China looking to make amends in Uber Cup as Japan prepares to launch title defence By Owen Lloyd Friday, 8 October 2021 Fourteen-time Uber Cup winners China will begin its campaign to recapture the title against Canada in one of the opening ties tomorrow in Aarhus in Denmark. China has won all but four editions of the competition since its first participation in 1984.However, at the last Uber Cup in Bangkok in 2018, the team failed to make the final for the first time while Japan beat hosts Thailand to claim the trophy.Indonesia will face Germany in the other opener at 8:30am.Japan, attempting to recover from a below-par performance at its home Olympics, will begin its title defence in the second session of the opening day against France at 1:30pm.In 2018, Japan won its first Uber Cup since 1981 ©Getty ImagesThe return of Saina Nehwal will give Indians hope that their country will bounce back from the drubbings they received at the Sudirman Cup.However, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu will not be participating as she is allowing herself time to recover from a hectic Tokyo 2020.The team is expected to advance into the quarter-finals from Group B as Spain will be without the services of Rio 2016 gold medallist Carolina Marin and Scotland has just one standout player in Kirsty Gilmour.Thailand, however, will provide a stern test with world number six Ratchanok Intanon leading the line.The Uber Cup will run alongside the men's Thomas Cup, which is also taking place at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus. Timeline Related stories October 2021: England withdraws just three days from start of Thomas Cup due to player injuries September 2020: BWF confirm postponement of Thomas and Uber Cup Finals for third time September 2020: Thomas and Uber Cup facing third postponement April 2020: BWF reschedule Thomas and Uber Cup Finals to October May 2018: Japan ease past Thailand to win first BWF Uber Cup since 1981 About the author Owen Lloyd Junior Reporter Follow @OwenLloydSJ Owen Lloyd is a junior reporter at insidethegames.biz, having joined the team in 2021. Lloyd has previously worked with Badminton England at the All England Open Badminton Championships, covered the 2019 General Election and hosted a radio show on local station Voice FM. He graduated from Solent University in 2021 with a 2:1 in sports journalism, where his final project examined diversity in rowing. Contact Owen Read more of Owen 's articles Follow @OwenLloydSJ on Twitter Tags badminton China Japan Uber Cup Thomas Cup Badminton World Federation BWF Aarhus Share this page /* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */ var disqus_shortname = 'itga'; var disqus_identifier = '1113960'; /* * * DON'T EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */ (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = '//' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by Disqus See our comment guidelines here