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Jan O. Jorgensen confirmed Denmark's 3-2 victory. Photo Credit: BadmintonPhoto
Denmark’s men edge Malaysia to top group
Date: 5/23/2018 9:10 PM
Published by : David Grice(BEC)

Wins in both doubles matches and the last of the singles encounters saw Denmark edge Malaysia 3-2,to top Group D in the Thomas Cup and book a date with South Korea in the quarter-finals.

After Viktor Axelsen being caught off guard in his 21-9,21-19 defeat to Lee Chong Wei, it was up to the rest of the team to step up.

A couple of thrilling three-set wins in the doubles for Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding as well as Mathias Boe and Mathias Christiansen saw this tie be decided in the third and last singles bout.

Confirming the 3-2 victory came from Jan O. Jorgensen with a come-from-behind victory over Iskander Zulkarnain 16-21, 21-17, 21-14.

With all the group matches now completed, Denmark will take on South Korea, and France will do battle with Japan. As for Denmark’s ladies,they will have to take down China if they are going to make it to the last four.

See also: Denmark & France’s men confirm quarter-finals spot

In the other Group D match, Russia managed to avoid finishing bottom after a swift 5-0 win over Algeria. With each member of the squad pretty much not breaking sweat, it was a strong ending to the week for Russia’s men.

Elsewhere in the evening session, Germany’s Uber Cup participation ended with a third consecutive loss. This time, it was a 4-1 defeat to Hong Kong.

Collecting Germany’s only win in the tie came in the final contest from singles player Fabienne Deprez. A 21-16, 21-9 win Yeung Sum Yee was the least they deserved in a match that saw both doubles matches be decided in three sets.

See also: Yvonne Li: We have the underdog role

In the morning session, it was a sorry end to the competition for Germany’s men and France’s ladies.

Both sides went into their respective matches with nothing to play for, except to avoid a winless campaign. Germany began with a comfortable straights sets defeat for singles player Alexander Roovers. The match was eventually levelled by doubles pair Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel in a dramatic three-set encounter 18-21, 21-15, 22-20 over Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei Reginald and Or Chin Chung.

The second of three singles matches also went to a deciding set. But for Kai Schaefer, it was not to be as he fell 21-13, 20-22, 21-15 to Wong Wing Ki Vincent.

In the last of the doubles encounters, Jones Ralfy Jansen and Josche Zurwonne produced a strong performance to take down Ho Wai Lun and Yeung Shing Choi 21-18, 21-19.

The fifth and last match fittingly went down to the wire.However, Marc Zweibler just fell short in three-sets defeat to Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-13, 15-21, 21-15 to finish bottom of Group C.

For France’s ladies, it was always going to be a historical moment no matter what happened this week in their first ever Uber Cup. But what happened in their 5-0 defeat against Malaysia today could spur them on for the next installment in 2020.

A couple of straight set losses early on looked to be swift final attempt for the French. However, a valiant effort by singles player Marie Batomene in her three-set defeat to Malaysia’s Ying Ying Lee gave the team some hope.

The second women’s doubles bout could not have ended in a more dramatic way for France. A 21-13, 15-21, 28-26 loss for Delphine Delrue and Lea Palermo was their best chance of claiming a victory. In the final contest of the tie, Katia Normand also took her match to a final set. But winning the second set seemed to take a lot out of her, as she was eventually defeated by Selvaduray Kisona 17-21, 21-14, 21-9 to confirm the 5-0 loss.

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