Korea falls to China in Thomas Cup finals

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Korea falls to China in Thomas Cup finals

WUHAN, China - Lin Dan inspired China to retain the biennial Thomas Cup men’s team badminton event for a record-equaling fifth time after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Korea.

Lin outplayed Lee Hyun-il 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) in 54 minutes to set the Chinese on their way on Sunday.

Doubles pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng increased the lead with a 2-0 (21-16, 25-23) victory over Lee Yong-dae and Kim Sa-rang, before Chen Long secured the title by brushing aside Shon Wan-ho also 2-0 (21-9, 21-13).

China’s success matched the record set by Indonesia, who won five titles in a row between 1994-2002.

The Uber Cup women’s team event on Saturday again saw the Chinese beating Korea 3-0.

Wang Yihan took the honors, surviving four match points before outlasting Sung Ji-hyun 2-1 (14-21, 22-20 21-13).
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