China’s men lifted Thomas Cup Trophy on Sunday, a day after Japan’s Women lifted Uber Cup in Bangkok. China registered emphatic victory over Japan, beating them by 3-1 and regained their glory after stumbling out early in the last edition in 2016. The last time China lifted Thomas Cup in 2012 at Home, which was also their 5th consecutive trophy.
Japan’s flashy left-hander Kento Momota created an upset by beating China’s Chen Long in the first order by 21-9 and 21-18 in men’s singles. Further, China bounced back brilliantly by winning the next three order of two men’s doubles and a men’s singles.
In the second order, which was a doubles match, Chinese pair Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan trounced Japanese duo Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko by 21-10 and 21-18. The third round was played between Shi Yuqi and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan, where Chinese contender once again ended up winning the contest by 21-12 and 21-18.
The last order, which was also the do or die game for Japan of doubles, was played between Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of China and Keigo Sonoda and Yuta Watanabe of Japan. This game went for three sets as Japan tried to comeback by winning the first set but lost in the next two. The score line of this match reads 17-21, 21-19 and 22-20.
The fifth order was not required as China has already taken an unassailable lead of 3-1. Although the last the match was scheduled to take place between Lin Dan and Kanta Tsuneyama.