Thammasin stuns top seed Shi to triumph at BWF Macau Open 2019

Thammasin came from behind to register a 12-21, 21-14, 21-7 win in the final of the BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion.

Victory secures the 24-year-old his first BWF World Tour title of the year.

2018 All England champion Shi Yu Qi had to do battle in three games to put away Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen. Yu Qi, who possesses a deadly cross-court smash from round the head position, took the first game relatively easily.

But then, his opponent fought back with all his ability. Being a left hander, the Chinese shuttler has to use his backhand much more than other players. This, when combined to his possession of a strong smash, meant that the Thai player was continually pushing the ball to his opponent’s backhand side. Yu Qi didn’t help the matter by committing errors of his own.

The third and deciding game seemed to be heading the way of the Chinese at mid-game interval with a lead of 11-3 in his favour. But Kantaphon kept up his fight and made Shi run around the court. In the end, the good retrieving skills of Yu Qi gave him a 21-15, 16-21, 21-16 victory.

In the final, the former All England champion would face another Thai – Sitthikom Thammasin. The latter won his semi-final against China’s Sun Fei Xiang 21-16, 14-21, 21-7.

At the end of last year, Yu Qi had emerged as the most likely player to challenge Kento Momota’s superiority in men’s singles badminton and also China’s biggest hope for major success in the division. Due to an injury sustained earlier this year, Shi has been out of action and, after coming back, out of form. Winning this title would be of great importance to him.

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