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South Korea Dethrone China To Win Uber Cup In Nail-Biter

South Korea dethrones China and wins Uber Cup 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand.© AFP

South Korea stunned defending champion China to win the prestigious Uber Cup for badminton on Saturday in an epic battle that went to the extreme in Bangkok. The holders were aiming for a 16th women’s team championship title, but with the countries deadlocked at 2-2, it all came down to a singles match between China’s 15th-ranked Wang Zhiyi and 46th-ranked Sim Yu-jin. Sim, who turned 23 on Friday, got upset by beating Wang 28-26, 18-21, 21-8 in a thrilling 88 minutes – marking South Korea’s first Uber Cup crown in 12 years.

It was a hugely disappointing conclusion for China, which had jumped to an early lead in the tie when Chen Yufei sealed a spectacular come-from-behind victory against An Se-young in a drama-filled marathon match.

Chen, the world number three and gold medalist of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, lost 21-17 to fourth An in the opening match.

An built up a five-point lead early in the second game, but Chen roared back and took that game 21-15, sealing the deciding 22-20 despite an ankle injury.

An, who is only 20, had her own right hamstring cramp problem and both players collapsed on the pitch exhausted after 91 minutes of grueling action.

A disappointed and emotional An, who triumphed over top Japanese star Akane Yamaguchi the day before, said she feared she had let her teammates down.

“I tried my best, as much as I could…I was on 20 points, but then I lost control,” she said of her failure to take advantage of three match points.

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Indonesia will play against India on Sunday in the Thomas Cup, the championship for men’s teams, also in the Thai capital.

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