Zhao Junpeng of China competes against Koceila Mammeri of Algeria during a group B match at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, May 10, 2022. (RACHEN SAGEAMSAK / XINHUA)
BANGKOK - China's men's badminton team eased past Algeria 5-0 on Tuesday to take the second win in the Thomas Cup group stage.
China's top singles Lu Guangzu, was replaced by Zhao Junpeng, who led China 21-11 and 21-15 against Koceila Mammeri in the opening match
In this campaign, China's top singles Lu Guangzu, was replaced by Zhao Junpeng, who led China 21-11 and 21-15 against Koceila Mammeri in the opening match. In the second singles, Li Shifeng easily defeated Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi by 21-7 and 21-10.
Ren Xiangyu and Tan Qiang made their Thomas Cup debut, defeating Sifeddine Larbaoui and Mohamed Abdelaziz Ouchefoun 21-4 and 21-4 in less than 20 minutes.
Liu Yuchen (right)/Ou Xuanyi of China compete in the men's doubles match against Koceila Mammeri/Youcef Sabri Medel of Algeria during a group B match at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, May 10, 2022. (RACHEN SAGEAMSAK / XINHUA)
Men's singles player Weng Hongyang, who was also making his first appearance in the campaign, and doubles Liu Yuchen and Ou Xuanyi both won in straight sets to give China a 5-0 victory.
China will face Denmark in the third and last group match to decide the group winner.
"I am looking forward to the match against China," Viktor Axelsen, the world No 1 in men's singles, said after his match against France on Tuesday.
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