Denmark clinch Thomas Cup title

Denmark won the Thomas Cup for the first time when they defeated Indonesia 3-2 at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Jiangsu, China on Sunday.

This was Denmark’s first tournament title since its started in 1949.

The Danes started off well when in the opening singles match when Viktor Axelsen who saw off Tommy Sugiarto 21-17, 21-18 in 54 minutes to give his side the 1-0 lead.

The 13-time champions, Indonesia, were level when Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan won the first doubles match, defeating Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding 21-18, 21-13.

Jan O Jorgensen put Denmark ahead in the second singles rubber when he beat Anthony Ginting 21-17, 21-12.

Indonesia then took the tie to a decider when Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi beat Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-16, 21-14 in the second doubles match.

In the third singles rubber, the Danes won convincingly when world No 13 Hans Kristian Vittinghus beat Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia 21-15, 21-7 to win the tie 3-2.