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Yonex Sunrise India Open Final Highlights


The 2024 Yonex Sunrise India Open, a BWF World Tour Super 750 event, was held in New Delhi, India from January 16th to 21st, 2024. The name of this tournament game includes “Sunrise” because they are one of the distributors of Yonex. Also, the number before the event just like the “750” just indicates how much points and prize money can be earned. The highest number in these events would be Super 1000. Here are the highlights and results from the final matches. 

The men’s singles final was between SHI Yuqi from China and LEE Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong, China. SHI Yuqi beat LEE Cheuk Yiu 2-0 (23-21, 21-17) and won the title, which was SHI’s first BWF title in 14 months. In this game, Shi played a solid and strong match, as he was able to deliver both sharp smashes and deceptive net drops. 

The women’s singles final was between TAI Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei and CHEN Yufei from China. TAI easily beat Chen 2-0 (21-16, 21-12) and took the title. In this final match, TAI pretty much dominated the entire game, and didn’t give Chen any chance to catch up. Her performance was steady and consistent with both smashes and net drops, which are two very important techniques in badminton. It was amazing to see TAI continue playing solid games when she’s reaching the end of her athlete career and planning for retirement. 

The men’s double final was between the Korean pair KANG Min Kyuk and SEO Seung Jae and the Indian pair Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY and Chirag SHETTY. The Koreans beat the Indians 2-1 (15-21, 21-11 and 21-18). This was one of the closest matches in all the finals, which was over one hour. As local favorites, the duo at the beginning didn’t disappoint the audience and won the first set 21-15. However, the Korean pair played a much better match after the first set by not giving REDDY and SHETTY any easy lifts, and performed drives that were very strategically placed.

The women’s double final was between the Japanese pair Mayu MATSUMOTO and Wakana NAGAHARA and the Chinese pair ZHANG Shuxian and ZHENG Yu. The Japanese beat the Chinese 2-0 (21-12 and 21-13), and this was the first title for the Japanese duo in nearly three years. They were able to control and dominate the entire game and win efficiently. 

Mixed doubles final was between Dechapol PUAVARANUKROH and Sapsiree TAERATTANACHAI from Thailand and JIANG Zhenbang and WEI Yaxin from China. The Thai duo beat the Chinese pair 2-0 (23-21, 21-17) where they played flawlessly during the match and showed a lot more control. The two of them were able to cover and support each other, and deliver the shuttle to where it was intended. 

Overall, this entire finals game by the nine different tournament players of the five teams was extraordinary. This was the second tournament game played in 2024. Some of the results really surprised me, as the players have not won in a while. Hopefully more teams like these will have a comeback soon this year.

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