Group 1B: Mixed makes the difference for Chinese Taipei
Kim Duk Young / Park Kyung Hoon of Korea felt the heat of Wang Chi-Lin's smashing which was rendered all the more effective by his partner Chen Hung Ling's subtle changes of pace both from the front and the rear. The plan of Chinese Taipei to constantly garner short replies paid the ultimate dividend, taking men's doubles 21-19, 21-13.
Women's singles world #1 Tai Tzu Ying's met Korea's Sung Ji Hyun for the third time this year and once again it required three games to come up on top, this time 21-15, 15-21, 21-14. For the first two games, Tai's net shots and smashes were average but no matter there were other weapons up her sleeve. The flat dropshots on the backhand retrievals and floating forehand ones demonstrated how unthreatened she felt on court. Sung's inch perfect depth on clears secured the second game. Tai's full repertoire came to bear in the rubber and then there were too many options and changes of balance for Sung's footwork to deal with .
Currently enjoying his highest world ranking of #2, Son Wan Ho was put under pressure even before he stepped on court for men's singles as Korea were already down 0-2 in the tie against Chinese Taipei. Playing catch up to Chou Tien Chen after the first game interval didn't help either. True to the way he normally plays, Son had simply been warming up both his shots and instincts and taking a look at Chou's game plan. Out came the signature Son smash in the nick of time which usually propped up an easy second shuttle to be put away.
It was no surprise that reigning All England champions Lee So Hee / Chang Ye Na picked up the women's doubles over Hsu Ya Ching / Wu Ti Jing, 21-13, 21-18,
Unheralded Lee Chia Hsin / Wang Chi-Lin produced a career boosting performance to beat Chae Yoo Jung / Choi Solgyu in the mixed doubles, 11-21, 21-18, 21-16, and take the tie 3-2 for Chinese Taipei. Wang's smash alone wouldn't be sufficient, this time his role also included keeping his partner Lee's emotions in check because the rallies were tight.