China defeat South Korea to claim third straight Uber Cup title

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/5/22 9:43:20

Team China poses for a group photo on the podium during the award ceremony after winning the title at the Uber Cup badminton championship in Kunshan, east China's Jiangsu Province, May 21, 2016. China defeated South Korea and won the title by 3-1. Photo: Xinhua

Top seed China secured their third straight Uber Cup title by beating South Korea 3-1 in the final on Saturday.

It was the third time in the last four years for China to meet South Korea in the Uber Cup final. The host enhanced the dominate position again by claiming their 14th Uber Cup title.

World No.3 Li Xuerui won the opening singles match with a hard-fought win of 14-21, 21-13, 21-10 over Sung Ji-hyun, keeping her unbeaten record in the Uber Cup.

South Korea leveled the score after Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan overturned Olympic Champions Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei 16-21, 21-17, 25-23 in a 94 minutes match.

"We didn't play well enough in this match, specially in defence. We give them too many chances to score in the second and third game." sai Zhao.

Wang Shixian put China back to top when she swept Kim Hyo-min 21-13, 21-12 before teenage pair Chen Qingchen/Tang Yuanting clinched the winning point by beating Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee 21-14, 21-16.

Li Yongbo, the head coach of China, commented Chen and Tang with a high praise.

"They just play together since the second match of group stage and they had a perfect performance today. I believe they will be the Olympic champion in the future," Li said.

Retaining the Uber Cup can be regarded as a consolation for China, which suffered the first absence of Thomas Cup's semifinal in this tournament.

Sunday will see Indonesia play against Denmark in the Thoms Cup final.

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