Venue : Kunshan Sports Center Stadium, Kunshan-Jiangsu Province, CHN Category : BWF Events (non prize money) BWF page : http://bwfbadminton.com/events/2594/total-bwf-thomas-uber-cup-finals-2016/ Tournament website : http://en.ks2016.com/ Daily Schedule/Result/LiveScore : http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=98FF39E5-3CE5-4D78-A9E6-4199026B3C5D Live Streaming : - http://videostream.dn.ua/videopage/videoPage.php?g=c2J2b2JoK2F0Y3ZsbmhZ&c=en&i=eWlhaXVidGd1bA№f№f - http://www.zoptv.com/live/cctv-5 - http://www.zoptv.com/live/cctv-5-plus CHN time : http://www.worldtimezone.com/time/wtzresult.php?CiID=16739&forma=Find Time 2014 RESULTS THOMAS Cup Final (JPN def. MAS, 3-2) => http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/s...6EBA21A-B76C-4D79-97C3-2B68F3CB04A3&match=224 Champion : Japan Runner-up : Malaysia Semifinalists : China & Indonesia UBER Cup Final (CHN def. JPN, 3-1) => http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/s...6EBA21A-B76C-4D79-97C3-2B68F3CB04A3&match=145 Champion : China Runner-up : Japan Semifinalists : Korea & India First badminton major event of 2016 priors to the most anticipated Rio Olympics this summer, Thomas and Uber Cup, the prestigious men’s and women’s team events that will kick-off tomorrow. All badminton enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to watch top class action of world’s premium shuttlers. THOMAS Cup BWF preview => http://bwfbadminton.com/2016/05/11/thomas-cup-preview-strong-denmark-capable-of-breaking-jinx/ Looking at Thomas Cup history, only four teams have tasted to lift the trophy, Indonesia is the most successful nation to win the cup 13 times then followed by China (9), Malaysia (5) and Japan (once). Based on the seeding positions, CHN alongside with DEN, INA and KOR should be the frontrunners in this 29th edition. However, title-holder Japan and 2014 runner-up Malaysia can’t be underestimated at all, they did the unthinkable two years ago to tumble the favourites and faced off in finale. Defending champion Japan have an uphill task to keep Thomas Cup at their homeground, a sudden shock early of this year brings unfortunate circumstances as they must losing two key players, 2014 winning team member, Kento Momota and Kenichi Tago due to illegal gambling suspension. Japan’s singles players seem quite dull, the veteran Sho Sasaki is awarded to play first singles, followed by Takuma Ueda and two lower-ranked player Kazumasa Sakai-Riichi Takeshita while doubles category they still have Endo/Hayakawa and the on-fire Kamura/Sonoda who’s expected to repeat 2014 magical performance. Badminton giant China has extra ambition to redeem humiliating defeat, blanked 0-3 by the underdog Japanese at semifinal two years ago and the host has chance to take revenge on Wednesday as both teams are drawn in group A. World number one Chen Long is still seeking the finest form as he has not won any title yet since Denmark Premier last October and a nightmare in New Delhi 2014 will enhance his burden to face best players from all contenders. Two-time Olympic Champion Lin Dan who played vital role to deliver China won Thomas Cup five times in a row (2004-2012) looks a certain point for China considering his expertise and reputation. Fu HF/Zhang N are reliable against all first doubles of their main rival except KOR and INA who have remarkable duo, Lee YD/Yoo YS and Ahsan/Setiawan respectively. Chen, Lin, Fu/Zhang will be China backbone to determine their journey and reach the goal. European powerhouse Denmark should be motivated to mimic the Japanese feat that carved new history in 2014. Viktor Axelsen, Jan O Jorgensen, Hans Kristian Vittinghus, Conrad/Kolding fill Danish convincing line-up to realize their dream in Kunshan. They’re favoured to secure group D winner, a stiff resistance is expected will be served by team Chinese Taipei, Chou Tien Chen, Lee SM/Tsai CH should give Denmark works harder in group-stage match. Being runner-up eight times, the last one was 2006 when they lost 0-3 to China should make them curious to move one step better this time. Bagging silver medal twice (2008, 2012) is the best achievement so far for team Korea who still rely on their doubles category to pick winning point. The world number one Lee YD/Yoo YS, former World Champion Ko SH/Shin BC and world number four Kim GJ/Kim SR are KOR’s main ammunition as their singles department isn’t so impressive enough against their opponents. In the absence of veteran Lee Hyun Il who helped KOR won gold medal in 2014 Incheon Asian Games final against China, Son Wan Ho will lead singles squad that consists of Lee Dong Keun and two youngsters Jeon Hyeok Jin, Heo Kwang Hee. Indonesia comes to Kunshan with high target to bring back the trophy after 14 year passed, their 10-men are combination of old and new generation. Looking at singles discipline, the experienced Tommy Sugiarto will helm the blossoming trio, Jonatan Christie-Ihsan Maulana Mustofa-Anthony Ginting. The reigning World Champion Ahsan/setiawan are accompanied by Pratama/Suwardi and young sensation Gideon/Sukamuljo. INA has long tradition in badminton history and trying to revive the glory that far from expectation in last decade. The Red-White team is drawn with IND, THA and HKG, all of their group-stage opponents aren't pushover. Malaysia produced big surprise to out as runner-up in 2014 edition, lost narrowly to Japan 2-3 in final. The always dependable Lee Chong Wei is predicted to present crucial opening point as he did in many team events. The wide gap spreads between captain Lee and second also third singles players as well while doubles category Goh VS/Tan WK and former world number one Koo KK/Tan BH will be team MAS hopeful to score point. This 1992 champion should pass England and Germany but will find stern test against group C favourite, Korea.