Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

News | BWF World Championships

This year’s edition of the World Championships certainly had its fair share of challenges. From the withdrawal of Indonesia’s entire team to China sending a less prominent squad, and the absence of star player Carolina Marin due to injury, it was a tournament like no other. However, despite the initial setbacks, the event ended on a high note, showcasing some incredible performances and creating new opportunities for rising talents in the badminton world.

The Meteoric Rise of Loh Kean Yew

One of the standout stories of the tournament was the impressive rise of Loh Kean Yew. Prior to the Bali leg in November, Loh was not considered part of the elite players. However, he caught everyone’s attention by defeating Kento Momota and finishing as the runner-up to Viktor Axelsen at the Indonesia Open. His true breakthrough came when he faced Axelsen again in the first round of the World Championships and emerged victorious.

From that point on, Loh’s fairytale journey continued as he won all his remaining matches without dropping a game. His remarkable achievements extend beyond the world of badminton, as his down-to-earth charm and relatability make him a captivating figure. It will be intriguing to see if Loh can maintain his success in the coming months and how his accomplished rivals will handle his talents.

Akane’s Post-Olympic Saga

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Akane Yamaguchi’s journey after the Tokyo Olympics was filled with determination and resilience. Following her disappointment at the Games, she made a conscious decision to start from scratch. Her commitment to bouncing back was evident in her impressive performances at the European leg and in Bali. In Huelva, she clinched the biggest title of her career, showing no signs of fatigue despite competing in her eighth consecutive tournament.

Yamaguchi’s triumph in the final against Tai Tzu Ying, the world No.1, showcased her determination and skill. Despite battling a thigh problem, Tai refused to make any excuses and gave credit to Yamaguchi for her victory. The rivalry between Yamaguchi and An Seyoung has become a focal point for badminton enthusiasts, and it will be fascinating to see how it develops in the months to come.

Chen/Jia – League of Greats

Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan displayed unparalleled dominance during the World Championships. After their disappointment in the final of Tokyo 2020, the Chinese duo elevated their game to a new level. They showcased their formidable skills and teamwork by defeating strong pairs such as Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida, Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, and Lee Sohee/Shin Seungchan.

Chen and Jia have become an unstoppable force, helping China secure victories in the Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup as well. Their rivals will have to devise new strategies to challenge their supremacy.

Hoki/Kobayashi – Stepping Up

Following the departure of three accomplished men’s doubles players after Tokyo 2020, it seemed like a challenging road ahead for Japan in that category. However, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi exceeded expectations with their outstanding performances in the European leg and Bali. Winning Japan’s first-ever men’s doubles gold at the World Championships, Hoki and Kobayashi, along with Akane Yamaguchi, have turned Japan’s disappointment at the Olympics into a distant memory. They have marked a bright spot in the year with their stellar achievements.

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Bas/Popor’s Incredible Stamina

Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai’s success at the World Championships is a testament to their incredible stamina and consistency. They have played and won numerous matches in recent weeks, making their triumph even more remarkable. From sweeping the three-event Asian Leg in Bangkok to dominating the Bali Leg and winning the Hylo Open, their record is truly impressive. As the first Thai pair to win a gold medal at the World Championships, Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai have left a lasting impact and raised expectations for their future performances.


1. Who were the standout players at the World Championships?
The World Championships showcased several standout players, including Loh Kean Yew, Akane Yamaguchi, Chen Qing Chen, Jia Yi Fan, Takuro Hoki, Yugo Kobayashi, Dechapol Puavaranukroh, and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

2. What were some of the challenges faced during the tournament?
The tournament faced challenges such as the withdrawal of Indonesia’s team, China sending a less prominent squad, and the absence of Carolina Marin due to injury.

3. Will Loh Kean Yew’s success continue in the coming months?
Loh Kean Yew’s recent achievements have garnered significant attention. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his success and how his accomplished rivals will respond to his talents.


The BWF World Championships served as a platform for emerging talents and established players to shine. Despite the initial hurdles, the tournament showcased incredible performances, exciting rivalries, and moments that will be remembered for years to come. As the badminton world looks towards the future, the achievements and stories from Huelva will undoubtedly continue to inspire and captivate fans around the world.

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