Germany waylays USA in group stage of Thomas Cup Finals 2012 – Badminton News
Germany pocketed full benefits of having a stronger line-up than United States of America and cleared first hurdle in group stage of Thomas Cup Finals on May 21, 2012.
The German shuttlers completely dazzled their opponents and final result of 5-0 was proof of their dominance in this encounter.
Both countries are in Group D and they were fighting for a crucial win to raise their chances for quarter-finals of prestigious team event.
In first game of the match, World Number 15 shuttler Marc Zwiebler set the foundation by overwhelming the top American campaigner Sattawat Pongnairat.
Zwiebler had to wait for 33 minutes as his competitor matched his skills in both sets and earned great deal of respect from the audience.
However, it was not enough to stop Zwiebler from bagging first match point with 21-15 and 21-18 scores on the board.
The following game proved best part of the contest as Men’s Doubles teams of both countries remained in court for 43 minutes.
There was lot of drama in this tussle as first set belonged to Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler with 21-19 while the American couple Howard Bach-Tony Gunawan stood equal by clinching second set with 21-17.
In the decider, twosome of Kindervater and Schoettler struck hard and stamped their opponents by registering concluding figure of 21-11.
The third encounter of the day was between Men’s Singles expert Diete Domke and Howard Shu.
It turned one-sided affair as Diete Domke sealed his country’s 3-0 victory with 21-16 and 21-11 scores after sweating for 23 minutes in two sets.
This final blow tipped the balance of scale in Germany’s favour but the Americans wanted to gain valuable experience by playing against higher ranked opponents in remaining two games.
Last two games were played in practice match manner as Men’s Doubles experts Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth blew away the opposing couple of Philip CHEW-Sattawat Pongnairat and then the Men’s Singles campaigner Marcel Reuter overpowered Nicholas Jinadasa with
The partnership of Michael and Oliver bagged fourth game with a convincing margin of 21-13 and 21-10 while last German contestant Marcel Reuter ensured a clean sweep with significant figures of 21-11 and 21-11.