Badminton: Japan create massive shock by thrashing China 3-0 in Thomas Cup semis
Published on May 23, 2014 6:20 PM
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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