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Monday, May 17, 2004


And...the Thomas Cup goes to China

::Having won the Uber Cup on Saturday by beating South Korea by a 3-1 margin, China was gearing herself up to take home the Thomas Cup tonight after a long wait of some 14 years.


China Uber Cup Team with the Trophy


But like Saturday night battle for the Uber Cup, the Sunday night Thomas Cup tie between China and Denmark for the Thomas Cup was an equally long marathon affair. Both the Uber Cup and Thomas Cup finals started at 800pm and finished closed to 200am. The score lines were the same, China winning both 3-1. The winning ties were the same for China, 1st and 2nd singles and the 2nd doubles. So for the first time in 14 years, China will go home with both Cups, what a triumph for that YongBo Li and the Chinese Players.
The best tie of the night had to be the match between Bao Chun Lai and Kenneth Jonassen. The Dane winning the first set, 12-15; the Chinese the 2nd at 17-15 and hence forcing a rubber. During the rubber, Jonassen, at the change over chalked up a score of 8-4 and collected 2 more to make it 10-4, only then did Bao got into the game. With one service, Bao took the score to 12-10 in his favour finally winning the set and the match, 15-12. Both must have had a torrid time during the 3 sets and at times both looked so wearied and tired out, but they certainly fought their way till the very end. China winning point was won by her 2nd double pair of Sang Yang-Zheng Bo, they beat the Danish pair of Eriksen-Lundgaard (the reigning All England champions) in straight sets, 15-13, 15-8.
So once again the Thomas Cup is remaining in Asia and long wait for a non-Asian country to take it home continues. Denmark probably had its best chance to do so at this year's competition but that chance did not become reality.


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