In the 27th edition of Uber Cup in Bangkok, Japan thrash hosts Thailand by 3-0 in the final of the tournament. Akane Yamaguchi, world number 2, got Japan off to a good start as she defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon by 21-15 and 21-19 in the first singles contest.
After the defeat, Thailand’s Intanon blamed the loss of concentration for her defeat post argument with the umpire for her straight game loss to Yamaguchi. Intanon lost focus in the second game after bickering with the umpire as she ruled her appeal for a line review call too late.
As reported by AFP, Intanon opened up on her defeat and said, “[Yamaguchi] concentrated more than me. I did not feel very good [after] I had a fight with umpire… because he did not believe me [over the review]. I’m sad, I wanted to get the first point for my team.”
Japan’s doubles pair Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota earned the second point before Nozomi Okuhara sealed the title by defeating Nitchaon Jindapol by 21-12 and 21-9. This was Japan’s 6th Uber Cup title and first since 1981, which they won at home in Tokyo.