Gregoria Mariska Tunjung emerged as champion of Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023 after defeating China’s representative, Chen Yu Fei. Women’s singles Gregoria Mariska Tunjung was the only Indonesian representative to qualify for the final of the Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023.
In the final of the BWF World Tour Super 500 level tournament, the opponent Gregoria faced was the third seed from China, Chen Yu Fei. The Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023 final will be Gregoria’s 10th meeting with Chen Yu Fei. Chen Yu Fei was superior with seven wins compared to Gregoria’s two.
Match review Competing on Field 1 of the Kumamoto Prefectural Gymnasium, Kumamoto, Japan on Sunday (19/11/2023) morning, Chen Yu Fei was immediately able to score two points in a row. Gregoria was able to equalize the score and then went ahead 3-2.
Gregoria’s shot into the corner of the field started to make things difficult for Chen. Gregoria was then able to maintain the consistency of his game. During the first game interval, the badminton player born in Central Java, was leading 11-5. Gregoria didn’t waste the opportunity to win the first game. She finished the first game with a cross smash that made Chen stop moving. The first game belonged to Gregoria Mariska, 21-12.
Entering the second game, Gregoria and Chen Yu Fei were involved in a points exchange. Gregoria had led 6-5, but Chen was able to equalize the points and then went ahead 9-7. Chen was able to maintain his lead, 11-9, over Gregoria during the second game interval.
Behind several times, Gregoria gained momentum when she was able to lead again 15-12. Gregoria didn’t throw away the opportunity to win the match. She ended Chen Yu Fei’s resistance in the second game with a score of 21-12 and ensured that she emerged as the champion.
Gregoria needed 40 minutes to win in two straight games over Chen Yu Fei with a score of 21-12 and 21-12. For Gregoria. This is her second World Tour title after winning the Spain Masters 2023 last April as well as his first Super 500 title. Gregoria Mariska also made history as the first Indonesian women’s singles player to win a BWF World Tour tournament at Super 500 level or above.