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Published: 14 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR — Defending champions China ruthlessly dispatched Indonesia Thursday in their seemingly unstoppable drive for Uber Cup glory, with only South Korea in the way of a seventh consecutive title.

The Chinese, unbeaten at the women's world team badminton championships in 12 years, underlined their apparently unshakeable hegemony with a masterclass in clinical finishing to dismiss their rivals 3-0 in the semi-finals.China's Yihan Wang

South Korea, who have lost to China five times at the Uber Cup finals, await them in Saturday's showpiece after closing out Japan with an easy 3-1 win.

World number one Wang Yihan, the 2009 All-England champion, stalked the service box impatiently as she smashed her way to a 21-7, 21-12 victory to put China one up.

Wang, in no mood for a drawn-out battle after being taken to three sets against India on Wednesday, saw off Maria Febe Kusumastuti in 36 minutes with an array of precision lifts and 14 smashes to her opponent's six.

"If we win the Uber Cup the honour will belong to the team, but we haven't won it yet," she said. "When we play Korea it will be a tough game but no matter who I end up playing I'm going to try my best."

 

Thomas Cup: Indonesia through to the finals

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Published: 14 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia is through to the finals of the Thomas Cup after its doubles pair of Nova Widianto/Alvent Yulianto Chandra beat Noriyasu Hirata/Hiroyuki Endo of Japan.

Indonesia leads Japan 3-1.

Results:

Taufik Hidayat bt Kenichi Tago 21-9, 21-14.

Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan bt Kenichi Hayakawa/Kenta Kazuno 21-9, 21-11.

Simon Santoso lost to Sho Sasaki 19-21, 21-13, 11-21.

Nova Widianto/Alvent Yulianto Chandra bt Noriyasu Hirata/Hiroyuki Endo 21-14, 22-20.

 
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Thomas Cup: China in Sunday's final

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Published: 14 May 2010
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KUALA LUMPUR: China beat Malaysia 3-0 in the semi-final Friday to book the other ticket in Sunday's final.

The defending champion will meet Indonesia who beat Japan 3-1.

Results:

Lin Dan bt Lee Chong Wei 21-17, 21-8

Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng bt Koo Kean Keat/Tan Boon Heong 21-15, 21-10

Chen Jin bt Wong Choong Han 21-16, 21-7

 
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Hafiz turns hero for Malaysia (pic)

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Published: 13 May 2010
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IT was a great reawakening for Malaysia when they redeemed their battered pride to beat Denmark 3-2 in a five-hour battle at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night to reach the Thomas Cup semi-finals.

And it took a transformed Mohd Hafiz Hashim to deliver the killer blow to the Danish team, crushing Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10, to win the decisive fifth match of the quarter-final tie.Hafiz the hero: Malaysia's third singles player Mohd Hafiz Hashim celebrates after defeating Denmark's Joachim Persson 21-12, 21-10 for the winning point in their Thomas Cup quarter-final tie at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night.

Hafiz's cool and calm approach in his win yesterday prevented Persson from being the hero for the second time in the Finals. Persson had clinched the winning point for the Danish team when he defeated Kuan Beng Hong at the same stage of the 2006 Finals in Japan.

Hafiz was happy to finally come good in front of the home fans after many previous failures.

“This is a very happy moment for me because I was able to clinch the winning point to take Malaysia to the semi-finals,” said Hafiz.

“I have failed a few times before but today, I managed to pull it off. I hope this win redeems the team's pride after out loss to Japan (in a group tie on Tuesday). Hopefully, we can stay focused and be ready for China.”

 
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Champs to play Malaysia, not Denmark, in semis (pic)

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A LIN Dan in fiery form is unstoppable. And defending champion China can again count on him to deliver in the semi-finals against Malaysia tomorrow.

In a 3-0 quarter-final win over South Korea yesterday, the three-time world champion showed his steely resolve to overcome a spirited Park Sung-hwan 21-16, 21-15 in a 54-minute battle.

Sung-hwan, who is one of the few players in the world to have beaten Lin Dan (in three out of their 14 meetings), did right to push Lin Dan deep into the baseline to force weak returns, which he finished off with stinging smashes.True grit: China's Lin Dan acknowledging the cheers from the crowd after beating South Korea's Park Sung-hwan 21-16, 21-15 in the first singles yesterday. China went on to win 3-0 to reach the semi-finals

But Lin Dan always found his way back to reverse the pressure on his opponent. The highly-charged first match victory for China did enough damage to the morale of the Koreans.

Scratch combination Jung Jae-sung-Shin Baek-cheol failed to level the tie, going down to Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng 11-21, 16-21 in just 30 minutes. Chen Jin finished the job for China with a 21-15, 21-12 win over youngster Shon Wan-ho.

 

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