Sudirman Cup: Kento Momota stunned as China cruise to 11th title

first_imgChina reclaimed the Sudirman Cup mixed team tournament title on Sunday in Nanning after thrashing Japan 3-0. Shi Yuqi and Chen Yufei shone as the powerhouses of world badminton extended their dominance in the mixed team tournament by clinching their 11th title.China had not lost the biennial Sudirman Cup title since 2005 but they were stopped in the final by South Korea in 2017. However, China were unstoppable in the ongoing year as they cruised to the top step of the podium, showcasing their depth ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.Shi Yuqi, world number two in men’s singles badminton, came up with a fantastic come-from-behind win in a crunch men’s singles rubber in the final on Sunday as he beat world number one Kento Momota in three games.Shi Yuqi completes stunning comeback over World No.1 Kento Momota to clinch China three-game sweep of Japan in TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup Finals#TOTALBWFSC2019 #Nanning2019 pic.twitter.com/NwtJ5lxNefBWF (@bwfmedia) May 26, 2019China had a 2-0 lead and they needed Shi Yuqi to close out the first men’s singles match of the final. However, Kento Momota, who had beaten Shi in four of their last five meetings, took the first game 21-15.Shi then staged a memorable comeback beating Momota 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 in an hour and 9 minutes to hand China the title. Japan’s search for the elusive Sudirman Cup title thus extended.Notably, Shi also snapped Kento Momota’s unbeaten run of 29 matches in team events with the superlative show on Sunday.advertisementEarlier in the day, world number three Chen Yufei of China scripted a similar come-back-from-behind, lower-ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women’s singles rubber 17-21, 21-16, 21-17.China began the final on a high when their mixed doubles pairing of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen thrashed Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-10 in just 54 minutes.China reached the knockout stages of the tournament after blanking India and Malaysia in the group stages. They had beaten Denmark 3-1 in the quarter-finals before two dominant performances against Thailand and Japan in the semi-final and the final, respectively.Also Read | Himanta Biswa Sarma elected as vice president of Badminton Asia CouncilAlso See:last_img

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