the blog to load.

Uber Cup 2024 Schedule

  • 7:00 AM IST: China vs Indonesia

Thomas Cup 2024 Schedule

  • 3:30 PM IST: China vs Indonesia

Indonesia stun defending champions Korea to reach Uber Cup 2024 final

Indonesia pulled off a massive upset, stunning defending champions South Korea 3-2 in the Thomas and Uber Cup 2024 semifinals in Chengdu, China. The Indonesian women’s team secured their first Uber Cup final appearance since 2008 thanks to a thrilling comeback victory by 21-year-old Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi in the decisive third singles match.

Dewi lost the opening game to Kim Min Sun but battled back to win 17-21, 21-16, 21-19, sealing Indonesia’s spot in tomorrow’s final against host nation China. Her gritty performance capped an impressive team effort as Indonesia capitalized on the absence of world no 1 An Se Young for South Korea.

Indonesia got off to a strong start as world no #9 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung swept past Sim Yu Jin 21-15, 21-13. South Korea’s formidable doubles pair of Baek Ha Na and Lee So Hee leveled the tie before Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo put Indonesia back ahead.

After South Korea forced a decider by taking the second doubles match, all eyes were on Dewi in the decisive third singles rubber. Her dramatic victory set off celebrations for the Indonesian contingent dreaming of their first Uber Cup title since 1996.

Indonesia will try to end that 28-year drought against powerhouse China, who cruised past Japan 3-0 in the other semifinal. China is aiming for its 16th Uber Cup crown after falling to South Korea in the 2022 final.

For the three-time champion Indonesians, it’s a long-awaited return to the biggest stage in women’s team badminton. Having participated in 26 Uber Cups with three titles, they have a golden opportunity to etch their name as they vie for the fourth title on May 5th.

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Heavyweights China, Indonesia to clash in Thomas Cup 2024 final

The stage is set for a blockbuster Thomas Cup 2024 final between badminton powerhouses Indonesia and China after the two giants booked their spots on Saturday.

In the first semi-final, Indonesia displayed their renowned team depth to cruise past a valiant Chinese Taipei 3-0. The tie was as good as over after World no 7 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting outmaneuvered Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 22-20 in a hard-fought opening singles rubber.

Reigning Olympic champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin briefly kept Chinese Taipei’s hopes alive by taking the opening game against Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. However, the Indonesian duo rallied impressively to prevail 19-21, 21-17, 21-18, and give their side a 2-0 lead.

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With the semi-final tie sewn up, world no 3 Jonatan Christie sealed Indonesia’s 22nd Thomas Cup final appearance with a clinical 21-11, 21-16 victory over Wang Tzu Wei.

In the other semi-final, hosts China were given a sterner test by a spirited Malaysian team playing their first semifinal in eight years. World no 2 Shi Yuqi handed China the perfect start by dismantling Lee Zii Jia 21-19, 21-5.

However, the plucky Malaysians drew level through world no #5 pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik’s stunning 15-21, 21-12, 21-17 win over world no #1 Liang Weikeng and Wang Chang.

China regained the lead as Hangzhou Asian Games champion Li Shi Feng outclassed Leong Jun Hao 21-17, 21-10 in the second singles. The decisive moment came in the second doubles as world no #11 He Jiting and Ren Xiang Yu rallied from a game down to edge out Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin Rumsani 18-21, 21-19, 21-18 and seal China’s 3-1 victory.

Sunday’s final will be a repeat of the 2020 edition won by Indonesia. China, powered by home support and a star-studded line-up, will be favourites but face a Herculean task against the incredible team depth and big-match temperament of 14-time champions Indonesia.

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