Saturday, 20 Apr 2024

News | BWF World Championships

Another remarkable achievement unfolded in Glasgow tonight as Liliyana Natsir, along with Tontowi Ahmad, claimed her fourth World Championship title in Mixed Doubles.

In an intense final at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017, the Indonesian duo displayed exceptional resilience, bouncing back from a loss in the first game to defeat top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China, with a final score of 15-21, 21-16, 21-15.

This victory marks yet another milestone for Natsir and Ahmad, who previously secured gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It’s a wonderful early birthday gift for Natsir, who will turn 32 on September 9, and a boost for Indonesian fans who were disappointed by the loss of Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro in the Men’s Doubles final, also against China.

Reflecting on their triumph, Natsir expressed their belief in themselves despite a challenging first game. She attributed their success to their experience and confidence, emphasizing how their strategic adjustments paid off.

The exhilaration was palpable as both Natsir and Ahmad fell to the court, relieved and joyous, when Ahmad’s decisive smash sealed the match point by penetrating the defenses of Zheng and Chen.

Zheng acknowledged the turning point of the match as their opponents’ change in tactics during the second game. He highlighted their opponents’ speed and agility, particularly in the front court, as well as their altered serve, which caught them off guard.

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Meanwhile, Zhang Nan, often a formidable opponent for Ahmad and Natsir in the past, extinguished Indonesia’s Men’s Doubles hopes by partnering with Liu Cheng. They secured a resounding 21-10, 21-17 victory against Ahsan and Saputro, allowing Zhang to claim his fourth World gold. Zhang had previously clinched the Mixed Doubles title three times with Zhao Yunlei.

Expressing his satisfaction, Zhang conveyed his dedication towards achieving this goal, while Liu expressed his elation at becoming a World champion.

Although Ahsan and Saputro admitted that they did not perform at their best in the final, they expressed gratitude for the silver medals. They conveyed their determination to improve and achieve better results in the future.

Despite the disappointment in the Mixed Doubles, Chen Qingchen experienced triumph in the Women’s Doubles final. Together with Jia Yifan, they became the first-ever pair to secure both the World Junior Championship and World Championship titles. In just their second season in the top flight, the young Chinese players emerged victorious, defeating Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota.

The match was intense, characterized by grueling rallies, but Chen and Jia proved to be unyielding. They ultimately clinched the gold medal with a score of 21-18, 17-21, 21-15 when Chen executed a perfectly executed backhand net drop.

Expressing her delight, Jia conveyed her excitement and pride in seeing her national flag and listening to the national anthem. She credited their victory to their adherence to their plan and strategies, despite the tough challenge posed by their Japanese opponents.

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FAQ

Q: How many World Championship titles has Liliyana Natsir won in Mixed Doubles?

A: Liliyana Natsir has won four World Championship titles in Mixed Doubles.

Q: Who did Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad defeat in the final of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017?

A: Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad defeated the top seeds, Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China, in the final of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017.

Q: How did Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan make history in the Women’s Doubles final?

A: Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan became the first pair to win both the World Junior Championship and World Championship titles in Women’s Doubles.

Summary

In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Liliyana Natsir and Tontowi Ahmad secured their fourth World Championship title in Mixed Doubles. They triumphed over top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in an intense final at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017. Natsir and Ahmad showcased their experience and confidence by bouncing back from a loss in the first game, strategically adapting their gameplay to secure victory. The Indonesian duo’s success was celebrated with exuberance, marking a delightful early birthday gift for Natsir and a boost for Indonesian fans. Additionally, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan made history by becoming the first pair to claim both the World Junior Championship and World Championship titles in Women’s Doubles.