Shi Yuqi Wins Indonesia Open and Climbs to World No. 1 Next Week

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Shi Yuqi will be the new World No. 1 next week. (Photo: BWF)
Shi Yuqi will be the new World No. 1 next week. (Photo: BWF)

Jakarta: In the men’s singles final of the 2024 Indonesia Open on Sunday, China’s World No. 2 Shi Yuqi defeated World No. 5 Anders Antonsen 21-9, 12-21, 21-14, winning his fourth tour title of the season.

Next week, Shi Yuqi’s world ranking will rise to the world number one ranking for the first time. By winning back-to-back titles in Singapore and Indonesia, Shi will be the fifth men’s singles player in history of badminton to surpass 100,000 ranking points next week. Men’s singles players who have reached 100k ranking points were Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Kento Momota, and Viktor Axelsen.

Highlights of Shi Yuqi vs. Anders Antonsen in the 2024 Indonesia Open final:

In the first game on Sunday, Shi Yuqi quickly found his rhythm, using precise placement and aggressive smashes to overwhelm Antonsen, winning easily 21-9.

In the second game, Antonsen regained his form, showing strong defense and powerful attacks to even the score at 21-12.

In the third game, Shi Yuqi’s stamina began to recover, and his aggressive play and control allowed him to take the lead. He maintained his advantage throughout, ultimately winning 21-14 to claim the title.

The victory was the first time a men’s singles player from China has won this tournament in 35 years since Xiong Guobao’s victory in 1989. Even top players like Lin Dan and Chen Long have never won this title.

The men’s doubles title went to China’s World No. 2 pair Liang Weikeng/Wang Chang came back from dropping the first set to beat Malaysia’s World No. 20 dark horses Man Wei Chong/Tee Kai Wun 19-21, 21-16, 21-12 for Indonesia Open title.

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