Jakarta: China has decided to field Lin Dan in its Thomas Cup team. Lin Dan will play fourth Men’s Singles player alongside Chen Long (2), Du Pengyu (6) and Tian Houwei (16). However, Cai Yun the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champions was excluded from the team. In addition, Yu Yang, one of the most accomplished women’s doubles players of all time, has been excluded from China’s Uber cup team as well.
Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Kim Ki Jung will mark their return to badminton by playing in the Thomas Cup in New Delhi. BWF lifted their ban against these two players last month. The two are part of a strong Korean doubles line-up, which appears relatively weaker in singles. Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong, Kim Ki Jung/Kim Sa Rang and Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel are the flag-bearers for Korea in doubles.
Japan has probably the most balanced side. Boasting Kenichi Tago (4), Kento Momota (15), the resurgent Sho Sasaki (17) and Takuma Ueda (25) in singles and an equally formidable doubles line-up of Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (3), Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (13) and Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Noriyasu Hirata (16) in their ranks, Japan could beat all the odds.
Thirteen-times champions Indonesia has replaced its top shuttler Sony Dwi Kuncoro with 18 year-old Ihsan Maulana Mustofa. Sony who was Indonesia’s first singles player in his Thomas Cup appearances in 2008 and 2010 only played in All England this year.
Final list of Thomas Cup teams:
Group A: Indonesia (Tommy Sugiarto, Dionysius Hayam Rumbaka, Simon Santoso, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, Ryan Agung Saputra, Angga Pratama, Ricky Karanda, Berry Angriawan, Hendra Setiawan, Mohammad Ahsan); Thailand (Boonsak Ponsana, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Suppanyu Avihingsanon, Thammasin Sitthikom, Patiphat Chalardchaleam, Maneepong Jongjit, Wannawat Ampunsuwan, Sudket Prapakamol, Nipitphon Puangpuapech); Nigeria; Singapore.
Group B: Japan (Kenichi Tago, Kento Momota, Sho Sasaki, Takuma Ueda, Takeshi Kamura, Hirokatsu Hashimoto, Keigo Sonoda, Noriyasu Hirata, Hiroyuki Endo, Kenichi Hayakawa); Denmark (Jan Jorgensen, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, Viktor Axelsen, Emil Holst, Carsten Mogensen, Mads Pieler Kolding, Kim Astrup Sorensen, Joachim Fischer Nielsen, Mads Conrad-Petersen, Mathias Boe); Hong Kong; England.
Group C: Malaysia (Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng, Liew Daren, Goh Soon Huat, Tan Boon Heong, Goh V Shem, Lim Khim Wah, Chan Peng Soon, Hoon Thien How, Tan Wee Kiong); South Korea (Son Wan-ho, Lee Dong-keun, Soo Hwang-jong, Park Sung-min, Shin Baek-choel, Kim Sa-rang, Ko Sung-hyun, Kim Ki-jung, Yoo Yeon-seong, Lee Yong-dae); Germany; India (K. Srikanth, P. Kashyap, R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt, H.S. Prannoy, Anand Pawar, Arvind Bhat, Saurabh Verma, B. Sai Praneeth, Anup Sridhar, Akshay Dewalkar, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, B. Sumeeth Reddy, Manu Atri, Arun Vishnu,Alwyn Francis.).
Group D: China (Chen Long, Du Pengyu, Tian Houwei, Lin Dan, Fu Haifeng, Hong Wei, Chai Biao, Liu Xiaolong, Zhang Nan, Qiu Zihan); Taiwan (Chou Tien-chen, Hsu Jen-hao, Lin Yu-hsien, Shih Kuei-chun, Chen Hung-ling, Tseng Min-hao, Lu Chia-pin, Tsai Chia-hsin, Lee Sheng-mu, Liao Min-chun); Russia; France.
Final list of Uber Cup teams:
Group A: China(Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian, Wang Yihan and Yu Sun in singles and Bao Yixin, Tang Jinhua, Zhao Yunlei, Tian Qing, Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli), Chinese Taipei, England, Russia
Group B: Korea (Sung Ji Hyun, Bae Yeon Ju,Kim Hyo Min,Lee Min Ji,Jang Ye Na, Kim So Young, Jung Kyung Eun, Kim Ha Na, Ko A Ra,Yoo Hae Won), Indonesia (Linda Wenifanetri,Bellaetrix Manuputty,Adriyanti Firdasari,Maria Febe Kusumastuti,Greysia Polii,Nitya Krishinda Maheswari,Pia Zebadiah Bernadet,Rizki Amelia Pradipta,Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah,Suci Rizki Andini), Australia, Singapore
Group C: Thailand (Ratchanok Intanon ,Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, Nichaon Jindapon, Busanan Ongbumrungpan Duanganong Aroonkesorn, Kunchala Voravichitchaikul, Saralee Thoungthongkam, Savitree Amitrapai, Puttita Supajirakul), India (Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Arundhati Pantawane, P.C. Thulasi, Rituparna Das, Sayali Gokhale, Tanvi Lad, Saili Rane, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Pradnya Gadre, Prajakta Sawant, Aarti Sara Sunil,Aparna Balan.), Canada, Hong Kong
Group D: Japan (Sayaka Takahashi, Eriko Hirose, Akane Yamaguchi,Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo, Miyuki Maeda/Reika Kakiiwa,Mami Naito/Shizuka Matsuo), Denmark, Malaysia (Tee Jing Yi, Yang Li Lian, Lim Yin Fun, Lim Chiew Sien, Vivian Hoo,Woon Khe Wei, Amelia Anscelly-Soong Fie Cho,Lee Meng Yean,Lim Yin Loo), Germany