Michelle Li Defends her Title at the Macau Open 2019

The Macau Open is a BWF World Tour Super 300 level tournament, featuring some of the top badminton players in the world! With plenty of Olympic qualifying points up for grabs, competition was sure to be fierce!

Women’s singles top seed and defending champion Michelle Li of Canada defeated Han Yue of China on Sunday, the same opponent she faced in last year’s Macau Open final, winning 21-18, 21-8 to claim the 2019 Macau Open title in 39 minutes.

Li was playing with aggressive style by unleashing powerful smashes towards Han Yue whenever she had the chance. Her tight net shots managed to force Han to lift the shuttlecock high which ended up giving Li a lot opportunity to kill or to move Han to the back of the court.

Han was able to counter Li’s attacks with good defense and some of her own smashes in the first set. However, the second set was completely one sided as Li quickly race to 15-6, 20-8 before wrapping up the match with an out of bound return by Han Yue.

After progressing to the Finals Michelle faced her highest ranked competition of the tournament, China’s Yue Han who entered as the 3rd seed. The first game was close as Michelle managed a narrow 21-18 victory. The next game however Michelle proved too much to handle as she dominated the game 21-8 to win her second Macau Open Women’s Singles title!

The victory was also a great birthday present for Li as Nov 3 was also her 28th birthday.

Source : http://www.badmintonplanet.com/badminton-news/14882-michelle-li-celebrates-birthday-win-macau-open.html