By Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
Entering the tie in hope to finish second in the group behind Japan, the Kingdom’s shuttlers looked in trouble when they found themselves fall behind Russia 1-2 from the men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles matches.
Thailand got off to a dismal start when Kittinupong Kerdren and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet lost the opening rubber to Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov 11-21 21-19 15-21.
Thai star Ratchanok Intanon remedied the situation following a 21-7 21-16 win over Evgeniya Kosetskaya to level the tie to one all.
However, world No 18 Kantaphon Wangcharoen suffered a shock defeat to the 62nd ranked Vladimir Malkov 13-21 15-21 in the men’s singles , leaving Thailand with no choice but to win the two remaining matches.
Women’s doubles word No 9 Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai kept the Thai hope alive by defeating Ekaterina Bolotova 21-9 21-14 as the two nations were locked at 2 all.
In the end, Thailand reigned supreme when the mixed doubles pair outclassed Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova 21-10 21-11.
Thailand face Japan this afternoon in a battle for the group top spot. Win or lose, the two countries will proceed to the quarter-finals as the top finishers of the group.