Asia Team Championship: China off to a winning start

In the deciding singles, the onus was on Qiao Bin and he did not disappoint as he eked out a 21-15, 19-21, 21-13 victory over Rei Ryan to hand China a victory in the first round.

China's Qiao Bin in action against Ng Zin Rei Ryan of Singapore. Qiao won the decider to help his team to a winning start in the Asia Team Championship.   -  Nagara Gopal

The brilliance of Qiao Bin, ranked World no. 56, saved top-seeded China from a major embarrassment against unseeded Singapore in the men’s section of the Happening Hyderabad Badminton Asia Team Championship at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Monday.

Qiao Bin defeated Ng Zin Rei Ryan in a crucial match to help his team get off to a 3-2 winning start. China began the day’s proceedings in style, with Tian Houwei outclassing Wong Zi Liang Derek 21-11, 21-12. Thereafter, the team suffered a double blow.

First, the doubles combination of Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean, ranked No. 90 in the world, stunned the Chinese World No. 11, Liu Ziaolong and Qiu Zihan, 16-21, 21-13, 21-11. And as if to rub salt into China’s wound, Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew (World No. 167) got the better of World No. 11 Wang Zhengming 21-15, 21-16.

However, fortunately for China, the doubles combination of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen kept the team afloat with a 21-18, 21-14 victory over Chrisnanta Danny Bawa and Wijaya Hendra.

In the deciding singles, the onus was on Qiao and he did not disappoint as he eked out a 21-15, 19-21, 21-13 victory.

The results:

First round — Men (Group A): China beat Singapore 3-2 (Tian Houwei bt Wong Zi Liang Derek 21-11, 21-12; Liu Ziaolong & Qiu Zihan lost to Hee Yong Kai Terry and Loh Kean Hean 15-21, 16-21; Wang Zhengming lost to Loh Kean Yew 15-21, 16-21; Li Junhui & Liu Yuchen bt Chrisnanta Danny Bawa and Wijaya Hendra 21-18, 21-14; Qiao Bin bt Ng Zin Rei Ryan 21-15, 19-21, 21-13).

Group C: Indonesia beat Maldives 5-0 (Tommy Sugiarto bt Md Ajfan Rasheed 21-2, 21-6; Mustofa Maulana Ihsan bt Shaheed Zayan Hussein 21-2, 21-8; Ginting Antony bt Rifau Hussain 21-4, 21-2; Md Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan bt Thoif Ahmed & Shaheed Zayan 21-8, 21-15; Angga Pratama & Ricky Suwardi bt Waseem Ahmed & Rifau Hussain 21-4, 21-5).

Chinese Taipei beat Thailand 4-1 (Tien Chen Chou bt Boonsak Ponsana 21-15, 21-7; Sheng Mu Lee & Chia Hsin Tsai bt Bodin Issara & Nipitphon Puangpuapech 13-21, 21-14, 21-19; Jen Hao Hsu bt Tanongsak Saesomboonsuk 21-19, 21-18; Hung Ling Chen & Wang Chi Lin lost to Dechapol Puavaranukroh & Kedren Kittinupong 21-16, 12-21, 16-21; Wang Wei Tzu bt Phetpradab Khosit 21-15, 21-19).

Group D: Korea beat Philippines 5-0 (Lee Keun Dong bt Gabuelo Frell Keeyann 21-8, 21-6; Ko Hyun Sung & Baek Cheol Shin bt Ronel Estanislao & Vivas Paul Jeffersojn 21-13, 21-12; Hyeok Jin Jeon bt Mark Shelley Alcala 23-25, 21-10, 21-6; Choi Solgyu & Kim Jae Hwan bt Magnaye Peter Gabriel & Morada Alvin 21-12, 21-13; Heo Kwang Hee bt Cudiamat Michael Kevin 21-16, 21-9).

Women — Group A: China beat Hong Kong 5-0 (Shixian Wang bt Cheung Ngan Yi 21-18, 21-19; Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei 21-11, 21-10; Sun Yu bt Pui Yin Yip 21-11, 21-18; Luo Ying & Luo Yu bt Ng Yau Tsz & Yeung Ting Nga 21-17, 21-13; He Bingjiao bt Fan Yan Ka 21-12, 21-7).

Group B: Thailand beat Sri Lanka 5-0 (Ongbumbrungphan Busanan bt Shehani Lekha 21-11, 21-9; Buranaprasertsuk Porntip bt Hendahewa Thilini Pramodika 21-5, 21-7; Chochuwong Pornpawee bt Kavidi Ishadika 21-8, 21-8; Supajirakul Puttita & Taerattanachai Sapisree bt Ratnasiri Achini & Weerasinghe Uppal Samanthika 21-12, 21-11; Chayanti Chaladchalam & Muenwong Phataimas bt Kavidi Ishadika & Kuruppu Oshadie 21-7, 21-11).