Vibrant fight for the quarterfinals of Huelva 2021

The athletes of the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021 displayed all their potential to reach the quarterfinal rounds of the World Championship. In the fifth and longest day of the tournament, the Carolina Marín Sports Palace (Huelva) has witnessed the high level possessed by each and every one of the badminton players.

The Huelva 2021 reaches the final stretch, the moments of tension are already lived on the courts, and the small details make the difference between winning or losing.

In men’s singles, Loh Kean Yew (Siungapur) continues to make steady progress towards the finals, affirming his high and consolidated level of play. Loh managed to get rid of the 16th seed of the tournament, Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Thailand) by a sweeping 21-4 and 21-7. Loh, who beat Axelsen (Denmark) [2] in the first round (14-21, 21-9 and 21-6) and Austria’s Luka Wraber yesterday (21-4 and 21-8), is determined to win the gold at Huelva 2021.

Good performance also for the Indian delegation today. Players Kidambi Srikanth [12] and Lakshya Sen won their respective matches against Lu Guang Zu (China) and Kevin Cordon (Guatemala), respectively. Late in the afternoon, Prannoy H. S also won in a tight match against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke [11], 16-21, 21-8 and 22-20.

Gemke’s defeat was also joined by his teammate Vittinghus. Malaysian player Lee Zii Jia [6] forced the third set (21-15, 15-21, 21-10) to win the match against Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus, who also had a very good performance throughout the competition. Denmark is only represented by Anders Antonsen [3], who defeated Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu [13] comfortably.

The high level of the players was maintained or even surpassed in the women’s singles. In the first match of the day, Tai Tzu Ying [1] (China Taipei) had to show her grit against a combative Kirsty Gilmour (Scotland). “Tai”, who was solid in the first set (21-10), relaxed against a strong Gilmour, who took advantage 20-12 to close the set in her favor. The Chinese Taipei player put all her effort to finish the match in two sets, saving up to 7 set points (20-19), but finally needing a third to win her passage to the quarterfinals.

On the other side of the main draw, An Seyoung [5] and Wang Zhi Yi [14] became the center of attention. Wang took the lead in the first part of the match to 19-8. An Seyoung managed to close the gap on her opponent, however, she dropped the set 17-21. The second and third sets were determined by details on the side of the Korean, with final score 17-21, 22-20 and 21-19.

On the other hand, the big winners in the men’s doubles were the players from Japan and Malaysia. The Japanese duo Keiichiro Matsui – Yoshinori Takeuchi saved several set points and match points against the well matched Fabien Delrue – William Villeger (France); 24-22 and 25-23. Their partners Takuro Hoki – Yugo Kobayashi [5] did the same against the Grimley brothers (Scotland). On the Malaysian side, the pairs Ong Yew Sin – Teo Ee Yi [9] and Goh V Shem – Tan Wee Kiong [10] reached the quarterfinals in three-set matches.

Also in men’s doubles, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular and disputed matches today was the one between Lee Yang – Wang Chi-Lin (Chinese Taipei) [3] and Goh Sze Fei – Nur Izzuddin (Malaysia) [14]. This time Chinese Taipei claimed the victory 21-18, 17-21, 21-18.

In women’s doubles, Japan continues to be the big winner. Nami Matsuyama – Chiharu Shida and Mayu Matsumoto – Wakana Nagahara [4] managed to reach the next round after finishing their matches in two sets. Their teammates Rin Iwanaga – Kie Nakanishi also advanced to the next round, but with a more even match against Li Wen Mei – Chnzheng Yu [10] (China).

On the other hand, the Stoeva sisters surprised the English Chloe Birch – Lauren Smith [9] by winning a match quickly.

Finally, Japan continues to demonstrate its high potential in the mixed doubles adding victories by Kyohei Yamashita – Naru Shinoya, Yuta Watanabe – Arisa Higashino [3], and Yuki Kaneko – Misaki Matsutomo [13].

Finally, the Germans Mark Lamsfuss – Isabel Lohau [11] played a solid match against the Malaysians Hoo Pang Ron – Cheah Yee See, winning the match: 21-13, 13-21 and 21-18.

Tomorrow, December 17, corresponding to the quarterfinals, will start at 10:00 am. The world championship will be held until December 19, displaying the full potential of the players representing the various world delegations. The event can be followed live on RTVPlay and Teledeporte. Also, and immediately, through the social networks of Huelva2021 (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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