BWF World Championships 2018: Finals Highlight

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Swetha Reddy Image Courtesy: GoBadminton File 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 Sunday.

 

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 94-minutes. 

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.

Final Results:

Men’s Singles: Kento Momota beat Shi Yuqi with 21-11, 21-13

Women’s Singles: Carolina Marin beat PV Sindhu with 21-19, 21-10

Men’s Doubles: Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen beat Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda with 21-12, 21-19

Women’s Doubles: Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara beat Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 19-21, 21-19, 22-20

Mixed Doubles: heng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong beat Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping with 21-17, 21-19

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