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Indonesia vs Denmark in Thomas Cup final for 5th time

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    Associated Press

Kunshan   /   Sat, May 21, 2016   /  11:08 am
Indonesia vs Denmark in Thomas Cup final for 5th time Angga Pratama (right) and Ricky Karanda Surwardi of Indonesia celebrate their victory against Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang of South Korea during their men's semi-finals group match in the Thomas Cup. (Agence France-Presse/Johannes Eisele)

Denmark rallied from two matches down to beat Malaysia 3-2 and reach its first Thomas Cup badminton final in 10 years on Friday.

The Danes, an eight-time runner-up, will play Indonesia in the final on Sunday. The Danes have lost four previous finals to Indonesia, which will be trying for a record-extending 14th championship.

The Indonesians beat South Korea 3-1.

China and South Korea will contest their third Uber Cup women's final in the last four editions.

China looked at the prospect of a 14th Uber Cup title after sweeping aside India 3-0, while South Korea passed Japan 3-1.

In the most dramatic tie of the day, Denmark clinched a Thomas Cup final berth when Emil Holst defeated Chong Wei Feng 21-15, 21-18.

Malaysia went 2-0 up on wins by second-ranked Lee Chong Wei and doubles pair Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.

But then Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and the pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Ska Rasmusse leveled the score. Holst won the decider in 50 minutes.

Indonesia lost the opening rubber to the South Koreans, who upset China in the quarterfinals, but did not drop another game.

Indonesia, which won the last of its 13 titles in 2002, won both doubles and Anthony Si Ginting defeated Lee Dong-keun 21-18, 21-18.

In the Uber Cup, China's Olympic champion Li Xuerui was stretched to three games by Saina Nehwal but the titleholder kept it tight to not lose another game.

Li's 21-17, 12-21, 21-15 win in just over an hour was her eighth successive victory over Nehwal.

Wang Shixian defeated PV Sindhu 23-21, 21-13, and the experienced doubles pair of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunki walloped Jwala Gutta and Sikki Reddy 21-6, 21-6 to complete the scoreline.

In the other semifinal, South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-13, 21-13 in the opening singles, and the team won both doubles. Bae Yeon Ju retired against Akane Yamaguchi to give Japan its only win. (dmr)

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