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Denmark tops Indonesia to win 1st Thomas Cup badminton title


    Associated Press

Kunshan, China   /   Sun, May 22, 2016   /  04:45 pm
Denmark tops Indonesia to win 1st Thomas Cup badminton title Viktor Axelsen of Denmark prepares to return a shot against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia in their men's singles final group match in the Thomas Cup in Kunshan in east China's Jiangsu province on Sunday, May 22, 2016. (Chinatopix via AP/-)

Hans-Kristen Vittinghus beat Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-15, 21-7 as Denmark defeated Indonesia 3-2 on Sunday to claim its first Thomas Cup badminton title.

The Danes, eight-time runners-up, had lost four previous finals to Indonesia, which was trying for a record-extending 14th championship.

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen beat Tommy Sugiarto 21-17, 21-18 in the opening singles match but Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan pulled Indonesia even by beating Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding 21-18, 21-13 in doubles.

Jan Jorgensen beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-17, 21-12 to restore the lead for Denmark before Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi made it 2-2 with a 21-16, 21-14 win over Kim Astrop and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

China beat South Korea 3-1 on Saturday to win the women's Uber Cup.

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