Taiwan wins team title at World University Badminton Championship
Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) Taiwan won the team finals of the 2016 World University Badminton Championship in Russia on Wednesday, the country's first ever team title in the biennial tournament.
Taiwan topped China 3-0 in the best-of-five match finals to take the championship and gain revenge for the 4-1 defeat it was dealt by China in the tournament's group stage.
In the final, Taiwan swept the mixed doubles, men's singles and men's doubles matches to claim victory without having to play the remaining women's singles and women's doubles matches.
Taiwan's team reached the finals after blanking teams from Thailand (3-0) in the quarterfinals and Russia (3-0) in the semifinals.
The team competition opened on Sept. 12, with the participation of 13 teams from Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Taiwan.
Taiwan's team consists of 12 players from National Taiwan Sport University, the University of Taipei, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Taipei University of Business.
The singles and doubles events at the championship are being held from Friday to Sunday.
Taiwan's Wang Tzu-wei is the top seed in the men's singles, Chang Ko-chi and Chang Hsin-tien are the top seeds in the mixed doubles, Hsu Ya-ching is the top seed in the women's singles, and Lee Jhe-huei and Lee Yang are the top seeds in the men's doubles. (Courtesy of CNA)