Denmark beaten by Thailand in quarter-finals
Date: 5/26/2017 11:41 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
European badminton powerhouse Denmark crashed out of Sudirman Cup with a 2-3 quarter-final defeat by Thailand.

It was Jongkolphan Kittitharakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai who won the last match and decisive women's doubles tie to seal the place in the last four for Thailand. The Thai duo, who paired up for the first time, stunned world number 2 and current European Champions Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen 21-15, 21-12. 

„We never really found our best level at any time. Why? Good question... Lack of practice, nerves, pressure, wanted it too much, or maybe something else. Or maybe a little bit of everything“, Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen wrote on their official Facebook page.

„We win together - and we lose together“
„But you are no. 2 in the world" - yes we are and we try to live up to that every time we go on court. Yesterday, we tried our best but couldn't find it. As one of our old coaches once told us is "we win together and we lose together". We stood together as a team all the way and we are sad we couldn't give a win for our team and our country.“

Former world champion and current world no. 9 Ratchanok Intanon earlier claimed victory in the women's singles tie against Line Kjaersfeldt 21-15, 21-14. Earlier, Denmark had taken the men's singles and men's doubles for a 2-1 lead. 

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree got Thailand off to a good start by winning their mixed doubles battle against Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen 21-19, 21-19. 

2016 European Champion Viktor Axelsen levelled the things up for Denmark as the men's world No. 3 proved too strong for Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk as he eased past the Thai 21-15, 21-6 in just 31 minutes. 

Mads Conrad and Mads Kolding (pictured) then put the tie in Denmark's favour with a 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 victory over Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet after an one hour and eight minutes battle. 

Viktor Axelsen added:

„Tough loss against Thailand yesterday. We are of course really disappointed. Was not meant to be this year, but we will be back stronger next time. Congrats to Thailand who played a good match.“

In Saturday’s Semi-finals Thailand will take on Korea. In the other semi-final, record champion China will face Japan.

Sudirman Cup quarter-finals results:

Denmark - Thailand 2-3

Korea - Taiwan 3-1

Japan - Malaysia 3-1

China - India 3-0

Sudirman Cup semi-finals:

China - Japan

Korea - Thailand

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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo by BadmintonPhoto (LIVE).
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