- Badminton ... (BWF)
- in a row
- 試合を構成する一区切り。２１点先取で１ゲームを取る（後出 in straight games は全てのゲームを取って）
- beat ～
- reflect on ～
Japanese athletes achieved historic wins at the finals of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Badminton World Championships 2019 in Basel, Switzerland, on Aug. 25, with Momota Kento taking gold in the men's singles for the second tournament in a row, and pair Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu doing the same in the women's doubles.
It was the first time for Japanese badminton players to successfully defend their titles at the World Championships, and for Japan to achieve its target of appearing on the podium in all five events. Besides the two gold medals, Japan won three silvers and one bronze.
Momota, 25, the world's No. 1 player, showed his strength and won all six of his matches without dropping a game. In the men's singles final, he beat Anders Antonsen, ranked ninth, 21-9, 21-3.
Even when playing for match point, Momota had a lot of leeway. Diving, he returned a smash from Antonsen into an empty section of the court and remained on the floor, confident his opponent couldn't get to it.
Reflecting on his title defense in straight games, Momota said, "Compared to last time, when I fought vigorously to win, the weight of this year's tournament, with opponents coming to challenge me, was different."
In the women's doubles, world No. 1 pair Nagahara, 23, and Matsumoto, 24, won against the No. 3 team, Japan's Fukushima Yuki, 26, and Hirota Sayaka, 25, in a tense match that saw the top two clinch gold. They dropped a game, but the final score was 21-11, 20-22, 23-21.
As winners last year, Nagahara and Matsumoto overcame pressure from teams looking to take their crown. After the final, Matsumoto said, "Last year we fought one match at a time, but this time we trained with the whole tournament in mind. There was a big difference."
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