Group 1 Quarter-Finals
DENMARK vs THAILAND
Losing the men's doubles meant playing all five matches would decide the tie between Thailand and Denmark. The Rio Olympic silver medallists failed to deliver a crucial tie point at the end of the night.
It wasn't an upset in terms of world rankings when men's doubles #8 Mads Conrad-Petersen / Mads Pieler Kolding pipped Nipitphon Phuangphuapet / Bodin Isara to the post 15-21, 21-18, 21-16 nor considering that the Danes were 1-0 up in their head to head going into the match. But Thailand would chalk it down in their estimation as one due to belief there is talent and distinctiveness in their top pair.
The sting in Isara's smash was used up by the rubber game interval and without it a two points gap grew to six and then literally out of reach of the smash of Kolding, the tallest currently in badminton at slightly over 2 metres.
There were no surprises in the singles categories, both were sealed in straight games. Viktor Axelsen captured the men's category through many untouchable sharp half smashes and dropshots which left the opponent flat footed. Thailand's 2013 World Champion Ratchanok Intanon made Line Kjaersfeldt twist and turn to cover the all corners of the court.
In women's doubles, the Danish world #2 Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who did so well against a never before seen Indonesian pairing yesterday, couldn't find comfort dealing with the same sort of tactical move by Thailand. Having practiced their new partnership against the Chinese world #5s, Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Sapsiree Taerattanachai were a tighter fit this time around and error free. The Danes needed to earn every point off their opponents but weren't able to do it enough times.
CHINESE TAIPEI vs KOREA
Chinese Taipei and Korea each fielded different men's doubles pairings a night later and swapped victories through Choi Solgyu / Seo Seung Jae, 21-16, 14-21, 21-17. In the pool match the men's pairs possessed contrasting styles while in the quarter-finals it was like playing like.
All four singles personnel and the names of the winners stayed the same. World #1 Tai Tzu Ying beat Sung Ji Hyun 21-14, 26-24, in the women's. The vibe in the men's was electric as Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei was possessed of deeper self belief this time. Three consecutive amazing net shots of his lead to match point. The situation was only salvaged for Korea by Hawkeye overturning a line call on the rear perimeter. New world #1 Son Wan Ho remained poised and won the remaining points and the match against Chou, making it twice in consecutive nights.
Korea took the tie 4-1 when All England champions Chang Ye Na / Lee So Hee defeated Wu Ti Jing / Hsu Ya Ching, 21-13, 21-18. Chinese Taipei never got to use the mixed doubles of Lee Chia Tsin / Wang Chi-Lin who sent their country into the quarter-finals.