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Indonesia's Thomas Cup hopes buried as Denmark records historic win

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Jakarta   /   Sun, May 22, 2016   /  06:39 pm
Indonesia's Thomas Cup hopes buried as Denmark records historic win The Danish team celebrates its victory in the 29th Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Kunshan, China, on Sunday. Denmark won its first ever Thomas Cup title in the final against Indonesia. (Kompas.com/-)

Denmark's men's singles badminton player Hans-Kristian Vittinghus buried Indonesia's dream of winning the 29th Thomas Cup in Kunshan, China, on Sunday, securing Denmark's first ever win in the international tournament.

Denmark beat Indonesia in the final and became Thomas Cup champions after a 67-year wait. It was a historic victory for Denmark, which has participated nine times in the final of the world's most prestigious badminton tournament.

In the final match, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus beat Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in two straight games 21-16 and 21-7 taking the final score to 3-2 in Denmark's favor. Denmark swept all the singles matches in the final while Indonesia gained victory in the two doubles matches, Antara news agency reported on Sunday.

Denmark's victory erased Indonesia's hopes of winning its first Thomas Cup title in 14 years. The last time Indonesia won the tournament was in 2002. Indonesia made the final in Kuala Lumpur in 2010 but lost to China 0-3.

The final was Indonesia and Denmark's fifth meeting in the Thomas Cup final, with Indonesia having won on all previous occasions, in 1964, 1973, 1979 and 1996.

Despite the loss in Kunshan this year, Indonesia remains the country with the most Thomas Cup titles, with 13.

Indonesia won the tournament in 1958, 1961, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. (rin)

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