Result/Daily Schedule/LiveScore : https://bwfworldchampionships.bwfba…rgies-bwf-world-championships-2022/2022-08-22
Tokyo time : https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/japan/tokyo
2021 WORLD CHAMPIONS
MS – Loh Kean Yew (SGP)
WS – Akane Yamaguchi (JPN)
MD – Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi
WD – Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN)
XD – Decaphol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA)
XXVII edition ~ Konnichiwa Tokyo!
First time ever for Japan to host one of badminton prestigious tournaments over more four decades since the inaugural event kicked off in Malmö, Sweden 1977. Tokyo once again will be the magnet for badminton ardent fans this summer to watch world class showcase in seven days ahead. A question is looming whether Momota and compatriots could rectify Olympic Games nightmarish result at home soil.
It’s not exaggerated premise to project the Olympic Champion as overwhelming favourite to reclaim World Championships gold medal considering his near impeccable record in last 12 months to clinch a string of titles in top tier events rampantly. Only few of current top-10 ranks who could shake the steady Dane and perhaps create huge headline. Anthony Ginting provides early test for Axelsen in quarterfinal if the Indonesia succeeded to pass potential rival Shi YQ whom he never beaten in six encounters, the Chinese form remains enigma in his 10-month absence. Local star Kento Momota who’s trying to find solution of his disastrous form raising big doubt due to struggling trend recently and he has dangerous path towards semifinal, facing several complicated obstacles starting from second round, Prannoy, Sen and the most threatening test, Malaysia hotshot Lee ZJ. Defending champion Loh KY really needs something miraculous aspect to reject one-hit wonder fact following constant regression in style of play and self-belief since won the historical crown late last year.
SEEKING NEW CHAMP
Title contenders still concentrating on same old favorites plus the relatively newcomer An Se Young, tough chance for others to spring surprise until finish line in this department. Reigning world champion Yamaguchi has slightly downturn reflecting her result in South East Asia tours, she’s will meet possibly Tunjung, the reignited Indonesian who beat the Japanese twice in Kuala Lumpur last month. Two notable absentees, 2019 World Champion Pusarla Sindhu also 2017 gold medalist Nozomi Okuhara as well citing injury and recovery process. Tai Tzu Ying, runner-up of last year paramount event in Tokyo and Huelva is haunted by elusive major title. The patient and persistent Chen Yufei eyeing heavyweight mission to end China long wait, last time was Wang Yihan triumph in London 2011.
AFTER THE DADDIES
Men’s doubles traditional primary force, Indonesia which represented by their best echelon expect to continue Ahsan/Setiawan legacy, snatched the world’s three times (2013, 2015, 2019). The pair who’re regarded to succeed the Daddies step and being under the spotlight at the moment none but Alfian/Ardianto who enjoying sterling period of their career, advanced into seven finals prior into this event and yielded three titles (2 S500 & 1 S300). Meanwhile the Minions hasn’t display good shape yet also the inconsistent All England Champions Fikri/Maulana. The uncharted rivals directed from bottom half draw, ranging from defending champions Hoki/Kobayashi, the exuberant Indian duo Rankireddy/Shetty who nailed Commonwealth Games gold medal recently and tricky Koreans Seo SJ/Choi SG. Other two high-ranked combinations to enliven title contention, the Olympic Champions Lee/Wang and Malaysians Aaron Chia/Soh WY, both pairs experiencing sense of confidence crisis.
Women’s doubles often dubbed as less competitive category since only three nations China, Japan and South Korea become long-standing protagonists in many prestigious stages. None could wreak havoc to rock their domination in world badminton scene. Wind of change has blew lately as Malaysian and Indonesia youngsters emerge to challenge those established names, Pearly Tan/Thinaah and Rahayu/Ramadhanti, It’s unfortunately Ramadhanti must pair with original partner Ribka Sugiarto, the duo are slated to face Kititharakul/Prajongjai in second round. Huge faves and China talisman Chen/Jia chasing record to make it three to level their illustrious seniors achievement Gao Ling/Huang Sui (2001, 2003, 2006).
A FOREGONE CONCLUSION?
Zheng/Huang renew their partnerships into more advanced transformation and invincible, on paper scenario hardly for any pair can tackle the mighty Chinese but sometimes major event often containing unexpected turnaround. Six titles on a trot approximately could describe their prowess, being unbeatable since Badminton Asia Championships, will they maintain formidable run to culminate in Tokyo? Thailand prominent combination Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai show contradictive performance with dazzling outcome last year whilst Watanabe/Higashino and the Olympic Champions Wang/Huang have moderate outlook so far. Outside world’s top-four, some names who deserved to pay attention, Tang/Tse, Seo/Chae and European pairs, Gicquel/Delrue also Christiansen/Boje as well.