Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

Japan Crowned Champions of Women’s Doubles at BWF World Championships

Japan has emerged victorious in the Women’s Doubles category at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018. The stage is set for an exciting clash between Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and their team-mates Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara in the final. This is a significant moment for Japan, as they haven’t secured the Women’s Doubles World title since 1977. With six pairs in the world’s top 20 rankings, Japan solidifies its position as a powerhouse in Women’s Doubles.

Head coach Park Joo Bong expressed his joy at this achievement, stating that it’s the first time his players have won this prestigious title at the World Championships. He also highlighted the dedication and healthy competition between the players, which has led to their success.

In the semifinals, Matsumoto and Nagahara faced tough opponents, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu from Indonesia. However, Matsumoto and Nagahara’s aggressive playstyle proved to be too much for the Indonesians, leading them to a straight-game victory. Despite encountering stronger resistance in the second game, Matsumoto and Nagahara held their ground and sealed their spot in the final with a thrilling 21-12, 23-21 win in 52 minutes.

Looking ahead to the final, Nagahara emphasized the need to maintain their attacking strategy and not let their guard down. Matsumoto expressed their determination to give their all and the pride they would feel if they were to win the World Championship title.

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Meanwhile, Fukushima and Hirota, last year’s silver medallists, booked their place in the final after defeating their compatriots, Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, with a 21-19, 21-15 victory. As the current world No.2 seeds, Fukushima and Hirota are eager to upgrade their medal quality and establish their reputation after several runner-up finishes in top events. They are looking forward to a “derby final” against their team-mates.

Moving on to the Mixed Doubles category, China celebrated as their top two seeds secured their spots in the final. Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping dominated their match against Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, while Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui displayed great resilience to defeat Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in a thrilling three-game battle. The all-China final promises to be an intense showdown.

In Men’s Singles, Shi Yuqi proved his mettle by defeating his senior counterpart, Chen Long, in a straight-games victory. Despite his remarkable performances, Shi remains modest and hesitant to claim the title of China’s best player. With the challenge of facing Kento Momota in the championship match, Shi recognizes the skill and focus of his Japanese opponent.

The BWF World Championships have witnessed some extraordinary matches and remarkable performances. The stage is now set for the highly-anticipated finals, where the world’s best badminton players will compete for glory.

FAQs

Q: When was the last time Japan won the Women’s Doubles World title?
A: Japan last won the Women’s Doubles World title in 1977.

Q: Who will be competing in the Women’s Doubles final?
A: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara will be competing in the final.

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Q: Who are the top seeds in the Mixed Doubles category?
A: The top seeds in the Mixed Doubles category are Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping and Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui.

Q: Who will Shi Yuqi face in the Men’s Singles championship match?
A: Shi Yuqi will face Kento Momota in the Men’s Singles championship match.

Conclusion

The BWF World Championships have showcased incredible talent and intense competition in various categories. Japan’s victory in the Women’s Doubles category after four decades is a testament to their dominance in the sport. The all-China final in the Mixed Doubles category sets the stage for a thrilling battle between top-seeded pairs. Meanwhile, Men’s Singles promises an exciting clash between Shi Yuqi and Kento Momota. Badminton enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing remarkable performances and witnessing the crowning of new champions. Visit Carnegiecentre to stay updated with the latest news and results.