Germany fight past Thailand

After being placed in sub-group 1A with badminton superpower China, both Thailand and Germany needed the win today to harbour any hopes of making the knock-out stage. 

Thailand looked like they had everything under control after winning the first two matches. Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Puangpuapech beat Michael Fuchs/Peter Kaesbauer 21-15, 21-16 in the men's doubles and Ratchanok Intanon defeated Karin Schnaase 21-16, 21-4, in the women's singles.

The German recovery started with veteran Marc Zwiebler in men's singles as he held off younger opponent Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to win 21-18, 16-21, 21-13. 

Johanna Goliszewski and Carla Nelte brought Germany level by beating Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-19, 16-21, 21-13.

German mixed doubles pair Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels shut the door on Thailand despite losing the second game, 21-12, 11-21, 21-10. Thailand are now faced with the difficult prospect of upsetting China if they hope to make the quarter-finals.

In sub-group 1B Chinese Taipei beat Russia 4-1 coming back after losing the first match when mixed doubles pair Vitalij Durkin/Nina Vislova gave the Russians the lead, beating Chen Hung Ling/Wu Ti Jung 21-9, 21-19.

Chou Tien Chen helped Chinese Taipei draw level by beating Vladimir Malkov in the men's singles.

The men's doubles was tight with Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin stretched to three games before beating Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov, 21-12, 12-21, 21-17. 

Tai Tzu Ying wrapped up the tie for Chinese Taipei with a 21-18, 21-5 win over Natalia Perminova.

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