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The top women’s doubles teams showcased their skills at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. Despite some challenges, they advanced to the round of 16, setting the stage for an exciting competition.

Delphine Delrue and Lea Palermo of France.

European Champions Triumph

Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva, the European champions, faced tough competition from France’s Delphine Delrue/Lea Palermo. After a grueling match lasting 80 minutes, the Bulgarian sisters emerged victorious with a score of 21-13, 18-21, 21-10. Although they showed some signs of rustiness, the Stoevas proved their worth as the 10th-seeded team. They will now face Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia for a chance to secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

In an interview, Stefani acknowledged the challenges of returning after a two-month break, but expressed her determination to regain their early-year form. Gabriela shared their goal of reaching the quarterfinals, aiming to surpass their previous achievements. This tournament is an opportunity for them to assess their current standing in the sport.

Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan’s Comeback

China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan faced a setback in the first game but quickly bounced back to defeat Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai from Thailand. The fourth-seeded Chinese duo showed resilience and won the match with a score of 18-21, 21-15, 21-12. They look forward to their next challenge against the rising Korean pair, Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong.

Exciting Matches Continue

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The World Championships also showcased other thrilling matches. Du Yue/Li Yin Hui from China displayed their fighting spirit as they overcame India’s Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N. Sikki with a score of 22-20, 21-16. Korea’s Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan secured a victory against Amalie Magelund/Freja Ravn of Denmark, winning 21-19, 21-18. Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen outclassed their French rivals, Emilie Lefel/Anne Tran, with a score of 21-12, 21-18.

Korea’s Lee So Hee watches her shot in women’s doubles action.

Japan’s Dominance Continues

Japan’s representation in the tournament remained strong, with reigning world champions Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara leading the pack. The top-seeded duo delivered a commanding performance, defeating Selena Piek/Cheryl Seinen from the Netherlands with a score of 21-9, 21-6. Japan’s dominance in women’s doubles was further highlighted by the presence of other seeded teams: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (2nd seeds), Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (3rd seeds), and Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto (8th seeds).

Talking Points

In addition to the exhilarating matches, several players shared their thoughts on the competition. Saina Nehwal from India expressed her determination to spring another surprise in women’s singles, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of big tournaments. Danish player Mia Blichfeldt eagerly anticipated her match against Nehwal, as she had followed Nehwal’s career since childhood.

Additional Results

The men’s singles category saw Anders Antonsen of Denmark deliver a solid performance against Liew Daren, the surprise bronze medalist from last year’s Championships. Antonsen emerged as the victor with a score of 21-17, 21-13 and will now face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the quarterfinals. In the men’s doubles, Japan’s Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko defeated the 9th-seeded pair, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik of Malaysia, with a score of 14-21, 21-17, 21-18.

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  1. “What is the next match for Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva?”

    • Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva will face Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia.
  2. “Who are the top-seeded women’s doubles teams from Japan?”

    • The top-seeded women’s doubles teams from Japan are Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara.
  3. “Which Danish players advanced in the women’s doubles category?”

    • Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen from Denmark advanced in the women’s doubles category.


The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 continues to captivate badminton enthusiasts with thrilling matches and impressive performances from top women’s doubles teams. As the competition progresses, all eyes are on these talented athletes as they strive for victory and cement their place in badminton history.

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