Friday, 14 Jun 2024

TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019: A Historic Event in Basel

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Basel, Switzerland, will be the proud host of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 from August 19 to 25. This prestigious event marks a significant moment, as Switzerland welcomes the World Championships after 24 years.

An Unforgettable Past

In 1995, Lausanne had the honor of hosting the World Championships. Coincidentally, that year, the Sudirman Cup and the World Championships were held together. Indonesia, the inaugural Sudirman Cup winners in 1989, boasted an impressive team featuring Heryanto Arbi, Susi Susanti, Rexy Mainaky, Ricky Subagja, and more. However, a young and determined Chinese squad led by Sun Jun and Ye Zhaoying surprised everyone by clinching their first Sudirman Cup title.

Susanti, the Olympic champion, faced defeat against Ye Zhaoying in the first match of the final, which set the tone for the rest of Indonesia’s tournament. They ultimately lost 3-0. The following week, in the World Championships’ women’s singles semifinals, Susanti encountered Ye Zhaoying once again. Despite her best efforts, Susanti succumbed to Ye Zhaoying’s superior preparation and skills, eventually losing 5-11, 11-8, 11-2.

A Display of Excellence

The men’s singles saw top seed Heryanto Arbi’s remarkable comeback after his Sudirman Cup defeat to Sun Jun. Arbi reached the final without dropping a game. Meanwhile, Thomas Stuer-Lauridsen’s journey came to an unfortunate end when a knee injury abruptly terminated his match against Korea’s Park Sung Woo.

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In a fast-paced and intense final, Arbi faced a formidable opponent in Park. Despite facing deficits in both games, Arbi summoned his strength and emerged victorious with a score of 15-11, 15-8.

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Indonesia celebrated another triumph in men’s doubles through Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja. After clinching the World Grand Prix and All England titles, they secured the World Championships gold in Lausanne without dropping a single game. Their path to victory included a 15-8, 15-6 win over Malaysia’s Cheah Soon Kit and Yap Kim Hock in the semifinals, followed by an even more impressive 15-5, 15-2 victory against Denmark’s Thomas Lund and Jon Holst-Christensen in the final.

In women’s doubles, Gil Young Ah and Jang Hye Ock made history as the first Korean women’s doubles pair to win the World Championships. They faced tough opponents in the final, Indonesia’s Finarsih and Lili Tampi, eventually triumphing with a score of 3-15, 15-11, 15-10. Their journey to the gold medal included victories over China’s Ge Fei and Gu Jun, as well as Qin Yiyuan and Tang Hetian in the previous rounds.

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The mixed doubles category showcased the dominance of Denmark’s Thomas Lund and Marlene Thomsen, who had previously won 11 consecutive tournaments and remained unbeaten for 18 months. Although they faced a close call in the semifinals against Sweden’s Jan-Eric Antonsson and Astrid Crabo, Lund and Thomsen emerged victorious and went on to defeat fellow Danes Jens Eriksen and Helene Kirkegaard in the final with a score of 15-2, 15-6.

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New Beginnings in Basel

Basel is ready to welcome the world’s finest badminton players in their quest for glory. This event is even more special as it will also host the Para Badminton World Championships alongside the BWF World Championships for the first time ever.


Q1: When and where will the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 take place?

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 will be held in Basel, Switzerland from August 19 to 25.

Q2: Which teams achieved significant victories in the 1995 World Championships?

In the women’s singles category, Ye Zhaoying emerged victorious, while Heryanto Arbi claimed the title in the men’s singles. Rexy Mainaky and Ricky Subagja secured the gold medal in men’s doubles, and Gil Young Ah and Jang Hye Ock made history by winning in the women’s doubles. Denmark’s Thomas Lund and Marlene Thomsen dominated the mixed doubles.


The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 promises to be an event filled with excitement, skill, and determination. As the badminton world turns its attention to Basel, let us celebrate the rich history and unforgettable moments that the World Championships have provided over the years.

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