Men’s singles world No. 1 LeeChong Wei and Olympic gold medalist Hidayat Taufik played a crucialrole in their team’s victory in Monday’s Thomas Cup group matches. Lee led Malaysia to the top eight of the Thomas Cup with a 5-0opening victory over South Africa, while Taufik helped Indonesiaclaim a hard-fought 4-1 win over England. Simon Santoso sailed past Rajiv Ouseph to give Indonesia a 1-0lead, but Beijing Olympic gold medalists Markis Kido/HendraSetiawan suffered a defeat by Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis, with thescore of 19-21, 21-14, 17-21. “We have won over them before, so we are confident on the court,”said Adcock, who scored the first point for England at these teamchampionships after being clean swept by China on Sunday.
“We are in a tough group together with China and Indonesia. Chinais too strong to beat, we come here hoping to challenge Indonesia,”added Adcock. However, England’s challenge was denied by Taufik and doubles pairMohammad Ahsan/Alvent Yulianto Chandra. Taufik, currently world No. 12, restored Indonesia’s lead bybeating Carl Baxter 21-12, 21-16, while Ahsan/Chandra came frombehind to beat Chris Langridge/Nathan Robertson 19-21, 21-12,21-19, securing the victory for Indonesia.
The top two teams in the group will qualify for the last eight.Tomorrow’s match is set to be a winner-take-all between China andIndonesia to see who tops Group A. “This will be my last Thomas Cup. I hope that Indonesia, China,Malaysia and Denmark could enter semifinals,” said Taufik, who wonthe Thomas Cup in 2000 and 2002. Lee beat unheralded Jacob Malieka of South Africa 21-13, 21-10 inthe first group match of Malaysia, helping Malaysia to secure aquarter-final berth together with Denmark in Group C. Cellular Phone Batteries
South Africa, who lost to Denmark on Sunday, was eliminated fromthe men’s team championships. Malaysia will fight against Denmarkfor the top place in Group C, the loser of which will have apossible meeting with top seed China in the quarter-finals. “I’m just trying to find the rhythm in the opener as my opponent isnot so strong,” said Lee. As the first singles in both teams, Lee will encounter with Danishworld No. Blackberry Protective Case
5 Peter Gade. “I cherish the match against Gade, because he will retire after theOlympics and this Thomas Cup will be his last,” said Lee. In the Uber Cup, Denmark was made to work hard by the United Statesbefore they won 4-1. Danish first singles Tine Baun spent only 24 minutes outclassingRena Wang, but Iris Wang avenged her sister’s loss in the secondmatch, edging past Karina Jorgensen 19-21, 21-11, 19-21. China Cell Phone Lcd Screen Replacement
However in other three matches, the United States provided littlechallenge to Denmark as the final score ended up at 4-1. “We have some young players in our team, who need time to get usedto the atmosphere here,” said Baun.