Chen Yu Fei defeats Nozomi Okuhara with as Local Favourite in China

Chen Yu Fei clenches her fist in victory over Okuhara

As with the men’s singles final, the women’s was also a repeat of last year with China’s Chen Yu Fei defending her title 9-21, 21-12, 21-18.

In the first set, Okuhara dominated Chen with flawless movement and some amazing drop shots. We thought she was on form to steamroll Chen in this final.

But Chen recovered in the second set, playing some spectacular shots on the line and not making mistakes she committed in the first set.

Both players played well in the final set, with only tenacity and will giving Chen the win over Okuhara, a strength probably drawn from having home court advantage as well.

I kept telling myself to be confident. I got the lead in the deciding game so the pressure was on her. I held on to this belief and never gave up. I was doing well when I was the one dictating the pace but when I followed her rhythm, I’d feel very tired. I could win the points when I was the one controlling the rallies.” – Chen Yu Fei, Fuzhou China Open 2019

Chen Yu Fei, the All England champion became the first player since Li Xuerei in 2012 to retain this title, an honour to China.

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Momota Celebrates Glorious 10th Title in Fuzhou

Kento Momota celebrating victory on floor

Since he lost to Anders Antonsen in the Indonesia Masters final in January, Momota has been unbeaten in finals. It was the defeat in Jakarta, Momota said, that motivated him to push for more.

I was in form in Indonesia, and I was very disappointed when I lost. I used that as motivation to work harder. I didn’t want to lose another final, so I’ve put in a lot of effort. Today was a close match. I played very well in the third game, particularly when the points were close. Chou never gives up and he fights back no matter how far behind he is.” – Kento Momota, Fuzhou China Open 2019

Repeating last year’s battle, the world number 1 and 2 fought out 3 sets of 21-15, 17-21, 21-18.

Although defeated, Chou Tien Chen acknowledged Momota’s net skills and praised him for his performance.

Some of the rallies were very good, but I think his net skills were sharper than mine. It was very difficult to gain an advantage, I will have to improve.” – Chou Tien Chen, Fuzhou China Open 2019

Our group of friends have always loved watching Momota play, and his comeback since last year from his suspension has been nothing short of amazing. At 25 years of age, with many old birds retiring, Momota seems to be set to dominate the scene even further.

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Lucky Number 8 for Minions Gideon and Sukamuljo

Kamura-Sonoda and Gideon-Sukamuljo Men's doubles pair posing on podium as first and second place

Indonesia’s defending World No. 1 men’s doubles Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon retain their  the Fuzhou China Open title after a dominating performance against Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, the fourth-seeds from Japan.

Gideon-Sukamuljo are the first men’s doubles pair to win the same title four consecutive times in the history of Super Series and now World Tour events.

Down 5-8 in the second game, Sukamuljo/Gideon won 12 points in a row in the second game! Coming from 5-8 down to win 21-9.
“In the second game, Kevin won a lot of the rallies and they played in a hurry too, so they immediately lost their focus,” said Gideon.
“We are happy with our performance; we feel we could enjoy the game and perform quite well. At the beginning of the year, we felt that we were not on track, but we worked on our problems and overcame them. We want to keep learning and improving. We are certainly happy to win this tournament four times, it’s extraordinary,” said Sukamuljo. “We keep trying to maintain our motivation and do not want to be easily satisfied.”

We have always been fans of the play styles of both pairs, but we were surprised at the margin of victory as the Japanese pair are also known to be able to keep aggressive pace in games.

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Fuzhou China Open 2019: Tai Tzu Ying injured! Nozomi Okuhara vs Chen Yu Fei again!

Tai Tzu Ying Injured on the floor

Our favourite women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan was forced to retire from the Fuzhou China Open 2019.

“I have injured my knee since French Open, and I am not in my best condition right now, I need more rest. After the French Open, I only had 1 week of rest before coming here. I felt a lot of pain I am worried my injury was actually aggravated by competing continuously,” said Tai.
Due to the injury, Tai has withdrawn from next week’s Hong Kong Open as well.

On the other hand, the Chinese local favourite, Chen Yu Fei went through an exciting and grueling encounter to defeat Michelle Li of Canada. Okuhara will face home shuttler Chen Yufei in the final.

The final between Chen and Nozomi will be exiting to watch. Last year, it was her victory in this tournament that set Yu Fei on her path to success. We are completely uncertain as to who has the upper hand this time. What do you guys think?

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