In what was a thrilling match between a player who had been knocked out of the 2014 World Championships and one who had not, the two men from Adelaide, Australia, came out on top on Thursday.
Australian great Justin O’Neill won the singles title, which he had held for nearly two decades, and he had to play through pain and discomfort as the final shot hit the back of his right foot.
O’Neill had been competing in the event since 2014 and had won the title before the match.
He had to spend three days in hospital and recover in the tournament’s final round.
The match, which was the second of its kind at the tournament, was a major success for Australian Badminton Federation, which has not had a major international event since the 2013 Dubai International.
Australia is now one of the world’s top-ranked badmasses, with some players even qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
Australia’s first ever badmasha World Championships, held in Adelaide in 2007, was an international success, with the likes of Serena Williams and Katie Lees qualifying for Rio.
O’Neil, who has been competing as a top-10 badmass since his debut at the 2009 World Championships in Tokyo, was on a roll as he took a two-point lead over French player Mathieu Vasseur on court three.
O”It’s a bit surreal to win a title and it’s really amazing,” he said.
“I’ve never been to an event like this, and I’ve never won before.”
O’Reilly has been a champion for over 15 years and is now a six-time Grand Slam winner.
He said he was inspired by his opponents’ efforts and his own recovery.
“They were all really down, but I just went for it, I knew that if I kept on going, I would win,” he told reporters.
“When you’re in a tough position, you always think you can win it.
I knew I had to be brave.”
O O’Neil was knocked out in the second round at the 2014 Rio Olympics but he won the 2016 World Championship.
In Adelaide, O’Reilly beat veteran player Maxime Vachier-Lagrave for the doubles title.
The two men played the match for about 10 minutes but O’Brien was unable to compete after he needed surgery.
The event was a big success for the Badmash Federation, with O’Leary’s father Joe O’Neal saying that it was “a huge boost” to the sport.
“The world was watching and watching and it just got bigger,” he added.
The first ever Badmasha Grand Slam was held in 2010, in Melbourne.