Group D favourites Korea were made to sweat by a spirited Canada before completing a 4-1 victory to qualify for the Uber Cup quarterfinals.
Canada’s first women’s pair of Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai looked headed for a win to level the tie after taking the first game 21-17 and leading the second 20-18 before Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong notched four straight points to force a rubber, which they won 21-14.
The meaning of her result was not lost on the teenager.
“We don’t train together and are players from different provinces coming together to form a group so being able to win a match at this stage is big. We don’t expect a lot, just giving our best every match,” she said.
Although Catherine Choi and Crystal Lai went down in 34 minutes to Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong to hand the tie and a place in the last eight to Korea, it did not stop third singles Talia Ng from taking her higher-ranked opponent Sim Yu Jin to three games before conceding defeat.
World No.81 Ng, a year older than Wen, believes her showing against the 46th-ranked Sim puts her in good stead.
“When I was leading I thought ‘wow I got this, I can actually do this’,” she said.
“Asian players are a lot steadier and it’s hard to break their defence so this gives me more confidence and motivation to train harder to reach their level eventually.”
♦ Group A heavyweights Japan and Indonesia also progressed unscathed with 5-0 results over France and Germany. They meet tomorrow to decide the group winners.