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Sudirman Cup: Indonesia, Japan through to the semifinals

Details about the quarterfinal clashes between Chinese Taipei and Indonesia and Denmark and Japan.

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News 15 May 2015, 14:26 IST
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Christie Jonatan won a key fixture against Hsu Jen Hao

1.Men’s Doubles: vs Lee Sheng Mu/ Tsia Chia Hsin(TPE) vs Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan(INA)

The Indonesian pair made a brisk start to the match, by taking an early 3-0 lead. The Chinese Taipei duo though reduced the deficit to some extent but it was the Indonesia who led 11-7 at the interval.

Following the interval, the duo of Ahsan and Setiawan continued to dominate proceedings and earned 5 game points. With their backs to the wall, the Chinese Taipei pair tried to stretch the game as far as they could but it was the Indonesia who took the first game 21-17.

The second game saw  the Chinese Taipei pair take an early lead only to squander it soon after.The Indonesian pair never quite  let their opponents take  advantage and went into the break with an 11-5 lead. But it was after the break that the Taipei pair started to gain some momentum as they made a spirited comeback into the match to make it 18-17 in the second game

But the Indonesian pair proved to just too good for the Taipei duo and eventually took the match 21-17 21-18.

Final Scoreline: Mohammad Ahsan/ Hendra Setiawan beat Lee Sheng Mu/ Tsia Chia Hsin 21-17 21-18

2.Women’s Singles: Tzu Ying Tai(TPE) vs Bellaetrix Manuputty(INA)

After handing an early lead to Indonesia, Chines Taipei’s hopes rested on the shoulders of Tzu Ying  Tai to bring them back into the fixture  and the 20-year-old didn't disappoint, even if she was given a very good fight by her opponent Bellaetrix Manuputty in both the games.

Despite putting her best foot forward, it didn't prove to be enough as the World No.4 clinched in straight games to make  one match apiece.

Final Scoreline: Tzu Ying Tai beat Bellaetrix Manuputty 21-17 21-17

3.Men’s Singles: Hse Jen Hao(TPE) vs Christie Jonatan(INA)

With rubber locked at 1-1, this was certainly the most crucial match of the tie. and it was Indonesia who took the first step towards taking the lead as Christie Jonatan gave his side an 11-4 lead at the break. Hsu was clearly looking rusty and after the break, the Indonesian continued to dominate proceedings, never allowing Hsu to make any sort of comeback and eventually won the game 21-12.

But the 23-year-old isn't among those to give up so easily and he made a valiant comeback into the match, first leading 11-6 at the break and then eventually sealing the game 21-13 to take the match into a decider.

Hsu took the confidence of his win in the second game into the third and deciding game and took an early 11-6 advantage at the break. But that's when the 17-year-old Christie, showing maturity beyond his years, made a magnificent comeback into the match and won 10 points  on the trot to take a 15-14 lead and stump his opponent completely. There was no looking back for the Indonesian after that as he clinched the decider 21-16 to take the match and give his country the lead.

Final Scoreline: Christie Jonatan beat Hse Jen Hao 21-12 13-21 21-16

4.Women’s doubles:  Hsieh Pei Chen/ Wu Ti Jung(TPE) vs Greysia Polii/Nitya Maheswari(INA)

Heading into the women’s doubles tie, Chinese Taipei knew that anything but a win would mean elimination from the competition. The women’s doubles clash didn't get off to the best of starts for Chinese Taipei as the pair of Maheswari and Polii took an 11-7 lead at the break.

The break had very little bearing on their performance and they returned after the interval to clinch the opening game 21-14.

The second game, again began on a similar note as the Indonesian pair once again took an early lead and went into the interval with an 11-4 scoreline in their favour. The interval didn't make any difference to the Indonesian pair as they romped to a 21-9 second game win to seal a spot in the semifinals

Final Scoreline: Greysia Polii/Nitya Maheswari beat Hsieh Pei Chen/ Wu Ti Jung 21-14 21-9

Indonesia will now face China in the semifinal.

Japan edge out Denmark

In the other quarterfinal of the day, Japan beat Denmark 3-2 to set up a semifinal clash against Korea

Mixed Doubles: Mads Pieler Kolding/Sara Thygesen(DEN) beat Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara(JPN) 21-9 16-21 21013

Men’s Singles: Kento Momota(JPN) beat Viktor Axelson(DEN) 21-15 17-21 21-9

Women’s Singles: Nozomi Okuhara(JPN) beat Line Kjaesfeldt 21-12 21-8

Men’s Doubles: Kim Astrup/Mads Pieler Kolding beat Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayawaka 21-19 21-15

Women’s Doubles: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi beat Line Kjaesfeldt/Sara Thygesen 19-21 21-7 21-19



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