Review: Best Matches from Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which concluded last Sunday, showcased some of the most memorable Para badminton action seen on an international stage.

Here is a list of the most exciting matches:

Cheah Liek Hou bt Fang Jen Yu 15-21 21-10 21-16

Cheah Liek Hou in action against Fang Jen Yu.

The men’s singles SU5 semifinal clash between Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou and Chinese Taipei’s Fang Jen Yu featured high-paced exchanges, with both unleashing their full range of attacking shots. Cheah won the battle, with his greater experience proving pivotal, but Fang showed he’s one to watch in coming months.

Cheng Hefang bt Leani Ratri Oktila 21-19 17-21 21-16

Cheng He Fang weathered a stiff test from Leani Ratri Oktila.

Leani Ratri Oktila was on a three-title hunt, and had already won the women’s doubles the previous day. The Indonesian used her better courtcraft to cruise ahead in the opening game of her SL4 women’s singles final, but Cheng hung on with grim determination. By the third game it was a matter of who could last longer, and Oktila made the mistakes under pressure, giving Cheng the title.

Lucas Mazur bt Suhas Yathiraj 15-21 21-17 21-15

Lucas Mazur willed himself on despite struggling physically.

Mazur, having survived a torrid men’s singles SL4 semifinal against India’s Tarun, looked out of the final early on as Yathiraj poured on the pressure. The Indian rode the tide in the second game, but got a trifle carried away with the momentum in his favour, even as Mazur was visibly struggling and had to drag himself between points. The tall Frenchman kept himself in the match, using his steep smashes to nail any shuttle in the air, and somehow willed himself on to complete a dizzying triumph in three tight games.

Krishna Nagar bt Chu Man Kai 21-17 16-21 21-17

Krishna Nagar and Chu Man Kai dished out an entertaining SH6 final.

Both Krishna Nagar and Chu Man Kai had been in impressive form in their previous matches. While Nagar had won all his matches in straight games, Chu had started his campaign with a stunning demolition job of Krysten Coombs. The Hong Kong China player used clever placements to keep his quick opponent at bay in the second game, but Nagar was able to sustain his physical intensity and variations to wear down his opponent, and clinch a famous gold for India.

Tarun bt Shin Kyung Hwang 21-18 15-21 21-17

Tarun was pushed hard by the pace and attack of Shin.

Another entertaining battle in men’s singles SL4 was the Group B clash between Tarun Dhillon and Korea’s Shin Kyung Hwan. The left-hander needed all his craft to hold off the quick-moving and hard-hitting Shin, and he staged a fine come-from-behind effort to prevail 21-17 in the third.

Emine Seckin bt Yuma Yamazaki 21-15 13-21 21-16

Emine Seckin celebrates an emotional win.

Yuma Yamazaki was the home favourite in women’s singles Wheelchair WH2, and she had a 9-0 record over Emine Seckin before their Group B encounter. The Turkish player, distraught by her father’s death a few days ago, sought to pay tribute to him with her performance against Yamazaki, and she stunned the Japanese in three hard-fought games.

Daiki Kajiwara bt Kim Jung Jun 21-18 21-19

The new kid on the block, Daiki Kajiwara.

It was a handing-over of the baton in men’s singles Wheelchair WH2, as Daiki Kajiwara upstaged the two dominant players in the category over the last few years – Chan Ho Yuen in the semifinals and the all-conquering Kim Jung Jun in the final.

World champion and top seed Kim dug into his vast powers, trying every trick to outplay Kajiwara, but the Japanese was up to the task. He stayed in the long rallies and was nearly flawless in precision hits to the lines. The match was over in straight games, but every point had been hard-fought.

Lee Sam Seop bt Lee Dong Seop 19-21 21-7 22-20

Lee Sam Seop was stretched by compatriot Lee Dong Seop.

The men’s singles Wheelchair WH1 semifinal between Korean veterans Lee Sam Seop and Lee Dong Seop teetered on the edge before the more accomplished Sam Seop edged past in a tense ending. Dong Seop had match point but a close line call went against him, and Sam Seop, despite struggling physically, was able to pull off another one of his memorable wins.

Lucas Mazur/Faustine Noel bt Pramod Bhagat/Palak Kohli 21-9 15-21 21-19

Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli posed plenty of problems for Mazur and Noel.

Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel were in for a surprise against scratch pair Bhagat and Kohli in their opening SL3-SU5 Group B match. The Indians nearly pulled the rug from under the feet of the second seeds, who prevailed in a tight finish.

 

Krysten Coombs bt Vito Concalves Tavares 12-21 21-10 21-16

A big moment for Coombs in a long career.

The bronze medal playoff in men’s singles SH6 was a fast-paced, attacking encounter. Tavares’ physical prowess stood out all through his campaign, and Coombs did well to counter that with skill. With the bronze medal on offer, there was plenty at stake, and I t was eventually Coombs who came through, 21-16 in the third.

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20 November 2021
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12 September 2021
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10 September 2021
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7 September 2021
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6 September 2021
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5 September 2021
Father’s Memory Drives Seckin in Upset of Yamazaki

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3 September 2021
SH6 Group A on Edge

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2 September 2021
Through Sport, Study and Work, Dransfield Pushes for Change

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2 September 2021
Para Badminton Enjoys Smooth Take-Off

Para Badminton Enjoys Smooth Take-Off

1 September 2021
Milestones in Para Badminton’s Journey to Paralympics

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1 September 2021
Tokyo 2020: Para Badminton In Numbers

Tokyo 2020: Para Badminton In Numbers

1 September 2021
Three Shots at Gold

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1 September 2021
Tokyo Diary: ‘Sport Gave Me Courage’

Tokyo Diary: ‘Sport Gave Me Courage’

31 August 2021
Battle of Youth Versus Experience

Battle of Youth Versus Experience

31 August 2021
Spotlight on Satomi, Liu Yu Tong

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30 August 2021
Tokyo Diary: Mroz Confident After High-Altitude Stint

Tokyo Diary: Mroz Confident After High-Altitude Stint

30 August 2021
Airbus Gives Toupe a Fast Ride for Tokyo 2020

Airbus Gives Toupe a Fast Ride for Tokyo 2020

29 August 2021
For Self, State and Nation

For Self, State and Nation

29 August 2021
Ready to Stand and Deliver

Ready to Stand and Deliver

28 August 2021
A Tattoo, A Reminder

A Tattoo, A Reminder

28 August 2021
Chan’s Dream Coming True 12 Years On

Chan’s Dream Coming True 12 Years On

28 August 2021
Alongside Old Friend, Shephard Primed for Medal Attack

Alongside Old Friend, Shephard Primed for Medal Attack

27 August 2021
Para Shuttler Leva Targets Javelin Medal in Tokyo

Para Shuttler Leva Targets Javelin Medal in Tokyo

27 August 2021
Paralympics Draw: Exciting Group Clashes in Store

Paralympics Draw: Exciting Group Clashes in Store

26 August 2021
This is Cheah Liek Hou

This is Cheah Liek Hou

26 August 2021
Choong ‘Losing Sleep Over Paralympic Excitement’

Choong ‘Losing Sleep Over Paralympic Excitement’

25 August 2021
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#RaiseARacket for Your Heroes These Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

24 August 2021
Tarun Undeterred by Injury Setbacks

Tarun Undeterred by Injury Setbacks

23 August 2021
Qu: I Want to Hear My National Anthem

Qu: I Want to Hear My National Anthem

20 August 2021
Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Confirmed

Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Confirmed

25 July 2021
Settled Bethell All Set to Test Mettle

Settled Bethell All Set to Test Mettle

1 June 2021
‘Bello Will Always be My Biggest Inspiration’

‘Bello Will Always be My Biggest Inspiration’

29 May 2021
Spanish Reunion Ignites Rosengren

Spanish Reunion Ignites Rosengren

11 May 2021
Spanish Para Badminton International: Stars Set to Sparkle

Spanish Para Badminton International: Stars Set to Sparkle

10 May 2021
Badminton Community Mourns Passing of Bello Rafiu Oyebanji

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23 April 2021
Resolute Kohli on the March Again

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22 April 2021
Ellatif, a Woman on a Mission

Ellatif, a Woman on a Mission

15 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Positive Vibes All Around

Dubai Para Badminton International: Positive Vibes All Around

11 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Kozyna Surprises World Champion

Dubai Para Badminton International: Kozyna Surprises World Champion

5 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Lockdown Training Pays Off

Dubai Para Badminton International: Lockdown Training Pays Off

4 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: France Threatens India’s Domination

Dubai Para Badminton International: France Threatens India’s Domination

3 April 2021
Talent From a Thousand Islands

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3 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: All-Points Battle

Dubai Para Badminton International: All-Points Battle

2 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Standing Tall

Dubai Para Badminton International: Standing Tall

1 April 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Communication Is Key in Doubles

Dubai Para Badminton International: Communication Is Key in Doubles

31 March 2021
Dubai Para Badminton International: Leading Ladies Set the Tone

Dubai Para Badminton International: Leading Ladies Set the Tone

30 March 2021
Gold is Goal for Mazur, Noel

Gold is Goal for Mazur, Noel

27 March 2021
Chan: Time to Show the World What We Can Do

Chan: Time to Show the World What We Can Do

23 February 2021
Para Badminton Community Rejoices, Fire Reignited

Para Badminton Community Rejoices, Fire Reignited

13 February 2021
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2 February 2021
Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

24 November 2020
BWF Considering Options for Para Badminton Restart

BWF Considering Options for Para Badminton Restart

29 October 2020
‘I’d Be Stuck at Home If Not for Para Badminton’

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24 October 2020
A Role Model, Time and Again

A Role Model, Time and Again

22 October 2020
On This Day: Badminton Becomes a Paralympic Sport

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7 October 2020
Brian Kliwon: Umpire, athlete and future doctor

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6 October 2020
Manasi Joshi: Shining a Light on Gender and Disability

Manasi Joshi: Shining a Light on Gender and Disability

24 September 2020
Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Stars to Watch

Tokyo 2020: Paralympic Stars to Watch

1 September 2020
Robinson, the Kiwi Flying the World Solo

Robinson, the Kiwi Flying the World Solo

31 August 2020
Tokyo 2020 – A Long, Extended Wait for A Dream

Tokyo 2020 – A Long, Extended Wait for A Dream

25 August 2020
Countdown to Tokyo Paralympics Begins

Countdown to Tokyo Paralympics Begins

24 August 2020
Para Badminton Tournaments Suspended

Para Badminton Tournaments Suspended

13 August 2020
Barbara Fryer the High-Flyer Makes It a First

Barbara Fryer the High-Flyer Makes It a First

30 July 2020
Team Japan is Back on Court

Team Japan is Back on Court

11 July 2020
Extra Time a Blessing For Suzuki and Kajiwara

Extra Time a Blessing For Suzuki and Kajiwara

30 June 2020
Palak Kohli Makes the Most of the Great Outdoors

Palak Kohli Makes the Most of the Great Outdoors

25 June 2020
Rashid Sidek Aids Cheah’s Quest for Paralympic Glory

Rashid Sidek Aids Cheah’s Quest for Paralympic Glory

18 June 2020
Badminton Triumphs Trump Cricket Dreams for Tarun Dhillon

Badminton Triumphs Trump Cricket Dreams for Tarun Dhillon

2 June 2020
Getting to Know … Daniel Bethell

Getting to Know … Daniel Bethell

20 May 2020
Sukant Kadam: How I Started Playing Badminton

Sukant Kadam: How I Started Playing Badminton

10 May 2020
Taliban Attack Survivor Won’t Slow Down Just Yet

Taliban Attack Survivor Won’t Slow Down Just Yet

8 May 2020
It’s All About Family and Country for Oktila

It’s All About Family and Country for Oktila

3 May 2020
Lockdown Highs and Lows

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23 April 2020
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19 April 2020
With Willpower and Great Dedication Comes Vitor Tavares

With Willpower and Great Dedication Comes Vitor Tavares

14 April 2020
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5 April 2020
New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

30 March 2020
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Postponed

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Postponed

25 March 2020
Spanish Para Badminton International Cancelled

Spanish Para Badminton International Cancelled

6 March 2020
Dubai Para Badminton International Postponed

Dubai Para Badminton International Postponed

5 March 2020
Poveda Can’t Stop Winning

Poveda Can’t Stop Winning

24 February 2020
Venue Change for Brazil Para Badminton International 2020

Venue Change for Brazil Para Badminton International 2020

9 February 2020
Bound for Big Things – Road to Tokyo: Krishna Nagar

Bound for Big Things – Road to Tokyo: Krishna Nagar

8 February 2020
Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 4)

Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 4)

23 January 2020
Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 3)

Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 3)

3 January 2020
Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 2)

Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 2)

28 December 2019
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Dong Jiong: A Champion of Change (Part 1)

24 December 2019
Historic Venue to Host Para Stars

Historic Venue to Host Para Stars

27 November 2019
Double the Joy – Japan Para Badminton International 2019: Finals

Double the Joy – Japan Para Badminton International 2019: Finals

18 November 2019
Bethell Dethrones Bhagat – Japan Para Badminton 2019: Finals

Bethell Dethrones Bhagat – Japan Para Badminton 2019: Finals

17 November 2019
Kim Gives Kajiwara Four Years – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

Kim Gives Kajiwara Four Years – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

16 November 2019
Stepping Up in Tokyo – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

Stepping Up in Tokyo – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

15 November 2019
Fujihara Aims for Home Win – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

Fujihara Aims for Home Win – Japan Para Badminton International 2019

14 November 2019
Big in Tokyo – Japan Para Badminton International: Day 1

Big in Tokyo – Japan Para Badminton International: Day 1

13 November 2019
Blazing A Trail to Tokyo 2020

Blazing A Trail to Tokyo 2020

12 November 2019
Might of Mind Over Matter – Road To Tokyo: Valeska Knoblauch

Might of Mind Over Matter – Road To Tokyo: Valeska Knoblauch

5 November 2019
Excitement for Paralympic Games in Overdrive

Excitement for Paralympic Games in Overdrive

1 November 2019
Record-Breaking Demand for Paralympics Tickets

Record-Breaking Demand for Paralympics Tickets

21 October 2019
Suzuki, Mazur, Cheah Strike Twice – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Finals

Suzuki, Mazur, Cheah Strike Twice – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Finals

22 September 2019
Double Gold for Wetwithan – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Finals

Double Gold for Wetwithan – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Finals

21 September 2019
Chu Claims Champion Scalp – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Day 5

Chu Claims Champion Scalp – Thai Para-Badminton Int’l: Day 5

20 September 2019
Focused on Change  –  Road To Tokyo: Manasi Joshi

Focused on Change – Road To Tokyo: Manasi Joshi

19 September 2019
Para Stars Head to Thailand and China for Key Fortnight

Para Stars Head to Thailand and China for Key Fortnight

17 September 2019
Teenage Threat on Two Wheels – Road To Tokyo: Liu Yutong

Teenage Threat on Two Wheels – Road To Tokyo: Liu Yutong

15 September 2019
Historic Day for Peru and Guatemala – Parapan Am Games 2019

Historic Day for Peru and Guatemala – Parapan Am Games 2019

2 September 2019
Born Fighter – Road To Tokyo: Tim Haller

Born Fighter – Road To Tokyo: Tim Haller

6 August 2019
At the Height of His Career – Road To Tokyo: Lucas Mazur

At the Height of His Career – Road To Tokyo: Lucas Mazur

16 July 2019
Close Battle for Top Spot

Close Battle for Top Spot

7 July 2019
Badminton Saved My Life – Road To Tokyo: Chan Ho Yuen

Badminton Saved My Life – Road To Tokyo: Chan Ho Yuen

5 July 2019
In-Form Bhagat Charges Ahead

In-Form Bhagat Charges Ahead

4 July 2019
Coombs Breaks Drought – Irish Para-Badminton International

Coombs Breaks Drought – Irish Para-Badminton International

24 June 2019
Kim Jungjun Ramps Up Training With Tokyo in Mind

Kim Jungjun Ramps Up Training With Tokyo in Mind

12 June 2019
Oktila’s Sights Now On World Championships

Oktila’s Sights Now On World Championships

13 May 2019
Dong Seop, Oktila Claim Treble – Canada Para-Badminton International

Dong Seop, Oktila Claim Treble – Canada Para-Badminton International

13 May 2019
Agitos Workshop a Hit With Participants

Agitos Workshop a Hit With Participants

1 May 2019
Bello Determined to Make History

Bello Determined to Make History

1 May 2019
Sky’s the Limit for Para Badminton in Uganda

Sky’s the Limit for Para Badminton in Uganda

22 April 2019
Team Japan’s Road to the Paralympics, and Beyond

Team Japan’s Road to the Paralympics, and Beyond

12 April 2019
Super Mum – Road To Tokyo: Yuma Yamazaki

Super Mum – Road To Tokyo: Yuma Yamazaki

10 April 2019
Athlete Wellbeing and Tokyo 2020 Top Priority for Commission

Athlete Wellbeing and Tokyo 2020 Top Priority for Commission

9 April 2019
Asia Shares Out Wins – Dubai Para-Badminton Int’l

Asia Shares Out Wins – Dubai Para-Badminton Int’l

8 April 2019
Qu Zimo Wins Triple Crown – ENESCUP 2019

Qu Zimo Wins Triple Crown – ENESCUP 2019

1 April 2019
Turkey Kickstarts Paralympic Qualifying

Turkey Kickstarts Paralympic Qualifying

25 March 2019