李宗伟、内瓦尔问鼎  —— 第21届英联邦运动会决赛

李宗伟、内瓦尔问鼎 —— 第21届英联邦运动会决赛

李宗伟和内瓦尔,在昨天的第21届英联邦运动会的单打决赛中都赢得了老将与新生代的对决。

上周,在马来西亚与印度的混合团体赛的决赛中,马来西亚队的领军人物李宗伟不敌印度的斯里坎特,但是昨天,35岁——比对手年长10岁的马来西亚人在男单决赛中成功复仇。在比赛中,他开局不利,丢掉了首局比赛,此后李宗伟成功逆转了场上局面,将新科世界第一拉下马,以19-21 21-14 21-14取胜。

马来西亚和英格兰最后都赢得了两枚金牌,印度人则收获了一金。

女单决赛是一场印度内战,对阵双方是28岁的内瓦尔(封面人物) 和比她小六岁的对手辛德胡。虽然内瓦尔直落两局取得了胜利,但两局比赛都打得非常接近,最后印度老将以21-18 23-21的微弱优势取胜。这也是她的第二块英联邦运动会个人赛事的金牌,她曾在2010年问鼎过这个项目的冠军。

英格兰的阿德考克夫妇与同胞埃利斯/史密斯的混双决赛为决赛日拉开序幕,前者在丢掉了第一局的不利局面下逆转了同胞,最后的比分为19-21 21-17 21-16。

史密斯此后在女双决赛中搭档沃克尔再次登场,她们的对手则是马来西亚的邹美君/许嘉雯。这对新组合给这个项目的竞争中制造了惊喜,她们以两个21-12力克英格兰组合获胜。

英格兰在当天的最后一场比赛中赢得了本届赛事的第二枚金牌。在男双决赛中,奥运铜牌组合朗格里奇/埃利斯用时39分钟击垮了年轻的印度组合兰基雷迪/谢提,比赛的比分为21-13 21-16。

印度队总教练戈比昌德表示为队伍的整体表现感到高兴。

“我想当你看到了这么多比赛,每个人都打得很好,不论是在女单决赛中的内瓦尔、辛德胡,还是男单决赛中的斯里坎特,还有蓬纳帕/斯齐·雷迪,或者兰基雷迪/谢提两对组合在双打中的表现。每个人都有不错的发挥。”

“我们的目标就是在团体赛中以这样的状态击败马来西亚队。这说明我们有了不错的队伍组成,未来我们能赢得更多。”

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男单: 金牌: 李宗伟 (马来西亚); 银牌: 斯里坎特 (印度); 铜牌: 欧瑟夫 (英格兰)

女单: 金牌: 内瓦尔 (印度); 银牌: 辛德胡 (印度); 铜牌: 吉尔莫 (苏格兰)

男双: 金牌: 埃利斯/朗格里奇 (英格兰); 银牌: 兰基雷迪/谢提 (印度); 铜牌: 吴蔚昇/陈蔚强 (马来西亚)

女双: 金牌: 邹美君/许嘉雯 (马来西亚); 银牌: 斯密斯/沃克尔 (英格兰); 铜牌: 蓬纳帕/斯齐·雷迪 (印度)

混双: 金牌: 克里斯·阿德考克/加布里埃拉·阿德考克 (英格兰); 银牌:埃利斯/史密斯 (英格兰); 铜牌: 陈炳顺/吴柳萤 (马来西亚)

Indonesia, Japan Start ‘Thomas-Uber’ Action

Indonesia, Japan Start ‘Thomas-Uber’ Action

Indonesia – 13-time Thomas Cup winners – will begin their campaign for a 14th title when they take on Canada in the opening session of the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 in Bangkok on Sunday 20 May.

Having last lifted the coveted Men’s World Team Championship in 2002, Indonesia are in Group B with Korea, Thailand and Canada. The opening session starts at 9 a.m. with matches on four courts – while Indonesia take on Canada on Court 4, India face France (Group A) on Court 1. Courts 2 and 3 will see the opening Uber Cup matches with Chinese Taipei tackling Hong Kong in Group B and Japan clashing with Australia in Group A.

Hosts Thailand begin their Uber Cup quest in the second session of the opening day (2 p.m.), against Germany in Group B. Thailand’s Thomas Cup players take to the court in the evening session (7 p.m.) versus Korea in Group B.

Both defending champions will be in action during the opening session of the second day. Thomas Cup title-holders Denmark (featured image) face Algeria in Group D on Court 3 at 9 a.m., while Uber Cup queens China battle France on Court 4 – with the Chinese contemplating the prospect of a 15th Women’s World Team Championship.

“We look forward to an intriguing Thomas & Uber Cup tournament. There are several strong challengers in both events and I will not be surprised to see some surprises along the way,” said BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer.

“I would like to extend best wishes to all 16 teams and, as a fan, I can hardly wait for the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals to begin.”

The Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup tournaments both feature 16 teams divided into four groups. Round-robin matches will be completed on Wednesday 23 May (day 4), following which a quarter-final draw will be conducted. The quarter-finals commence at 9 a.m. on Thursday 24 May and will be held over three sessions.

The semi-finals will be conducted over two sessions (12 noon and 6 p.m.) on two courts on Friday 25 May.

The Uber Cup final is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday 26 May, with the Thomas Cup championship clash taking place at 1 p.m. on Sunday 27 May.

The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 will be held at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand and will be hosted by the Badminton Association of Thailand.

Schedule:

Tai Soars Ahead in Earnings

Tai Soars Ahead in Earnings

In just three months, Chinese Taipei’s Women’s Singles superstar Tai Tzu Ying’s earnings have shot past the US$100,000 mark, thanks to lucrative title victories at the Yonex All England and the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters.

Tai (featured image) is currently the highest earner among all players this year, with US$109,550 from three tournaments of the HSBC BWF World Tour. Tai is way ahead of the second-highest earner in Women’s Singles – Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi – who has earned US$50,325.

China’s Shi Yuqi, who won the All England Men’s Singles crown, has nearly hit the US $ 100,000 mark – he is currently at US$98,425. The man he beat in the All England final, Lin Dan, is some way behind (US$35,900) at No.2.

The third highest earner overall is Christinna Pedersen with US$77,863. The Dane, as usual, excelled in both her categories – winning the Malaysia Masters and the All England with Kamilla Rytter Juhl in Women’s Doubles and the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open in Mixed Doubles with Mathias Christiansen.

Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, unbeaten this season in three tournaments, have amassed US$64,650 each. Gideon and Fernaldi started their season winning the Indonesia Masters, and followed that up with victories at the India Open and the All England.

Denmark’s Pedersen and Rytter Juhl lead the top earners in Women’s Doubles with US$55,725 each, while in Mixed Doubles, it is the Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong that made the most of the season so far. The Chinese won the Indonesia Masters and were runners-up in Malaysia and England, giving them a total of US$37,975. Right behind them are new All England champions Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, who made US$37,282 each thanks largely to their All England triumph.

Top Earners

Men’s Singles: 1.Shi Yuqi (China – US$98,425) 2.Lin Dan (China – US$34,900) 3.Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei – US$30,625) 4.Anthony Ginting (Indonesia – US$30,250) 5.Viktor Axelsen (Denmark – US$27,475) 6.Kenta Nishimoto (Japan – US$20,975) 7.Son Wan Ho (Korea – US$19,075) 8.Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia – US$16,700) 9.Huang Yuxiang (China – US$15,750) 10.Sameer Verma (India – US$13,350)

Women’s Singles: 1.Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei – US$109,550) 2.Akane Yamaguchi (Japan – US$50,325) 3.Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand – US$37,400) 4.Pusarla V Sindhu (India – US$29,400) 5.Beiwen Zhang (USA – US$28,150) 6.Chen Yufei (China – US$21,800) 7.Nitchaon Jindapol (Thailand – US$18,875) 8.Saina Nehwal (India – US$16,400) 9.Carolina Marin (Spain – US$14,775) 10.Sayaka Takahashi (Japan – US$11,250)

Men’s Doubles: 1.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon & Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia – US$64,650 each) 2.Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen (Denmark – US$24,081) 3.Fajar Alfian & Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia – US$18,375) 4.Goh V Shem & Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia – US$13,144) 5.Mads Pieler Kolding & Mads Conrad-Petersen (Denmark – US$11,262)

Women’s Doubles: 1.Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark – US$55,725) 2.Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka Hirota (Japan – US$25,875) 3.Greysia Polii & Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia – US$20,975) 4.Misaki Matsutomo & Ayaka Takahashi (Japan – US$18,219) 5.Jongkolphan Kititharakul & Rawinda Prajongjai (Thailand – US$17,513)

Mixed Doubles: 1.Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong (China – US$37,975) 2.Yuta Watanabe & Arisa Higashino (Japan – US$37,282) 3.Mathias Christiansen & Christinna Pedersen (Denmark – US$22,138) 4.Tang Chun Man & Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong – US$15,875) 5.Praveen Jordan (Indonesia – US$ 13,425)

 

Top Stars Well-Placed Before Qualifying Deadline

Top Stars Well-Placed Before Qualifying Deadline

Most of badminton’s big names are well in sight of qualifying for the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 in Nanjing, with a month to go for the qualification deadline.

The World ranking of the last Thursday of April (26 April) will determine the eligibility of players, and with no major events until then, the ranking lists are unlikely to see dramatic changes.

Leading the Race to Nanjing in Men’s Singles is the defending champion, Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, with 75,470 points. Three Chinese – Chen Long (No.3), Shi Yuqi (No.4) and Lin Dan (No.8) – are well-placed to qualify, as are three Indians: Kidambi Srikanth (No.5), HS Prannoy (No.10) and Sai Praneeth (No.19). Other countries with three possible qualifiers are: Denmark (Axelsen, Anders Antonsen, Hans-Kristian Vittinghus); Japan (Kenta Nishimoto, Kazumasa Sakai, Kento Momota – featured image) and Korea (Son Wan Ho, Jeon Hyeok Jin, Lee Hyun Il).

A member association (MA) can field four players if all four are within the top 8 of the World rankings on the eligibility date, or three players if they are within the top 24, or two if they are ranked within the top 150. It is up to the MA to decide which qualifiers to field. The MA’s confirmation of the entry of their players who have qualified in Phase 1 will have to be given by the second Thursday of May (10 May). By the following week BWF will inform the MAs of the players who are eligible to qualify under Phase 2; BWF will also publish the list of reserves, to fill the draw in case of withdrawals. The fourth Thursday of May (24 May) is the deadline for MAs to confirm the participation of their Phase 2 qualifiers and reserves.

In Women’s Singles, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi leads the Race to Nanjing with 87,411 points, ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, India’s Pusarla V Sindhu, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, China’s Chen Yufei, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara and Spain’s Carolina Marin.

Sayaka Sato (50,346 points) is third among the Japanese at No.13, and she’s just ahead of Aya Ohori (46,206 points), Saena Kawakami (42,040 points) and Sayaka Takahashi (39,070 points).

China are likely to have three players in the draw – apart from Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao (No.8) and Chen Xiaoxin (No.21) are well within the qualifying limit at the moment.

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon is likely to be joined by compatriots Nitchaon Jindapol (No.10) and Pornpawee Chochuwong (No.22), while Busanan Ongbamrungphan (No.24) is less than 1,000 points behind Chochuwong.

In Men’s Doubles, World Championships silver medallists Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro, despite playing with different partners this year, have enough points to qualify in 19th place. With No.1 Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and No.10 Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto also qualifying, Indonesia will have a strong presence in Men’s Doubles.

Denmark, Chinese Taipei and Japan too have three pairs that are in line to qualify.

In Women’s Doubles, Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, despite being ranked No.11, might fall short of qualifying as there are three Japanese pairs ranked ahead of them – Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi; Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto. Like Japan, Indonesia and Korea too have three possible qualifiers each.

Former Women’s Doubles powerhouse China have only two pairs in the reckoning – World champions Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan and Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan.

However, in Mixed Doubles, China have greater presence. Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen lead the Race to Nanjing rankings; Zheng is also at No.8 with current partner Huang Yaqiong. China can choose one of those two combinations, along with two of the other three pairs in the top 24: Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (No.2), Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong (No.14) and He Jiting/Du Yue (No.15).

Malaysia too have a strong presence in Mixed Doubles, in the form of Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai (No.7); Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing (No.11) and Chan Peng Soon/Cheah Yee See (No.17).

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Fitness, Equipment in Focus at World Congress

Fitness, Equipment in Focus at World Congress

The international federations of three of the world’s most popular racket sports – badminton, table tennis and tennis – are collaborating on the 6th World Congress of Racket Sport Science to be held during the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand in May.

Various aspects of fitness, performance and racket design will be among the topics discussed at the congress, which is organised by the Badminton World Federation, International Table Tennis Federation, Badminton Association of Thailand and Mahidol University, and supported by the International Tennis Federation. The event is being held on 25th and 26th May at Arnoma Grand Hotel, Bangkok.

The congress will concentrate on factors which substantially influence the results of competitive racket sports and concern scientific fields such as coaching, biomechanics, ergonomics, fitness testing, injuries and their prevention, nutrition, physiology, rehabilitation and training. The motto of the congress is: ‘Racket Sports from a Multi-Disciplinary Perspective’.

Scientists, coaches, medical doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists and those interested in racket sports research are welcome to attend.

The submission deadline for abstracts is 10 April 2018, while the submission deadline for the revised abstract is 15 April 2018. Meanwhile, the registration deadline is 30 April 2018.

The co-chairs of the Scientific Committee for the congress are Miran Kondric (Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubjana) of the International Table Tennis Federation, and David Cabello (Faculty of Sports Science, University of Granada) of the Badminton World Federation, while the guests of honour will be BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, President of Badminton Association of Thailand.

The following topics will be explored during the congress:

Biomechanics; Children in Racket Sports; Coaching and Teaching; Doping; Fitness Testing; Management; Match Analysis; Medical Aspects of Racket Sports; Nutrition; Physiology; Players’ Adaptation to Rule Changes; Psychology; Racket Design and Performance; Social Science Aspects; Stress; Training; Women in Racket Sports; Sociology/Economics/Development; Training at School Level; Age Issues Related to Racket Sports; Equipment Design; Skills and Skill Analysis in Racket Sports.

Details of registration: www.racketsports2018.com.

BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council will formally propose a suite of changes to enhance the sport at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members in May.

These recommendations are being made to ensure badminton – which has enjoyed a steady rise in key areas in recent years – remains competitive in the fast-paced, cutting-edge sports-entertainment industry.

At its meeting last November, the BWF Council endorsed a package of initiatives which aims to build significant value for badminton. Some of these have already been introduced and the recent launch of the HSBC BWF World Tour is another platform to roll out more of these upgrades and enhancements. The BWF Council’s primary focus is to optimise the presentation of badminton at the highest level. BWF has a strategic, 360-degree approach that covers these elements:

  • Enriching fan experience – attracting new fans
  • Raising the profiles of stars and emerging talent
  • Increasing the commercial value of badminton
  • Strengthening badminton’s global recognition as a cutting-edge sport
  • Enhancing the quality of its broadcast product
  • Innovating competition rules

A special edition of BWF’s newsletter Shuttle World has been circulated publicly, outlining the BWF Council’s rationale, including the goal of building greater suspense in badminton; shortening the length of matches and reducing physical and mental stress on players. Under the banner Enhancing Badminton’s Future, the document also highlights other considerations regarding boosting badminton’s commercial value and sports presentation. This information has also been condensed into an executive summary and a pictorial (below).

In an accompanying letter to BWF’s 189 member associations, BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer noted BWF cannot afford to rest on the successes it has reaped – but rather needs to be bolder and to go further in innovation.

Among the main enhancements that require the AGM’s endorsement are:

  • A new and enhanced scoring system of 5 to 11.
  • A reduction in on-court coaching.
  • A service-law change to introduce a fixed height for serves.

Changing the scoring system – with specific focus on elite international tournaments – is an essential part of this strategic, multi-dimensional plan to innovate our competition rules.

“Our aim is to enhance and enrich our sport with wide-ranging initiatives that will realise badminton’s vast global potential; taking it to unprecedented heights in all spheres.

“We must continue attracting and exciting fans – fans who have countless, amazing choices in a competitive global sports market.

It’s time for change: time to bring in new peaks, more excitement and increase broadcast and fan appeal,” said Høyer, urging his colleagues “to embrace change and do what is best for badminton”.

Please see related documents attached here: Enhancing Badminton’s Future.

Høyer Accepts SPIA Gold Award

Høyer Accepts SPIA Gold Award

Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Høyer on Sunday accepted the Gold Award for BWF from SPIA Asia for the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’.

The award was announced at the 3rd SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference in Bangkok on 9 November 2017. Høyer received the prize from Eric M Gottschalk (featured image; right), CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organiser of SPIA Asia, at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.

BWF won the Gold Award over nine other nominees: International Tennis Federation (UK); International Cricket Council (UAE); Spartan Race (USA); ONE Championship (Singapore); FC Bayern Munich (China); United Arab Emirates Ju Jitsu Federation (UAE); Ultimate Fighting Championship (USA); Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (Switzerland), and Peter Burwash International (USA). Spartan Race won silver, while UFC won bronze.

BWF was also nominated for two other awards. The Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016 was nominated for ‘Best International Sporting Event Sanctioned by an International Federation’, while Shuttle Time Dubai was nominated in the ‘Best Youth Development Program of the Year’ category.

The Awards Gala was held at the end of a two-day conference (6 and 7 November 2017) which was attended by more than 300 delegates and 20 international speakers from various industry sectors. There were 17 Asian and six Thai award categories, and winners were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for their achievements and contributions to the sports industry over the last 12 months.

The Sports Business Conference, titled ‘The Business of Sports –  Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane III’ – has been held annually since 2015 to celebrate the brands, agencies, marketers and organisations that influence the sporting landscape in Asia. The conference was endorsed and supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Sports Authority Thailand, and the Tourism Authority Thailand.

In the ‘Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia’ category, entries were accepted from those sporting bodies that have a presence or reach in at least 15 countries, and with active grassroots programmes, talent development, regular competitions, and with a global fan base. The Awards Committee was composed of selected experts representing various fields of the sporting industry.

“The standard of award submissions and competition has been exceptionally high this year,” said Eric M Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organiser of SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference 2017. “Having started with almost 400 entries, all were subject to a fair and transparent judging process that culminated with thorough appraisals by a panel of 20 experts. In many categories the scoring was extremely close and the bronze, silver and gold winners announced at the SPIA Asia Awards Gala should be very proud of their achievement.”

Yamaguchi Wins Desert Classic – Singles Finals: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017

Yamaguchi Wins Desert Classic – Singles Finals: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017

Viktor Axelsen brought down the curtains on the event where his year-long stellar run began – the Dubai World Superseries Finals – with his fourth Superseries crown today.

The Dane outplayed Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in an 84-minute long Men’s Singles final, 19-21 21-19 21-15. Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi had earlier claimed the Women’s Singles crown in the most engrossing of the five finals, beating India’s Pusarla V Sindhu 15-21 21-12 21-19.

For the second time this year, Pusarla finished second-best to a Japanese in a major final that turned out to be a classic.

And just as Nozomi Okuhara outlasted the Indian in the TOTAL BWF World Championships final earlier this year in a 110-minute marathon, Okuhara’s compatriot Yamaguchi displayed the same sterling qualities in breasting the tape ahead of Pusarla in 94 minutes.

Yamaguchi’s triumph was the finest moment of her still-young career; the magnificence of her victory accentuated by the grandness of the stage on which she delivered it.

From the beginning, it was apparent that this was a contestation of warriors with contrasting qualities and approaches. Pusarla had the heavy artillery, and she pounded Yamaguchi’s fortifications without let-up during the early exchanges. With her lanky frame helping her deliver sharp clips and full-blooded smashes on either flank of her diminutive opponent, Pusarla was up and running before Yamaguchi got to grips with the attacking Indian.

The match took on a different character once the Japanese found her length. The nagging accuracy of the deep tosses began to hurt Pusarla; Yamaguchi dragged her back and forth across the court, making her lunge an extra step to reach the hairpin netshots that she conjured. Yamaguchi’s defences in better order, it was she who dictated the direction and tempo of every rally.

Pusarla’s attack had been blunted with stodgy defence; the hunter, had, in effect, been forced into a battle of attrition with the hunted. Denied the opportunities for the outright kill, Pusarla was caught in a reactive mode, but still showed great character to hang in.

Given the long drawn-out exchanges, there were sudden shifts in momentum. Yamaguchi was on a good run early in the third, only to lose patience and attempt to finish the rallies quickly, which played right into Pusarla’s hands; the Indian inched ahead at 13-9. Yamaguchi returned to type, and the match took on the contours of the famous battle between Okuhara and Pusarla not so long ago. On one occasion, with both sprawled on the floor after another excruciating rally, the crowd honoured them with a standing ovation.

At the very end, a couple of soft errors from Pusarla gave Yamaguchi the breathing space she needed. A final error from Pusarla drew curtains on her challenge.

Unusually for her, the Indian teared up while describing the heartbreak of another loss in a major final: “Of course, it’s really hard. The same thing happened in the World Championships. I have to let it go, it was a good week overall. I’d like to congratulate her. It happens.”

Yamaguchi, in her understated manner, acknowledged that this was the high point of her career: “This is the biggest moment. I’m happy I recovered from my defeat to her in the group match. That it was such a challenging match and to win through that is an incredible achievement. There were long rallies, but I was leading at the end, that gave me confidence. I knew she was getting slower at the end, but I knew she had enough energy to move quickly.”

Axelsen Outlasts Lee

Axelsen, younger and hungrier, wore down Lee. The Malaysian had his chances to take the match in the second, having erased a 14-19 deficit. Two mistakes at the critical point let him down.

Lee had been the more creative of the two, but Axelsen scrambled around and kept the points going, and his older opponent flagged with each lengthening rally.

The third game was all Axelsen’s; with both players unable to score quick smash winners, Lee opted for placement and high clears; he needed to convert the sudden openings, but the final touch deserted him. Axelsen refused to let his foot off the pedal, and there was an air of inevitability about the result early in the third even though Lee got to within a few points.

“In the second game he had a big lead, I got close but at 19-all I made a mistake on serve,” said Lee. “Viktor played better – he is younger. He was fast and was attacking all the way. He was quite confident.”

The champion, having completed his second victory in Dubai, could only marvel at his run of form: “Amazing feeling. I feel pretty awesome, to be honest, especially after such an amazing game. It’s what you dream of when you start off playing badminton as a kid. After losing the first game I tried to put on the positive glasses, so to say. I knew I had to work hard and I did that. I’m proud that I kept my cool and could go all the way.

“I seem to play pretty well here in Dubai. The tournament has been pretty good. Winning here kickstarted it all for me, and to win two titles here was great.”

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Korea Light Up Gold Coast

Korea Light Up Gold Coast

As one of the most remarkable badminton stories played out in Gold Coast yesterday, the question on most minds was – how had the Koreans done it?

A team that was, on paper, the weakest of the traditional powerhouses, and with several of their great doubles stars having either retired recently or chosen to stay away, had pulled off one of the biggest surprises in badminton history. The TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 couldn’t have hoped for a more climactic finish on its debut in Oceania.

New head coach Kang Kyung Jin had given a hint at the beginning of the tournament of what he expected of his team.

“We’re hoping to make the final,” he’d said, but few took notice. After all, there were other teams with greater depth, balance, and more crucially, experience. The Koreans had arrived in Gold Coast with a clutch of teenagers. The vehicle essentially had to move on three wheels – Son Wan Ho in Men’s Singles, Sung Ji Hyun in Women’s Singles, and Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee in Women’s Doubles. Any other victory would be a bonus.

And yet, with Son Wan Ho unavailable for the final, it was a tribute to the Koreans’ spirit that Choi Solgyu and Chae Yoo Jung turned the tables on the super-achieving Mixed Doubles Chinese pair, Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, who flailed about in a torrent of nervous errors.

“When we started we were asked about our Men’s Doubles, and we were called a weak team, said Kang. “We tried to build our team spirit. We were in it together, and we believed we could do it.”

At the other end of the spectrum, China’s doubles coach Zhang Jun struggled to make sense of the abject collapse of their two heralded pairs.

“I think it was a combination of pressure and tiredness,” Zhang said. “Chen Qingchen played two matches in the semi-final; the second match finished quite late and there was no time to recover. We finished our team meeting only by 2am. But we decided to persist with Chen and Jia Yifan because they had good results against the Korean pair (Chang and Lee).”

China’s singles coach Xia Xuanze sought to explain the outcome as a result of the ongoing changes in the management of the team.

“We have a new structure and a new approach, with a lot of young players,” said Xia. “We tried some new strategies. We’re facing stronger opponents than ever before. We were pushed hard in the semi-final by Japan. It’s a good thing for us, as we will motivate ourselves to work even harder.”

Korea’s victory of the World Mixed Team Championships after 14 years promises the start of a new chapter for the country and for world badminton. It has been long since Korea savoured success in a team event, or even in multiple categories at the World Superseries or BWF World Championships. Head coach Kang and his team got the best possible start they could have hoped for with a young squad.

“This is a miracle,” Kang said. “Perhaps we will get more attention and more funding now. This can be a turning point for Korean badminton.”

European Resurgence in Rio

European Resurgence in Rio

Carolina Marin & Fernando RivasWith a haul of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, Rio saw Europe’s best-ever badminton performance at the Olympics.

It was not merely in the medals tally, but in the manner of their performances, that Europe made a statement.

Carolina Marin (featured image) went where no other European Women’s Singles player before her had, claiming the title without ever being threatened. The Spaniard has now won all of the major finals she’s been in; her speedy, take-no-prisoners brand of badminton is the new standard which her contemporaries will have to match. Considering the constraints she has had to train under – the limitations of sparring partners, for instance –  her success will no doubt inspire other hopefuls across Europe.

Her coach Fernando Rivas promised “a new Carolina” before the competition in Rio began, and that was exactly what he delivered: a super-confident Marin, unencumbered by her relative lack of success in the MetLife BWF World Superseries season this year. Rivas had spoken about having tailored a training regimen for her that is apparently different from Asian systems; will her success inspire similar innovation across the badminton world in developing unique systems for individuals?Logo

“It is more than a medal because of everything behind the medal. I have the best team behind me, they helped me a lot and were amazing,” said Marin.

What must hearten Europe was that their success wasn’t of a single country, or in a single category.

Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl came within a heartbeat of a gold medal, with a 19-16 lead in the third game of their Women’s Doubles final against Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. The Danes had recovered from their opening defeat to China’s Luo Ying/Luo Yu, getting steadier with each match, and matching their silver medal performance from the TOTAL BWF World Championships last year.

Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl2

“Badminton is getting competitive in all categories,” said Pedersen, after the Danes had beaten Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang in the semi-finals to prevent China from making the Women’s Doubles final for the first time ever. “Before the Olympics, we discussed the possibility that it might not be China this year. It’s good for badminton. China are not dominating like they did four years ago. It could’ve been any of six or seven pairs in the final – luckily, it’s us.”

Selena Piek and Eefje Muskens performed creditably too, making the quarter-finals after finishing second in Group A. The Dutch pair beat India’s Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa and Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul/Sapsiree Taerattanachai in their group before going down in three games to Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan in the quarter-finals.

Viktor Axelsen & Rajiv Ouseph

Viktor Axelsen lived up to pre-tournament expectations with a bronze medal in Men’s Singles. The Dane finished strongly, beating two-time champion Lin Dan in the bronze medal play-off, but he was a shade below his best in his semi-final against Chen Long.

That he was able to bounce back after his semi-final disappointment and win a podium place augurs well for the Dane and for Europe, since he is only 22 and has come close several times to winning the big titles.

Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan SozonovGreat Britain’s Rajiv Ouseph, who ran into Axelsen in the quarter-finals, too had a strong run. Ouseph’s standout performance was his three-game pre-quarter-final defeat over the stubborn Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, after group wins over Czech Republic’s Petr Koukal and Japan’s Sho Sasaki.

“My loss in London (Olympics) stayed with me for a long time,” said Ouseph, when asked about his form. “I’ve worked very hard in training, obviously that experience (from London 2012) has helped me. I’ve been getting better and believing in myself and beating some top players has helped me against these guys.”

Other Europeans who stole the headlines in the opening week included Ukraine’s Maria Ulitina, with her upset of India’s Saina Nehwal; Estonia’s Kati Tolmoff, who shocked Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin; Ireland’s Scott Evans, a surprise winner over Germany’s Marc Zwiebler, and Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri, who made the Round of 16 beating Great Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour.

Europe also had big gains in Men’s Doubles. Yonex All England champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov finished on top of Group A beating top seeds Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (Korea), Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin (Chinese Taipei) and Matthew Chau/Sawan Serasinghe (Australia). The Russians had their chances in their quarter-final against China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei, going down in a tight match: 21-13 16-21 21-16.

But it was Chris Langridge/Marcus Ellis who created the most ripples in the category. The Great Britain pair, whose last impressive performance was at the BWF World Championships a year ago, shot back into prominence with an upset in their first match, over Korea’s Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang. Victory over Poland’s Adam Cwalina/Przemyslaw Wacha saw them through to the quarter-finals, where they surprised Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa.

Missed chances cost them dear in their semi-final loss to China’s Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng, but they were able to put that loss behind them in their bronze medal play-off against another Chinese pair, Chai Biao/Hong Wei. The third game won comfortably at 21-10, Langridge and Ellis were able to command the attention of the British press.

Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge

“It’s been a surreal week,” said Ellis, who explained that all the hard training at Milton Keynes was finally bearing fruit.

“We weren’t expected to get a medal. Coming here performing the way we have, beating the pairs we have is amazing. I don’t think we’ve performed like that ever. So to do it on the very biggest stage, the pinnacle of our careers, it is amazing. And I’m so happy we’ve managed to do it together because we have had some ups and downs.”

Chris Adcock & Gabrielle Adcock

If there was disappointment for Europe, it was in Mixed Doubles. That three strong European pairs were in Group B with China’s Xu Chen/Ma Jin had much to do with it, as the quarter-finalists were decided by the slimmest of margins. Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen and Great Britain’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock were unlucky to miss out, while Poland’s Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba surprised everyone by making the quarter-finals.

The stirring run of the Poles made fans sit up and wonder: 40-year-old Mateusiak had shown that badminton was not the exclusive domain of the youthful. In more than one aspect, Europe’s performance in Rio might shape the way badminton is perceived in the immediate future.

千人参加“人人参与羽毛球”活动

千人参加“人人参与羽毛球”活动

超过61,000名小学生,其中包括近7,000名残疾人参与到了为期一年的“人人参与羽毛球”项目中,该活动由世界羽联在非洲举办。

该活动得到了联合国的资助,并得到了非洲羽毛球联盟的大力支持,活动旨在通过多种项目帮助9个发展中国家。受益者包括超过30,000名儿童,其中包括残疾人儿童,他们都参加到了为期10周的安全、有趣的羽毛球活动中。有超过1500名了解羽毛球技术和知识的体育教育专家、老师和社区教练教授羽毛球技术。《羽球时间》导师同时为残疾人参与者提供培训。并建立了有效的机制,确保项目在12个月资金周期之后的可持续性。还给这些国家提供了免费的羽毛球教学材料。

器材厂商维克多给每个国家提供了该品牌的羽毛球礼包;每个礼包包含20支球拍,两桶羽毛球(24个球),两副球网以及联合国/《羽球时间》定制背包。参与活动的国家包括:贝宁、科特迪瓦和多哥(集群1);埃塞俄比亚、肯尼亚和乌干达(集群2);莱索托、赞比亚和津巴布韦(集群3)。

活动的第一个阶段,BWF与9个国家的协会合作制定项目的国家实施计划。每一个协会都需要指派一名全国的《羽球时间》协调员,另外5个人将通过培训成为羽球时间导师,保证相关地区的教师培训课程如期执行。

第二阶段,BWF实施三项导师培训课程,每个集群一项。总共45名导师参与课程,他们需要学习《羽球时间》内容,指导成年参与者,学习相关的残疾人体育运动知识。

随后一个阶段,国家协会实施一些列的为期一天的《羽球时间》课程,目标人群为一组来自学校的老师。超过千名老师被培训如何教授学生以及残疾人学生从事相关运动。

第四阶段,老师在学校中开展所学的羽毛球课程。参与课程的学生包括所有身体或者智力存在残疾的学生。

第五阶段为收集活动报告。一些令人印象深刻的统计数据被收集上来——每个国家都能吸引成千上万的学生——这是45名训练有素的导师和1,111名教师所做出的成绩,这将为这些地区未来的体育发展奠定基础。

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封面图: 乌干达年轻人全情投入在羽毛球中。

1. 全部9个国家都收到了捐赠的器材,包括球拍、羽毛球和球网。

2. 贝宁的参与者享受羽毛球运动的快乐。

3. 来自肯尼亚的残疾人学习羽毛球。

 

‘Badminton for All’ Reaches Thousands

‘Badminton for All’ Reaches Thousands

More than 61,000 pupils, including nearly 7,000 with disabilities, were engaged in the year-long Badminton for All project delivered by Badminton World Federation in Africa.

The project, funded by the United Nations and supported by Badminton Confederation of Africa, benefited nine developing countries had several objectives. These included, among others: engaging over 30,000 children, including those with disability, in a ten-week period of safe, fun and inclusive badminton; to empower some 1500 physical education specialists, class teachers and community coaches with the skills and knowledge to teach badminton; providing Shuttle Time tutors with disability awareness training; to put in place mechanisms to ensure sustainability of projects beyond the 12-month funding cycle; and to provide countries with free badminton teaching materials.

Equipment company, Victor, provided branded school kits to each of the countries; each kit containing 20 rackets, two dozen shuttlecocks, two nets and a UN/Shuttle Time-branded bag. The participating nations were: Benin, Ivory Coast and Togo (Cluster 1); Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda (Cluster 2) and Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Cluster 3).

In the first phase of delivery, BWF worked with all nine national associations to develop a National Implementation Plan for the project. Each association was asked to provide a national Shuttle Time co-ordinator, five people to be trained as Shuttle Time tutors, and to identify regions where teacher-training courses would be delivered.

In the second phase, BWF delivered three tutor-training courses, one in each cluster region. A total of 45 tutors attended the course and they were taught the Shuttle Time curriculum, tutoring adult learners, and about disability sport.

In the next phase, the national associations delivered a series of one-day Shuttle Time courses for groups of school teachers. More than a thousand teachers were trained to deal with a range of abilities in their pupils and about disability sport.

In the fourth phase, teachers who attended the courses began to deliver badminton to their schools. The sessions were inclusive and included pupils with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The fifth phase involved getting reports from the in-country activities. Some impressive statistics emerged – each country was able to engage thousands of school children – and with 45 trained tutors and 1,111 teachers, the groundwork has been laid for the future development of the sport in these regions.

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Featured image: Ugandan youth embraced badminton wholeheartedly.

1. All nine nations received donations of equipment, including rackets, shuttlecocks and nets.

2. Participants enjoy badminton in Benin.

3. This Kenyan girl was among the persons with disabilities who learnt badminton.

 

霍耶: 是时候改变了

霍耶: 是时候改变了

世界羽联理事会将在5月19日(星期六)举行的会员年度会议上正式提出一套改进方案,以提升羽毛球运动。

这些建议是为了确保羽毛球近些年在关键领域里保持稳定的增长,在快节奏的比赛中保持竞争力,成为尖端体育娱乐产业。

在去年11月的会议中,BWF理事会批准了一批创新建议,其目标是构建羽毛球的重要价值。这些建议中的一部分已经向公众做过介绍,此前推出的汇丰BWF世界巡回赛作为一个平台去展示这些创新与提升的内容。BWF理事会的首要关注点在于在最高级别的赛事中呈现出羽毛球最好的一面。BWF已经提出了全方位涵盖这些元素的战略:

  • 丰富球迷的体验,吸引新球迷群体
  • 提高球星和新人的知名度
  • 提高羽毛球的商业价值
  • 加强羽毛球作为一项尖端运动在全球的认可度
  • 提高广播产品的质量
  • 创新竞赛规则

加强羽毛球的未来的目标下,BWF理事会已经详细阐述了它的理念,包括让羽毛球比赛更具悬念、缩短比赛时间,并且着重提出了提升羽毛球的商业价值和运动的呈现方式。

“作为一个商业产品,缩短比赛时间将提高羽毛球的价值,使之成为一种更具吸引力的电视产品。它将转化成高收益,它所带来的效果就是直接提高运动员的收入。”BWF主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶说。

他还补充道,BWF不能因为过去取得的成绩而停滞不前,而是需要更加大胆,并在创新方面走得更远。

年度会议认可的主要改进项目中,包括:

  • 新的记分方式——5局3胜,每局11分制。
  • 减少教练场上指导。
  • 新发球规则——固定高度发球规则。

革新记分方式主要针对顶级的国际巡回赛,这是羽毛球提升策略的重要组成部分,多维度的创新竞争规则。

“我们的目标是通过广泛的创新提升和丰富这项运动,它将有助于挖掘羽毛球巨大的在全球范围内的潜力,并在所有领域都达到了前所未有的高度。”

“我们必须继续吸引球迷,在竞争激烈的全球体育市场上,球迷们有很多很好的选择。”

“是时候改变了:需要我们打造出更多好看的比赛,创造更多的激情,增加广播节目,提高对球迷的吸引力。”霍耶说,他敦促同仁们“去拥抱改变,做那些有利于羽毛球的改变。”

此外,BWF主席认为这些创新方式终将会被运动员接受,而且它能从多种途径让运动员的未来更加光明。

如下图中所示 – 以球员为本 – 加强规则对球员的积极影响,减少运动对身体造成的压力,延长球员的职业生涯以及增加奖金收入是重中之重,特别是那些顶尖运动员。

“正如我们在2016-2020战略计划中所概述的那样,球员是我们决策的核心,我们的使命最重要的一部分是提供理想的职业环境,让他们能够以职业球员的身份蓬勃发展。”

最后,霍耶指出,这一最新举措与BWF的许多举措保持一致,即不断推进羽毛球运动,包括升级运动的展示方式、提高广播产品的质量、引进创新技术。

Høyer: Time for Change

Høyer: Time for Change

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council will formally propose a suite of changes to enhance the sport at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members on Saturday 19 May.

These recommendations are being made to ensure badminton – which has enjoyed a steady rise in key areas in recent years – remains competitive in the fast-paced, cutting-edge sports-entertainment industry. If these proposals are passed, they are scheduled to come into effect on Monday 10 December, 2018, with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou being the first event at which the new scoring system would be used.

At its meeting last November, the BWF Council endorsed a package of initiatives which aims to build significant value for badminton. Some of these have already been introduced and the recent launch of the HSBC BWF World Tour is another platform to roll out more of these upgrades and enhancements. The BWF Council’s primary focus is to optimise the presentation of badminton at the highest level. BWF has a strategic, 360-degree approach that covers these elements:

  • Enriching fan experience – attracting new fans
  • Raising the profiles of stars and emerging talent
  • Increasing the commercial value of badminton
  • Strengthening badminton’s global recognition as a cutting-edge sport
  • Enhancing the quality of its broadcast product
  • Innovating competition rules

Under the banner Enhancing Badminton’s Future, the BWF Council has publicly outlined its rationale in detail, including the goal of building greater suspense in badminton and shortening the length of matches. It has also highlighted other considerations such as boosting badminton’s commercial value and sports presentation.

“Shorter matches will sharpen badminton as a commercial product and make it a more attractive television product. That translates into higher revenues and the resulting effect of that is higher player income,” said BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer.

He noted BWF cannot afford to rest on past successes – but rather needs to be bolder and to go further in innovation.

Among the main enhancements that require the AGM’s endorsement are:

  • A new and enhanced scoring system of 5 to 11.
  • A reduction in on-court coaching.
  • A service-law change to introduce a fixed height for serves.

Changing the scoring system – with specific focus on elite international tournaments – is an essential part of this strategic, multi-dimensional plan to innovate our competition rules.

“Our aim is to enhance and enrich our sport with wide-ranging initiatives that will realise badminton’s vast global potential; taking it to unprecedented heights in all spheres.

“We must continue attracting and exciting fans – fans who have countless, amazing choices in a competitive global sports market.

“It’s time for change: time to bring in more peaks, more excitement and increase broadcast and fan appeal,” said Høyer, urging his colleagues “to embrace change and do what is best for badminton”.

Furthermore, the BWF President reasoned the proposed innovations ultimately have the players’ interests at heart and can collectively improve their futures in diverse ways.

Presenting an infographic – Focusing on Our Players – of the positive impacts which enhanced rules could have for players, he listed less physical pressure, longer playing careers and increased earnings among the primary benefits, especially for those competing at top level.

“As outlined in our Strategic Plan 2016-2020, players are at the centre of our decisions and a significant part of our mandate is to provide the optimal environment in which they can flourish as professionals,” he noted.

This latest step, Høyer pointed out, is in keeping with BWF’s many initiatives to continuously advance badminton, including upgrading sports presentation, improving broadcast production and introducing innovative technology.

奥提拉和赛金的夺金潮 —— 首届Fazza迪拜残疾人羽毛球国际赛回顾

奥提拉和赛金的夺金潮 —— 首届Fazza迪拜残疾人羽毛球国际赛回顾

土耳其的赛金和印尼的奥提拉是首届Fazza残疾人羽毛球国际赛的明星选手,两人都斩获了三枚金牌。

赛金在所在的轮椅组单打、双打和混双中表现出色。奥提拉则在出战的三项SL组比赛中同样取得了不错的成绩。

赛金 (封面人物) 和搭档西班牙人加尔多斯在WH1-WH2混双比赛中摘冠,两人战胜了印度-瑞士的跨国组合阿布·哈瓦达/辛西娅,比分为21-8 20-22 21-14。赛金还出战了WH2的女单决赛,她在比赛中击败了同胞纳林,比分为21-9 21-16。

赛金和他的搭档澳大利亚人亨利特在早前的WH1-WH2女双小组赛中就赢得了小组第一,两人在决赛中也笑到了最后。辛西娅和法国的奥特则收获了银牌。

奥提拉是SL4-SU5女单的5号种子,在决赛日中取得了不错的开端,在首场决赛中以21-11 21-7战胜了头号种子土耳其的白格勒尔,比分为21-11 21-7。

她和同胞苏珊托组对在SL3-SL5混双比赛中对阵法国的马聚尔/诺埃尔。头号种子印尼组合以两个21-18艰难击败了法国人。

奥提拉在SL3-SL5的比赛中也取得了成功,她搭档诺埃尔在女双比赛中摘冠。印尼-法国组合以21-17 21-7击败白格拉尔和印度的乔希。

在迪拜赛中,英格兰的谢帕德复制了他在西班牙完成的在SS6组收获两金的成绩。

谢帕德抵挡住了马来西亚人特里索的挑战,他在SS6男单决赛中以21-7 24-22击败了对手。他还搭档库姆斯出战了SS6男双决赛,英格兰组合战胜了世界冠军Chu Man Kai/Wong Chun Yim (中国香港),比分为21-12 21-16。

马来西亚的Cheah Liek Hou同样以两金的成绩为他的两项SU5的比赛收官。

世锦赛冠军Cheah Liek Hou横扫了波兰的姆罗兹,他以21-14 21-0赢得了SU5的男单之战,然后又搭档同胞萨巴再战SU5的男双比赛,对阵印尼的纳格罗霍/普特拉。马来西亚人仅用时25分钟就以21-15 21-17轻松战胜了印尼组合。

中国香港的Chan Ho Yuen和印尼的苏珊托也都赢得了两枚金牌。

Chan Ho Yuen在WH2男单比赛中战胜了马来西亚的赛邦,比分为21-15 21-11。在WH1-WH2男双比赛中,他搭档法国的大卫·图谱赢得了一场胶着的决赛,他们与21-11 21-23 23-21战胜了马来西亚的赛邦/拉姆利。

苏珊托在SL组取得了不错的成绩。在SL3-SL4男双比赛中搭档同胞乌坤战胜了印度的库马尔和印尼的塞提亚万的跨国组合,比分为21-17 21-15。他还和奥提拉组对赢得了第二金。

瑞士的辛西娅赢得了一金两银。辛西娅在WH1女单决赛中战胜了澳大利亚的亨利特。

法国的诺埃尔也赢得了三枚奖牌——一金、一银、一铜。

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Gold Rush for Seckin, Oktila – 1st Fazza-Dubai Para-Badminton International: Review

Gold Rush for Seckin, Oktila – 1st Fazza-Dubai Para-Badminton International: Review

Turkey’s Emine Seckin and Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila emerged the stars of the 1st Fazza-Dubai Para-Badminton International 2018 with three gold medals each.

While Seckin excelled in her wheelchair events in singles, doubles and Mixed Doubles, Oktila was the standout performer in her three Standing Lower (SL) categories.

Seckin (featured image) and partner Roberto Galdos (Spain) triumphed in the WH 1 – WH 2 Mixed Doubles final beating Abu Hubaida (India) and Cynthia Mathez (Switzerland) 21-8 20-22 21-14. Seckin then returned for her WH 2 Women’s Singles, where she took on compatriot Narin Uluc and prevailed 21-9 21-16.

Seckin and her partner Henriett Koosz (Austria) had earlier topped the group matches of the WH 1 – WH 2 Women’s Doubles to take the gold. Cynthia Mathez and France’s Emmanuelle Ott won silver.

Oktila, the No.5 seed in the SL 4 – SU 5 Women’s Singles, had the perfect start to finals day winning the first final over top seed Zehra Baglar (Turkey) 21-11 21-7.

She teamed up with compatriot Hary Susanto for the SL 3 – SU 5 Mixed Doubles against France’s Lucas Mazur/Faustine Noel; the top-seeded Indonesians edged out the French in two close games: 21-18 21-18.

Oktila was also successful in the SL 3 – SU 5 Women’s Doubles with Faustine Noel; the Indonesian-French combination outgunned Zehra Baglar and India’s Manasi Girishchandra Joshi 21-17 21-7.

England’s Jack Shephard repeated his two gold medal haul from Spain in the Short Stature (SS 6) category as he once again won both events in Dubai.

Shephard survived a strong challenge from Malaysia’s Didin Taresoh in the second game of the SS 6 Men’s Singles final, 21-7 24-22. Shephard then returned with partner Krysten Coombs for the SS 6 Men’s Doubles final and the England duo beat World champions Chu Man Kai/Wong Chun Yim (Hong Kong) 21-12 21-16.

Malaysia’s Cheah Liek Hou also finished with two gold medals in his two Standing Upper (SU 5) categories.

World champion Cheah overpowered Poland’s Bartlomiej Mroz 21-14 21-9 in the SU 5 Men’s Singles final before returning with compatriot Hairol Fozi Saaba for the SU 5 Men’s Doubles against Indonesia’s Suryo Nugroho/Oddie Kurnia Dwi Listiant Putra. The Malaysians needed 25 minutes to get past the Indonesians, 21-15 21-17.

Hong Kong’s Chan Ho Yuen and Indonesia’s Hary Susanto also won two gold medals each.

Chan won the WH 2 Men’s Singles over Malaysia’s Madzlan Saibon 21-15 21-11 and the WH 1 – WH 2 Men’s Doubles with David Toupe (France) in the closest match of the finals, 21-11 21-23 23-21, over Malaysia’s Saibon and Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli.

Susanto was successful in the Standing Lower (SL) events; winning the SL 3 – SL 4 Men’s Doubles with compatriot Ukun Rukaendi over Nitesh Kumar (India) and Fredy Setiawan (Indonesia) 21-17 21-15. He then teamed up with Leani Ratri Oktila for his second gold.

Switzerland’s Cynthia Mathez won a gold and two silver medals. Mathez prevailed in her WH 1 Women’s Singles final over Austria’s Henriett Koosz.

France’s Faustine Noel also won three medals – a gold, a silver and a bronze.

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Lee, Nehwal Triumphant – Finals: XXI Commonwealth Games

Lee, Nehwal Triumphant – Finals: XXI Commonwealth Games

Lee Chong Wei and Saina Nehwal struck a blow for the older generation of stars as they outplayed younger opponents in the singles finals of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast yesterday.

Malaysian icon Lee had fallen to India’s Kidambi Srikanth in the Mixed Team final between Malaysia and India last week, but the 35-year-old – 10 years his opponent’s senior – was sharper in the Men’s Singles final yesterday. After losing a close first game, Lee turned on the afterburners and left the new World No.1 searching for answers as he closed it out 19-21 21-14 21-14. It is Lee’s third individual Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Malaysia and England finished with two gold medals each while India returned with one.

The Women’s Singles final was an all-India affair with the 28-year-old Saina Nehwal (featured image) taking on Pusarla V Sindhu, six years her junior. It was close in both games, until Nehwal edged her opponent at the death, 21-18 23-21, for her second individual gold medal of the Commonwealth Games following her title victory in 2010.

The day began with England’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock getting the better of their compatriots Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith after falling behind in the opening game: 19-21 21-17 21-16.

Lauren Smith returned for her Women’s Doubles final with Sarah Walker, against Malaysia’s Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo. The Malaysians, a scratch combination, proved to be the surprise package of this event as they overpowered the England duo 21-12 21-12.

England won a second gold medal in the last match of the day, the Men’s Doubles. Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis proved too crafty for young Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, closing out the final in 39 minutes: 21-13 21-16. It was England’s first Men’s Doubles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 40 years – the last time England won was in 1978 through Ray Stevens and Mike Tredgett. Ellis/Langridge broke the spell of Malaysian dominance that stretched back from 1990.

Indian head coach Pullela Gopichand was happy with his team’s overall performance.

“I think when you look at the various events, everyone’s played well, whether it’s Saina and Sindhu in the Women’s Singles final or Srikanth in the Men’s Singles final, or Ashwini and Sikki, or Satwik and Chirag in the doubles. Each one of these performances was good.

“I think the goal in the team championship was for us to beat Malaysia in this format. It shows that as a team we’re good and we’re capable of winning many more in future.”

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Men’s Singles: Gold: Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia); Silver: Kidambi Srikanth (India); Bronze: Rajiv Ouseph (England)

Women’s Singles: Gold: Saina Nehwal (India); Silver: Pusarla V Sindhu (India); Bronze: Kirsty Gilmour (Scotland)

Men’s Doubles: Gold: Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge (England); Silver: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty (India); Bronze: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia)

Women’s Doubles: Gold: Chow Mei Kuan/Vivian Hoo (Malaysia); Silver: Lauren Smith/Sarah Walker (England); Bronze: Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki Reddy (India)

Mixed Doubles: Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (England); Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (England); Bronze: Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia)

英格兰收获颇丰 —— 第21届英联邦运动会第十日

英格兰收获颇丰 —— 第21届英联邦运动会第十日

在黄金海岸举行的第21届英联邦运动会中,马来西亚的李宗伟和印度的斯里坎特将再次在男单决赛中隔网相对,而辛德胡和内瓦尔则预订了周日女单决赛的入场券。

英格兰在周六的比赛中收获颇丰,在所有出战的比赛中都取得了胜利,并保证了一枚金牌,在其他项目中也有机会去争夺更多金牌。

在昨天的半决赛中,李宗伟战胜了另一个顽强抵抗的印度人普兰诺伊,两人打满三局,最终比分定格在21-16 9-21 21-14。

他将在决赛中迎接斯里坎特的挑战,后者在半决赛中几乎没有让英格兰人欧瑟夫有太好的机会,用时31分钟就结束了战斗,比赛的比分为21-10 21-17。决赛将是斯里坎特自上周成为世界第一之后的第一场硬仗,同时这场比赛也是李宗伟复仇的机会,在前一周的混合团体赛的决赛中,他曾败在印度人拍下。

在当天晚些时候的比赛中,欧瑟夫为英格兰赢得了一枚铜牌,他在与普兰诺伊的比拼中以17-21 25-23 21-9获得了胜利。

内瓦尔是2010年的冠军,她在比赛中抵挡住了苏格兰的吉尔莫。后者在第二局中获胜,并且将获胜的希望保持到了最后,但是内瓦尔最终还是抢走了胜利,以21-14 18-21 21-17笑到了最后。她在女单决赛中的对手将是同胞辛德胡,后者以21-18 21-8横扫了加拿大的李文珊。

吉尔莫在铜牌争夺战中以21-11 21-16力克李文珊。

印度还有机会向他们的第三块金牌发起冲击,年轻的男双组合兰基雷迪/谢提轻松击败了斯里兰卡的迪亚斯/古尼特希尔卡,比分为21-18 21-10。他们在决赛中的对手将是英格兰的埃利斯/朗格里奇(封面人物),后者在半决赛中赢得了与马来西亚的吴蔚昇/陈蔚强的对决,比赛的比分为15-21 21-16 21-15。

吴蔚昇/陈蔚强此后为马来西亚拿到了一枚铜牌,他们直落两局击败了迪亚斯/古尼特希尔卡。

打进决赛的马来西亚人除了李宗伟还有女双组合邹美君/许嘉雯,她们的对手是蓬纳帕/斯齐·雷迪,马来西亚组合在半决赛中以17-21 21-15 21-4击败了印度组合。

在决赛中,马来西亚组合将迎战英格兰的史密斯/沃克尔,后者直落两局阻击了澳大利亚的格罗娅·萨莫维尔/玛帕萨。蓬纳帕和雷迪则在三四名的比赛中拿到了一枚铜牌,在两局都打到了21-19后,印度组合也取得了对萨莫维尔/玛帕萨的胜利。

在这一天中,阿德考克夫妇和埃利斯/史密斯让英格兰继续胜利的脚步,并且保证了一枚金牌。阿德考克夫妇在与陈炳顺/吴柳萤的较量中以21-19 21-17取胜,同时埃利斯/史密斯控制住了自己的紧张情绪,以20-22 21-18 21-16赢得了与印度的兰基雷迪/蓬纳帕的胶着的比赛。

陈炳顺/吴柳萤此后战胜了兰基雷迪/蓬纳帕获得铜牌。

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斯里兰卡激动人心的胜利 —— 第21届英联邦运动会第九日

斯里兰卡激动人心的胜利 —— 第21届英联邦运动会第九日

周五,斯里兰卡的萨钦·迪亚斯和布瓦内卡·戈尼提尔卡获得了胜利,在第21届英联邦运动会男子双打比赛中有机会获得一枚奖牌。

斯里兰卡组合(封面人物)在对阵加拿大组合何舒/矢仓尼时以微弱的劣势输掉了首局,但在赢下激动人心的第二局后,他们顺势赢下了比赛,以19-21 22-20 21-17预订了一个半决赛的席位。

在四强赛中,斯里兰卡组合将面对印度的兰基雷迪/谢提,而在另一个半区,马来西亚的吴蔚昇和陈蔚强将面对英格兰的埃利斯和朗格里奇。

东道主澳大利亚在女双比赛中仍有希望争夺一块奖牌,因为他们的格罗娅·萨默维尔和塞特亚纳·玛帕萨击败了马来西亚的谢抒芽/赖洁敏,比分为21-15 21-16。澳大利亚组合接下来将面对的是英格兰组合劳伦·史密斯/萨拉·沃克,后者直落两局击败了斯里兰卡的蒂丽尼/卡维迪。

半决赛的对阵为印度的蓬纳帕/斯奇·雷迪对阵马来西亚的邹美君/许嘉雯,后者直落两局击败了英格兰的克洛伊·伯奇/杰西卡·皮尤。

这一天对于印度而言是美好的一天,除了一场比赛之外他们赢下了其余所有比赛,在男单中,斯里坎特和普兰诺伊闯入半决赛,斯里坎特以21-15 21-12轻松战胜了新加坡的伍再励,而普兰诺伊也没有受到太大的挑战,以21-13 21-6战胜了斯里兰卡选手。

半决赛中斯里坎特将受到英格兰的欧瑟夫的挑战,而普兰诺伊则将要面对马来西亚的李宗伟,后者以21-13 21-16战胜了新加坡的骆建佑。

两位印度顶级女将都闯入了女单半决赛,内瓦尔以21-8 21-13战胜了加拿大的瑞秋·洪德里奇,辛德胡以21-14 21-17战胜了加拿大的陈·布里特妮。

辛德胡在半决赛的挑战更大一些,她将要面对卫冕冠军加拿大的李文珊,后者直落两局战胜了马来西亚的谢抒芽。苏格兰的吉尔莫也进入了半决赛,她要面对的就是内瓦尔。

兰基雷迪回应了对印度双打的质疑,他跟搭档蓬纳帕晋级了混双半决赛,印度组合以两个21-19击败了马来西亚的吴顺发/赖洁敏,半决赛他们将对阵英格兰的埃利斯/劳伦·史密斯,

在另一个半区,马来西亚的陈炳顺/吴柳萤将对阵英格兰的爱德考克夫妇,陈炳顺/吴柳萤组合给了印度当天唯一的一场失利,他们以21-17 21-12击败了普拉纳·杰里·乔普拉/斯奇/雷迪。

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