Uber Cup

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Uber Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Thomas & Uber Cup
Sport Badminton
Founded 1957
No. of teams 12
Countries BWF member nations
Most recent champion(s)  China (13th title)
Most titles  China (13 titles)

The Uber Cup, sometimes called the World Team Championships for Women, is a major international badminton competition contested by women's national badminton teams. First held in 1956–1957 and contested at three year intervals, it has been contested every two years since 1984 when its scheduled times and venues were merged with those of Thomas Cup, the world men's team championship. The Uber Cup is named after a former British women's badminton player, Betty Uber, who in 1950 had the idea of hosting a women's event similar to that of the men .[1] She also made the draw for the 1956–1957 inaugural tournament, which took place at Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England.[2]

The cup follows a similar format to that of the men's competition of the Thomas Cup. As of the 2014 tournament, China is the most successful team, having won thirteen times. Japan is second, having won it five times, followed by Indonesia and United States, each with three cups.

The 2016 tournament wll be held in Kunshan, China.[3]

Trophy[edit]

The Uber Cup trophy was officially presented at the annual general meeting in 1956, the year the first Uber Cup tournament was first held.[2] It was made by Mappin & Webb, prominent silversmiths on Regent Street in London. The trophy is 20 inches high with a rotating globe on top of a plinth and a female player standing on top of a shuttlecock.[1]

Results[edit]

Uber Cup summaries[edit]

1957 – 1981[edit]

Year[4] Host Final
Winner Score Runner-up
1957
Details
Lancashire, England
United States
6–1
Denmark
1960
Details
Philadelphia, United States
United States
5–2
Denmark
1963
Details
Wilmington, United States
United States
4–3
England
1966
Details
Wellington, New Zealand
Japan
5–2
United States
1969
Details
Tokyo, Japan
Japan
6–1
Indonesia
1972
Details
Tokyo, Japan
Japan
6–1
Indonesia
1975
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
5–2
Japan
1978 Auckland, New Zealand
Japan
5–2
Indonesia
1981 Tokyo, Japan
Japan
6–3
Indonesia

1984 – 1988[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Score Fourth Place
1984
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
5–0
England

Korea
5–0
Denmark
1986
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
China
3–2
Indonesia

Korea
3–2
Japan
1988
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
5–0
Korea

Indonesia
5–0
Japan

1990 onwards[edit]

Year Host Final Semi-finalists
Winner Score Runner-up
1990
Details
Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan
China
3–2
Korea

Indonesia

Japan
1992
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
3–2
Korea

Sweden

Indonesia
1994
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
3–2
China

Sweden

Korea
1996
Details
Hong Kong
Indonesia
4–1
China

Korea

Denmark
1998
Details
Hong Kong, China SAR
China
4–1
Indonesia

Denmark

Korea
2000
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
China
3–0
Denmark

Korea

Indonesia
2002
Details
Guangzhou, China
China
3–1
Korea

Netherlands

Hong Kong
2004
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
China
3–1
Korea

Denmark

Japan
2006
Details
Sendai & Tokyo, Japan
China
3–0
Netherlands

Germany

Chinese Taipei
2008
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia
China
3–0
Indonesia

Korea

Germany
2010
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Korea
3–1
China

Japan

Indonesia
2012
Details
Wuhan, China
China
3–0
Korea

Thailand

Japan
2014
Details
New Delhi, India
China
3–1
Japan

India

Korea
2016
Details
Kunshan, China

Successful national teams[edit]

So far, only 5 countries have won the Uber Cup with China the most successful team with 13 titles, followed by Japan (5 titles), Indonesia (3 titles), United States (3 titles) and Korea (1 title). The Uber Cup has only crossed the shores of two continents so far: Asia and North America.

Eight teams have made it into the finals. The finalists other than 5 winner countries above are Denmark, England and the Netherlands. Sweden, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and India are the other five teams which have made it into the final four.

Teams Titles Runners-up
 China 13 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012*, 2014) 3 (1994, 1996, 2010)
 Japan 5 (1966, 1969*, 1972*, 1978, 1981*) 2 (1975, 2014)
 Indonesia 3 (1975*, 1994*, 1996) 7 (1969, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1986*, 1998, 2008*)
 United States 3 (1957, 1960*, 1963*) 1 (1966)
 Korea 1 (2010) 6 (1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2012)
 Denmark 3 (1957, 1960, 2000)
 England 2 (1963, 1984)
 Netherlands 1 (2006)
* = hosts

Team appearances at the final stages[edit]

The map shows countries that qualified for the final stages of the Uber Cup

As of 2014, twenty-one teams were qualified in the whole history of the competition for the final stages of the Uber Cup. Asia is the continent with most teams at ten, followed by Europe with six. Americas and Oceania have each had two teams that qualified while South Africa is the only team that has qualified from Africa.

22 times
18 times
16 times
14 times
10 times
7 times
6 times
5 times
4 times
2 times

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thomas -/Uber Cup history". Archived from the original on 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b "THE LADIES' WORLD TEAM BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE UBER CUP". Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  3. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (28 May 2014). "Next Thomas-Uber Stop – Kunshan, China!". Badminton World Federation (Bwfbadminton.org). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ From 1957 to 1981, Uber Cup actually play each edition for two years, the years shown here is only for final tournament.

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