China completed a remarkable turnaround after their quarterfinal exit at the Mixed Team event by winning three individual titles at the BWF World Junior Championships 2022.
The stars for China were mixed doubles winners Zhu Yi Jun and Liu Sheng Shu, who both clinched a second title in their respective doubles.
The last match turned out to be the most dramatic of finals day, and was the perfect tournament wrap-up for the Chinese as they earned their third gold from four finals.
Zhu Yi Jun and Xu Hua Yu were flagging from exhaustion and nervousness in the third game of their final against Indonesia’s Muh Putra Erwiansyah and Patra Harapan Rindorindo. Their opponents were by turns brilliant and erratic, and that gave them the windows of opportunity to stay in the contest. With the left-handed Erwiansyah evoking comparisons with Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo for his sheer virtuosity at the forecourt, the Indonesians had leads in the third game, but were unable to capitalise as they frequently erred on serve.
Erwiansyah and Rindorindo saved two match points and the contest reached a climactic finish, ending in tears for Indonesia and frenzied celebrations for China.
Earlier, Zhu Yi Jun and Liu Sheng Shu had outgunned Liao Pin Yi/Huang Ke Xin in an all-Chinese mixed doubles final.
Liu Sheng Shu returned for her women’s doubles with Wang Ting Ge, and the two Chinese, who dwarfed their Indonesian opponents Meilysa Trias Puspita Sari and Rachel Allessya Rose, had little problems in overpowering them in 33 minutes.
“This is my first time at the World Junior Championships and I’m excited to win two titles,” said Liu Sheng Shu.
“My ambitions will keep growing and I want to compete in bigger tournaments.”