Malaysia’s own men’s doubles pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik continued their tremendous display this year by stunning Muhammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan to take a spot in the semis of the Fuzhou Open.
In their head to head, this is only the second time Chia-Soh has prevailed over Ahsan-Setiawn – a pair they have lost four times consecutively to in prior matches.
We hope we can go further. Our mental approach has changed. We had a couple of close losses to Ahsan and Hendra, but today we played our style. Not like the last two matches where we were nervous.” – Aaron Chia
With this, Aaron and Wooi Yik has overtaken V Shem and Wee Kiong in provisional rankings. Perhaps we finally will have more players to look forward to in future tournaments!
We read this on: https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/badminton/2019/11/12/aaron-and-soh-vow-to-move-higher-up-after-overtaking-goh-tan
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.
Source : https://bwfworldtour.bwfbadminton.com/news-single/2019/11/10/okuhara-falls-short-again-fuzhou-china-open-final/
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.
We read this first on: https://bwfworldtour.bwfbadminton.com/news-single/2019/11/10/kento-momotas-glorious-tenth-fuzhou-china-open-final/
Severe food poisoning forces Lee Zii Jia to withdraw from the Hong Kong Open. Malaysians sigh in disappointment at the unfortunate circumstance that befell the player, who already showed us tremendous performances this year. As much as Malaysians love our food, sometimes cannot lah.
With Lee Zii Jia out for the count, Daren Liew will have to fight all by himself in the Men’s Singles category.
Our source of the news: http://bam.org.my/news/official-zii-jia-withdraws-from-hong-kong-open
On the whole, the VICTOR China Open 2019 was an amazing event. With Momota handily winning another title in the Men’s Singles category, and Indonesia securing the Men’s Doubles podium with minions Sukamoljo-Gideon, Ahsan-Setiawan, and up-and-coming pair Ardianto-Alfian.
China waves their flags in all categories as usual, not wanting to miss out on the party. Unfortunately, none of our local players made it to the top, but they gave it their best shot.
The men’s doubles category were a reel of highlights in this event, so please go watch it guys.
Results were taken from: https://bwfworldtour.bwfbadminton.com/tournament/3364/victor-china-open-2019/results/podium/