China beat Japan to win Badminton’s Sudirman Cup 2019
The final of Badminton’s BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 took place earlier today (26 May) in Nanning, China. It saw the final contested by badminton rivals China and Japan. In the end it was a rather comfortable victory for China as they won out 3-0.
The tie started with the men’s doubles match featuring Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen (CHN) Vs. Hiroyuki Endo / Yuta Watanabe (JPN). The Chinese pair took the match in straight games 21-18, 21-10.
Next up was the Women’s singles featuring Chen Yufei (CHN) vs. Akane Yamaguchi (JPN). This match went to three games. Japan’s Yamaguchi took the first game before Yufei came back to win the next two games and the match, 17-21, 21-16 & 21-17.
That meant the third match, the men’s singles, had to be won by Japan if they were to have any chance of winning the tie. The match was contested by the top two BWF ranked players Japan’s Kento Momota (1) vs. China’s Shi Yuqi (2). The match went the distance with Momota taking the first game before capitulating in the next two. The match ended 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 to Shi Yuqi. That meant China took the final 3-0.
Overall the Sudirman Cup 2019 has been a fabulous tournament having produced some scintillating badminton. The final may have proved to be a bit of let down. The tie only went to three out of a possible five matches.
China’s win takes them to eleven titles in the competition. South Korea is next with 4 titles. They are followed by Indonesia with just one victory. Japan is without a win but has been runners-up on two occasions. The first was in 2015 and the second in today’s final.
Next Host Country/City In 2021
The Sudirman Cup remains in China for the 2021 tournament, this time it will be hosted in the city of Suzhou.