Indonesia beat China to win first Thomas Cup in 19 years

2020 Olympics bronze medalist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting won the opening match that paved the way for Indonesia to beat China 3-0 in the Thomas Cup final and claim their first title in 19 years. Shi Tang/Getty Images

Indonesia have been crowned Thomas Cup champions for the first time in 19 years after beating China 3-0 in Sunday's final at Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark.

The triumph was the Indonesians' 14th overall but first since 2002, as China -- fielding a relatively inexperienced outfit -- came up short in their quest to retain the crown and claim a 7th title in nine editions.

2020 Olympics men's singles bronze medalist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting got Indonesia on their way as he came from a game down to beat Lu Guangzu 18-21, 21-14, 21-16 in the opening match.

The pair of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto then had no real problems in seeing off He Jiting and Zhou Haodong in the first doubles match of the afternoon, winning in straight games 21-12, 21-19.

Completing the clean sweep for the Southeast Asian nation was then Jonatan Christie, who -- like Ginting -- was given a test by Li Shifeng but ultimately prevailed 21-14, 18-21, 21-14.

Victory in the Thomas Cup marks an impressive few months for Indonesian badminton following the summer's Tokyo Games, where the women's doubles pair of Greyisa Polii and Apriyani Rahayu won their country's first-ever gold medal in that event to go with Ginting's bronze.