I find it weird that none of the conspiracy theorists reply to this post. You can find it strange that a 13th-seeded American pair can win a world title in their hometown, but not strange that a huge part of the badminton community can act out such a drama convincingly. In terms of acting, this has to be the best movie ever made. Even in terms of badminton, this has to be the best event ever. When have you ever seen so many mistakes done on purpose where the shuttle just hit the top of the tape, just millimetres out the court, and all that during long rallies at breakneck speed. Plus, Howard Bach is a very convincing actor of a good badminton player.