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Japan end 37-year wait with Uber Cup victory (8 pictures)

Team Japan celebrate after winning the BWF Uber Cup 2018 final against team Thailand in Bangkok. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: Top-seeded Japan breezed past hosts Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok on Saturday to win the prestigious Uber Cup for the first time since 1981. Japanese women's team used to be a major force in the Uber Cup tournament, they've won the Uber Cup in 1966, 1969, 1972, 1978 and 1981. But, ever since China started joining the competition in 1984,...

Kento Momota sends Japan over Denmark 3-2 to set up Thomas Cup final with China

Kento Momota to face Chen Long in the Thomas Cup final. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The fired-up Japan men's team has charged into the final of Thomas Cup final on Friday, beating defending champions Denmark 3-2 in the semi-final, as the 2014 Thomas Cup champion swept all the singles matches on Friday. Kento Momota, redeemed his reputation from the illegal gambling suspension by defeating World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-9. Japan lost...

Ratchanok Intanon carries Thailand to stunning win against China to clash with Japan in Uber Cup final

Ratchanok Intanon inspires other Thailand women's shuttlers to do well in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The odds stacked against her underdog side, Thailand's badminton star Ratchanok Intanon was brimming with confidence Friday night before her team reversed all singles matches in the Uber Cup semi-final tie against badminton powerhouse China who had won the trophy for a staggering 14 time. Intanon rallied from one set down to take the first women's singles in a...

Japan ease past Taiwan into Uber Cup semi-finals

Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi are the strongest women's doubles pair in the 2018 Uber Cup competition. (photo: AP)
Bangkok: Eying a shot at both Thomas Cup and Uber Cup trophies, Japan has come from 0-1 down to overcome Taiwan 3-1 in the Uber Cup quarter-finals while the Japanese men's team has rolled past France 3-1 on Thursday. The Japanese women got off to a slow as World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi went down to World No. 1 Tai...

Indonesia to challenge China in Thomas semis

Lee Chong Wei beats Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: As usual, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei produced a sensational performance for his team against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, as the former World No. 1 beat Ginting straight set 21-19, 21-16 to give Malaysia 1-0 lead in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals on Thursday. Lee’s heroics could not prevent Malaysia exiting the Thomas Cup competition, as Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin...

Indonesia to play Malaysia in Thomas Cup quarterfinals

Mohamad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan are likely to score a point for Indonesia through second men's doubles match in Thomas Cup quarter-finals against Malaysia. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: Indonesia has emerged as the champion of Group B after overcoming Korea 3-2 on Wednesday in the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals. As the leader of Group B, the Indonesian team has drawn to play Malaysia (the runner-up of Group D) on Thursday. Indonesia opened the Wednesday evening with Anthony Sinisuka Ginting losing to South Korea's Son Wan Ho 20-22, 20-22. "I...

Thomas Cup: Lee Chong Wei beats Viktor Axelsen but Denmark prevail 3-2 over Malaysia

Lee Chong Wei produces a brilliant match against Viktor Axelsen in the Thomas Cup Group D tie. (photo: Mohd Yusni Ariffin)
Bangkok: The match between former world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei and current World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the Thomas Cup last Group D tie proved to be an exciting one, with a lopsided result, where Lee Chong Wei, 35, showed he has returned to rare air with aggressive smashes, beating the 24-year-old Dane 21-9, 21-19 in 42...

Thomas Cup: Lee Chong Wei, Viktor Axelsen target mouth-watering last Group D duel

Lee Chong Wei and Viktor Axelsen take center stage at Thomas Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Bangkok: Lee Chong Wei who received a day rest on Tuesday has readied himself to lead Malaysia's charge against defending champions Denmark in their last Group D clash and Lee will likely take on reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen in the first men's singles match. The Malaysian men's team and the 2016 Thomas Cup champions Denmark team had already booked...

Thomas Cup: Malaysia win opener to play Algeria on Tuesday

Lee Chong Wei greets Vladimir Malkov right before the first men's singles match on Monday. (photo: Bernama)
Bangkok: The Malaysian men's shuttlers stepped up their Thomas Cup preparations with a ruthless display to cruise past Russia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie of the 2018 Thomas Cup Finals on Monday. Malaysia's badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei drew the first blood for his team when he beat Vladimir Malkov 21-9 and 21-6 in the first men’s singles...

Japan enjoy strong start at Thomas and Uber Cups

Nozomi Okuhara returns a shot from Louisa Ma of Australia. (photo: AFP)
Bangkok: The Japan's men who are aiming to repeat their 2014 Thomas Cup triumph, beating Hong Kong 4-1 in their Thomas Cup first Group C tie on Sunday. Led by former World No. 2 Kento Momota, the 23-year-old fought back from a set down to overcome Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long Angus 15-21, 21-16, 21-15 in the first men's...

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Team Japan celebrate after winning the BWF Uber Cup 2018 final against team Thailand in Bangkok. (photo: AP)

Japan end 37-year wait with Uber Cup victory (8 pictures)

Bangkok: Top-seeded Japan breezed past hosts Thailand 3-0 in Bangkok on Saturday to win the prestigious Uber Cup for the first time since 1981. Japanese...
Kento Momota to face Chen Long in the Thomas Cup final. (photo: AFP)

Kento Momota sends Japan over Denmark 3-2 to set up Thomas Cup final with...

Bangkok: The fired-up Japan men's team has charged into the final of Thomas Cup final on Friday, beating defending champions Denmark 3-2 in the...
Ratchanok Intanon inspires other Thailand women's shuttlers to do well in the Uber Cup semi-final. (photo: AFP)

Ratchanok Intanon carries Thailand to stunning win against China to clash with Japan in...

Bangkok: The odds stacked against her underdog side, Thailand's badminton star Ratchanok Intanon was brimming with confidence Friday night before her team reversed all...