South Korea beat China to win the 2022 Uber in Bangkok, Thailand.© AFP

South Korea beat defending champions China to win the prestigious badminton Uber on Saturday in an epic battle that drew to a close in Bangkok. The defending champion was aiming for a title in the women’s team championship, but it all boiled down to a match between China’s 15th-ranked Wang Zhiyi and 46th-ranked Shen Yuzhen as the national team was in a 2-2 stalemate. Shin, who turned 23 on Friday, beat Wang 28-26, 18-21, 21-8 in a thrilling 88 minutes to claim South Korea’s first Uber title in 12 years.

It was a very disappointing ending for the Chinese team, who took an early lead when Chen Yufei won in a dramatic marathon with a stunning comeback victory over An Shirong.

World No. 3 and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Chen trailed 21-17 in the opening match to finish fourth.

Ann had a five-point lead at the start of the second inning, but despite an ankle injury, Chen fought back 21-15 and sealed the tiebreaker 22-20.

An, 20, also suffered from a right hamstring cramp of his own, and both players collapsed on the pitch exhausted after a gruelling 91 minutes.

Disappointed and emotional Ann, who beat Japan’s top star Akane Yamaguchi a day earlier, said she feared she had let her teammates down.

“I tried my best…I got 20 but then I lost control,” she said of her failure to take advantage of three match points.

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Indonesia will play India in the men’s team tournament Thomas on Sunday, also in the Thai capital.

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