Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF World Championships: Underdogs Make Their Mark

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It was a thrilling session at the TOTAL BWF World Championships as players from so-called “less developed” badminton nations showcased their skills and proved their worth on the elite stage. Despite finishing as runners-up, Poland, Uganda, and Brazil demonstrated that they can compete with more established rivals.

Men’s Doubles Drama

In a nail-biting match, the Men’s Doubles duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan managed to narrowly escape France’s Ronan Labar and Baptiste Careme in three tight games. The Frenchmen matched their illustrious opponents shot for shot, refusing to let them gain an advantage. In the end, a service error by Careme sealed their fate, with Ahsan and Setiawan emerging victorious.

Women’s Singles Showdown

The Women’s Singles also witnessed an intense battle as No. 6 seed Wang Yihan faced off against the young Vietnamese player Vu Thi Trang. Despite giving Yihan a tough fight, Trang couldn’t maintain her momentum in the end, allowing the 2011 World champion to secure the win in three games.


The Rise of Underdogs

These impressive performances by players from less prominent badminton nations highlight the fact that talent knows no boundaries. Regardless of their origins, be it Cuba, Brazil, Poland, or Uganda, these players are proving that they can compete at the highest level of the sport. These results are a testament to the global reach and growing popularity of badminton.

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Notable Upsets and Triumphs

In other matches, Hu Yun, the No. 13 seed in Men’s Singles, faced a spirited challenge from Poland’s Michal Rogalski, who managed to claim a game before Yun regained his composure and secured the win. Similarly, Brazil’s Daniel Paiola had a memorable experience playing against his idol, Lin Dan of China, but was unable to overcome the vast difference in skill and experience.

Progression in Doubles

Several doubles teams also advanced in the tournament. Indonesian duo Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi, along with their compatriots Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari, secured their spot in the third round of Men’s and Women’s Doubles, respectively. Other notable doubles pairs, such as Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, as well as Japan’s Reika Kakiiwa and Miyuki Maeda, also progressed.


Q: Which countries impressed at the TOTAL BWF World Championships?
A: Poland, Uganda, and Brazil showed their mettle in badminton, proving that talent can emerge from unexpected places.

Q: Who were the standout performers in Men’s Doubles?
A: Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan showcased their skills and narrowly defeated their French opponents in a thrilling match.

Q: Did any underdogs make an impact in Women’s Singles?
A: Despite her loss, Vu Thi Trang from Vietnam gave a commendable performance against the formidable Wang Yihan.


The TOTAL BWF World Championships witnessed the rise of underdogs from less established badminton nations. These talented players showcased their skills and proved that they can compete at the highest level. Their performances serve as an inspiration to aspiring badminton enthusiasts worldwide.

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