Siwei Zheng / Yaqiong Huang
They brought out a big surprise when they won the All England back in March but after that they have not been able to maintain the same high level of play. Ranked second on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking and third on the BWF World Ranking, Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino have taken the world by storm. This does not destroy anything for the two Japanese who are still in the top of the world ranking. Apart from one more title at their last tournament before the season finals, Watanabe and Higashino reached four semifinals and four quarterfinals during the year. Fun fact: Yuta Watanabe is the only player to have qualified for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018.
It must respectfully be pointed out that Goh was out most of 2017 due to surgery but the Malaysian duo definitely belong to the very best in the world when they bring out their best. However, six first round exits in 2018 is not their cup of tea and success at the season finals would be a nice way for Chan and Goh. Malaysias best mixed double duo is number 6 on the BWF World Ranking and finished 4 on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking. After winning the first tournament of the year Olympic runners-up from 2016, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, have been struggling to find some consistence during the season. They did reach four finals in total, of which they won two,but they suffered too many early exits both during spring and autumn.
Siwei Zheng - Dechapol Puavaranukroh Tips
Top of the world. The Chinese duo has been very dominant throughout 2018 where they only missed the final in three of the 14 finals they played. That is how you can present Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, the two Chinese who have won everything this year almost. This places them on a very solid first place on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking as well as the BWF World Ranking where they have the highest amount of points of anyone at the moment; 108,600. They won nine of 11 finals, including the World Championships and the Asian Games. Fun facts: Four of the finals were against compatriots Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping; in all of these one of the games finished 21-19 to Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.
The tall men were consistently under pressure and lacked their usual, solid defense. After taking the first game by a narrow margin, the 12th seeds from Japan opened up a big lead in the second game which the Chinese pair just could do nothing to close. Hoki and Kobayashi thus proceed to the finals, where they will attempt to make the World Championships their first international title since the Spanish International Challenge 3 years ago.
2013 womens singles champion Ratchanok Intanon won her first game over her 2017 counterpart Nozomi Okuhara (pictured left), but she couldnt quite catch up and finish the match in straight games and it was Okuhara who prevailed in the decider. Womens singles will thus be a repeat of the 2017 final, as Pusarla Venkata Sindhu followed up her upset of Asian Games gold medallist Tai Tzu Ying by scoring her second victory this year over All England winner Chen Yufei.
Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai had started the rivalry with the clear advantage over the Chinese pair, beating them twice in the spring of 2017, both times in straight games. The Thais skipped the Worlds that summer to compete in the SEA Games, but after they won the gold medal, Taerattanachai was injured and meanwhile, Wang/Huang followed up their quarter-final finish in Glasgow by taking their first Superseries title in Japan. Suddenly the Chinese pair were a major force in mixed doubles and by the time Taerattanachai was back from her injury lay-off, Wang/Huang were in the top 5 in the world.
Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Indonesia 21-14 21-11All England: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, Japan vs. Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, China 21-19 21-8Victor China Open: Zheng/Huang, Chinavs. Malaysia Masters: Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Hong Kong vs. Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, China 21-19 21-18World Championships: Zheng/Huang, Chinavs. Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yu Jung, Korea 21-19 21-14Fuzhou China Open: Zheng/Huang, Chinavs. Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, China 21-17 21-19Asian Games: Zheng/Huang, China vs. Zheng/Huang, China 15-21 22-20 21-16Malaysia Open: Zheng/Huang, Chinavs. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Thailand 21-16 21-13French Open: Zheng/Huang, China vs. Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet, Hong Kong 21-8 21-15Japan Open: Zheng/Huang, China vs. Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui, China 21-16 21-9Denmark Open: Zheng/Huang, China vs. Zheng/Huang, China 19-21 22-20 21-18Indonesia Masters: Zheng/Huang, Chinavs.
The biggest upset of the day on Saturday at the World Championships may have come in the last match but it was the one before it that meant history for Thai badminton. Mixed doubles was responsible for the first two World Championship medals won by Thailand historically, as Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthonkam had got as far as the semi-finals in both 2005 and 2006; however, Ratchanok Intanon placed the focus squarely on singles when she won the title in 2013 and the Southeast Asian nation had not medalled since in any disciplineuntil this year.
Patama cheers up Dechapol and Sapsiree
None of this seemed to impress the Thais on Saturday, however, as Sapsiree more than matched Huang at the net, while frequently taking care of business from the backcourt as well. Wang Yil was his usual ominous self from the backcourt but the Thais kept the shuttle low when they could and did an amazing job of varying their lifts to keep Wang just slightly off-balance so they could respond to the Chinese attacking situations.
Det er det kinesiske par der er meget klare favoritter til at tage sejren og det er fordi de er det bedste af de to par. I finalen ved VM i mix double i badminton skal vi se en kamp mellem et par fra Kina og et par fra Thailand. Mit tip her til den her kamp gr p at det ender med over 74,5. De slog et japansk par meget sikkert i deres semifinale i gr.