TotalEnergies THOMAS-UBER Cup 2020 - Group Stage Matches (9-14 October 2021)

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  1. CLELY

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    Tournament time-table (Group Stage)
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    THOMAS CUP DRAW
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    UBER CUP DRAW
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    Live Score & Result : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/...4A4CB1-EC06-4754-9668-6A9DB8F63662&d=20211009

    Aarhus time : https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/denmark/aarhus

    2018 MEDALISTS : https://bwfthomasubercups.bwfbadminton.com/results/3194/total-bwf-thomas-uber-cup-finals-2018/podium
    THOMAS CUP
    Gold ~ CHINA
    Silver ~ JAPAN
    Bronze ~ THAILAND & INDONESIA

    UBER CUP
    Gold ~ JAPAN
    Silver ~ THAILAND
    Bronze ~ KOREA & CHINA

    THOMAS CUP
    - PAST WINNERS -
    INA (13x, last time 2002)
    CHN (10x, title holder)
    MAS (5x, 1992)
    JPN (1x, 2014)
    DEN (1x, 2016)

    Three times postponed (May to July to October 2020) due to ravaging COVID-19 pandemic finally Aarhus hosts 31st Thomas Cup and 28th Uber Cup that will kick off tomorrow morning local time.

    Looks like a tall order for title-holder China to defend men’s team supremacy this time considering unbalanced squad where some of core players being absent or taking sabbatical status. Relying heavily to singles players than doubles category in Thomas Cup winning formula, seems China trying to give exposures to build up new generation squad. Shi Yuqi is the only established player in singles line-up as the stagnated Lu Guangzu has no significant development yet and two young hopefuls Li Shifeng or Weng Hongyang experiencing lack of international tournaments. More headache for China camp as they facing big problem to form powerful men’s doubles combination. The just concluded Sudirman Cup describing glimpse of illustration how their men's doubles performance, it’s quite dim prospect against strong competitors.

    Painful outing and missing target in Vantaa, interesting to follow how Indonesia team will respond the setback and transforming to challenge as their mission is to end title drought since 2002. Big question mark has encircled The Minions dismal performance plus uninspiring and unimpressive showcase by their men’s singles key players Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie, sounding alarm to reach the ultimate goal. The 13-time winner is drawn in group of death alongside TPE and THA, two rising teams which could push them into the limit. If INA slips to reach top position in group A, the road becoming arduous to pass.

    Host Denmark should be one of top contenders and hot favourite based on their consistent and formidable singles roster, powered by the Olympic Champion Axelsen then the in-form Antonsen plus vast experienced Vittinghus making 2016 champion look tough to beat for any participants in this time at home soil. Another plus factor is sheer determination, mental fortitude and intelligence to outwit their opponent regularly. Danish squad should top group B and chance is open wide for GER, FRA and two-time runner up KOR to seek runner-up spot.

    2014 Champion Japan coming to Aarhus spearheaded by two-time World Champion Kento Momota who showed mixed performance in Sudirman Cup but the last two matches sparks vulnerable sign when he ran out idea to find winning way, he hasn’t regain the old form yet. Japan brings two up-and-coming players Koki Watanabe and 20 years old teenager Kodai Naraoka, perhaps there’s chance to witness their debut in preliminary round here. For doubles department, Japan will banking on Hoki/Kobayashi, Koga/Saito and probably scratch pair that fielding the talented Yuta Watanabe.

    The most interesting team to notice is Chinese Taipei, the Olympic Champions Lee Y/Wang CL are back to business plus Chou TC and Wang TW, plus second men's doubles pair Lu CY/Yang PH who exhibits good shape last week, this squad is strong and capable enough to spoil the party. Malaysia is potential dark horse to derail main plot and stuns more fancied opponent, led by the protagonists All England Champion Lee Zii Jia and Tokyo OG bronze medalists Aaron Chia/Soh WY.

    UBER CUP
    - PAST WINNERS -
    CHN (14x, last time 2016)
    JPN (6x, title holder)
    INA (3x,1996)
    USA (3x,1963)
    KOR (1x, 2010)

    Basically Uber Cup is less competitive event and presenting the rivalry of three nations in one last decade, China-Japan-Korea and highly likely 2018 Uber Cup beaten finalist Thailand is another candidate to fill semifinal spot.

    China has bright prospect to reclaim their glory, boosted by the reigning Olympic Champion Chen Yufei and Tokyo OG silver medalists women's doubles stars Chen QC/Jia YF. The left-hander He Bingjiao and promising star Wang Zhiyi standing as second and third singles making China has depth in almost all aspects. As usual Japan and Korea will be their main stumbling blocks to chase 15th title.

    Japan will not strengthened by the best composition when many injured players haunting their squad as stated by Park Joo Bong, Sayaka Hirota, Wakana Nagahara, Nozomi Okuhara and the latest one is Chiharu Shida that exacerbating their doubles department, this discouraging news certainly weaken opportunity to keep Uber Cup staying with Japan.

    Teen sensation on An Se Young and two top-ranked women's doubles combinations Lee/Shin, Kim/Kong will be Korean backbone to deliver winning point as second and third singles are untested yet. But never to write off KOR as they created major upset in Kuala Lumpur 2010.

    *GROUP-STAGE HIGHLIGHTS*
    THOMAS CUP
    TPE v THA
    INA v THA
    INA v TPE
    DEN v KOR
    CHN v IND
    JPN v MAS

    UBER CUP
    JPN v INA
    THA v IND
    CHN v DEN
    CHN v MAS
     
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    Im so looking forward to this, Sudirman Cup was great and it is followed by this :):):):):)
    Im off from my job to watch the whole tournament (except for monday and tuesday when I work:confused:)
     
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    USA won Uber cup for 3 times !
    Unbelievable
     
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    High chance that DEN will win TC at home!
     
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    hell yeah... uhhh... 58+ years ago. heh heh.
     
  6. CLELY

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    THOMAS CUP Group A
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    ~ TPE is favoured to seal first two matches and possibly MD2, Wang-Vitidsarn encounter should be interesting to follow as the Thai prodigy exploited his true potential last week in Vantaa.
     
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    Do you mean that Vitidsarn demonstrated his true potential last week? Or perhaps that he fully exploited Wang’s weaknesses?

    Vitidsarn is talented no doubt but I don’t know anything about Wang and am trying to understand how you would assess this encounter.

     
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    Nothing is certain but I'm inclined to think Vitidsarn will take the MS2 win against WTW. Been a long time since I saw Dechapol playing MD. Hope to see him do well.
     
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    TPE vs THA is the best match this weekend
     
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    Gronya sommerville doing tv commentary
     
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    pretty underwhelming match between HBJ and ML so far, no spirit in both players and tons of UE
     
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    is ML injured? her movement looks like she's limping almost
     
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    Vitidsarn stunned SYQ last week and it’s no impossible he would spring upset to beat higher ranked opponent in today’s match.
     
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    Thai boys have mastered this plan of bruising their fingers and calling for doctor break whenever they are in negative momentum.
     
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    Lol. When Wang tzu wei started to lead the scores, 10-9, Vittidsarn called for the doctor for bruised Finger. It seems like it is a pattern for them to break the rhythm of the opponent
     
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    From the side lines , the camera shows Spori Ann Kathrin of Germany. For me, for a moment thought Juliane Schenk was playing. Similar movement and style.
     
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    Hi, really appreciate if you share a link to watch Wang tzu wei vs Vittidsarn? The BWF youtube does not have it.

    Edit : OH I found it.
     
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    it's the same video with Lee/Wang
     
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