Chen Yufei fought hard in three sets at the Japan Masters, defeating the bitter master and hoping to win three consecutive championships
Who said Ahn Se Ying was already invincible in the women's badminton world? As it turns out, the Korean prodigy can still be beaten. On November 18, Beijing time, the 2023 Japan Badminton Masters women's singles semifinals in Kumamoto ended, Tokyo Olympic champion, China's No. 1 women's singles Chen Yufei, defeated An Xiying 2-1 after three rounds of hard fighting, ending the opponent's 28-game winning streak that lasted for several months, and at the same time defeating An Xiying for the third time in the year, and maintaining the great possibility of winning three consecutive tournaments.
Chen Yufei and An Xiying have played each other 18 times before, and Chen Yufei has a slight lead of 10-8, but most of the games she won came before last season. Since the beginning of this year, An Xiying, who was born in the 00s, has shown an excellent competitive state, with her youth and technical advantages and physical advantages, and her overall strength has improved rapidly, making her a veritable No.1 in today's women's badminton world.
This season alone, An Xiying has reached the semi-finals of the tour 15 times, won 10 titles, and won the gold medal for the first time in the women's singles final of the Hangzhou Asian Games that ended in early October. In the semifinals of the Japan Masters, An Seying has won 28 consecutive matches and is in an invincible situation. Some fans jokingly said that today's international badminton surname Ahn, the male has Ansellon, and his girlfriend An Seying are all difficult players to beat, and the Korean media praised An Seying as the best female badminton player in the country's history after the Asian Games.
As for the duel between Chen Yufei and An Xiying, Chen Yufei's record this season is 2-7 (before this semi-final), and she is completely at a disadvantage, and even feels that Chen Yufei lacks confidence when facing An Xiying, and is a little scared of her opponent. Especially in the women's singles final of the Hangzhou Asian Games, in the case of An Xiying's knee injury, Chen Yufei failed to take advantage of the situation, but was at a disadvantage in the duel of will quality, and collapsed first in terms of physical strength, regretting that she failed to win the Asian Games gold medal, and that game made Chen Yufei very regretful.
The first time Chen Yufei won the duel between the two this year was in the final of the Suzhou Sudirman Cup in May, where Chen Yufei defeated An Xiying and won the Suzhou Cup for the Chinese team. The last time Chen Yufei defeated An Xiying was back at the Indonesia Open in July this year. Since then, An has not lost a match, and until she met Chen Yufei again at the Japan Masters, she was on a 28-match winning streak.
Chen Yufei learned from the pain, and was not depressed because of the loss of the Asian Games championship, two consecutive European tournaments Denmark and French Open, An Xiying and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi were injured and hung up the free card, Chen Yufei seized the opportunity to win two championships in a row, worthy of her title of one of the big4 in today's women's badminton world. Among the main national feather women's singles, she is the only one who came to Japan to compete, because according to the relevant regulations of the World Badminton Federation, players of Chen Yufei's level must participate in at least two super 500-level events within a season, Chen Yufei has only participated in one stop before, so she must come, and He Bingjiao, Wang Zhiyi, Han Yue, Zhang Yiman, etc. were all absent from this competition. Coincidentally, An Xiying also chose to make a comeback at this station, which led to the tenth Chen An battle this year.
In the first game, Chen Yufei seized the opportunity at the end of the game and won 21-18. Although her right knee was still wrapped in a thick bandage, the Korean girl actually scored 4 points in a row to achieve a reversal 22-20 and tied the score at 1-1 when Chen Yufei got the match point 20-18.
But this time in the tiebreaker, it was Chen Yufei who had the last laugh, and An Xiying seemed to fight too hard in the second game, spent too much energy and attention, and was finally defeated by Chen Yufei, the score of the decisive game was a rare 21-8 in the confrontation between the two, Chen Yufei finally won the peak duel and became the only player who could defeat An Xiying three times in the year. The victory in this match may be able to regain Chen Yufei's confidence, at least the next time the two meet again, she will not be psychologically afraid of her opponent, and it will also give Chen Yufei a great possibility of winning three consecutive tournaments.
Text/Beiqing Sports Liu Ailin