Chinese player WANG Zhiyi stunned the world’s No. 2 player. Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, 15-21, 21-13, 21-19, to win her first-ever Asian women’s singles title at the SMART Badminton Asia Team Championships 2022 on Sunday.

This was Yamaguchi’s first appearance in an Asian women’s singles competition.

In the third and last game of the intensely contested battle that took place at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa City, the 2019 champion Yamaguchi attempted to save her reign by scoring four consecutive points to trim the lead to 11-17. However, she was ultimately unsuccessful.


After a mistake made by Wang during his effort to drop the ball, Yamaguchi tied the score at 19 all. However, the latter clinched the victory by scoring two points in a row thanks to a smash and a forced error.

“I couldn’t contain my joy after winning the championship. It was incredible and inconceivable because no one, including myself, believed that I would win the title. I also did not believe that I would win “The statement was made by Wang through an interpreter.

As a result of the victory, Wang moved up in the BWF world rankings by 12,000 points, while Yamaguchi received 10,200 points. Semifinalists P.V. Sindhu of India and An Seyoung of Korea tied for first place with 8,400 points.

The native of Shashi, Jingzhou, who is now 22 years old, stated, “Yamaguchi is a really tough opponent, so I had to alter my thinking to get through some tough decisions in the match.”

The tournament is supported by SMART, the MVP Sports Foundation, Robinson’s Land, Li-Ning, Cignal, TV5, One Sports, Premium Megastructure Inc., the Philippine Badminton Association, Badminton Asia, the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Sports Commission, Muntinlupa Mayor Fresnedi, and the City of Muntinlupa. Additionally, the tournament is hosted by the Philippine Badminton Association.

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