6½ continental title defenses in one Sunday!

Three continents held their badminton championship finals on Sunday and the Pan Am region led the way with two and a half title defenses, while a world #1 and #2 […]

Three continents held their badminton championship finals on Sunday and the Pan Am region led the way with two and a half title defenses, while a world #1 and #2 accomplished the same in Asia, with Africa providing one repeat champion but two players who title twice each.

By Don Hearn.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives)

The Badminton Asia Confederation was the first to get their continental champions crowned.  Both defending champions who were still in it on finals day emerged victorious.  India Open champions Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping (pictured right) won what was by far the closest final of the day in Wuhan, beating compatriots He Jiting and Du Yue on their 6th championship point opportunity.

The women’s doubles stayed competitive,