June 25, 2019
Latest News

China pummel Japan in final of Sudirman Cup badminton tourney

Nanning, China, May 26 (efe-epa).- China routed Japan three matches to none here Sunday in an anti-climactic final of the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed-team badminton championship.

The Chinese men's doubles duo of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen kicked off this much-anticipated battle of tournament co-favorites in dominant fashion with a comprehensive 21-18, 21-10 victory over Yuta Watanabe and Hiroyuki Endo.

The Japanese duo were inexplicably content to cede the initiative in the rallies and defend the steep smashes of the 1.95-meter (6-foot-5) Li and 1.93-meter Liu.

The turning point came at 18-18 in the first game, when the reigning world champions reeled off three straight points on a pair of unreturnable shots and an error by Endo to take the opener.

The third-ranked Li and Liu then won a much more lopsided second game in which the Japanese had no answer for the Chinese team's height and aggressive smashing.

The second match was a pivotal women's singles contest pitting Japanese world No. 4 Akane Yamaguchi against third-ranked Chen Yufei of China.

Both players showed off their phenomenal defensive skills throughout the grueling one-hour, 21-minute contest, but Chen's greater reach and slightly superior attacking game gave her the edge down the stretch of her 17-21, 21-16, 21-17 win.

In the third match, Japanese world No. 1 Kento Momota started strong and frustrated second-ranked Shi Yuqi with his quickness, defense and percentage play in racing out to a 20-11 lead.

But although Momota managed to wrap up the first game, the match started to turn around dramatically at that juncture.

Shi stunned the reigning men's singles world champion - and dominant player of the last 13 months - by winning 40 of 50 points in narrowing the gap at the end of the first game, trouncing Momota in the second game and taking a 15-4 lead in the decider.

He ended up winning 15-21, 21-5, 21-11 in what was arguably the most shocking result of the entire tournament.

Momota had no answer for Shi's powerful and precise smashes and all-around athleticism, size, touch and skill, playing too conservatively against a player who produced one of the best men's singles matches in recent memory.

After Shi struck one final down-the-line smash winner on match point, he was mobbed by his teammates on the main court at the Guangxi Sports Center in Nanning.

With their victory, China extended their record haul of Sudirman Cup titles to 11.

The Asian giant also delivered a strong statement to the rest of the badminton world with their performance throughout the week, losing just one match (in a 3-1 victory over Denmark) in five contests against opposing nations in the group and knockout phases of this biennial tournament.

China, furthermore, made amends for their disappointing 3-2 loss to South Korea in the 2017 Sudirman Cup final.

Japan, for their part, had high hopes of capturing their maiden title at this elite mixed-team event but now must go back to the drawing board after a humbling defeat at the hands of China.

News history
Octogenarian holds most swimming records in Mexico

By Salma Kaufman R.

Brazil 2019 adds to Ecuador's woes at Copa America

Guayaquil (Ecuador), Jun 25 (efe-epa).- Ecuador's exit from the 2019 Copa America first round is the most recent episode of the team's failure at the...

David Silva calls for support for Spain's new men's national soccer coach

Gran Canaria (Spain), Jun 25 (efe-epa).- Manchester City's midfielder David Silva asked Tuesday for confidence in Robert Moreno, the newly appointed head...

Ecuador-Japan 1-1 draw gives Paraguay ticket to Copa America quarter-finals

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Ecuador and Japan squandered the possibility of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Copa America tournament...

US edge Spain 2-1 to advance to Women's World Cup quarterfinals

Reims, France, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- After outscoring opponents 18-0 in the group stage of the 2019 Women's World Cup, the United States had to work hard for a...

Milan to host 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Madrid, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- The International Olympic Committee on Monday awarded the organization of the 2026 Winter Olympic Games to Milan-Cortina...

Brazil coach faces the challenge of winning without Casemiro

Porto Alegre (Brazil), Jun 24 (efe-epa).- During the three years Tite has spent training the Brazil national team, his team has only lost two games but...

Rafa Benítez to leave Newcastle United

London, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Newcastle has parted ways with Spanish coach Rafael Benitez, the Premier League side announced on Monday.

IOC signs sponsorship deals with Coca-Cola, Mengniu until 2032

Madrid, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday said it had signed sponsorship agreements with the Coca-Cola company and...

Japan, a 'lethal' opponent for Ecuador in Copa America clash

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, whose national side languishes at the bottom of Group C in the 2019 America in...

Colombia continues perfect Copa America record, besting Paraguay 1-0

By Gabriel Briceño Fernandez

Argentina downs Qatar 2-0 in Copa America, moves to quarterfinals

Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Argentina downed Qatar 2-0 on Sunday on goals by Lautaro Martinez and Sergio "Kun" Aguero, thus moving to the...

Uruguay holds last practice before taking on Chile in Copa America

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Uruguay is holding its last practice session on Sunday before taking on Chile in a match that will determine who...

Spain's Feliciano Lopez ends great run at Queen's Club with title

London, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Sunday won the title at Queen's Club, defeating France's Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2) in the...

IOC celebrates 125th anniversary with new Olympic headquarters in Lausanne

By Antonio Broto

Hamilton gets resounding victory in French Grand Prix

Le Castellet, France, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton won a resounding victory on Sunday in the French Grand Prix.

Ecuador must beat Japan, get help from others to make Copa America quarters

By Sebastian Meresman

Federer wins 10th Halle title, pursues 9th Wimbledon victory

Halle, Germany, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Roger Federer on Sunday claimed the title at the Halle Open, a Wimbledon tune-up event that the Swiss player has won for...

Southeast Asian countries want to organize 2034 soccer world cup

Bangkok, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Southeast Asian countries intend to present themselves to jointly organize the 2034 soccer world cup, the prime minister of...

Spanish striker Fernando Torres to take some time to decide his future

Tokyo, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Spanish striker Fernando Torres on Sunday said he wanted to take some time after his formal retirement from professional soccer...

Venezuela downs Bolivia 3-1, moves on to Copa America quarterfinals

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- Venezuelan striker Darwin Machis got his team into the Copa America quarterfinals as he showed the Bolivia squad...

Brazil clobber Peru 5-0 in Copa America, advance to quarterfinals

Sao Paulo, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- Brazil responded emphatically to adversity here Saturday, hammering Peru 5-0 to secure a berth in the Copa America...

Federer cruises past Herbert, will play for 10th Halle title

Halle, Germany, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- Roger Federer needed just over an hour to brush aside Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 6-3 here Saturday and reach...

Argentina to take on Qatar in Copa America

Porto Alegre (Brazil), Jun 22 (efe-epa).- The Argentine national team has been used to having hard times in major competitions and the 2019 Copa America...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.