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News | BWF World Championships

News | BWF World Championships

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 witnessed a historic moment in the Women’s Doubles category. China, the dominant force, was unexpectedly shut out of medal contention. This year marked their earliest exit ever at the World Championships, breaking their long-standing record.

Changing of the Guard in Women’s Doubles

For decades, China has been the powerhouse in Women’s Doubles at the World Championships, having won the category almost every year since 1983, with one exception in 1995. However, this year Japan emerged as the new force to be reckoned with. Last year, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota came close to victory as runners-up, but this time they were determined to claim the title.

Japan’s Dominance

Japan’s Women’s Doubles teams were in top form, with all four pairs having an equal shot at the title. The championship match turned out to be an all-Japanese affair, as Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara defeated Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in a thrilling final. The victory marked Japan’s first Women’s Doubles title in 41 years at the World Championships.

Strong Performances from Indonesia

While Japan stole the spotlight, Indonesia also had a strong showing in the tournament. Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta put up a fight in the quarter-finals, losing to the Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in a closely contested match. Anggia Shitta Awanda and Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut also made an impressive run, stunning sixth seeds Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of Korea in the third round.

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Future Outlook

With Japan’s dominance and Indonesia’s resurgence in Women’s Doubles, other countries will need to regroup and strategize to challenge these new powerhouses. It will be interesting to see how rivals respond to Japan’s remarkable performance in the coming years.

FAQs

Q: How many times has China won the Women’s Doubles category at the World Championships?
A: With one exception in 1995, China has been the dominant force in Women’s Doubles since 1983 at the World Championships.

Q: Who were the winners of the Women’s Doubles category in this year’s World Championships?
A: Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara from Japan emerged as the champions in the Women’s Doubles category.

Q: When was the last time Japan won the Women’s Doubles title at the World Championships?
A: Japan’s last Women’s Doubles title at the World Championships was 41 years ago, in the inaugural year of the tournament.

Conclusion

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 witnessed a changing of the guard in Women’s Doubles, with Japan emerging as the new dominant force. China, who had previously dominated the category, experienced their earliest exit ever at the World Championships. Japan’s impressive performance and Indonesia’s resurgence have set the stage for an exciting future in Women’s Doubles badminton.