After two German wins the pressure was on Thailand
Report by Vincent Lee (Hongkong)
Before the game, most audience might predict this match up would be favorable to Thailand. But the reality may be totally different.
The first single player, Marc Zwiebler, who joined Thomas cup 4 years ago, played against Thailand’s Boonsak. He was confident throughout the match and shows no sign of fear. However, confidence is not the key element, he ended up losing the game in straight sets. (17-21, 19-21) After the game, he commented that he was irritated by the current at the stadium that might have influenced his judgment during the game, but he still satisfied with his performance in general.
Then German sticks back. Leading by the 4th time Thomas cup player Kristof Hopp and Ingo Kindervater, they defeated Thailand’s Sudket and Tesana to win the 1st double in straight sets (22-20, 21-17) to even up the series.
Afterwards, German sent their young talented player Dieter Domke to play their 2nd single against Thailand Poompat. The 21-year-old German who participated his 1st Thomas cup was a bit nervous on the court which costed him the first set (17-21). With Poompat leading the beginning of 2nd set, Domke came back from behind by his power smash to tie the score at 15. As the momentum swinged towards the German, he took the 2nd set at (21-19). After getting use to the atmosphere, he led the 3rd set with ease until the score tied at 15. Then with his aggressive playing style, he upsets Poompat at (21-16) to lead the series 2-1.
As the pressure on Thailand, their Songphon and Nuttaphon faced a must win situation to play against German team - Spiko and Fuchs for the 2nd double match. The result was extremely even. Thailand first took the 1st set with the score (19-21). Then the German strengthened their defence in set 2 to tie the game at 16. After a few changes in possession, the game was still tied at 21. Thailand’s team finally closed out the game at 23 to end the match. (21-23)
Now that the series tied at 2-2, the 3rd single match becomes the key to win the match. The 2 young competitors are the German Marcel Reuter and Thailand Tanongsak. Tanongsak opened up the gap at 6-3, then Reuter strikes back to minimize the gap to 14-12. Tanongsak took control afterwards to win the 1st set at 21-14. 2nd set is a much closer game, Thailand took the led at 7-4. But Reuter’s toughness forced the game tied at 9, 14 and 18. However, he wasn’t able to bring the match into duce and lose the game at 19-21.
After the match, Germany’s Team Manager was delighted with the team’s performance of today. Although the German Team is a considerably young team and was predicted as an underdog in the match up, yet the game was much closer than expected. He also applauded the 2nd single match player – Dieter Domke with his amazing performance to win the game at age of 21.
1.E: Marc Zwiebler - Boonsak Ponsana 17:21 19:21
1.D: Ingo Kindervater & Kristof Hopp - Sudket Prapakamol & Tesana Panvisavas 22:20 21:17
2.E: Dieter Domke - Poompat Sapkulchananart 12:21 21:19 21:16
2.D: Roman Spitko & Michael Fuchs - Songphon Anugritayawon & Nuttaphon Narkthong 19:21 21:23
3.E: Marcel Reuter - Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 14:21 19:21.