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Redemption for Wang Yihan

Two years ago, she blamed herself when South Korea stunned China in the Uber Cup.

On Saturday, Wang Yihan (right), redeemed herself when she led her country to a 3-0 victory over the same opponents as China reclaimed the Uber Cup.

Wang Yihan, however, feared her worst fears were going to come through against Sung Ji Hyun.

The South Korean, who defeated her at the World Superseries Finals five months ago, had four match points but squandered them, all as the world champion claimed an emotional 14-21, 22-20, 21-13, in 86 minutes.

“I felt it was like a deja vu when I took a glimpse at the trophy. All those uncomfortable memories flooded back,” said the world No. 1.

“It’s a milestone for me – now I can proudly say that I’m over the 2010 loss. I never thought I would cry on court, I could not hold back my tears.

“I have a bad habit of letting players reach match point. It is my weakness and I did it again and I need to overcome this.”

A disappointed Ji Hyun said her was too nervous towards the end and this led her to her downfall.

“I was so close to victory. I was too nervous in the second game and this gave Wang the chance to comeback,” said a dejected Ji Hyun (left).

World champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang (below), then showed just why many believe they are one of the best pairs in the history of the game when they outlasted Kim Min Jung-Ha Jung Eun 21-15, 21-13 in 54 minutes.

That paved the way for former world No. 1 Wang Xin to clinch the winning and she didn’t disappoint, taking just 39 minutes to defeat Bae Youn Joo 21-10, 21-16.

The victory was China’s 12th in the history of the competition and afterwards chief coach Li Yongbo challenged the team go equal their record of six Uber Cup triumphs.

“We made mistakes the last time (in 2010). Thanks for all our coaches and players’ effort in the past two years we are champions again. I’m expecting another six-title-streak,” he said.

On Sunday, the men will try to win their ninth Thomas Cup and fifth straight title when they meet South Korea. The Koreans are appearing in only their second ever Thomas Cup final.

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