Group 2 Finals
VIETNAM vs SINGAPORE: 3-1
Vietnam upset second seeds Singapore to top Group 2 and place 13th out of 27 countries at this year's Sudirman Cup.
Do Tuan Duc / Pham Nhu Thao won the critical opening mixed doubles over Crystal Wong Jia Ying / Danny Bawa Chrisnanta 21-18, 23-21. Do had confidence to fully commit to his return of Wong's short serves and produced instant winners. Sensing the occasion at the tail end of game two, Do/Pham doubled their pace for the first time which worked a treat.
Terry Hee Yong Kai finished undefeated in men's doubles in Group 2 with a fourth win score of 21-12, 21-16. Singapore fielding the combined experience of a former top 10 and current top 20 mixed specialists in Hee/Chrisnanta was too great for Do Tuan Duc / Pham Hong Nam to handle.
Singapore's Ryan Ng Zin Wei was second youngster this week who wasn't phased by former top 10 star and 2010 Australian Open winner Nguyen Tien Minh. Nguyen was five points behind at the first game point but in chasing back to win it 25-23 snapped the spirit and sapped the strength of Ng. The second game came more easily for Vietnam, 21-9.
In women's singles, Grace Chua Hui Zhen found herself no match for Vu Thi Trang who had disposed of former world #14 Kirsty Gilmour in the previous tie. Vu added one more straight games victory this week to her mantle, 21-11, 21-11.
AUSTRALIA vs CANADA: 3-2
Australia rescued 15th place overall from 2-1 down in the tie and also 1 game down in men's doubles.
The matches featuring Sawan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa delivered the three points needed to win the tie and prevent an upset by Canada.
Together with Setyana Mapasa, Serasinghe brought down Josephine Wu / Nyl Yakura 21-13, 21-16, with a mixture of shots that split the Canadians apart frequently and forced Yakura to traverse a great deal of court. The Canadians attempted to prey on Mapasa but she stood her ground and defended admirably, sometimes showing off unexpected round-the-back strokes.
Australia's men both being all round doubles specialists marginally let slip the first game 20-22 but reeled back the next two 21-19, 21-18, against Jason Ho-Shue / Nyl Yakura. Ho-Shue snapping a string at a bad juncture allowed Australia to pull ahead three points very near the end. Chau's smash hitting the tape of the net on match point threw off the timing of Canada and dealt the death blow.
World #24 Setyana Mapasa / Gronya Somerville dropped their unbroken streak of straight games wins but kept their unbeaten record to take their fourth victory in the tournament, 21-12, 13-21, 21-17 over Rachel Honderich / Michelle Li of Canada. In fact, tonight's women's doubles contained three reigning Canada Open winners (Li in singles and Mapasa/Somerville in doubles.)
Honderich/Li were content to consistently play deep and high whereas the Australians used changes of pace throughout especially with Mapasa's mixed doubles skills showing up in her creative net play. Li displayed glimpses of her former top 20 doubles pedigree (circa London 2012 Olympic Games) through her calm defence composure but this alone wasn't enough to break the very practiced Australian partnership in the first game. The second game was Canada's because Li began finding opportunities to claim the forecourt. In response, Mapasa had energy in reserve to really unleash power smashes.
Canada ruled over the singles categories. Wendy Chen of Australia dictated play in much of the second game but 2012 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Michelle Li was able to reach most of the shuttles to win 21-19, 21-17. Jason Ho-Shue shone as the week grew and defeated Canberran Anthony Joe 21-17, 21-5.