Tears of joy as China win Uber Cup

WUHAN, China: World number one Wang Yihan dramatically survived four match points in an epic singles contest as hosts China won the women’s Uber Cup yesterday, laying to rest the ghosts of two years ago.

“I saw the Uber Cup and thought, ‘what if I lose the match again like 2010?’. But then it made me more determined to prove that wrong,” said Wang after the 14-21, 22-20, 21-13 win over South Korea’s Sung Ji-Hyun.

“I never thought I would cry on court today but when I shouted suddenly I felt tears, and then when I hugged Li Yongbo (China’s head coach) I saw there were tears in his eyes too. It was a very emotional match,” Wang said.

After Wang’s emotional triumph, the first doubles pairing Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli never gave the South Koreans a chance to get a grip on their match, setting the stage for world number two Wang Xin to secure the Cup for China.

The 3-0 win makes it China’s 12th Uber Cup victory since the competition began in 1957.

The Chinese men’s team will look to make it a double victory over the South Koreans when they contest the Thomas Cup final today. — AFP

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