The Badminton World Championships of Huelva 2021 closed with a grand finale on the finals day in which the new world champions were crowned after five intense and tight matches.
The Japanese Akane Yamaguchi was one of the great protagonists of the closure of the World Championships of Huelva 2021 since she defeated the world number 1 Tai Tzu Ying to conquer her first world gold medal. The player from Chinese Taipei took the lead in the first part of the match but the Japanese did not hesitate when she had the chance overtake her again and win the first game (21-14).
The second game was tight in the beginning as well, however, Yamaguchi stepped on the gas after the break and scored seven rallies in a row to conclude her victory (21-11) in Huelva 2021.
In men’s singles, the young player from Singapore Loh Kean Yew sealed with a gold medal his amazing performance in this tournament after defeating great players such as the Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen (in the first round) and the Olympic runner-up and European Champion Ander Antonsen (in semifinals).
To rise to the top of the podium, Loh defeated the Indian player Kidambi Srikanth, 21-15 and 22-20, in the final and acclaimed match of the day that gave Huelva 2021 the perfect closure of the tournament.
The women’s doubles final was the longest of the day in Huelva 2021 as a result of the level equality between the Chinese pair of Chen Qing Chen – Jia Yi Fan and the Koreans Lee Sohee – Shing Seungchan. The title finally fell on the side of the Chinese players after two intense games (21-16, 21-17), but the showdown was so tight that it could have easily needed a third game to solve the match.
In any case, Chen and Jia started the match stronger on court from the beginning, what allowed them to have a short advantage over their opponents before the interval. The Koreans reacted and managed to take the lead but the Chinese pair struck back and scored seven points in a row to win the first game. The second one was even tighter but had the same dynamics since the Chinese started leading, the Koreans fought back to take the lead but Chen and Jia scored six points in a row to win the decisive game.
The Japanese Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi proclaim themselves as world champions after defeating the Chinese pair He Ji Ting – Tan Qiang. The Japanese were favorites for the win and they closed the match after 38 minutes of play against the Chinese with a exhibition of strong attacks and powerful defenses that made the audience stand up.
The first final finished after a quick match in favor of the Thai pair since Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai controlled the showdown from the beginning by winning the first game in less than 20 minutes (21-13). The Thai started leading the score and after several rallies in a row they opened a breach that allowed them to continue ahead during the rest of the game.
The second game started with a similar script but soon the match became tighter since the Japanese pair scored seven points in a row and took the lead. However, the Thai pair struck back and led the game again right before the break. After this, they found the determination to finish the match (21-14) after 42 minutes of play.