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Badminton: Singapore team thrashed in Uber Cup opener

Singapore's women shuttlers got their Uber Cup campaign off to a tough start in New Delhi. They were thumped 0-5 by 2010 champions South Korea.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's women shuttlers got their Uber Cup campaign off to a tough start in New Delhi.

They were thumped 0-5 by 2010 champions South Korea.

In Singapore's Group X singles matches, Chen Jiayuan was beaten in three games by world number five Sung Ji Hyun; Liang Xiaoyu lost her tie in straights to number six, Bae Yeon Ju; and Fu Mingtian was beaten in three games by Kim Hyo Min.

In the doubles, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari lost in straight games to Jang Ye Na and Kim So Young.

Vanessa Neo and Fu Mingtian took their opponents, Jun Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na, to three games but eventually lost.

Singapore's High Performance Director, Chua Yong Joo, said: "South Korea has one of the strongest women's teams in the Uber Cup, and they were 2010 winners.

"Even though we lost 0-5 to them, our players fought hard. If our players were able to keep their composure at crucial points, perhaps we could have won some matches," he added.

Head coach Liu Qingdong said: "I felt we played quite well. We dared to play and fight. But we committed quite a number of unforced errors.

"Jiayuan and Mingtian played well considering the fact that Jiayuan was up against the world number five, and Mingtian played in both singles and doubles."

Singapore's men shuttlers open their Thomas Cup campaign on Monday against Indonesia.

On Tuesday, Singapore's women's team will play against Indonesia.

Results:

South Korea beat Singapore 5-0

Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea) bt Chen Jiayuan (Singapore) 21-16, 15-21, 21-18

Bae Yeon Ju (South Korea) bt Liang Xiaoyu (Singapore) 21-8, 21-16

Kim Hyo Min (South Korea) bt Fu Mingtian (Singapore) 13-21, 21-19, 21-16

Jang Ye Na/Kim So Young (South Korea) bt Yao Lei/Shinta Mulia Sari (Singapore) 21-16, 21-13

Jun Kyung Eun/Kim Ha Na (South Korea) bt Vanessa Neo/Fu Mingtian (Singapore) 21-15, 20-22, 21-16 

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