Next stop France, then China to bring in the firework season. The below players have been producing firework performances for more than just this last 750 tournament though. Here's 5 key points from the 5 different disciplines of our beautiful game.
Kevin and Marcus are still unstoppable
Another tournament won, another tournament without a set dropped. The Indonesian minions continue to set the stall in the Men’s Doubles, continually charging towards the accolade of being indisputably the best ever men’s pair in the game.
Their seventh major title this year, out of 10 entered tournaments, the major blip being their quarter-final defeat to Kamura/Sanoda at the Worlds in Nanjing. Don’t be surprised to see them win all the remaining tournaments this year, including the end of season finale in Guangzhou in December.
Kento Momota’s recent run not just a flash in the pan
You’d be forgiven for forgetting his recent lengthy ban and suspension from the game so often has his name been in the lights of the badminton world of late. King Kento was the only non-first seed to remain unbeaten in Denmark-Anders Antonsen doing him a favour by knocking out first seed Viktor Axelsen in front of a torn home crowd in the second round.
Momota’s hardest challenge was arguably overcoming a rampaging Anthony Ginting in the first round-he and Chou Tien Chien (in the final) both took sets off the Japanese left-hander. Momota still sits comfortably above Shi Yuqi and Axelsen in the overall Men’s Singles World Rankings.
Zheng and Huang continue remarkable 2018 record to live up to first seed billing
They only lost one set all tournament, and that was only to 19 to Olympic Champions Ahmad/Natsir in the semi-final. No seeded pair making even the semi-finals from the bottom half of the draw slightly helped the Chinese pairs route to the title, but this doesn’t diminish the great achievement of another 2018 title.
Having recently won the Japan, China and Danish Opens, also the Asian Games and they became World Champions in Nanjing. The pair have won seven out of 12 tournaments they have entered this year!
Fukoshima and Hirota still the superior Japanese WD pair
The Japanese first seeds beat the Japanese fifth seeds 21-19 21-16 to ensure they did not drop a set in the tournament. Their fifth title of the year, in what was Tanaka and Yonemoto’s first final of the year.
The 2017 Most Improved player/pair of the Year and Asian Champions continue to go from strength to strength with their typically Japanese fast-style of play.
More bling for Ying
Tai Tzu Ying took less than an hour to take her head to head against Saina Nehwal to 12-5 in her favour in the Odense final. She did drop a set, as she did against Chen Yufei in the quarter-finals, but remained in control, breezing to victory 21-6 in the decider.
Ying beat the same opponent in the Indonesian Masters final earlier this year, the start of a phenomenal run of five tournament wins on the bounce, so maybe this win will trigger another of those unstoppable runs for the Chinese Taipei shuttler…?