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May 21, 2013

Taiwan, Japan, Denmark in Sudirman Cup quarterfinals

KUALA LUMPUR -- Taiwan, Japan and Denmark became the first three teams to book a place in the 2013 Sudirman Cup quarterfinals after beating their respective opponents at the Putra Stadium yesterday.

Taiwan beat Germany 5-0 in their Group C match, their second in as many
 matches as they had also beaten Malaysia 3-2, Sunday.

In today's match, Taiwan picked up their first point when their mixed
doubles pair Lu Ching Yao/Lai Chia Wen beat Michael Fuchs/Michels Birgit 13-21,
22-20, 23-21 before Hsuen Hsuah Yi made it 2-0 by beating Domke Dieter 22-20,
21-14 in the men's singles.

Their men's doubles pair Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Tsin beat Kindervater
Ingo/Schoettler Johannes 21-18, 21-7 to secure the victory and Malaysian Open
women's singles champion Tai Tzu Ying defeated Schnaase Karin 21-15, 23-21 to
make it 4-0.

With the tie already in their bag, women's doubles pair Cheng Wen
Hsing/Hsieh Pei Chen came on to ensure a whitewash by disposing Michels
Birgit/Golsizewski Johanna 13-21, 21-16, 21-19.

Malaysia who suffered a shocking 2-3 defeat must now beat Germany today
to keep their hopes alive.

Japan booked their place in the quarterfinals after beating Singapore 5-0
 in Group D since Denmark had also beaten Singapore 4-1, Sunday.

In a Group A match, Indonesia opened their campaign in style by beating
India 4-1 while in Group B, three times winner South Korea convincingly beat
Hong Kong 4-1 to keep their hopes alive.

Hong Jong had already lost 2-3 to Thailand Sunday.

Based on the Sudirman Cup format, the top two teams from four groups playing
in Division One, qualify for the quarterfinals while the 18 teams involved in
the Division Two and Three, play for ranking positions in the Badminton World
 Federation -- BERNAMA