Bangkok: Thailand is targeting quarter-final berths for their Thomas Cup and Uber Cup team at Thomas Cup and Uber Cup to be held at Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, from May 18-25. Thailand is sending nine members Thomas Cup and ten members Uber Cup team to New Delhi.
Thailand's national badminton coach Sompol Kookasemkit hopes Thailand could reach last eight in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. To be frank, its women's team stood a better chance to reach the second round than the men.Thailand's national badminton coach Sompol Kookasemkit hopes Thailand could reach last eight in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup. To be frank, its women's team stood a better chance to reach the second round than the men.
Thailand's Thomas Cup includes world No.8 Boonsak Ponsana, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, Suppanyu Avihingsanon, Sitthikom Thammasin, Patiphat Chalardchaleam, Maneepong Jongjit, Nipitphon Puangpuapech, Wannawat Ampunsuwan and Sudket Prapakamol.
Thailand's Uber Cup team consists of world champion and world No.4 Ratchanok Intanon, Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, Nichaon Jindapon, Busanan Ongbumrungpan, Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Puttita Supajirakul, Saralee Thoungthongkam, Savitree Amitrapai, Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
"If possible, we would like to reach the last eight in both Thomas Cup and Uber Cup events," said Thailand coach Sompol Kookasemkij.
"Although our women's team finished third for the 2012 Uber Cup in Wuhan, but this time, it's going to be tough for them to repeat what they did two years ago," he said. "We have some good women's singles but our women's doubles still need more exposures."
In Uber Cup, Thailand is drawn in Group C with hosts India, Canada and Hong Kong while the Thai Thomas Cup team is in Group A with Indonesia, Nigeria and Singapore.
Both teams will start their first game on May 19 where the Uber Cup team take on Hong Kong while the Thomas Cup team play against Nigeria. The top-two teams in each group qualify for the quarter-finals.