Japan's women defeat Thailand 3-0 in Uber Cup final

(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) Japan lived up to its top-seeding by outclassing Thailand 3-0 in the women's Uber Cup final on Saturday to claim a sixth victory in the badminton tournament.

Akane Yamaguchi toppled Ratchanok Intanon�21-15 21-19 before Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota downed Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Puttita Supajirakul 21-18 21-12 in the doubles.

World champion Nozomi Okuhara then breezed past Nitchaon Jindapol 21-12 21-9.

"I was concerned about the support from the home fans�but my players proved they were really focused and determined to win," Japan coach Park Joo Bong said.

Thailand coach Rexy Mainaky saluted the host team, which was appearing in its first final following a stunning 3-2 win over defending champion China on Friday.

"I'm so proud of my players as they have never come this far in the Uber Cup," he said.

Japan's men meet China in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday.

Updated May 26, 2018