Tuesday, February 16, 2016
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO
Singapore nearly pulled off an upset over favourites China in the Happening Hyderabad Badminton Asia Team Championships men’s team opening tie on Monday in Hyderabad, India. The Chinese scraped through 3-2 after being 1-2 down in Group MA.
Men’s Singles spearhead Tian Houwei gave China the lead beating Derek Wong in the opener, but China’s Men’s Doubles duo Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan were shocked 16-21 21-13 21-11 by Terry Hee/Loh Kean Hean. Singapore went ahead with Loh Kean Yew (featured image) – Kean Hean’s brother – cut apart Wang Zhengming’s challenge, 21-15 21-16.
However, China’s second Men’s Doubles pair, Li Jinhui/Liu Yuchen, came to their rescue beating Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Hendra Wijaya 21-18 21-14, before Qiao Bin sealed the tie for China beating Ryan Ng 21-15 19-21 21-13.
Group MD saw Korea blank Philippines 5-0, while in Group MC, Indonesia swept past Maldives 5-0 and Chinese Taipei demolished Thailand 4-1. The lone point for Thailand came in the second Men’s Doubles, with Puavaranukroh Dechapol/Kedren Kittinupong (above) beating Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin in three games.
In the Women’s Team event, China – powered by Wang Shixian, Sun Yu and He Bingjiao in singles and Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei and Luo Ying/Luo Yu in doubles – had no problems in their opening tie, beating Hong Kong 5-0 without losing a game. In Group WB, Thailand had a similar score against Sri Lanka, grabbing the tie without losing a game.