Wednesday, 22 May 2024

News | BWF World Tour Finals

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo have been crowned the BWF Male Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, while China’s Huang Yaqiong took home the BWF Female Player of the Year award at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 Gala Dinner.

Celebrating Excellence

The ‘Minions’ from Indonesia, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, emerged victorious, beating out competition from Zheng Siwei (China) and Kento Momota (Japan). Similarly, Huang Yaqiong prevailed, triumphing over Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) and Japan’s Women’s Doubles duo Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota. This prestigious accolade serves as both recognition and motivation for their outstanding performances throughout the season. Sukamuljo expressed, “It’s a great honor to win this award for the second straight time. It’s an inspiration for us to keep working hard. We did well all through the season, but I would say our highlight was winning the Asian Games gold.” Huang Yaqiong, equally thrilled, stated, “I’m very excited. Last year I was nominated for the award, but I missed it. This time I finally won this award, and I feel really happy. My highlight this year must be the World Championships gold in Nanjing.”

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Recognizing Rising Stars

Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong from China were bestowed with the Eddy Choong Award for Most Promising Player of the Year. Their remarkable achievements, including winning the YONEX French Open and finishing as runners-up at the VICTOR China Open, earned them this commendation. They surpassed other notable players, such as Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia), He Jiting (China), Goh Jin Wei (Malaysia), and Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (Indonesia). Chengkai expressed, “This award is of great significance to us. This was a year in which we showed great improvement in our performances. We had great results at the China Open and the French Open. This will inspire us to get better.”

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Celebrating Progress

The Most Improved Player award, a special recognition from the Awards Commission, was presented to Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, gold medalists at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018. Among the other deserving candidates were Seo Seung Jae (Korea), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (India), He Jiting (China), and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia).

Honoring Para-Badminton Excellence

England’s Jack Shephard and Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila were celebrated as the Male and Female Para-Badminton Players of the Year, respectively. Shephard expressed his joy, saying, “I’m feeling honored and proud of myself for what I’ve achieved this year. To be named Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year, ahead of other outstanding players, is a great achievement. I think it’s the biggest award in para-badminton, and I believe I’m the first SS 6 (Short Stature) player to win it. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Style and Elegance

China’s Shi Yuqi and India’s Pusarla V Sindhu were recognized as the Best Dressed Players in the male and female categories.

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  • Q: What is the BWF World Tour Finals?
  • A: The BWF World Tour Finals brings together the top badminton players from around the world to compete for the title of the best in the sport.
  • Q: Who won the Male Player of the Year award?
  • A: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia secured the Male Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
  • Q: Who won the Female Player of the Year award?
  • A: Huang Yaqiong from China was honored as the Female Player of the Year.
  • Q: Who received the Most Promising Player of the Year award?
  • A: Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong from China were recognized as the Most Promising Players of the Year.
  • Q: Who were the winners of the Most Improved Player award?
  • A: Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara were crowned as the Most Improved Players.
  • Q: Who were named as the Male and Female Para-Badminton Players of the Year?
  • A: Jack Shephard from England and Leani Ratri Oktila from Indonesia were honored as the Male and Female Para-Badminton Players of the Year, respectively.
  • Q: Who were acknowledged as the Best Dressed Players?
  • A: Shi Yuqi from China and Pusarla V Sindhu from India received the Best Dressed Player awards.
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The BWF World Tour Finals 2018 Gala Dinner was a momentous occasion, celebrating the achievements of exceptional badminton players from around the world. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Huang Yaqiong, Han Chengkai, Zhou Haodong, Mayu Matsumoto, Wakana Nagahara, Jack Shephard, Leani Ratri Oktila, Shi Yuqi, and Pusarla V Sindhu were all recognized for their excellence and contribution to the sport. This event serves as an inspiration to all badminton enthusiasts, encouraging them to pursue their passion and strive for greatness.