HOPES STILL ALIVE:Taiwan had already qualified for the quarter-finals, where Chou Tien-chen faced Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles group match yesterday
Date: May 20, 2016
By: AP, KUNSHAN, China
Taiwan lost 3-2 to Denmark in their Group D Thomas Cup badminton match on Wednesday,
while China easily beat defending champion Japan 5-0 in their final Group A match.
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen breezed past Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen 21-16, 21-13 before Mads Conrad-Petersen paired with Mads Pieler Kolding to beat Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin 22-20, 21-9, giving a 2-0 lead to already qualified Denmark.
Taiwan, which finished second in the group and also qualified for the quarter-finals, pulled one back through Hsu Jen-hao’s 13-21, 21-16, 21-19 victory over Jan O Jorgensen in a marathon match which lasted 79 minutes.
Mathias Boe and Mathias Christiansen then earned Denmark a decisive 3-1 lead when they beat Wang Chi-lin and Chen Hung-ling 21-17, 19-21, 21-17. [FULL STORY]