Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

News | BWF World Championships

Women’s singles SU5 World Champion Ayako Suzuki of Japan is determined to defend her title at the TOTAL BWF World Para-Badminton Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland, refusing to be defeated by younger athletes. In her first match of the tournament, Suzuki showcased her skills by defeating China’s Li Tongtong 21-19 19-21 21-9. Despite losing the second game, Suzuki maintained her composure and dominated the final game, winning 6-21.

Suzuki’s main competitors, Yang Qiuxia of China and Cathrine Rosengren of Denmark, have personal scores to settle with her. However, Suzuki remains confident, relying on her experience to overcome the challenges posed by her younger opponents. Yang seeks to avenge her previous defeat at the World Championships, while Rosengren is determined to dethrone Suzuki.

In the women’s singles Short Stature (SS6) category, reigning World Champion Rachel Choong of England had a cautious start to the tournament but eventually triumphed over Jayci Simon of the USA with a score of 21-11 21-7. Choong praised her young American opponent and acknowledged her potential for future success.

Choong, a three-time SS6 World Champion, faces stiff competition from Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda. Choong anticipates a fast-paced match due to Poveda’s aggressive playstyle. For now, Choong’s immediate focus is on the doubles matches scheduled for Day 2.

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In other results, Swiss pair Cynthia Mathez and Karin Suter-Erath faced off against Germany’s Elka Rongen and Valeska Knoblauch in a women’s doubles WH1-2 match that lasted 113 minutes, ultimately resulting in a victory for the local team with a score of 21-13 14-21 21-13. Meanwhile, Japan’s Sarina Satomi and Yuma Yamazaki, the top seeds in the women’s doubles WH1-2 category, defeated Russia’s Liusia Ignatenko and Irina Kuzmenko 21-4 21-5.

In the women’s singles SL4 category, top seed Leani Ratri Oktila emerged victorious against Olivia Meier of Canada with a score of 21-13 21-7. The top two seeds in the women’s singles SL3 category from India, Parul Dalsukhbhai Parma and Manasi Girishchandra Joshi, both secured victories in their group matches. Parma defeated Brazil’s Abinaecia Maria Da Silva 21-1 21-8, while Joshi overcame Catherin Naudin of France with a score of 21-5 21-3.

Carmen Giuliana Poveda, discussing her goals, expressed her determination to win against Rachel Choong and become the World Champion. She has previously defeated and lost to Choong, making this their third encounter. Poveda acknowledged the physical challenges of the tournament but emphasized her lifelong dream of winning the World Championships.

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