The unlikely upset was dependant on Denmark getting off to a winning start and their stars to recover from recent dips in form. China turned out to be just too strong on the day, as they retained the Sudirman for their 8th success.
Ma and Xu put China into an early advantage with their two game victory over Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen, winning 21-14, 21-14 and leaving Peter Gade needing a victory over Lin Dan to give Denmark any chance of winning. Lin Dan was in no mood to give Denmark a chance to get back into the final, defeating Peter Gade 21-16, 21-11 to put China on the brink of victory.
The men’s doubles did provide a shock as Denmark broke up their world #1 pairing and played Carsten Mogensen with Jonas Rasmussen against Cai and Fu in the men’s doubles. The decision did not reap any rewards as the Danish pair lost 21-17, 21-13 and China took their third and decisive match to retain the Sudirman Cup.
The questions will be asked over Boe and Mogensen’s poor form this week as well as the shock defeats that some of the Chinese women suffered in the singles, both nations had plenty of positives from the week but the real disappointment was the world #1 Danish pair who simply didn’t turn up this week.