Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Badminton Pan America

By BWF | BadmintonPhoto

In the world of badminton, one match win can make all the difference. Just ask Howard Shu, a player from the USA who finally experienced the thrill of victory at the World Championships after a decade of playing.

Shu had previously fallen at the first hurdle in the five previous World Championships he participated in. But in his tenth year of competing, he managed to hold off Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori in a thrilling 66-minute match, winning by just two points (21-18 13-21 21-19).

Reflecting on the win, Shu expressed his happiness and excitement, especially during an Olympic year when every win counts. For players at the top of the rankings, early-round victories may be expected, but for Shu, this win was a precious and rare achievement.

After battling injuries and close losses in recent tournaments, Shu was able to break his momentum and come out on top. As his competitive career nears its end, he now approaches the game with a different perspective. With a job as an IT consultant, he can enjoy badminton more and appreciate the opportunities it brings.

It’s interesting for Shu to contemplate why his first win came at this stage of his career, when he’s older and battling injuries. He had expected to win earlier in his career, but sometimes fate has its own plans.

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As Shu looks forward to the upcoming Olympic cycle, he aims to savor every moment and make the most of his last 12 months as a player. Retirement may be on the horizon, but for now, he’s focused on giving his all on the court.


Q: How long did it take Howard Shu to win his first match at the World Championships?
A: It took Howard Shu a decade before finally winning a match at the World Championships.

Q: Did Howard Shu expect to win the match at this stage of his career?
A: No, Howard Shu had expected to win earlier in his career, but he’s grateful for the victory nonetheless.

Q: What is Howard Shu’s perspective on the game now compared to earlier in his career?
A: Howard Shu is now able to enjoy the game more as he approaches the end of his career. With a job as an IT consultant, he has a different outlook and appreciates the opportunities badminton brings.


After a decade of playing at the World Championships, Howard Shu from the USA finally achieved his first victory. The win came after battling injuries and close losses, making it even more meaningful for him. As his competitive career nears its end, Shu embraces the game with a newfound perspective, enjoying it more than ever. With retirement on the horizon, he aims to make the most of his remaining time as a player. This victory serves as a testament to his perseverance and dedication to the sport.

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