Recap: Memorable Matches of the World Championships

Here are some of the best matches that were seen at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019 in Basel:

WS Quarterfinals: Pusarla V Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying

Tai Tzu Ying has had a jinxed relationship with the World Championships. Despite being the top player over the last three seasons, the Chinese Taipei star doesn’t have even a medal to show. This time it was brilliant stonewalling from Pusarla V Sindhu that sealed her fate. Tai produced scintillating badminton in the opening game, befuddling Pusarla with her deception, but the Indian responded by playing the waiting game, relying on her deep clears and holding back from getting committed. It was a tight battle until the end, with the Indian clearing her biggest hurdle (12-21 23-21 21-19) on the way to her first gold.

Du Yue and Li Yin Hui are in tears at the end of the two-hour marathon.

WD Quarterfinals: Du Yue/Li Yin Hui vs Matsutomo/Takahashi

The match will be remembered as one of the longest ever, stretching over two hours. Li Yin Hui repeatedly suffered cramps in the third and was tended to; the Japanese somehow were unable to capitalise. From 9-all in the third, neither side manage a lead of over a point, until the Chinese finally broke away after 23-all and saving one match point. The score: 23-25 21-18 25-23.

WD Final: Matsumoto/Nagahara vs Fukushima/Hirota

The closest of the five finals. Fukushima and Hirota held off a late charge to take the second game and keep the contest alive; the roles reversed in the third as they sensationally had match point from five down. Nagahara and Matsumoto’s last-ditch effort came to their rescue as they retained the gold: 21-11 20-22 23-21.

Intanon couldn’t find her way past the defensive fortress of Okuhara.

WS Semifinals: Nozomi Okuhara vs Ratchanok Intanon

A sparkling contest, with Intanon’s sharpness cutting up Okuhara in the opening passage. But once the Japanese turned the match into a battle of attrition, with her sensational retrievals, Intanon had her back to the wall. The second game was touch-and-go; the Thai faded out in the third: 17-21 21-18 21-15.

WD Quarterfinals: Polii/Rahayu vs Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan

A tense, hard-fought battle all the way, with the Indonesians prevailing 25-23 23-21. The Chinese had been taken the distance in their previous match by Korea’s Kim/Kong, but did well to stand up to the challenge of the long-drawn exchanges against the Indonesians, only failing narrowly in a match that went past the hour.

Lee Zii Jia celebrates beating Nishimoto.

MS Round 3: Lee Zii Jia vs Kenta Nishimoto

Men’s singles didn’t see many close matches at the World Championships; the third round between Lee Zii Jia and Nishimoto was one of the few. The Malaysian had three match points, only for the Japanese to draw level, but Lee did well to grab the initiative in the last two rallies and take the match 21-15 11-21 22-20.

MD Round 2: Lamsfuss/Seidel vs Endo/Watanabe

The Germans’ upset featured among the early significant results of the World Championships. Lamsfuss and Seidel ran the fifth seeds close in the second game and kept up their intensity, refusing to be shaken off even as the Japanese scratched out three of four match points. The upset was accomplished in the 69th minute: 21-17 20-22 21-19.

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26 August 2019
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26 August 2019
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26 August 2019
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25 August 2019
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25 August 2019
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25 August 2019
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25 August 2019
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24 August 2019
Antonsen’s ‘Insane’ Dream – Basel 2019

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24 August 2019
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24 August 2019
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24 August 2019
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24 August 2019
Para Badminton Athletes Turn It Up a Notch – Basel 2019

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24 August 2019
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24 August 2019
Antonsen Delivers for Europe – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
Du/Li Stand Tall After 2-Hour Epic – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
Kantaphon Leads Thailand’s Record Haul – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
Sensational Session for India – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
Tall Order for Standing Men – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
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23 August 2019
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23 August 2019
Wheelchair Top Seed Toppled – Basel 2019

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23 August 2019
‘Two’ Much Trouble! – Basel 2019

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22 August 2019
Intanon Survives Scare – Basel 2019

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22 August 2019
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22 August 2019
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22 August 2019
Back Problem Doesn’t Stall Jia Min – Basel 2019

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22 August 2019
Girl Power – Basel 2019

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22 August 2019
Group Rounds Move into Main Draw – Basel 2019

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22 August 2019
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22 August 2019
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21 August 2019
German Shock for Fifth Seeds – Basel 2019

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21 August 2019
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21 August 2019
The Power of the Mind – Basel 2019

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21 August 2019
Minions Crash Land at Worlds Yet Again – Basel 2019

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21 August 2019
Suzuki Banks on Experience Over Age – Basel 2019

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21 August 2019
Nagahara ‘Mixing It Up’ – Basel 2019

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20 August 2019
Jia Min Ousts Top Seed – Basel 2019

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20 August 2019
Lin’s Challenge Sputters Out – Basel 2019

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20 August 2019
Mazur On Track to Retain Crown – Basel 2019

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20 August 2019
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20 August 2019
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19 August 2019
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19 August 2019
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19 August 2019
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18 August 2019
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18 August 2019
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18 August 2019
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17 August 2019
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17 August 2019
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16 August 2019
Satwik/Chirag to Miss World Championships

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16 August 2019
Indian Pair Blazes a Trail

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15 August 2019
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14 August 2019
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14 August 2019
Free of Pressure, Antonsen Senses His Chance

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13 August 2019
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11 August 2019
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10 August 2019
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9 August 2019
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8 August 2019
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7 August 2019
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5 August 2019
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5 August 2019
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1 August 2019
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31 July 2019
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19 July 2019
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11 July 2019
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10 July 2019
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9 July 2019
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26 June 2019
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22 June 2019
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19 June 2019
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7 June 2019
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3 June 2019
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2 June 2019
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1 June 2019
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8 May 2019
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25 April 2019
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24 April 2019
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22 April 2019
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20 April 2019
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18 April 2019
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18 April 2019
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13 March 2019
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19 February 2019
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11 February 2019
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30 January 2019
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20 December 2018
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