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The Power-Packed BWF World Championships 2018

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 26 Jul, 2018
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The BWF World Championships 2018, the true test for the badminton wizards beside Olympics is around the corner. So folks, get ready to witness all the badminton madness filled with quirky strategies, screams and cheers.


The contest begins from July 30th and will have its power-packed finals on August 5th; from the opening round to the uphill-task, every match will spectate the top bets battling against the top bets in the thirst of every point.


Worlds History


Founded in 1977, the tournament was previously named as IBF World Championship till 2006, conducted once every three years initially and then became biennial event from 1985.


After changing the name to BWF World Championship from 2007, the event is conducted annually crowning the champions as ‘World Champions’ with gold medals without prize money. Since 40 years, the event is staged at 23 different countries followed by Nanjing, China this season for the first time.


For over 23 years till 2001, the medals were shared among five countries, namely China, Korea, Denmark, Indonesia, and Malaysia; the inaugural Worlds being won by Denmark in 1977 with three of five titles (Lene Køppen winning gold in both singles and doubles).


Over the years, the medal board has been increasing and in the last season, 38 countries participated only in the Men’s Singles event, 26 from Women’s Singles, 26 from Men’s Doubles, 27 from Men’s Doubles, and 25 from Mixed Doubles.


China -The Dominant


With its entry in the 1983 version, China slays as the World leader bagging total of 174 medals, which includes 63 gold, 44 silver, and 67 bronze medals into its cabinet, second stands Indonesia with total of 73 medals so far.


Zhao Yunlei, the Mixed and Women’s Doubles shuttler from China set the record of winning 10 medals, which includes 5 gold (first Mixed Doubles gold in 2011), 2 silver, and 3 bronze. Park Joo Bong of South Korea among men holds the record of winning 7 medals, including 5 gold (first golds in 1985 in Mixed and Men’s Doubles events) and 2 bronze; Park won his first World medal of bronze at the age of 19 in Copenhagen.


While from the modern badminton, Lin Dan sets the record of winning 5 gold medals and 2 silver; missed his sixth title against Viktor Axelsen in the last season. 


2018, The Formidable Season


World Championships 2018 is going to be more spiced-up, as it features world’s top stars to turn badminton court into the battleground at Nanjing, China.


Gone are the days when one could foresee the winner, here are the days where one cannot decide among the greatest badminton powerhouses, regardless the underdog opponent.


From Men’s Singles Viktor Axelsen, Shi Yuqi, Son Wan Ho, Srikanth Kidambi, Kenta Momota, Chou Tien Chen, Chen Long, Lin Dan, HS Prannoy, from Women’s Singles Tai Tzu Ying, Akane Yamaguchi, PV Sindhu, Ratchanok Intanon, Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao, Carolina Marin, Nozomi Okuhara, Saina Nehwal, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen in Men’s Doubles, Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan in Women’s Doubles, Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock from Mixed Doubles will be seen among the seeded entries.


If it is tough task for few players, it is an easy-peasy show for the most of the rest. Lee Chong Wei, who was seeded second, had to pull out from the tournament due to health issues, precisely respiratory related disorder. With Datuk’s withdrawal, it has become easier for the Frenchman Brice Leverdez, who outplayed the former in the previous season’s opening round. Had the Malaysian not pulled out from the tournament, it would have been a good opportunity for him to redeem his loss.


While, B Sai Praneeth from India need to get past the fourth seed Son Wan Ho from Korea in the opening round. Meanwhile in the Women’s Singles category, all the seeded players received bye in the first round to begin their campaign from round 2.


Since last season, it had been uncertain to foresee the winner in every calendar tournament, when we saw many comeback victories, last minute withdraws due to injuries, consistent improvements, and undisputed champions.


As players develop unpredictable strategies with every tournament, it’s getting more tougher. It is not only the matter of strategies, but also the fitness levels, flexibility, and agility.


Let’s gear up for the hysteric season people!


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