SINGAPORE: The Republic’s campaign for a place in the 2012 Uber Cup finals in Wuhan (May 20 to 27) hangs by a thread after a 5-0 drubbing by three-time winners Indonesia in the playoff for fifth place at the Asian Zone preliminary rounds in Macau on Friday.
Hong Kong beat Malaysia 3-2 in the other tie.
The top team among the four will be the frontrunners for the one qualifying spot reserved for either the fifth-placed Asian team or fourth-placed European team, whoever has the higher world ranking.
Speaking to TODAY from Macau, Bobby Lee, chief executive of the Singapore Badminton Association, admitted Singapore’s chances are slim.
"We now have to rely on Malaysia beating Indonesia by a wide margin while we do the same to Hong Kong on Saturday, and another outstanding performance on Sunday," said Lee, over the telephone.
It did not help Singapore’s cause that their shuttlers made too many unforced errors in their matches, according to Lee, when the pressure was on.
"Our two top singles didn’t play well. Gu Juan continues to be hampered by her thigh injury, and she gave up many points in the forecourt as she couldn’t move fast enough. Xing Aiying played well despite suffering from flu but ran out of steam."
"Our main doubles pair of Shinta (Mulia Sari) and Yao Lei twice had game points but were unable to convert to push their rubber into a third set," he added.
"They’ve done well in this tournament, beating pairings from Germany and Taiwan, and that should put them in a good frame of mind with the Olympics as their target."
Results: Indonesia beat Singapore 5-0
Adrianti Firdasari bt Gu Juan 21-11, 10-21, 21-16
Greysia Polii/Meiliana Jauhari bt Yao Lei/Shinta Mulia Sari 21-16, 22-20
Maria Febe Kusumastuti bt Fu Mingtian 21-16, 17-21, 21-12
Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Anneke Feinya Agustin bt Chen Jiayuan/Thng Ting Ting 21-5, 21-16
Lindaweni Fanetri bt Xing Aiying 18-21, 21-12, 21-16