Uber Cup Wrap

Written by  Badminton Australia Monday, 28 May 2012 12:43

The Australian Uber Cup team returned home yesterday a little disappointed, but proud of a solid performance in China. The Aussie girls narrowly missed out on what would have been an historic quarter final birth after losing a tough tie 3-2 tie against Germany.

Australia was drawn in a tough group for the Women's World Team Championship, up against reigning champions Korea, and European Champions Germany.

The Aussie girls struggled against the much stronger Korean's, losing the tie 5-0, but still showing good fight to make the higher ranked nation work for every point. Several of Australia's players we making their Uber Cup finals debut, and to experience the quality occasion of such a big event will no doubt hold them in good stead for the future.

The real opportunity for Australia to win their way through the group stage was always going to come against Germany. Victoria Na opened the match for Australia in the 1st women's singles but unfortunately could not get past the much Schnaase, dropping the match 21-8, 21-10.

Doubles specialist Renuga Veeran was put in at 2nd singles in an attempt to steal a point from the German team, and it appeared early as the gamble may have paid off, with Veeran taking the opening game 17-21 against Bott of Germany. Unfortunately for the Australian's Bott managed to work her way back and level the match at one game all. Veeran fell behind early in the third game and could never bridge the gap, going down in 21-17 in the decider.

Germany now had a 2-0 lead with the 2nd ladies doubles up next, Australia opted for experience over youth with He Tian-Tang and Eugenia Tanaka being given the responsibility of keeping Australia in the tie ahead juniors Jacquie Guan and Gronya Somerville. The decision proved to be the right one, with Tang and Tanaka putting in a strong performance to win 21-13 14-21 21-15 and keep Australia in the tie.

Queensland teenager Wendy Chen now needed to win the 3rd ladies singles to push the tie to a deciding match, she was up against another teenager in Faqbienne Deprez. The opening game was tight with Chen holding a slight lead at 15-14, however 5 consecutive points to Deprez was enough to see her take the openning game 21-18.

Chen Showed strong signs at the beginning of the second game racing out to a 9-4 lead. However as in the first game Deprez was able to string consecutive points together, this time 11 in a row to lead 9-15. The gap proved to be too big with Deprez taking the game 21-17, and with it the tie for Germany.

At 3-1 to the Germans the 1st women's doubles was a dead rubber, however Australia's top pair of Veeran and Leanne Choo still had their pride to play for. After a flat start the Aussies dropped the first game 15-21. However once they regained their composure they asserted themselves on the game and won the final two games comfortably, 21-13 21-14.

It was a disappointing loss for the Australian's, to come so close and not get over the line, but there are many positive signs for the future with 5 members of the team all under 21 years of age.

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