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Indonesia Reclaims Thomas Cup
 18 Oct 2021
Writer : NOC Team
Indonesia Reclaims Thomas Cup - Indonesia Olympic Commitee
Credit: NOC Team

Indonesia ended a nearly two decades drought and won the Thomas Cup for the 14th time after beating China 3-0 in the finals in Aarhus, Denmark, on Sunday.

Second singles Jonatan Christie confirmed the win for Indonesia after Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto gave Indonesia a 2-0 advantage over China.

Indonesia had won 13 previously and never won since 2002. Indonesia had good chances to add the tally after featuring in the finals in 2010 and 2016, failing both times.

Indonesia fielded Anthony in the first singles match, and the Olympic bronze medalist beat Lu Guang Zu in 77 minutes to give Indonesia a 1-0 lead. The team made an interesting choice in the first doubles match by fielding Fajar and Rian.

Eventually, Fajar and Rian carried their task successfully by defeating He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong to give Indonesia a 2-0 advantage.

Despite playing 100 minutes during the semifinals against Anders Antonsen, Jonatan looked determined as he held off Li Shi Feng in a three-game match. When Jonatan got his final point, his teammates ran to the court to celebrate.