The Fuzhou China Open 2018 badminton tournament ended on Sunday (11/11), after competing for five final matches (men’s / women’s singles, men’s / women’s doubles, mixed doubles). Five champions in each number have climbed the podium after winning in the final. Here is our review about each champion.
1. Kento Momota
The world number 1 male singles from Japan, Kento Momota, extended his dominance in the men’s singles sector in 2018. Kento Momota won the 2018 Fuzhou China Open after winning three games (rubber games) over Taiwanese players, Chou Tien-Chen for 1 hour 6 minutes which became the longest final (21-13, 11-21, 21-16). This is the title of the four players this year in the 2018 BWF World Tour tournament. Previously, Momota had won the Indonesia Open, Japan Open, Denmark Open. Not to mention the 2018 Asia championship title and the 2018 World Championship title. This year is indeed the year of Momota.
2. Chen Yufei
China’s best single, Chen Yufei, finally won her first title in 2018. Chen Yufei won the Fuzhou China Open 2018 after a straight game victory over Japanese women’s Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 21-10, 21-16 in 43 minutes. Previously, this 20-year-old player always failed in an effort to win the title in 2018. Three times to enter the final, Chen Yufei always lost. First, in the German Open Super 300, he was defeated by a Japanese player. Akane Yamaguchi is in the final. Then in the 2018 Indonesia Open, he lost to world number 1 player Tai Tzu-ying. While in the China Open 2018 in September, he lost to 2018 world champion from Spain, Carolina Marin.
3. Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan
Japanese women’s doubles dominated this BWF tournament throughout 2018. However, in the Fuzhou China Open 2018, the dominance of the Japanese women’s doubles was stopped by Korean women’s doubles, Lee So Hee / Shin Seung Chan. Lee / Shin won two straight games over the Japanese double 2018 world champion, Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara 23-21, 21-18 in 52 minutes. This is Lee So Hee / Shin Seung Chan’s first title in 2018. Previously, three Japanese doubles like taking turns won titles. Namely Hirota Yuki Fukushima / Sayaka, Ayaka Takahashi / Misaki Matsutomo and Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara.
4. Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong
In 2018 this is indeed the year of China’s mixed doubles. Primarily for partner Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong. They are like having no match. In fact, they continue to harvest titles. Latest, Siwei / Yaqiong won the Fuzhou China Open 2018 after defeating compatriot Wang Yilu / Huang Dongping through three games 21-15, 11-21, 21-19.
This is the seventh title of the BWF tournament for Siwei / Yaqiong in 2018. They were previously champions in Indonesia Masters, Malaysia Open, Japan Open, China Open, Denmark Open, French Open. Plus the title in the 2018 World Championship and the 2018 Asian Games gold medal. Interestingly, this is the fourth final of the all-Chinese final between Siwei / Yaqiong and Yilu Dongping and all of them have won. That shows that China is indeed dominating the mixed doubles sector.
5. Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya
Indonesian men’s doubles, Marcus Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya won the Fuzhou China Open 2018 after defeating a young Chinese couple, He Jiting / Tan Qiang through rubber games 25-27, 21-17, 21-15 for 58 minutes. Marcus / Kevin managed to move on from defeat in the 2018 French Open final last week. The men’s doubles final which was the closing of the 2018 Fuzhou China Open took place fiercely since the first game. Marcus / Kevin has lagged several times in the points. In fact, Jiting / Tanqing first won the game points 20-18. However, Marcus / Kevin managed to score 20-20 and forced setting points. The score was the same 24-24. However, the Chinese double will finally win 27-25. But, in the second and third games, Marcus / Kevin showed their champion’s mentality to turn to win.
The 2018 Fuzhou China Open title is the seventh title for Marcus / Kevin in this 2018 BWF World Tour tournament. Previously, the world number 1 men’s doubles managed to win in Indonesia Masters, Indian Open, All England Open, Indonesia Open, Japan Open and Denmark Open. The men’s doubles nicknamed Duo Minions also won the 2018 Asian Games gold medal.