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South Korea beats China in nail art contest to win Uber Cup

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

South Korea beat defending champions China to win the prestigious badminton Uber Cup on Saturday in an epic battle that drew to a close in Bangkok. The defending champion was aiming for a 16th 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 Cup 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 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 Cup on Sunday, also in the Thai capital.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the syndicated feed.)

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