Vittinghus is growing increasingly excited to take Denmark to the Thomas Cup winner –

Badminton News: Hans Kristian Vittinghus, 36, showed why Denmark still relied on him when he delivered the crucial point that saw his country beat China 3-2 for the third time.

Liew Daren is 34 but he failed to deliver what could have been a dominating 3-0 victory for Malaysia against Japan. Instead, it was left to an impromptu pair of doubles Aaron Chia/Teo Ee Yi to take the honor.

Vittinghus beat 22-year-old Korean Open champion Weng Hong Yang 16-21, 21-19, 21-18 in a brutal hour and 19 minutes to lead his country to the quarter-finals as winners. of group.

“I didn’t feel too tired, the adrenaline was rising,” Vittinghus said.

“I don’t know how many Thomas Cup games I have left, so I really wanted to enjoy this one and give it my all.”

“For us it was really a symbolic victory. We can beat China. We don’t do it very often, it’s the third time. We haven’t beaten them for 24 years. It’s important to show that ‘we can beat them.”

As Hans Kristian celebrated, Daren came up short losing 16-21 and 20-22 to Kanta Tsuneyama despite looking strong in Game 2.

“I started off slow but found my rhythm in the second set but it was too late. I could have beaten him if it had been a rubber game,” Daren said, determined. , who had to see a doctor briefly when he injured his ankle.

“I’m fine. I’m happy the team made it to the quarter-finals,” added Daren, who rested for the quarter-final against India.

Tags: Hans Kristian Vittinghus, Denmark, Thomas Cup 2022

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