Sudirman Cup 2019: Updated Points, Standings and Schedule After Monday

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2019

NANNING, CHINA - MAY 20:  Nozomi Okuhara of Japan reacts in the Women's Single match against Natalia Perminova of Russia during day two of the Sudirman Cup at Guangxi Sports Center on May 20, 2019 in Nanning, China.  (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)
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Top seed Japan were given a scare by Russia in their opening match at the 2019 Sudirman Cup on Monday, but they eventually came through 3-2 winners to move top of Group 1A.

There were no such concerns for the Netherlands in Nanning, China, as they thrashed the United States 5-0 in Group 2A. They and France now each have two wins apiece in their pool after the latter also won on Monday, beating Vietnam 4-1.

In Group 3B, Switzerland beat Lithuania 4-1, while Sri Lanka overcame Slovakia by the same margin.

Here are the results from the morning session, along with the remaining fixtures on Monday:

Japan 3-2 Russia

France 4-1 Vietnam 

Switzerland 4-1 Lithuania 

Netherlands 5-0 USA 

Sri Lanka 4-1 Slovakia 

Denmark 2-3 England 

South Korea 4-1 Hong Kong

Germany 3-2 Singapore 

Canada 5-0 Israel 

Full results and standings can be found on the tournament's official website.


Tuesday Schedule

Morning Session (11 a.m. local, 4 a.m. BST, 11 p.m. ET Monday)

India vs. Malaysia 

USA vs. Vietnam 

Australia vs. Nepal

Kazakhstan vs. Greenland

Ireland vs. New Zealand 

Afternoon Session (6 p.m. local, 11 a.m. BST, 6 a.m. ET)

Thailand vs. Russia 

Netherlands vs. France

Sri Lanka vs. Lithuania 

Switzerland vs. Slovakia


Monday Recap

Japan were widely expected to breeze past Russia in their opening match, and they started well as Takuro Hoki and Wakana Nagahara prevailed 21-10, 21-15 in mixed doubles over Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova.

However, world No. 10 Kenta Nishimoto was beaten 21-18, 21-17 in men's singles by Vladimir Malkov in a 50-minute contest.

Japan fell behind in the match after Asian champions Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe were shocked by Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in a thrilling encounter:

BWF @bwfmedia

How will it end? Russia gains 2-1 lead over Japan #TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 Catch it live on https://t.co/Hltm3yds73 https://t.co/joP0ivQVuH

Russia had the momentum and looked as though they might pull off a huge shock early in the tournament.

But Japan's quality eventually came through.

They could not afford any more errors, and Nozomi Okuhara put Japan back on track with a 21-6, 21-16 win over Natalia Perminova in just half an hour.

It meant the match came down to women's doubles between the duo of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota and Russia's Ekaterina Bolotov and Davletova.

In the end, there was little doubt about where the match was going when the Japanese won the first game 21-5.

The second was much more competitive, but Fukushima and Hirota triumphed 21-16 to seal a victory for Japan that had looked in serious doubt after three rubbers. 

Later in the day, fourth seed South Korea got their tournament off to a winning start, earning an emphatic win over Hong Kong and eliminating their opponents from contention for the title in the process.

The most impressive individual performance in the match came from 17-year-old An Se Young:

BWF @bwfmedia

A convincing victory. What a performance by 17-year-old An Se Young 🇰🇷 RESULTS: https://t.co/DZkfc9bj5D #TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 https://t.co/qiNf9B6IDu

The other Group 1 match came between England and Denmark, with the result eventually decided in the final rubber.

In the women's doubles, Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith kept their composure in a decisive third set to earn a crucial win for England. This is the moment they got over the line:

BWF @bwfmedia

A "to and fro" tie sees @ChloeBirch95 and @LaurenE_Smith seal 3-2 win for England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 over Denmark 🇩🇰 🏸🏸 RESULTS: https://t.co/DZkfc9bj5D #TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 https://t.co/w57YC4H4SB

On Tuesday, there will be a Group 1 match in each session. India, seeded eighth, start their competition with a showdown against Malaysia. In the afternoon, Russia will be seeking to build on their encouraging performance in the loss to Japan against Thailand.