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BWF World Championships: Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong Crash Out

News | BWF World Championships

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 witnessed surprising defeats for Men’s Doubles contenders Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong. The top seeds, Li/Liu from China, faced strong resistance from Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Rian Agung Saputro and lost in three games. Similarly, Olympic silver medallists Goh/Tan were defeated by a relatively unknown Korean pair, Chung Eui Seok/Kim Dukyoung, in just 39 minutes.

Tough Challenges for Men’s Doubles Pairs

Li/Liu and Ahsan/Saputro engaged in an intense battle. Despite the slow shuttles making it difficult for attackers to score easy points, Ahsan and Saputro demonstrated their defensive skills and caught their opponents off-guard with sudden flicks and drives. The Indonesians celebrated their victory after missing two match points, securing a memorable 19-21 21-18 21-18 win.

Reflecting on the match, Ahsan said, “We were confident of beating them and had nothing to lose. We tried to enjoy our time on court as the pressure was on them.” Despite defending his title, Ahsan remained humble and focused on giving his best performance with his new partner.

Goh/Tan’s disappointing season continued as they struggled against a Korean pair, Chung/Kim, who had previously made only one semi-final appearance. The Malaysians failed to take the lead at any point during the match, resulting in a comfortable victory for the Korean duo.

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Upsets and Challenges in Men’s Singles

In the Men’s Singles category, five-time champion Lin Dan faced a tough challenge from Danish player Emil Holst. Lin had to dig deep to overcome Holst’s resilient gameplay, eventually winning the match 19-21 21-8 21-16. The crafty gameplay of Lin was countered by Holst’s big smashes, creating an unpredictable match that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. However, Lin’s well-timed burst of cross-court smashes secured his victory.

Other notable performances in the Men’s Singles category included India’s Kidambi Srikanth, Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, China’s Shi Yuqi, and Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki, who overcame varying levels of difficulty to advance.

Notable Results in Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles

In Women’s Singles, top players such as Nozomi Okuhara (Japan), Saina Nehwal (India), Sung Ji Hyun (Korea), and He Bingjiao (China) comfortably secured victories in their respective matches. Likewise, in Women’s Doubles, seeds including Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (Korea), Luo Ying/Luo Yu (China), and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao (Japan) progressed to the next round without much trouble.

More information and detailed results can be found here.

FAQs

Q: Who were the top seeds in the Men’s Doubles category?

A: The top seeds in the Men’s Doubles category were Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen from China.

Q: Which pair caused an upset by defeating Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong?

A: The relatively unknown Korean pair, Chung Eui Seok/Kim Dukyoung, caused an upset by defeating Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong.

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Q: Did defending champion Lin Dan face any challenges in his match?

A: Yes, Lin Dan faced a tough challenge from Danish player Emil Holst before eventually winning the match.

Q: Who were the notable winners in the Women’s Singles category?

A: Notable winners in the Women’s Singles category included Nozomi Okuhara, Saina Nehwal, Sung Ji Hyun, and He Bingjiao.

Q: Which Women’s Doubles pairs progressed to the next round?

A: Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan, Luo Ying/Luo Yu, and Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao are among the Women’s Doubles pairs that progressed to the next round.

Conclusion

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 witnessed thrilling matches and unexpected upsets. Top seeds Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong faced tough challenges from their opponents, resulting in their early exits from the tournament. Meanwhile, players like Lin Dan, Kidambi Srikanth, Nozomi Okuhara, and Saina Nehwal demonstrated their skills and determination to progress further in the championship. The competition continues to intensify, promising more exciting badminton action ahead. Visit Carnegiecentre for more updates and results.