Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF World Tour: All England Finals Recap

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2018 concluded yesterday, featuring some familiar faces from last year’s tournament. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo successfully defended their Men’s Doubles crown, while Tai Tzu Ying retained her Women’s Singles title. Denmark’s Women Doubles champions, Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen, and Men’s Singles player, Shi Yuqi, also had the chance to redeem themselves after being runners-up in 2017.

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Juhl and Pedersen faced a tough challenge from the Japanese duo, Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara. Although Matsumoto and Nagahara saved two match points, Juhl’s impressive shots secured the victory for the Danish pair. “We are so pleased to be in the All England final again. They were fun to play but also difficult,” said Pedersen.

Shi Yuqi, who reached the Men’s Singles final, expressed his excitement as well. He comfortably defeated Son Wan Ho with a score of 21-17 21-14. The other men’s solo semi-final will feature six-time All England king, Lin Dan, against his compatriot Huang Yuxiang.

Gideon and Sukamuljo, the Indonesian champions, managed to secure their spot in the final after a challenging match against Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler. Despite being the top-ranked pair, Gideon acknowledged the pressure but remained focused on their goals.

Tai Tzu Ying faced a tough challenge from Chen Yufei in the Women’s Singles semi-final. After a three-game battle that lasted 64 minutes, Tai emerged victorious. She admitted that impatience cost her the second game but credited Chen for being a worthy adversary.

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The only surprise came in the Mixed Doubles category, where Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino defeated star veterans Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui to reach their first All England final.

FAQs

Q: Who were the winners of the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Singles titles?
A: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo won the Men’s Doubles, while Tai Tzu Ying retained her Women’s Singles title.

Q: Did Shi Yuqi reach the Men’s Singles final?
A: Yes, Shi Yuqi made it to the Men’s Singles final.

Q: Who did Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen face in the Women Doubles semi-final?
A: Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen faced Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara in the Women Doubles semi-final.

Q: Who won the Mixed Doubles semi-final?
A: Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino won the Mixed Doubles semi-final.

Conclusion

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2018 showcased some thrilling matches and familiar faces. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo successfully defended their Men’s Doubles crown, while Tai Tzu Ying retained her Women’s Singles title. The competition was fierce, and players showcased their skills and determination throughout the tournament. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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