Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

BWF World Tour: Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi Triumph at the Singapore Open 2023

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The newly-crowned winners of the men’s doubles at the Singapore Open 2023, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, have emerged victorious after a challenging year without a title. Despite facing setbacks following their win at the 2022 Malaysia Open in July, the 2021 world champions never lost hope and continued to persevere. Their dedication and positive attitude paid off with a 21-13 21-18 victory over Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, putting an end to their year-long heartache.

Reflecting on their journey, Kobayashi shared, “Although it’s been a rough road, we never gave up. We adopted a positive attitude in all our matches. We stayed stubborn, and we believed that if we continued with the same approach, we were bound to win eventually.” Hoki added, “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We are relieved but we take this as a form of motivation, knowing that we can be among the Olympic medal contenders.”

Before their slump, Hoki and Kobayashi had established themselves as the pair to beat in 2021, culminating in their first world title and their most successful season. Their recent back-to-back semifinal showings at the Badminton Asia Championships and Malaysia Masters last month gave Hoki hope for a revival in form. He expressed, “Although we haven’t won for a while, we’ve been hitting the semifinals recently. We gained confidence from there, realizing that we weren’t too far off track and that we could achieve something.”

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Looking ahead, the duo aims to carry this newfound confidence into the Indonesia Open and the rest of the season. Hoki pointed out that stiff competition has made it increasingly difficult to secure victories in their discipline. He stated, “It’s become hard to tell who the next winners will be. In recent times, it seems every pair is on the same level. But we hope this triumph will be the impetus for us to make it back to the top.”

FAQs

Q: What tournament did Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi win?
A: Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi emerged victorious in the men’s doubles at the Singapore Open 2023.

Q: What was their previous major win?
A: Their previous major win was at the 2022 Malaysia Open in July.

Q: How did they overcome their year-long slump?
A: Despite the challenges, they never gave up and maintained a positive attitude in all their matches.

Q: What are their goals for the future?
A: They aim to be among the Olympic medal contenders and continue their success in upcoming tournaments like the Indonesia Open.

Conclusion

Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi’s triumph at the Singapore Open 2023 is a testament to their perseverance and unwavering determination. Despite a challenging year without a title, they never lost hope and continued to believe in their abilities. Their victory serves as motivation for their future endeavors, as they strive to reach the top of their discipline once again. Congratulations to the newly-crowned champions!

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