Monday, 22 Jul 2024

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For the second time this year at the Super 1000 level, China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan have emerged as formidable players, breaking the dominance of Japan’s top women’s doubles combinations. In the final of the VICTOR China Open 2019, they defeated Rio 2016 Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi with a score of 21-14, 21-18.

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Frustration for Matsutomo and Takahashi.

Rising Stars in Women’s Doubles

While often overshadowed by the top three ranked pairs in the world, Chen and Jia have consistently showcased their skills on the big stage. In March, they defeated both Matsumoto/Nagahara and Fukushima/Hirota to claim the All England Open title. They also achieved a similar feat at the Asia Championships 2019 in Wuhan, defeating Matsumoto and Nagahara once again.

A Display of Skill and Tenacity

In the final game, Chen and Jia dominated with a score of 21-14, taking the lead. With the support of their home crowd, they comfortably sealed their victory with a 21-18 win. Although thrilled with the result, Chen and Jia humbly acknowledged that their opponents did not perform at their best.

“We were extremely lucky today. Luck was really on our side. Our opponents didn’t perform well today. They made many simple mistakes and gave us free points. So, it wasn’t just a case of us playing well, it was also our opponents underperforming,” said Jia.

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The defeated Olympic champions, Matsutomo and Takahashi, acknowledged their shortcomings, attributing their loss to a combination of their opponents’ strong performance and their own mistakes.

“They were playing at home and had a strong desire to win. They also had many shots that clipped the net in their favor. Overall, though, we were lacking in many areas that our opponents performed well in,” said Takahashi.

A Promising Future

Chen and Jia hold a 6-4 lead in head-to-head matchups against the Olympic champions. Interestingly, they also have a winning record against Matsumoto/Nagahara (4-2) and a close competition with Fukushima and Hirota at 6-7. With the pressure of qualifying for Tokyo 2020 not weighing them down like their Japanese rivals, Chen and Jia can approach upcoming tournaments, such as the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, with a sense of freedom as they aim to secure their spot in Tokyo 2020.

FAQs

Q: How many times have Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan won the Super 1000 title this year?
A: Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan have won the Super 1000 title twice this year.

Q: What was the score in the final of the VICTOR China Open 2019?
A: Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan won the final with a score of 21-14, 21-18.

Conclusion

Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan’s recent victory at the VICTOR China Open 2019 highlights their rising status as formidable players in women’s doubles. With their impressive performances against top-ranked pairs and their ability to maintain composure under pressure, they have established themselves as contenders for future tournaments. As they continue their journey towards qualifying for Tokyo 2020, all eyes will be on them to see how they fare at the upcoming HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

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