Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

News | BWF World Championships

Has there ever been a more eventful day in the Round of 16 at the BWF World Championships? This year’s tournament has seen some shocking upsets and unexpected victories, making it a day to remember for underdogs.

News | BWF World Championships
Zhao Jun Peng can scarcely believe he’s beaten Lee Zii Jia.

World champions Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, men’s doubles top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, women’s singles eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon, men’s singles fifth seed Lee Zii Jia, Asian champion Wang Zhi Yi, and mixed doubles seventh seeds Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue all faced shocking exits from the tournament. It was a day of surprises and upsets.

While some of these results were not entirely unexpected, such as Gideon/Sukamuljo’s recent form due to Gideon’s ankle surgery, the manner in which the favorites were defeated was truly surprising.

Defending champions Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai looked lackluster in their 38-minute loss to Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Lohau. French seventh seeds Gicquel/Delrue had a nightmare second game, losing 21-4 to Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Lai Jemie. Ratchanok Intanon, who had a 6-1 record against Michelle Li, faded away in the third game, losing 21-13.

One player who truly stood out was Michelle Li, who declared her intention to win a medal. She had studied Ratchanok Intanon’s style extensively and was more confident in her movement and tactics. Li’s victory marked her first-ever entry into the quarterfinals at a World Championships, and she was determined to make the semifinals and give her best performance.

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News | BWF World Championships
Lamsfuss and Lohau after beating the reigning champions.

In another surprising turn of events, Wang Zhi Yi, a prominent figure in women’s singles, was outplayed by her compatriot Han Yue in a one-sided contest. The scoreline of 21-11, 21-13 reflected Han Yue’s dominance in the match.

The most high-profile casualty in the men’s singles category was Lee Zii Jia, who fell in a closely fought third game against Zhao Jun Peng. The final score of 21-19, 11-21, 21-19 showcased the intensity of the match.

Two-time world champions Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong also faced a close call in their match against Supak Jomkoh/Supissara Paesampran. Trailing 14-17, Zheng and Huang displayed their usual resilience and emerged victorious with a score of 21-9, 19-21, 21-19.

The Round of 16 at the BWF World Championships has proven to be a rollercoaster of emotions, with unexpected exits, surprising victories, and thrilling matches. As the tournament progresses, fans can expect more intense battles on the badminton court.

FAQs

  1. Q: Which players were eliminated in the Round of 16 at the BWF World Championships?
    A: World champions Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, men’s doubles top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, women’s singles eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon, men’s singles fifth seed Lee Zii Jia, Asian champion Wang Zhi Yi, and mixed doubles seventh seeds Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue were all eliminated.

  2. Q: Who caused the biggest upset in the Round of 16?
    A: Michelle Li’s victory over Ratchanok Intanon was a significant upset, as she entered the quarterfinals for the first time at a World Championships.

  3. Q: Did any top seeds face close calls in the Round of 16?
    A: Yes, two-time world champions Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong were trailing in their match against Supak Jomkoh/Supissara Paesampran but managed to secure a victory in three hard-fought games.

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Conclusion

The Round of 16 at the BWF World Championships has provided badminton enthusiasts with thrilling matches and unexpected outcomes. The tournament has showcased the resilience of underdogs and the intense battles between top-ranked players. As the competition continues, fans eagerly anticipate more surprises and exceptional performances on the road to crowning new world champions.

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