BANGKOK: China lifted the Thomas Cup for the 10th time after defeating Japan 3-1 in the finals of the biennial championship at the Impact Arena here today.
Japan coached by South Korean legend Park Joo Bong failed to repeat the success of their women’s team which defeated Thailand 3-0 in the finals of the Uber Cup at the same venue yesterday.
China’s second doubles Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen clinched the winning point when they defeated Keigo Sonoda-Yuta Watanabe 17-21, 21-19 and 22-20.
In the opening tie, Olympic champion Chen Long failed to deliver the first point for China when he lost to world number 12 Kento Momota in straight sets of 9-21, 18-21 in a match that lasted 62 minutes.
Momota had failed to beat Chen, the world number five, in their four previous encounters.
However, Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan did not have much difficulty overcoming Takuto Inoue-Yuki Kaneka in the first doubles, winning 21-10, 21-18.
China’s second singles Shi Yu Qi , the world number three, also did not have much problem against world number 14 Kenta Nishimoto, winning 21-12 , 21-17 to make it 2-1 for China.
China first won the Thomas Cup in 1982.