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08 Aug, 2018
Curtain comes down for the
most awaited BWF World Championships 2018 witnessing unforeseen resurgence,
brawl fights, and star face-off in Nanjing, China.
Probably, it will take a
while for the badminton fraternity to transpire the scenes at the tournament.
Winning 33rd match of the
year out of 36 with in just over a year after returning from a 15-month
dismissal from competitive badminton, Kento Momota has become World champion on
On the other hand, Shi
Yuqi, who has shown the rising face of the Chinese badminton, played smart
throughout the tournament, but unable to justify the hope in the summit clash in the home-country.
The Japanese Kento Momota
toppled the Chinese Shi Yuqi with 21-11, 21-13 in the longest 46-minute fight
with dedication and sublime defence. Without not much of dives and lunges,
Momota went after the bird, as he could foresee the incoming.
Shi’s uncanny mistakes in straight games,
a big advantage to Momota to clinch the title; led with 11-8 before sealing the
first game with 8 straight points, but in the second game, Shi managed to level
the score a times before capitulating.
Earlier in the Women’s Singles event,
Carolina Marin from Spain lifted the trophy for the third time defeating PV Sindhu with 21-19, 21-10 in the
match of 49 minutes.
The Indian led the first game with 12-8
from the onset trail of 1-3, before the Spaniard chipped away with straight
points towards the deficit. It was hard to choose between the shuttlers till
18-18 and Marin made it easier for the spectators with her win.
In the second game, the script was a
surreal. Marin went on to win points increasing the gap with a huge difference of 11-2 by the breather
and never looked back later.
Marin just minded-her business in style
without even letting the Indian to receive the serve in the gruelling Finals.
This was the repeat of Rio Olympics 2016
Finals between the fighters.
Meanwhile in Doubles, China slayed as the
World leader again winning two titles and Japan one.
After Semi-Finals, Japan were assured of
the Women’s Doubles title and China the Mixed Doubles. For the hosts after Shi
Yuqi’s defeat, they could rely on Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, who defeated the Japanese
Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in the Men’s Doubles clash.
In the pitched battle, Li and Liu
outclassed Kamura and Sonoda with 21-12, 21-19 for their first ever title.
Top seeds in the Mixed Doubles, Zheng
Siwei and Huang Yaqiong grabbed the title over the compatriots and the second
seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping with 21-17, 21-19 in 49 minutes.
The encounter between the lower seeds
Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara and the second seeds Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka
Hirota is a craving confrontation to register as Japan’s first champions in the
discipline since 1977.
Mayu/Wakana defeated Yuki/Sayaka with
19-21, 21-19, 22-20 in the lengthiest match of the tournament of
After both ends breathing down the neck,
the third game was a steady play; Yuki and Sayaka accelerated to a lead of
18-13, before their challengers hold on to them with gradual win of points,
eventually to the deficit and the tournament point.
Singles: Kento Momota beat Shi Yuqi
with 21-11, 21-13
Singles: Carolina Marin beat PV
Sindhu with 21-19, 21-10
Doubles: Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen
beat Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda with 21-12, 21-19
Doubles: Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana
Nagahara beat Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 19-21, 21-19, 22-20
Doubles: heng Siwei and Huang
Yaqiong beat Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping with 21-17, 21-19