Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

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Gregoria Mariska Tunjung shines in a thrilling victory over Kirsty Gilmour at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018. Tunjung, ranked No.22, showcased her talent against Gilmour, ranked No.24, in an intense match on the opening day of the tournament. The 18-year-old Indonesian emerged victorious after a remarkable comeback against the former European and Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

A Hard-Fought Battle

Despite losing the first game, Gilmour fought back to level the match after being down 11-14 in the second game. Tunjung, on the other hand, struggled with errors and seemed demoralized. However, she quickly regrouped in the decider, using her opponent’s weaknesses to her advantage. Gilmour found herself repeatedly stranded by Tunjung’s deep flicks, ultimately leading to her unraveling.

In an interview, Tunjung admitted to being confused by Gilmour’s change in tempo during the second game, which resulted in her making mistakes. However, she regained her focus and played shots that made Gilmour uncomfortable, ultimately turning the tide in her favor.

Tunjung’s next challenge will be facing Chen Yufei, the bronze medallist from the previous World Championships, who also happens to be her predecessor as World Junior champion.

Impressive Performances

In the same half of the draw, Tunjung’s compatriot Fitriani Fitriani fought a tough battle against Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri, emerging victorious in three games. Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei also had a smooth victory over Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po in straight games.

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England’s Chloe Birch showcased her resilience by turning the tide against Spain’s Beatriz Corrales. Birch fought back from 12-17 and 15-19 down to secure a hard-fought victory. She will now face the No.12 seed Beiwen Zhang from the USA in the second round.

Mixed Doubles Thrills

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa displayed great determination in their match against Denmark’s Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen. The Indian duo saved three game points and clinched victory in two games, earning them a spot against Germany’s Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.

Exciting Doubles Battles

In Men’s Doubles, Thailand had mixed luck. While Tinn Isriyanet and Kittisak Namdash dominated their match against Russia’s Evegenij Dremin and Denis Grachev, their compatriots Kittinupong Kedren and Dechapol Puavaranukroh faced a tough challenge and fell after an hour-long battle. Indonesia’s Ronald Ronald and Annisa Saufika also secured a hard-fought victory against France’s Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo, earning them a spot against China’s second seeds Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping.

In Women’s Doubles, Malaysia’s Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei overcame a tough challenge from France’s Delphine Delrue and Lea Palermo. The Malaysian duo secured a straight games victory and will face Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the second round.


Q: Who is Gregoria Mariska Tunjung’s next opponent?
A: Gregoria Mariska Tunjung will be facing Chen Yufei in the next round. Chen is the bronze medallist from the previous World Championships.

Q: Who are the top seeds in Mixed Doubles?
A: The top seeds in Mixed Doubles are Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukumuljo from Indonesia.

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The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 started off with thrilling matches, showcasing the talent and determination of the players. The competition promises to be an exciting journey as the players battle it out for the prestigious title. Stay tuned for more updates on the Carnegiecentre website.

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