Nobody is invincible as Carolina Marin and Viktor Axelsen fall within the closing. Males’s doubles pair Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin clinch three titles in a row.
After three consecutive weeks of world class badminton, the back-to-back tournaments in Bangkok concluded with the World Tour Finals to deliver an finish to the delayed 2020 season.
The sooner Tremendous 1000 Thailand Open double headers had seen 4 repeat winners over a fortnight of motion, with Viktor Axelsen, Carolina Marin, males’s doubles pair Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in addition to blended doubles pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai go into the season finale unbeaten.
Nonetheless solely Lee and Wang have been in a position to stay unbeaten in spite of everything fifteen performed in Bangkok. Anders Antonsen clinched his maiden World Tour Finals title, whereas Tai Tzu Ying lastly beat Marin the third time of asking in Thailand to seal her third season ending honours.
South Korea’ girls’s double pair of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan reminded us that comebacks are doable whereas Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai appeased the house followers after they grew to become the primary Thai gamers in historical past to win the season ending event.
This is what we learnt from the 2020 BWF World Tour Finals.
Males’s singles: The Danes are an actual menace
When Viktor Axelsen received each the previous Tremendous 1000 tournaments, he appeared in a league of his personal. Not one of the gamers he confronted have been in a position to match the Dane on court docket as he completed off his rivals effortlessly.
Through the course of three weeks he beat the likes of Jonatan Christie, Lee Zii Jia, Anthony Ginting and Chou Tien Chen, successful most of his matches in straight units. Getting back from ankle surgical procedure it’s secure to say the Dane has raised his sport and will probably be nice to see him tackle the likes of Momota Kento, Shi Yuqi and Chen Long in his present type.
Axelsen’s was one win shy of a clear sweep in Bangkok however was denied solely by his compatriot Anders Antonsen. The 23-year-old who completed runners-up on the 2019 world championship has additionally appeared to search out one other stage in his sport over the interval of lockdown in 2020.
Having received the Danish Open final October, he is now added a maiden World Tour Finals title beneath his belt. Antonsen is able to beating the world’s greatest as he proved by beating Momota to clinch the 2019 Indonesian Masters title. If he can work on his consistency all through a event, he can be a severe contender for a medal at Tokyo 2020.
Have a take heed to what each Antonsen and Axelsen needed to say after their match beneath:
Ladies’s singles: It can take fairly an effort to beat Carolina Marin
Two 12 months in the past, Carolina Marin collapsed on court docket with a torn ACL. Quick ahead to the current and she or he received each the Thailand Open tournaments and was just one win away from clinching the World Tour Finals title. What a exceptional turnaround.
For the Spaniard who was solely performed a handful of tournaments since getting back from harm, she was despatched a transparent warning to her rivals that her sport is even higher than earlier than. In her three weeks in Bangkok, Marin convincingly trounced most of her opposition with out even dropping a sport in both of the Tremendous 1000 occasions.
The 27-year-old made successful look simple as she noticed off seasoned tour veterans and contemporary younger expertise alike. Rising star’s like Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong and South Korean teenager An Se Younger obtained a style of what they’re up in opposition to in the event that they need to problem Marin for her crown.
However even the triple-world champion confirmed she is just human. After enjoying their third closing in a row, Marin fell to Tai Tzu Ying and should wait one other season for an opportunity to clinch her maiden World Tour Ultimate title. Nonetheless, Marin was upbeat about her month-long keep in Bangkok as you possibly can hear beneath.
Tai in the meantime has given the remainder of the sphere hope that there’s a manner by means of Marin’s armour. But it surely took the Chinese language Taipei participant three tries to lastly clinch victory in Thailand.
She is going to go away Bangkok with a clearer image of what’s wanted to make sure that she will be able to problem for the title on the Tokyo 2020 Video games.
In the meantime, reigning world Champion PV Sindhu has a dismal outing which included a primary spherical defeat within the opening event. The Indian was a shadow of her former self on court docket, and has acknowledged that she might want to go away and dig deep if she needs to enhance on her silver medal from Rio 2016.
Likewise, we obtained the sense that there’s a lot extra to come back from the junior gamers on the circuit. Most notably from Chochuwong. The 23-year-old was thrust beneath the highlight when she defeated her idol and senior, Ratchanok Intanon on the opening day of the World Tour Finals. She then went on to beat veteran Tai the next day to qualify for the semi-finals. Though she was overwhelmed by Marin within the semis, the way forward for Thailand’s girls’s singles appears vivid.
Equally for South Korea’s An Se Younger. At solely eighteen years of age, she managed to achieve the semi-finals of all three tournaments, displaying large ability and consistency that was noticeably lacking from a few of the extra senior girls on tour. With such exceptional outcomes, each An and Chochuwong have introduced their arrival as severe title contenders.
Males’s Doubles: Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin stay undefeated
Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin accomplished the right outing in Thailand, clinching each the Tremendous 1000 and World Tour Finals titles on supply.
The Chinese language Taipei pairing confronted some severe opposition alongside the way in which and nonetheless managed to stay undefeated in all fifteen matches in Bangkok.
Lacking from the sphere in Thailand have been the world primary pairing of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia, in addition to the highest Japanese pairs, however that ought to not take off any of the shine from their victories.
Lee and Wang have actually taken their sport to a better stage and have been in a position to beat reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan which is rarely a simple feat. They clarify the interview beneath how watching loads of movies of the Indonesian veterans helped them to emerge victorious over their idols.
Ladies’s doubles: South Korea are prepared to hassle the Japanese
The pair ousted their teammates Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong to the title, avenging the defeat they suffered by the hands of their compatriots within the second Thailand Open closing.
With a title a bit, the pairs can have grown of their self-belief that they will tackle the likes of Japanese reigning world champions Matsumoto Mayu and Nagahara Wakana in addition to Fukushima Yuki and Hirota Sayaka who’ve hogged the highest spots of the rating.
Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu who beat Lee and Shin to the opening title on supply in Bangkok, have additionally proven that they will rise to the event and can go away Thailand understanding which areas they should concentrate on earlier than that necessary flight to Japan this July.
Combined doubles: Hat-trick for Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai
Residence heroes Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai lived as much as their billing because the event favourites by bagging all three titles on supply.
The Thai pair proved they will deal with the stress and regardless of dropping their closing group stage match, Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai turned it on after they wanted to make a clear sweep of the titles on supply. And in the event you want extra proof, have a watch of their Play of the Day beneath.
Whereas we have been disadvantaged of seeing world primary and double world champions Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in motion right here in Bangkok, undoubtedly they might have been watching the sphere of contenders trying to topple them from the highest spot with a eager eye.
Now retired Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir clinched gold for Indonesia at Rio 2016, and the leads to Bangkok has proven that the present hopefuls of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in addition to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja have plenty of work forward of them in the event that they need to have any hopes of retaining the Olympic title for his or her nation.