Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF World Championships: Exciting Upsets and Intense Battles

After an action-packed day at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018, surprises and thrilling encounters left fans buzzing with excitement. In today’s third round matches, unexpected upsets and intense battles kept spectators on the edge of their seats. Let’s dive in and explore the highlights of the tournament!

Liew Daren Shocks Fifth Seed Kidambi Srikanth

In one of the most surprising results of the day, Malaysia’s Liew Daren, an independent player, delivered a straight-games upset over fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth. Liew’s relentless attack and precision kept Srikanth on the backfoot throughout the match. Despite a valiant effort from the Indian shuttler, Liew emerged victorious, securing one of his biggest achievements since his French Open triumph in 2012. This unexpected outcome showcases the unpredictable nature of the competition and the caliber of players on the world stage.

Kento Momota Overcomes Anders Antonsen

Another thrilling match captivated spectators as Kento Momota from Japan faced off against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen. Antonsen displayed exceptional skill and control, dominating the first game with sharp winners and capitalizing on Momota’s hesitation. However, Momota’s unwavering precision and formidable defense gradually wore down Antonsen, forcing him closer to the lines. Antonsen expressed disappointment but acknowledged Momota’s gradual resurgence and ability to force opponents into errors. This match showcased the mental and physical fortitude required to compete at the highest level.

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Lin Dan Falls to Shi Yuqi’s Speed and Power

The highly-anticipated clash between five-time champion Lin Dan and All England champion Shi Yuqi ended in a dominant victory for Shi. Lin struggled to contain Shi’s lightning-fast speed and explosive power, ultimately succumbing to a 21-15, 21-9 defeat. Shi’s evolving style, which focuses on pushing opponents to make mistakes, proved effective against the seasoned Lin Dan. Shi’s patience and adherence to his game plan were key to his success in this thrilling encounter.

Women’s Singles Quarters: A Replay of Past World Championships Finals

The Women’s Singles quarter-finals promise to be intense, as two matches feature replays of recent World Championships finals. India’s Pusarla V Sindhu will take on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, while Saina Nehwal faces Spain’s Carolina Marin. These high-stakes matches are set to showcase the prowess of these exceptional athletes and ignite the spirit of competition.

Hong Kong Survives a Close Call

In the Mixed Doubles category, third seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet narrowly escaped defeat against Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti. The Hong Kong duo managed to deny the Indonesians victory, thanks to Tse’s alertness at crucial moments. Their error-ridden performance, however, highlights the need for improvement in the upcoming matches against Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

Indonesia Shines in Women’s Doubles

Indonesia experienced success in the Women’s Doubles category, with three pairs advancing to the quarter-finals. Anggia Shitta Awanda and Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut caused a major upset by defeating sixth seeds Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan from Korea. Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta also secured their spot in the last-eight, setting up an exciting match against Japan’s Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto. Indonesia’s strong presence in this category adds an element of unpredictability to the tournament.

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Malaysian Doubles Duo Falters

Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong faced a nail-biting thriller against China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen. Unfortunately, Goh and Tan struggled under pressure, relinquishing victory to their Chinese opponents in a closely contested match. Li and Liu showed resilience and capitalized on the Malaysians’ serving woes. However, Malaysia’s hopes remain high as Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik stunned eighth-seeded Danes Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

With each passing match, the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 continues to provide enthralling badminton action. Stay tuned for more updates and brace yourself for the electrifying battles that lie ahead!


Q: Who caused the biggest upset in the Men’s Singles category at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018?
A: Liew Daren, an independent player from Malaysia, surprised everyone with a straight-games upset over fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth.

Q: Which Women’s Singles quarter-final matches are replays of previous World Championships finals?
A: India’s Pusarla V Sindhu will face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, while Saina Nehwal will compete against Spain’s Carolina Marin.

Q: How did Kento Momota overcome Anders Antonsen in their third-round match?
A: Momota’s precision and stellar defense gradually wore down Antonsen, forcing him closer to the lines and ultimately securing victory.

Q: Which pairs from Indonesia made it to the Women’s Doubles quarter-finals?
A: Anggia Shitta Awanda and Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut, as well as Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta, both advanced to the last-eight stage.


The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 has been a rollercoaster of excitement, with surprising upsets and intense battles captivating badminton enthusiasts worldwide. Liew Daren’s victory over Kidambi Srikanth showcased the unpredictability of this prestigious tournament. Kento Momota’s comeback against Anders Antonsen demonstrated the mental and physical fortitude required at this level. Shi Yuqi’s dominant performance against Lin Dan highlighted his evolving playing style. In the Women’s Singles quarter-finals, replays of past World Championships finals promise thrilling encounters. Indonesian players also shined in both the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles categories. As the tournament progresses, we can expect more gripping matches and unexpected twists. Stay tuned and witness badminton greatness at its finest!

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