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Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino Make History at All England Open

News | BWF World Tour

Young and exuberant Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino made waves at the prestigious All England Open, becoming the first Japanese Mixed Doubles champions in the tournament’s 108-year history. Their sensational upset victory against China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong showcased their fearless spirit and skillful play.

A Triumph Against All Odds

While last year’s surprise semi-finalists, Watanabe and Higashino, fell short of the championship title, this time they went two steps further and claimed the coveted throne in grand style. The dynamic duo fought back from a game down, showcasing a mesmerizing combination of power, pace, precision, and deft placement. Their victory with a score of 15-21, 22-20, 21-16 was met with jubilant celebration from their coaches and fans.

The Journey to Glory

Aged 20 and 21 respectively, Watanabe and Higashino had to overcome numerous challenges on their path to victory. They faced Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, the Chinese duo who aimed to repeat the success they had achieved together in the previous season. Despite losing the opening game, the Japanese pair remained undaunted and executed a flawless comeback. They dominated the decider, leaving their rivals no chance to catch up.

A Winning Combination

Watanabe and Higashino attributed their success to excellent communication and tactical adjustments. With their new coach, Jeremy Gan, bringing fresh tactics and plans to the table, the duo showcased their hunger for success and expressed their desire to continue winning in the future.

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Reflections on the Loss

While the Chinese duo admitted to slowing down after the first game and losing crucial points, they recognized Watanabe and Higashino’s superior speed and acknowledged the pressure of a big final. Despite the defeat, they displayed sportsmanship and congratulated their opponents on their remarkable performance.

Juhl and Pedersen’s Triumph in Women’s Doubles

Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen broke free from the weight of expectations and secured a significant victory in the Women’s Doubles category. After narrowly missing out on previous major titles, including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and last year’s All England finale, the Danish tandem emerged triumphant against Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota. Their disciplined display and unwavering resolve resulted in a hard-fought victory with a score of 21-19, 21-18.

Indonesia’s Men’s Doubles Dynamos Reign Once Again

Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo continued their reign as Men’s Doubles champions with another marvellous performance. Despite a valiant effort from Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, the defending champions showcased their remarkable skills and maintained their lead throughout the match. The thrilling conclusion, featuring a stunning backhand smash by Sukamuljo, secured their victory with a score of 21-18, 21-17.

FAQs

  • Q: Who were the first Japanese Mixed Doubles champions at the All England Open?
    A: Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino created history by becoming the first Japanese Mixed Doubles champions at the prestigious tournament.

  • Q: Who did Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeat in the Women’s Doubles final?
    A: The Danish tandem defeated Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota to claim the Women’s Doubles title.

  • Q: Who are the reigning Men’s Doubles champions at the All England Open?
    A: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, representing Indonesia, are the current Men’s Doubles champions.

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Conclusion

The All England Open Badminton Championships 2018 witnessed thrilling matches and historic victories that will be remembered for years to come. Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino’s triumph in the Mixed Doubles category, along with Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen’s long-awaited success in Women’s Doubles, showcased the fierce competition and extraordinary talent in the badminton world. As the curtains close on another memorable edition of this prestigious tournament, fans and players alike eagerly await the next chapter in this exhilarating sport.

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