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Badminton: Japan create massive shock by thrashing China 3-0 in Thomas Cup semis

Published on May 23, 2014 6:20 PM
 
China's Chen Long returns a shot to Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana during their men's singles quarter-final match in the Thomas Cup badminton championship in New Delhi on May 22, 2014. Nine-time Thomas Cup champions and second seeds China were unceremoniously dethroned in New Delhi on Friday afternoon, after a 3-0 drubbing by Japan in the semi-finals in one of the biggest upsets in world badminton in decades. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NINE-TIME Thomas Cup champions and second seeds China were unceremoniously dethroned in New Delhi on Friday afternoon, after a 3-0 drubbing by Japan in the semi-finals in one of the biggest upsets in world badminton in decades.

World No. 4 Kenichi Tago gave the fourth seeds a flying start over the five-time defending champions by thrashing second-ranked Chen Long 21-13, 21-11 in 43 minutes.

Then world No. 3 pair Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo kept up the pressure by edging out 15th-ranked Chai Biao and Hong Wei 22-20, 21-19 in 50 minutes.

China's sixth-ranked Du Pengyu took the first game against 19-year-old world No. 14 Kento Momota 25-23 on his second game point but capitulated subsequently 18-21, 14-21 in the 1hr 25min thriller.

 
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