The champions are now found and the next goal for many of the athletes is the Tokyo Olympics. How will it all go and will historical results be made? Stay tuned!
Momota caps stellar 2019 with 11th title
World number one Kento Momota fought back from a game down to win his 11th badminton title of the year Sunday with victory at the BWF World Tour Finals. The Japanese had lifted 10 titles in a remarkable 2019 while opponent Anthony Sinisuka Ginting had won none prior to their final in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. The eighth-ranked Indonesian pushed the hot favourite all the way before Momota prevailed 17-21, 21-17, 21-14 in 87 high-quality minutes at the season-ending showpiece. The 23-year-old Ginting has now tasted defeat in all five of his finals this year. Momota was 12-5 down in the deciding third game and facing a shock defeat. But the 25-year-old, the reigning two-time world champion, surged back. Ginting was trailing 17-14 when he called the doctor on court for treatment on his right foot. The fading Indonesian continued, but Momota rammed home his advantage to seal a stellar season in style. Momota wasted no time in taking advantage, sealing victory 21-14, to clinch the final title of an amazing season for Japan’s world number one.
Chen Yu Fei takes home the victory
Chen Yu Fei successfully grabbed the BWF World Tour Finals 2019 title after overthrowing Taiwan’s representative, Tai Tzu Ying in the top match. Fighting for 58 minutes Chen Yu Fei won rubber games 12-21, 21-12, and 21-17. Chen Yu Fei opened the first game badly, falling behind 0-4. Entering the interval period of 21-year athlete was still behind 6-11 from Tai Tzu Ying. The situation of the game did not change much after the break. Tai Tzu Ying’s dominance continued in the last half of the first game, the point margin getting wider from 9-18. The first set belongs to the stronghold of Taiwan through the position 12-21. Chen Yu Fei starts to show the awakening momentum in the second game. He successfully led 7-2 and closed the interval with a score of 11-6. Accurate punching and some mistakes by the rivals themselves made it easier for Chen Yu Fei to take the second game through the 21-12 position.
The impressive performance of the women’s singles host continues on the deciding set. Throughout the game, Chen Yu Fei always counts as the lead figure. He succeeded in ending Tai Tzu Ying’s resistance through the final score of 21-17. The BWF World Tour Finals 2019 trophy was also recorded as the 7th title for Chen Yu Fei throughout 2019. The collection of Chen Yu Fei titles in 2019 namely All England, Swiss Open, Australian Open, Thailand Open, Fuzhou China Open, Hong Kong Open, and BWF World Tour Finals.
The daddies became the champions
Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan won the BWF World Tour Finals 2019 after defeating Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe in the final match in Guangzhou. Starting the first game, Ahsan / Hendra played aggressively pressing the Japanese double. The two sides are chasing points closely. Ahsan / Hendra continues to launch an attacking game, but his opponent is very strong in defense. Several times Ahsan / Hendra’s mistakes also benefit his opponent. Ahsan / Hendra started to slack in the second game. A number of mistakes were made by the Indonesian couple. Endo / Watanabe also excelled 16-11. However, Ahsan / Hendra rose to win the BWF Wordl Tour Finals 2019. They reversed the score to 20-19, then closed the second game with a 21-19 victory.
Chen Qingchen/ Jia Yifan win women’s doubles final
Chinese star Chen Quingchen and Jia Yifan beat Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara to clinch the title of women’s doubles by 21-14, 21-10.
‘Super grand slam’ for Zheng/Huang
Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong ensured their exploits in 2019 will be a gold standard for all time – winning the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 to add to their victories from the World Championships and all three Super 1000 titles – a titanic feat on all counts. In the process, they also captured the only significant title that eluded them last season, avenging last year’s final loss to compatriots Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping in the most ruthless fashion. The challengers were summarily dismissed 21-14 21-14 in just 35 minutes. From the opening minutes, the world champions’ laser focus was evident. Whether on serve or return, Zheng and Huang were a split-second quicker on the offensive, controlling the pace and direction of every rally. Hard-hitter Wang Yi Lyu was given nothing to work with, for there were few shuttles in the air today. It was mostly a flat game, all pushes and drives, with Yi Lyu and Dong Ping at their wits’ end to counter the barrage of shots that came their way.
Zheng’s electric pace and energy converted defensive positions to attack, and in the face of such a forceful performance – and with Ya Qiong barely making any mistake – there was nothing that Yi Lyu and Dong Ping could do. This is Zheng and Huang’s seventh title of the year, and their first since the China Open in Changzhou. Their victory today came after they fell in their last three finals – at the Korea Open, French Open, and Fuzhou China Open. “We lost to them last year and we were determined to win this time,” said Ya Qiong. “It feels great that we are winning this tournament for the first time together. We lost our last three finals, so it’s good that we found our winning ways again.” Vanquished duo Yi Lyu and Dong Ping admitted there was very little they could do. “We were faced with many challenges but we couldn’t find any solution, that’s why we were trailing. We lacked the confidence to challenge them because we over-analyzed the problem,” said Dong Ping.