NANNING, China: Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota allowing China to beat Japan 3-0 for an 11th Sudirman Cup title on Sunday.
The world number one had defeated second-ranked Shi four times in five previous meetings, including last year’s world championship final.
China went 1-0 up through their men’s doubles and then took a 2-0 lead overall after a captivating clash between Chen and Akane Yamaguchi.
Japan needed their talisman to beat Shi to keep the tie alive — but Momota buckled.
China’s dominant victory over the top seeds is an ominous indication of the depth they possess in their ranks with next summer’s Tokyo Olympics on the horizon.
China, the long-time pre-eminent power in the sport, reclaim the trophy that they lost to South Korea two years ago.
Japan have never won the badminton world mixed-team championship and their search goes on after they were well beaten 3-0 in the Chinese city of Nanning.