Author : CLELY
Venue : Dongfeng Nissan Sports Center, Dongguan-Guangdong Province, CHN
Official website : http://en.dongguansudirman2015.com/
FINAL (02.00pm local time) => http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=2DB73EE0-97F1-4387-A72F-52B49FBE4586
Japan will challenge defending champion China, a mouth watering final duel at stake. It is the eleventh final for the star-studded China team since 1995 – an absolute record and they only failed once at 2003 edition, losing to Korea. Japan has proved they are very dangerous in team event following their Thomas Cup win last year. With nothing to lose and underdog status, they showed unbelievable fighting spirit to dispose of a strong Korean team. Kazuno/Kurihara lower rank didn’t show and they produced the performance of the day in contrast to world #8 Ko/Kim who looked stressful and couldn’t cope their nerves.
Is it mission impossible for the Japanese team to upset hot favouritse China once again after 2014 Thomas Cup sensational story? On paper, China will lift Sudirman Cup for 10th time but Japan could derail their victory and create new history. The line-up order will determine both team chance today, China has the advantage for mixed doubles and men’s singles category and Japan is favoured to seal the ladies doubles point. Ladies singles may go either way since Li Xuerui is not yet back to her best form.
The line-up => http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sp…4586&match=443
MD, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan v Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa
H-2-H : 0-1
WS, Li Xuerui v Akane Yamaguchi
H-2-H : 2-0
MS, Lin Dan v Takuma Ueda
H-2-H : 1-0
WD, Ma Jin/Tang Yuanting v Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi
H-2-H : 2-0
XD, Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei v Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara
H-2-H : 0-0
Zhang Nan will play twice, MD and XD respectively. Surprisingly that Japan doesn’t field Nozomi Okuhara who performed superbly against Sung Ji Hyun last night and their #1 MS Kento Momota. Let’s see whether Japan could stretch China into last match.