Japan wins Uber Cup after 37 years, beats Thailand 3-0
Bangkok, May 26 (IANS): Japan beat Thailand 3-0 in the final of Uber Cup 2018 on Saturday, wining their first tournament title since 1981.
For the first order, Japanese player Akane Yamaguchi defeated Thailand’s top single player Ratchanok Intanon 21-15, 21-15, though Ratchanok “tried her best already”, reports Xinhua news agency.
Then Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota overcame Thai double players Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Puttita Supajirakul by 21-18, 21-12, before Nitchaon Jindapol failed to win back a point for Thailand.
Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara eased past Nichaon 21-12, 21-9.
Though failed to be champion, it is the first time for Thailand to enter the final of Uber Cup in history.
On the other hand, Chinese women, beaten by Thai women in semifinal on Friday, won the bronze medal along with South Korea.