What happened on Day 2 of the World Championships 2019? Get an overview here!
Jia Min win over a top-seeded Yamaguchi
A soft-spoken Singaporean let her racket and steady shot-making do all the talking this evening as she sensationally ousted women’s singles top seed Akane Yamaguchi in the second round of the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019. Homegrown talent, Yeo Jia Min’s stock rose appreciably inside St. Jakobshalle as she earned loud applause for her 21-14 21-18 triumph over the world No.1 in just 40 minutes. The 20-year-old sank to her knees and yelled in delight at toppling one of the title favorites. “From the start, I tried to focus on every point and not to make simple errors like I used to do and I tried to control my emotions,” said the winner. “She is very good in defense so I tried to be patient and find chances to attack.” And attack she did – unleashing an array of precise and powerful strokes; one scything through the hapless Yamaguchi as her rival closed in on the first game.
Yamaguchi put on a brave face as she explained her lackluster performance. “I could not get into my rhythm. I was surprised by the opponent and got lured into her style of playing,” the Japanese star told media. “Also, I was playing the shuttle into areas where my opponent wanted it, instead of into difficult areas. Those are the main reasons for my loss.” The 22-year-old downplayed speculation that a recent hip injury may have contributed to her demise, noting it doesn’t hurt anymore. However, she conceded that it affected her training for the World Championships.“I was not in peak condition and I did not reach some parts of the court as fast as I usually do. I didn’t play fast enough and my smashes weren’t effective enough. In the second game, I tried to play faster and to improve my tactics but clearly, it wasn’t enough to win – but it’s not because of any pain.”
National women’s singles player Soniia Cheah managed to overcome the challenge of Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in her opening match of the tournament today. Soniia who win the first set 21-8 almost lost her momentum in the second set but bounced back to seal the match with a 21-18 victory and progressed to the next round. “Today I’m happy to pull through the first match, she played better in the second set, more patience… but overall I’m happy that I controlled the match. Tomorrow is a much tougher and stronger wall to break,” she said. The 26-year-old player is set to face world number nine, Michelle Li of Canada in the second round.
Through in men’s singles
National men’s singles player, Lee Zii Jia continued his fine form at the 2019 Badminton World Championships by beating China’s Lu Guangzu at the St Jakobshalle Indoor Arena in Basel, Switzerland today. Zii Jia, who lost the first set, bounced back to seal a 12-21, 21-14, 21-15 victory in the 63-minute encounter. “It was a good fight just now for both of us, it was not easy to win the match, he had good pace and strategy in first set, luckily I could get back my confidence and started to fight back in the second and third set. Tomorrow will be an off day for me, I will be playing either Nishimoto in last 16. So hope I can get a good rest and give my best on Thursday,” said the world 13th-ranked player today. The 21-year-old would be facing eighth-seeded Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in the third round to book his place in the quarter finals.
HS Prannoy stuns former champion Lin Dan in round 2
Ace Indian shuttler HS Prannoy caused the biggest upset of the BWF World Championships 2019 so far as he defeated badminton legend Lin Dan in the second round of the men’s singles event on Tuesday. HS Prannoy clinched the first game 21-11 but Lin Dan fought back in the second to win it 13-21. But Prannoy showed his class in the deciding game and gave Lin Dan no chance to come back into the match as he clinched it 21-7 to move into the third round. In the pre-quarterfinals, Prannoy will meet the winner of the second round match between top seed Kento Momota of Japan and Luis Enrique Penalver of Spain. Prannoy completely dominated the first game and led all the way after 2-2. The Indian was ahead at 10-5 and then raced to 19-11 before pocketing it. Lin, who had also won gold in the 2008 Olympics, apart from seven World Championships titles, roared back in the second game. They were tied 5-5 but from there on, the Chinese legend did not give any chance to Prannoy as he easily won the second game to take the match to the decider. Prannoy, however, was not going to be intimidated by the reputation of the former world number one. The Indian reserved the best for the last and just like the first game, Prannoy left Lin far behind after 4-4 and won the deciding game easily to wrap up the match. This was Prannoy’s third win over Lin Dan in his badminton career. The previous two wins came in the Indonesia Open in 2018 (21-15, 9-21, 21-14) and French Open in 2015 (14-21, 21-11, 21-17).
A walkover in the women’s doubles
In the women’s doubles, the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponappa N Sikki Reddy got a walkover from Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun in their opening match. They will face seventh seeded Chinese pair of Du Yue and LI Yin Hui in the second round.
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