Japan blown away as China win Sudirman Cup for 11th time

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They came with their best players and were top seeds but Japan crumbled against the Chinese might in the shuttle sports as China walked away with a comprehensive 3-0 win and regain the Sudirman Cup. they lost to Korea in 2017.
 
The talking point of the Japanese defeat was the meltdown of world No 1 Kento Momota in the men’s singles – which handed China victory for the 11th time in the world mixed team championships. 
 
It was China’s 13th consecutive Sudirman Cup final since the championships were inaugurated in 1989 in Jakarta when Indonesia became the first winners.
 
Momota, the reigning world champion, played second-ranked Shi Yuqi after China had taken a 2-0 lead by winning the men’s doubles through world champions Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen. The third-ranked Chinese downed Asian champions Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-10.
 
China’s second point was nailed by All-England champion and third-ranked Chen Yufei who came through a come-from-behind 17-21, 21-16, 21-17 in an 81-minute battle against fourth-ranked Akane Yamaguchi.
 
It was an uphill task for Japan in their bid to win the Sudirman Cup for the first time and were quietly confident of turning the tables on the Chinese on their home turf.
 
It was left for Momota to turn the tide around. The 24-year-old took the first game 21-15 after reeling off seven straight points. However, it was a different story in the second game. The Japanese ace suffered a meltdown which left many stunned as Yuqi walked away with a 21-5 win to force a decider.
 
The rubber saw Momota in another meltdown with Yuqi taking a commanding 15-4 lead and even a late surge by the Japanese did not bother the Chinese as he did enough to win 21-11 in 69 minutes. 
 
It was also sweet revenge for Yuqi who had lost to the Japanese in the world championships final on home soil.
 
Momota had a proud record in the Sudirman Cup – having won all his previous 17 matches. All that disappeared in Nanning as the Chinese celebrated their win. It is also an early signal that the Chinese will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. – BY RIZAL ABDULLAH
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