Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan Win Dubai Badminton Women's Doubles Title

December 19, 2016
Editor: Hewater Liu
Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan Win Dubai Badminton Women's Doubles Title
Chen Qingchen(L) and Jia Yifan of China pose during the awarding ceremony for the women's doubles final in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Dubai World Superseries Finals badminton tournament in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 18, 2016. Chen and Jia claimed the title by defeating Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan with 2-1. [Xinhua/Li Zhen]

 

The two 19-year old Chinese players defeated Japan' s 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalists Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in three tough sets 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 in Dubai' s Hamdan Sports Complex on December 18, taking home a cheque of 84,000 dollar.

"We still cannot believe this moment, we feel very excited" , said a happy Chen when holding with her partner Jia the trophies in their hands.

China's Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan quickly moved to 10-4 after the match began. They won the first set thanks to their intelligent playing style, characterized by switching sides quickly and by changing tactics.

The Chinese, however, also benefitted from many mistakes by Matsutomo/Takahashi who won five tournaments this year (including the Olympics).

In the second set, the Japanese players gained an upper hand over their Chinese opponents who looked increasingly exhausted. "We did regain strength in the second set, but then we lost the scope in the third set" , said 26-year old Takahashi. Chen admitted "they changed tactics in the second set and we slowed down, that is why we gave it away."

Tensions rose in the third set when each pair scored one point after the other, leading to a 9-9 stalemate. But the road to victory became only clear when Chen/Jia advanced to lead 11-9.

 

Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan Win Dubai Badminton Women's Doubles Title
Chen Qingchen(L) and Jia Yifan of China compete during the women's doubles final against Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Dubai World Superseries Finals badminton tournament in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 18, 2016. Chen and Jia claimed the title with 2-1. [Xinhua/Li Zhen]
Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan Win Dubai Badminton Women's Doubles Title
Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan (L) of China celebrate during the women's doubles final against Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Dubai World Superseries Finals badminton tournament in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 18, 2016. Chen and Jia claimed the title with 2-1. [Xinhua/Li Zhen]
Chen Qingchen, Jia Yifan Win Dubai Badminton Women's Doubles Title
Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi(R) of Japan compete during the women's doubles final against Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan of China in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) Dubai World Superseries Finals badminton tournament in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 18, 2016. Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi lost the final with 1-2. [Xinhua/Li Zhen]

 

(Source: Xinhua)

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