Monday, 22 Jul 2024

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World No.37 Koki Watanabe celebrates his first HSBC BWF World Tour title victory at the YONEX Swiss Open 2023, outplaying Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles final. Excitingly, there were also first-time winners in the Super 300 level, with Jiang Zhen Bang/Wei Ya Xin clinching the mixed doubles title and Rena Miyaura teaming up with Ayako Sakuramoto to claim the women’s doubles crown. Let’s dive into the exhilarating details!

Koki Watanabe’s Impressive Triumph

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Watanabe, who earned his spot in the main draw from the qualifiers’ list, showcased remarkable skills and determination throughout the tournament. In a thrilling 74-minute battle, he defeated his veteran opponent Chou Tien Chen with a commanding score of 22-20, 21-18, 21-12. This victory marks a significant milestone for Watanabe, surpassing his previous best finish of reaching the semifinals in the YONEX Chinese Taipei Open in 2019.

Reflecting on his strategy, Watanabe humbly shared, “Chou was the favorite, so I had to give it my all and focus on playing my best game. I knew it would be a tough match, but my approach was to maintain an attacking style and not rely on waiting for my opponent’s mistakes.” It’s a shining moment for Watanabe, illustrating the power of determination and perseverance in the world of badminton.

Pornpawee Chochuwong’s Thrilling Comeback

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In an equally captivating women’s singles final, Pornpawee Chochuwong triumphed over Mia Blichfeldt. This victory signifies an end to Chochuwong’s three-year title drought on the World Tour since her win in the Barcelona Spain Masters back in February 2020. Despite feeling tired, Chochuwong managed to control her performance, focusing on each shot with precision. Her determination and ability to handle pressure were evident throughout the match.

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Noteworthy Moments

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While Watanabe and Chochuwong shone brightly, let’s not forget the achievements of other remarkable players during the tournament:

  • Miyaura and Sakuramoto claimed the women’s doubles title without having to step onto the court, as their opponent Yuki Fukushima was nursing a right shoulder injury. It was Miyaura’s first Super 300 title, while Sakuramoto had previously won the Swiss Open in 2018 with Yukiko Takahata.

  • Jiang Zhen Bang and Wei Ya Xin continued their impressive streak, winning back-to-back titles after their recent victory in the Ruichang China Masters (BWF Tour Super 100).

  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty secured their first title since Rankireddy’s return from injury, defeating Chinese pair Ren Xiang Yu and Tan Qiang with a score of 21-19, 24-22.


Q: Who won the men’s singles final at the YONEX Swiss Open 2023?
A: Koki Watanabe emerged victorious in an intense battle, defeating Chou Tien Chen to claim his first HSBC BWF World Tour title.

Q: How did Pornpawee Chochuwong perform in the women’s singles final?
A: Pornpawee Chochuwong showcased her resilience and skill, triumphing over Mia Blichfeldt to secure her first World Tour title in three years.

Q: Who were the other notable winners in the tournament?
A: Jiang Zhen Bang and Wei Ya Xin secured the mixed doubles title, while Miyaura and Sakuramoto emerged as champions in the women’s doubles category.


The YONEX Swiss Open 2023 witnessed extraordinary performances from talented badminton players. Koki Watanabe’s sensational victory in the men’s singles and Pornpawee Chochuwong’s thrilling comeback in the women’s singles were the highlights of the tournament. Additionally, other exceptional players showcased their skills and determination, leaving a lasting impression on badminton enthusiasts worldwide. For more captivating badminton news and updates, visit Carnegiecentre.

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