Lee’s Malaysia into Thomas Cup quarter-finals
KUNSHAN (CHINA) – Lee Chong Wei came with an suddenly tight first game against German unknown Kai Schaefer before Malaysia arrived at the Thomas Cup quarter-finals having a 5- whitewash on Monday.
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits coming back to Kai Schaefer of Germany throughout the Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, on May 16, 2016
The 33-year-old, who’ll target his maiden Olympic title in Rio in August, was matched nearly blow for blow within the opening game before winning 21-19, 21-15 on day two in Kunshan, China.
Lee’s team-mates had an simpler time with Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin beating Lars Schaenzle 21-7, 21-16, while doubles team Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong distributed using their opponents in only 26 minutes.
The Thomas Cup is viewed as an important tune-up for Lee, who’s get yourself ready for what appears like his final realistic possibility of Olympic gold after losing the final two finals to China’s Lin Dan.
With wins over England and today Germany, 2014 Thomas Cup runners-up Malaysia happen to be in to the quarter-finals in front of their toughest Group C tie against Columbia.
In earlier play, second seeds Denmark destroyed Nigeria 5- within their first match from the tournament.
European champion Viktor Axelsen folded through Jacob Maliekal 21-14 21-11, while world # 5 Jan O Jorgensen thrashed Cameron Coetzer 21-9 21-9 because the Danes aim to grab their first Thomas Cup crown.
Within the women’s Uber Cup, Thailand routed Bulgaria 5-, creating a commanding statement before squaring served by Indonesia within their final match in group experience Tuesday.
Thai starlet Ratchanok Intanon happened at the start of her match against Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri after shedding the very first game. However the world # 2 found her groove, rebounding having a 17-21, 21-14, 21-15 victory.
Both competitions feature 16 teams split into four groups, using the top two in every qualifying for that quarter-finals.