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24 Sep, 2018
finals of the CHINA OPEN 2018, the prodigy shuttler Anthony Ginting conquered
the title after foiling his nemesis and World No 4, Kento Momota of Japan and
no longer this can be considered as a fluke or just a major stroke of luck.
Infact, this is undoubtedly the most significant victory of Ginting's career.
was remarkable, and he also thumped the previous three world badminton
champions, sailing to the Men's Singles finals.
inaugural round, Ginting thwarted Lin Dan after which Viktor Axelson was
defeated by the Indonesian ace. In the quarterfinals, Ginting bites a bullet
with Chen Long and prevailed over him. Winning against the outstanding Momota
was a tough task for the underdog shuttler Ginting. In the past few major
championships, Momota has been reigning the courts and defeating him is
definitely an arduous task.
foiled Momota at the Asian Games, it was, in fact, a big break for the
shuttler. Ginting defeated Momota at the China Open 2018 by 23-2, 21-19 in a
back-breaking clash that longed for an hour.
well-balanced and nonchalant Japanese shuttler who has whitewashed many of his
opponents in the major tournaments made a few errors and lost his control on
the shuttler from both the ends. In both the games, Momota tried his best to
maintain his dominance but failed as the Indonesian player kept delivering his
flattering performance. Momota couldn't manage to play well on the slippery
ground, while on the other hand, Ginting's stubbornness helped him to continue
In the opening
game, Ginting was chasing the lead by Momota 14-19 whereas, in the second game,
Momota was on the lead with a 10-15. In both the games, Momota was clearly
prevailing but the Indonesian shuttler also flaunted his lightning-fast
performance and defence skills on the court.
victory, the only remarkable win of Ginting in all these months was the
Indonesia Masters that took place in January.
to God that I could win," said Ginting. "The match was tight and the
margin was thin. I just tried to do what I did in previous matches when I was
trailing. I just kept my focus, aiming to get the next point. The drift was a
problem and I had to readjust in the second game. I kept the pressure on him
with my attack whenever possible." Ginting said, as quoted in the bwf
In the Women's
Singles, the most prominent and amazing shuttler Carolina Marin won the second
title in two weeks with Japan Open as her recent title. The local Chen Yufei
was as stunning as any other female shuttler but she couldn't manage to
overthrow Marin and surrendered at 18-21, 13-21.
shuttler made a few mistakes and Marin took full advantage of all the loopholes
of her opponent and didn't give Yufei any space and stamped her dominance for
the second time, this month. Although, Yufei was leading in the inaugural game
and she was strong at 12-5, the Spaniard player her usual attacking shots and
Yufei failed to handle them all; struggled to regain her lead and her efforts
went in vain losing with 18-21.
In the second
game. Yufei tried to make a strong comeback and she took the lead, but again
failed in front of the precision and attacking games. Marin took 12 points in a
row and won the match and her third major title of the year 2018.
performance here was not 100 per cent, but I'm am happy that I played ten
matches in two weeks and won both titles," said Marin as quoted in the bwf
news. "Today was tough because she was playing really well at the
beginning of both games, and with the home crowd supporting her, she was more
confident. I tried to keep my focus, tried to keep going and just enjoy the
game. I kept pushing her, I wanted to show that I want to win here." She
In the Women's
Doubles, the Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo conquered a
quick victory which was surprisingly amazing. The pair beat their compatriot
duo and World Champions Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto in the decider
match. After the Malaysian Open that was held in June, this was the biggest
victory of the Olympic Champions. The winner pair is also senior to their young
In the Mixed
Doubles match, the pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong of China won their
sixth title of this year as they hammered their Compatriot duo of Zhang Nan and
Li Yinhui with a 21-16, 21-9. In November 2017, Siwei and Huang came together
as a pair and it was their ninth title as a pair.
stated "I'm very happy of course. We are bit tired after these four
tournaments. We need to recuperate now. We need to stay balanced and try to
improve. We didn't think about winning four tournaments in a row, we were just
focussed on one tournament at a time,"
In the Men's
Doubles, Astrup and Rasmussen of Denmark thwarted their opponents and young
players Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. The Chinese pair was hustling
for their first ever major tournament finals, however, they were defeated by
21-13, 17-21, 21-14.
pair evaluated the capability of their opponents and fought hard in the decider
game, after losing in the second game. In the game, the Chinese duo levelled up
their game from 7-15 to 12-15 in just a few minutes but because of the lack of
experience, they couldn't work it out and the arduous match was concluded in 52
us are quite surprised," said Rasmussen. "It sounds like a cliché,
but we're surprised that we won the China Open because it is one of the biggest
tournaments. We came as the eighth seeds, and we beat pairs that we'd lost to
before. And we've never been in such a big final before." As quoted in the
bit speechless," added Astrup. "There were nerves today, it was
stressful. You could tell it was their first big final. But we managed to stay
almost cool. I'm overwhelmed."
conveyed wishes to Men's Singles World No.4 Lee Chong Wei, who is recovering
from an illness: "I want to say our thoughts are with Lee Chong Wei and
his family right now. We pray for him to recover."