2015 Sudirman Cup: France whitewashed 5-0 by Hong Kong; Spain lose 3-2 to the Dutch
Hong Kong demolished France 5-0 on Day Three of the 2015 Sudirman Cup. The French managed to win just 2 games in the entire rubber and looked competitive in only the mixed doubles as well as the women’s doubles while looking pretty ordinary in the rest of the matches.
Here’s a round-up:
1.Mixed Doubles: Lee Chen Hui/Chau Hei(HKG) vs Emilie Lefel/Ronan Labor(FRA)
The Hong Kong pair began the match in fine fashion, racing to a 5-1 lead in the first game. That lead became 8-2 and eventually at the break, they had further strengthened it to 11-5. The interval didn't have any effect on their momentum as they clinched the first game 21-12.
The French through were in no mood to back off and came roaring back into the contest, running away to a 5-2 early lead and maintained the lead throughout to win the game eventually 21-15 and take the match into the decider.
The deciding game proved to be an absolute thriller as both sides went toe-to-toe throughout but a crucial service fault by the French pair at 20-19 proved to be their downfall in the end as the Hong Kong pair saved as many as three game points to clinch the game 23-21.
Final Scoreline: Lee Chen Hui/ Chau Hei beat Ronan Labar/ Emilie Lefel 21-12 21-15 23-21
2.Men’s Singles: Wei Nan vs Brice Leverdez
This proved to be a one-sided contest as the Wei never let his opponent take any control of the match at any point. The 31-year-old dominated proceedings from the outset and despite the occasional comeback by Leverdez, clinched the first game 21- 18.
The second game was no different as Wei maintained the stranglehold on his French opponent and eventually won the game and the match to give his side a 2-0 lead.
Final Scoreline: Wei Nan beat Brice Leverdez 21-18 21-15
3.Men’s Doubles: OR Chin Chung/Tang Chin Mang vs Baptiste Careme/ Ronan Labar
If France harboured any hopes of staying on in the contest, they required their doubles pair of Careme and Labar to win their match against the 403rd ranked Hong Kong pair. But the young duo showed very little nerves in front of the French pair and took the first game 21-17.
The second game saw the Hong Kong pair race off to an early 11-3 lead at the break. Careme and Labar tried to forge a comeback after the interval, but it proved to too much in the end as the youngsters from Hong Kong took the second game to make it 3-0 for their side.
Final Scoreline: OR Chin Chung/Tang Chin Mang beat Baptiste Careme/ Ronan Labar 21-17 21-16
4.Women’s Singles: Cheung Ngan Yi vs Anne Tran
The women’s singles saw a similar trend to the men’s as the Cheng got off to a firing start taking an 11-2 lead, heading into the break in the first game. The Frenchwomen tried to make a contest out of it after the interval, but the deficit before the interval made it an improbable task and Cheung took the first game 21- 14.
The second game saw a similar tale unfold as Cheung once again took the early lead and even as Tran gave it her best to make a match out of it, it went in vain and Hong Kong took a 4-0 lead in the rubber.
Final Scoreline: Cheung Ngan Yi beat Anne Tran 21-14 21-15
5.Women’s Doubles: Poon Lok Yan/Tse Ying Suet vs Audrey Fontaine/ Emilie Lefel
Playing to regain some lost pride, the French pair made a strong start to the final match of the rubber, taking an 11-9 lead at the interval. They continued to carry momentum afterwards as well, and eventually clinched the first game 21-19.
The second game saw the Hong Kong duo make a fighting return into the fixture as they first raced to an 11-3 lead and then carried forward to win the game 21-10 to take the match into the decider.
The deciding game saw the French pair take the early lead, only for them to squander it yet again.They went from being 7-3 up to 9-8 down in a matter of minutes and the Hong Kong pair never allowed their opponents to get back into the game after that, taking it 21-13 to complete the whitewash.
Final Scoreline: Poon Lok Yan/ Tse Ying Suet beat Audrey Fontaine/Emilie Lefel 19-21 21-10 21-13
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USA beat Brazil 4-1
Netherlands beat Spain 3-2
Sri Lanka beat Kazakhstan 3-2
Published 12 May 2015, 11:17 IST