‘Mixed’ Fortunes for Malaysia – Day 3: Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018

‘Mixed’ Fortunes for Malaysia – Day 3: Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018

Malaysia booked three spots in the Mixed Doubles quarter-finals of the Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018 today, with experienced warriors Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying capping a successful day for the hosts.

Chan and Goh (featured image) won a tense standoff against Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen to earn a last-eight place against Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet. The other two Malaysian pairs – Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing and Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai – face each other for a spot in the semi-finals.

All three Malaysian victories came against difficult opponents. Tan/Lai outplayed Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Puttita Suprajirakul 21-16 21-17, while Goh/Lai overpowered Chinese Taipei’s Wang Chi-Lin/Lee Chia Hsin 21-16 21-8 in 30 minutes.

But it was Chan/Goh’s victory that brought the crowd to its feet. Proceedings in the third game were neck-and-neck, until Malaysia inched ahead thanks to great opportunism at the front by Goh, giving them a sniff of victory at 19-17.

But Chan had had his wayward spells, and a smash into the net threatened to undo all the hard work. Luckily for the Malaysians, match point came their way with two of Chan’s smashes skimming the net cord; his serve then caught Christiansen in two minds as he decided to leave the shuttle but lunged for it at the last moment.

At the top of the draw, top seeds Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping and fifth seeds Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong powered past their opponents in straight games.

Chan admitted that jitters had affected his game: “I was a bit nervous today. We had our moments but I wasn’t calm enough. It made the game very tough. They have been in two Superseries finals and play at a high standard but we were still able to win. We haven’t played such tough opponents in a while. So getting a win today gives us a huge boost.

“(Against Tang and Tse in the quarter-finals)… they’ve improved a lot. We can go into the match thinking we can beat them. We are not seeded and people think there’s no pressure but there always is.”

It was overall a good day for Malaysia, with Liew Daren (Men’s Singles); Goh Jin Wei and Lee Ying Ying (Women’s Singles) and Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (Men’s Doubles) ensuring a strong local presence on quarter-finals day tomorrow.

Lee Ying Ying’s was an impressive feat, for the qualifier, ranked 49, made light of the big difference in ranking against Japan’s Aya Ohori (No.15) to emerge victorious at 21-18 17-21 21-11. The qualifier will have a tougher task tomorrow as she takes on fourth seed Carolina Marin (Spain).

Lee’s compatriot Goh Jin Wei had an easier time against Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po, 21-11 21-11, which gave her a quarter-final spot against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon.

Other quarter-finals will feature top seed Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) against China’s Chen Yufei and second seed Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) against another Chinese, He Bingjiao.

With Men’s Singles spearhead Lee Chong Wei having unexpectedly fallen yesterday, Liew Daren stepped up and delivered for the home crowd. The qualifier emerged victorious from a hard-fought 70-minute battle against Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin, 21-17 19-21 21-16.

“Of course I didn’t expect to enter the quarter-finals coming from the qualifiers. Tomorrow (against Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon) it will be a 50-50 match as I beat him in Thailand last week,” said Liew.

Men’s Singles top seed Viktor Axelsen was in brutal touch against Sai Praneeth, dismissing the Indian 21-17 21-8, and will next take on Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, who was given a tough workout by Malaysian youngster Lee Zii Jia.

Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus had a close shave against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei, saving two match points in the second before cruising through in the end, 16-21 24-22 21-12.

“I’m both happy and unhappy with the second set,” said Vittinghus. “Because I had a good start and had it under control. He changed a few things, and I gave it away a bit too easy. I made it close and I needed a bit of luck on his match points to survive. I’m happy that I kept fighting and managed to win the second game. There are a few things I need to work on to make sure that I don’t lose the plot in the same way tomorrow.”

Vittinghus takes on Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting, who shut out his compatriot Anders Antonsen 21-14 21-14.

In Men’s Doubles, World champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng (China) will face Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia) – the Chinese having little trouble quelling the challenge of Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe (21-11 21-13) while Goh/Tan were similarly dominant over compatriots Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi (21-17 21-17).

Two Chinese Taipei pairs made the top quarter – Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng with a close 18-21 21-14 22-20 win over Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan/Hardianto, and Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin with a similarly tight verdict over China’s Lu Kai/Wang Yilyu.

In Women’s Doubles, new Chinese pair Huang Dongping/Li Wenmei got the better of eighth seeds Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei (Malaysia) 21-14 21-18 and will take on Japan’s Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, who prevailed in a tight second game against Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda/Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut, 21-15 22-20.

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BWF宣布与汇丰合作 世界巡回赛总决赛落户广州

BWF宣布与汇丰合作 世界巡回赛总决赛落户广州

1月8日,BWF世界羽联在广州宣布了全新的世界巡回赛体系,同时宣布汇丰成为全球合作伙伴,这是一份涉及广泛的赞助协议,它将把羽毛球推向前所未有的高度。

汇丰作为全球银行集团,与BWF世界羽联的合作将贯穿各站赛事——包括未来四年冠名赞助全新的BWF世界羽联世界巡回赛,并成为BWF世界羽联主要赛事(世界锦标赛、苏迪曼杯、汤姆斯杯与尤伯杯决赛)的顶级赞助商。

在合作发展层面,汇丰作为BWF世界羽联全球发展合作伙伴,将与BWF世界羽联这一国际级管理机构展开深入合作,在全球范围内助力羽毛球运动的发展。

今天,在广州举行的发布会中,BWF世界羽联向媒体和业界同仁揭晓了世界巡回赛品牌体系优化升级的诸多细节,包括各级别赛事的名称。而且,广州将成为2018-2021年“汇丰BWF世界羽联世界巡回赛”总决赛的举办城市。这一决定凸显了羽毛球在中国的重要地位,以及汇丰对珠三角地区的关注。

BWF世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶在发布会上对汇丰银行加入BWF世界羽联的全球性大家庭表示欢迎,他说:“这一项合作关系对羽毛球运动来说具有划时代的意义,这是BWF世界羽联历史上的一个重要里程碑。”

“汇丰在银行业久负盛誉。作为卓越的品牌,汇丰一直在体育领域贡献突出,世界羽联为达成本次合作而深感自豪。我们希望通过与汇丰的合作,努力把羽毛球运动打造成世界性的体育运动,双方正大胆地迈向未来。”

汇丰大中华区行政总裁黄碧娟表示:“汇丰很高兴能通过与世界羽联的这种全球合作,帮助大众体育在亚洲及其他地区的推广。 通过支持新的汇丰BWF世界羽联世界巡回赛,我们希望能在包括广州在内的每一站,与运动员、球迷、客户和员工建立更深的关系。”

“珠三角地区是汇丰业务发展的重要的市场,很高兴能见证广州成为汇丰BWF世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛的举办地。通过这次合作,我们希望在各个层面上支持羽毛球运动。”

广州市人民政府副秘书长张建华在会上表示:“非常感谢世界羽联、中国羽协对广州这座城市的厚爱与信任,将未来四年‘汇丰BWF世界巡回赛’总决赛的举办权托付给我们。羽毛球运动是广州市的传统运动项目,拥有深厚的群众基础。自改革开放以来,广州成功培育了八位羽毛球世界冠军及两位奥运冠军,以及成功举办了一系列羽毛球顶级赛事。广州市政府将在未来四年,竭尽全力为赛事提供一流的设施、一流的组织和一流的服务,确保赛事取得圆满成功。”

中国羽毛球协会副主席兼秘书长雷军说道,中国羽毛球协会非常荣幸能够全程助力世界巡回赛的总决赛顺利举办,并将保持一贯的高水准去协助广州总决赛的举办。

“我们非常荣幸‘汇丰BWF世界巡回赛’总决赛将会在中国举办,我们期待着与广州市政府、世界羽联以及汇丰的通力合作,共同为全球顶尖的羽毛球选手营造一场精彩的顶级赛事。”

同时BWF秘书长托马斯·伦德在发布会上表示,在一个品牌的带动下,有潜力去提升羽毛球运动的全球影响力、广播覆盖面以及精英球员的知名度,这是决定整合与重塑世界羽联赛事体系的主要促成因素。

“我们的目标是将所有赛事打造成一个统一的、独树一帜的品牌,以增强我们的品牌知名度和品牌价值。这将有助于提高赛事质量,同时让举办方和球员能受益于赛事带来的更多财政效益。”他解释道。

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关于BWF世界羽联

世界羽毛球联合会(简称BWF世界羽联)是由国际奥林匹克委员会和国际残疾人奥林匹克委员会所认证的国际羽毛球运动管理机构。它的前身是1934年7月5日成立的国际羽毛球联合会,2006年2月正式更名为世界羽毛球联合会。

BWF世界羽联的宗旨和目标是在世界范围内规范、促进、发展和普及羽毛球运动,以及用最高的水平去组织、举办和呈现国际性赛事。

世界羽联的愿景是让羽毛球运动成为一项全球领先、全民参与的体育项目——给每个孩子打球的机会。它的使命是领导和启发所有的利益相关者;通过提供激动人心的赛事来提供娱乐服务以推动粉丝体验,并且创造富有创新性的、有影响力的和可持续的发展计划。

世界羽联的总部设在马来西亚吉隆坡,在全球拥有189个会员协会。

保罗·埃里克·霍耶是世界羽毛球联合会主席。托马斯·伦德是世界羽毛球联合会秘书长。

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关于汇丰银行

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汇丰控股有限公司,为汇丰集团的控股公司,总部设于英国伦敦。汇丰在全球67个国家及地区设立了约3900个办事处,为全球位于欧洲、亚洲、北美、拉丁美洲、中东和北非的客户服务,截至2017年9月30日,汇丰总资产达到252.6万亿,成为了世界上规模最大的银行及金融服务机构之一。

Prize Money Bonanza in World Tour

Prize Money Bonanza in World Tour

The New Year brings happy tidings for players on BWF’s new-look World Tour, with significant increase in prize money across all levels of tournaments.

Levels 1 and 2 have seen a record-shattering increase of prize money. The season-ending World Tour Finals 2018 (Level 1) will have US$1.5 million up for grabs, with singles winners standing to take home eight percent of the total prize money – or US$120,000 – each and doubles winners US$126,000 (8.40 percent). Runners-up in both singles and doubles will make US$60,000.

It is not just the winners and runners-up who will be striking it rich – even the fourth-placed players and pairs of the respective groups will return home will substantial purses. Fourth-placed singles players will make US$9,000 each and doubles pairs US$10,500 each.

For Levels 2 and 3, singles and doubles winners will be rewarded 7 percent and 7.40 percent of the total prize purse respectively.

The three Level 2 events – All England, China Open and Indonesia Open – are offering US$1 million or above. The Indonesia Open is offering US$1.25 million, with singles winners rewarded US$87,500 each and doubles winners US$92,500 (winning pair). This is quite a jump compared to the previous season, when the singles champions won US$75,000 and the doubles pairs US$79,000 each. The total prize purse in US$700,000 for Level 3, US$350,000 for Level 4, and US$150,000 for Level 5.

The new prize money structure ensures that even early round losers in Level 2 and Level 3 don’t return home empty-handed. Levels 2 and 3 will see 0.10 percent of the prize purse allocated for first round losers. First round casualties at the Indonesia Open, for instance, will make US$1,250. Losing semi-finalists (singles and doubles) return home richer by US$17,500.

Similarly, the All England and the China Open too have seen a spike in prize money, with singles winners assured of US$70,000 and doubles winners US$74,000. All losing semi-finalists will be awarded US$14,000 each.

For Levels 4 to 6, singles champions will win 7.50 percent and doubles champions 7.90 percent of the total prize money. Losers in the round of 16 will win 0.35 percent (singles) and 0.375 percent (doubles) of the total prize purse.

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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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Gao Prevents Home Sweep – Gwangju Victor Korea Masters 2017: Review

Gao Prevents Home Sweep – Gwangju Victor Korea Masters 2017: Review

China’s fast-rising Women’s Singles prospect Gao Fangjie was the sole non-Korean winner at the Gwangju Victor Korea Masters 2017, winning her debut international title yesterday.

Gao (featured image), who was runner-up at the Tahoe China Open (Superseries) last month, continued to impress as she successively brought down fourth seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Thailand), Korean qualifier Bae Ji Won and eighth seed Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thailand) to enter the semi-finals.

There she faced compatriot Wang Zhiyi, who had stunned home favourite Sung Ji Hyun 27-25 7-21 21-12 in the quarter-finals. Gao made it past her 21-17 21-8 and went on to beat Korea’s Lee Jang Mi 21-19 21-5 in the final.

Lee Jang Mi had earlier beaten World Junior champion Gregoria Mariska (Indonesia) in the quarter-finals and second seed Nitchaon Jindapol (Thailand) in the semi-finals.

Korea swept the other four titles, with Seo Seung Jae helping himself to two titles.

Jeon Hyeok Jin claiming the Men’s Singles over compatriot Kim Min Ki 21-17 19-21 21-12.

Kim Min Ki had earlier shocked compatriot and top seed Son Wan Ho 21-12 21-12 in the third round.

The big news at the Korea Masters was the return of Korean Men’s Doubles great Lee Yong Dae with regular partner Yoo Yeon Seong. Lee Yong Dae had retired after last year’s Victor Korea Open in September.

The pair, playing their first tournament together in over a year, struggled in the early rounds before losing a close three-setter to compatriots Jung Jae Wook/Kim Gi Jung 16-21 21-11 21-19. Jung and Kim however came up short in the final, to compatriots Kim Won Ho/Seo Seung Jae, 21-15 21-16.

Danisa Denmark Open champions Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, back together after playing with different partners last month, captured the Women’s Doubles title without dropping a game.

They were tested in the final by compatriots Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong, but took the title with a close 21-18 23-21 result.

Seo Seung Jae and Kim Ha Na won the first title of the day, the Mixed Doubles. In what turned out to be the closest final of the day, Seo/Kim held off a spirited challenge from top seeds Choi Solgyu/Chae Yoo Jung to prevail 17-21 21-13 21-18.

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李宗伟再获超级系列赛冠军——2017YONEX日上香港公开赛单打决赛

李宗伟再获超级系列赛冠军——2017YONEX日上香港公开赛单打决赛

就像剧本写好的那样,BWF世界羽联超级系列赛历史上最多产的明星李宗伟获得了2017超级系列赛收官站的冠军。

2017尤尼克斯·日上香港公开赛落幕前的最后一场比赛中,羽坛常青树马来西亚人以21-14 21-19击败了劲敌谌龙,获得了他在香港的第5次男单冠军,同时也是自2007年开赛以来的第46次超级系列赛冠军。BWF世界羽联将在1月推出一个全新的巡回赛机制,最重要的四站赛事的奖金都将达到百万美元。

虽然李宗伟和谌龙都期待着更多的奖金,但是当前他们的首要任务是在香港红磡体育馆的这场决赛,他们上一次的交火还是在去年里约奥运会,当时谌龙战胜了李宗伟获得了金牌。

35岁的李宗伟好像会飞一般,能在场地的各个角落得分,无论是切球、网前小球、强有力的杀球还是快速回挡都让对手只能避而远之。跳得高跑得远,这位健壮的运动员迅速以12-4领先并将优势保持到了局末。第二局谌龙决定要加强开局,他开始给李宗伟施压,从他的武器库里拿出了更多的法宝,并获得了15-10的领先。当大家都以为比赛会被拖入决胜局时,李宗伟用行动暗示自己还没有放弃这一局,他用自己的方式将比分扳成15平。

一场针尖对麦芒的比赛随之展开,比分牌上显示着18-18,谌龙的一记短球让李宗伟防守不及,比分来到19-18。随后李宗伟又一记怪兽般的跳起杀球把比分变为19-19。此时双方都无路可退,要么是赛点,要么是追加一局比赛。

谌龙首先出现了失误,他的一个弹网球给了对手机会,后者只需要再拿下一分就能获得比赛的胜利。

但比赛结束地十分迅速,谌龙的一个反手下网让李宗伟高举双手迎接又一个冠军。

“这跟奥运会不能比,但是我还是很开心今天能有一个好的表现,第5次在香港获得了冠军,”男单冠军说道。

对于媒体常年问的年龄和未来发展的问题,李宗伟表示“年龄只是一个数字”,对此他并不在意。

“有时候我会问自己还能打多久。我希望能坚持到2020东京奥运会,但是这一切都取决于当时的状况。现在我只想尽力享受每一场比赛。”

除了对第二局关键时刻的连续失误感到懊悔之外,谌龙对自己的表现还是满意的,尤其是这站赛事的成绩让他有资格出席下个月进行的迪拜总决赛。

戴资颖也为自己出色的超级赛赛季做了很好的总结,她以21-18 21-18战胜了辛德胡,获得了赛季第5个超级赛冠军,同时她也卫冕了该项赛事,去年她在这里的决赛对手也是辛德胡。

“我知道她速度很快,也很有力,所以我特意为这场比赛做了准备,把所有这些因素都考虑了一遍。”头号种子中华台北选手说道。

“我知道我需要不断调动她,所以我把球从一个角打到另一个角,这样她跑动起来对我会更加容易一些。”

23岁的戴资颖用令人惊异的速度开启了她的卫冕之旅,而她的对手还没有进入状态,她迫使高大的印度人在各个方向扑球、跳跃,试图接到戴资颖恰到好处的击球。虽然一度以2-7和8-13落后,辛德胡依然没有放弃,尽全力追分,把比分追到了18平。香港红磡体育馆内的球迷为双方都鼓掌加油。

但接下来的一拍辛德胡很不走运,她的一根拍线断了,而戴资颖扑网打出一记追身球。很快局点就来到了,戴资颖用一个鹰眼挑战获得了首局的胜利。第二局开局依旧势均力敌,辛德胡以11-9进入间歇。但领先优势稍纵即逝,很快戴资颖就展示出胜利者的姿态,无论在网前还是打穿场的深球都能得分,她迅速将比分拉到19-13。虽然辛德胡此后也试图将比分差距缩小,但是戴资颖一记标志性的放前场小球还是终结了比赛。

无惧失败的22岁亚军在赛后看到了积极的一面,她表示:“总体来说这是一场好球,我有过机会。”

“第一局我从13-17落后到把比分追到18-18,但是我的拍线断了,那是重要的一分。第二局比分到12平,但是之后她把比分拉到18-12,如果我那个时候能够多追几分,一切都会变得不同了。”

“我打得不错,但是她打得更好。下一次我会变得更强。”辛德胡对支持她的粉丝表示了感谢。

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Okuhara Prevails in Epic – Singles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Okuhara Prevails in Epic – Singles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara were the last ones standing as the singles contests at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 concluded today in Glasgow.

The contrast between the two finals was stark – the Women’s Singles final produced one of the all-time great contests; the Men’s Singles final didn’t quite have the same drama, but both results set milestones in their own ways.

In beating five-time champion Lin Dan (China) 22-20 21-16, Axelsen became the first European since countryman Peter Rasmussen 20 years ago to become Men’s Singles champion. Incidentally, Rasmussen’s triumph had come in Glasgow.

Okuhara’s achievement was rarer, for she became Japan’s first-ever Women’s Singles World champion by beating India’s Pusarla V Sindhu 21-19 20-22 22-20.

In decades to come, the Women’s Singles final will be talked of in mythic terms as the gold standard – the prime example of all that badminton stands for. At the end of 110 minutes – the second longest Women’s Singles match ever – every sinew of the two gladiators had been stretched; every drop of sweat shed. Thankfully, there was no blood.

It was a miracle that Nozomi Okuhara and Pusarla V Sindhu could stand upright on the podium at the end of it all, for the match had been an ultramarathon in which all the abilities had been tested. By the third game, each punishing the other by sending the shuttle to the farthest corners, forcing twists, turns, lunges and dives, the two players often doubled over at the end of each rally, seemingly unable to continue. And yet they picked themselves up and continued in the same vein until the next point was won or lost.

“When I saw the time, it was over an hour, and I thought ‘Oh my god, where is it going?’” Okuhara was to say later. “I was in a different world. I told myself to enjoy the moment. I saw she was tired too, so I believed I had the advantage.”

Okuhara came prepared for the bigger weapons that Pusarla possessed. The Indian knew she had to avoid the rallies that Okuhara is feared for, but in seeking to keep the points short, Pusarla sacrificed rhythm. For much of the opening game, it was Okuhara who set the tempo. Seven straight points helped her take the game.

The second was close all the way; Okuhara saved three game points to level at 20 before her opponent  won the game after a 73-shot rally that won a standing ovation.

That set the stage for a magnificent third game, in which both contestants challenged the limits of the other’s physical and mental endurance. Each point was won through tremendous athleticism, craft and patience. Pusarla could glimpse daylight at 19-17.

The Indian was a whisker away from the title, but Okuhara, refusing to play safe, and still pushing the pace, finally conjured an immaculate drop shot that stayed beyond the desperate lunge of the Indian.

It had been 110 minutes of the highest quality. The match fell a minute short of the longest Women’s Singles contest ever – Okuhara versus Wang Shixian (China) at the Malaysia Open in 2015.

“I’m very happy and very tired,” said Okuhara. “I could hear the fans supporting me and that inspired me.”

The loss to Pusarla in the Rio Olympics semi-finals had prepared her for the tall Indian’s attack.

“When I look back at the Olympics, I regret that I didn’t use the forecourt well enough against Sindhu. Today I was alert for her forecourt shots, and I was covering the front and back quite well… I’m happy that this result sends a good message for Japanese sport.”

Her opponent said she’d given it her all: “It was anybody’s game. It’s upsetting to lose, but you can’t say anything at the end of such a match. It was never over from both sides. The third game went to 20-all. Every point was tough and we were both not letting go. Obviously anybody would aim for a gold because this is the final of the World Championships, but that last moment changed everything.”

It’s Axelsen’s Day

The Men’s Singles final, in contrast, wasn’t as intense, but the first game was finely balanced. Lin again set his nagging length; Axelsen fought to free himself with his attack down the flanks. At 16-18, with the game slipping, Lin came up with three great points, whipping missiles that zeroed in on the lines. The Chinese sniffed a first game win at 20-19, but uncharacteristically, his famed discipline let him down. A couple of wayward shots later, his opponent was a game up.

It was mostly downhill from there. Errors from the five-time champion mounted, and even his tricky flicks failed to deceive Axelsen, who pounced on every small opening. By the middle of the second game, Lin’s defence was in shreds as the big Dane picked his spot. A smash that found the line gave him match point, and he was celebrating not long after.

Axelsen was at a loss for words and trying to come to terms with the reality of achieving a childhood dream.

“I haven’t even dared to think of winning a gold at the World Championships; it hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said. “I have this feeling… that all the hard work has been worth it.”

Having beaten two past champions – Chen Long and Lin Dan – on way to the title, Axelsen paid his tribute to them: “If you want to be the World champion, you have to do it the hard way. It’s an honour for me to beat them – they inspire me. Beating Lin Dan in the final is my biggest dream come true. As a child, I used to watch him play in Denmark.”

Lin regretted that his mistakes at the end of the first game had cost him dear: “Those mistakes proved fatal for me. I told my coach that if I got the first game, the result would have been different. After I lost it, all the pressure was on me.”

And to those who were curious about his physical condition, Lin was ready with his repartee: “I will be 34 this year. I cannot see any other player who has made the World Championships final at my age. I’m in good condition and I’m happy with my campaign.”

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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.

马来西亚喜忧参半——2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛第3日

马来西亚喜忧参半——2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛第3日

马来西亚队在2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛混双四分之一决赛中预定了三个席位,其中包括经验丰富的陈炳顺和吴柳萤组合。

陈炳顺和吴柳萤(封面图片) 在一场恶战中战胜了丹麦组合克里斯蒂安森和佩德森,赢得了八强赛对阵香港组合邓俊文/谢影雪的机会。另两对晋级的马来西亚组合是陈健铭/赖沛君和吴顺发/赖洁敏,如果顺利的话他们将有机会在半决赛中相互对阵。

所有马来西亚的三场胜利都是战胜了难缠的对手才得来的,陈健铭/赖沛君击败了泰国的德差波/菩提塔,比分为21-16 21-17,吴顺发/赖洁敏用时30分钟以21-16 21-8击败了中华台北的王齐麟/李佳馨。

是陈炳顺/吴柳萤的胜利让现场观众站了起来,在第三局势均力敌的时候,陈炳顺在前场获得了机会,让马来西亚组合在19-17时闻到了胜利的味道。

陈炳顺的失误差一点毁灭了之前的努力。不过幸运的是,马来西亚组合最后还是依靠陈炳顺刚刚过网的扣杀顺利拿下赛点,正是他的发球让克里斯蒂安森犹豫了。

在上半区,头号种子王懿律/黄东萍以及5号种子郑思维/黄雅琼都在各自比赛中直落两局取得胜利。

陈炳顺在赛后也承认正是紧张情绪影响了比赛:“我今天感到一些紧张,我们曾经有一些领先时刻但是我并没能保持冷静,这让比赛变得艰难。他们水平很高,打进了2站超级系列赛的决赛,但是我们依然能够击败他们,我们还没有打过这么强硬的对手,所以今天的胜利让我们感受到了巨大鼓舞。”

“(谈到四分之一决赛的对手)他们已经进步很多,我们可以掌控比赛并击败他们,我们不是种子选手,这样使得人们通常都认为我们没有压力,但是压力总会有的。”

 

总体而言这是对马来西亚来说还不错的一天,刘国伦(男单)、吴堇微(女单)、李盈盈(女单)、吴蔚昇/陈蔚强(男双)这些选手的存在都可以确保东道主在四分之一决赛中占有一席之地。

李盈盈经历了一场了不起的比赛,这位排名第49的选手,此前刚刚以21-18 17-21 21-11的比分战胜了日本人大堀彩。从资格赛突围的李盈盈将在四分之一决赛中接受严酷考验,4号种子西班牙人马林是她的下一个对手。

李盈盈的同胞吴堇微则在此前对阵中华台北白驭珀的时候赢得较为轻松,前者以2个21-11轻取对手。她在八强赛的对手将是泰国人拉特查诺·因达农。

另外晋级八强的则是头号种子、中华台北的戴资颖,她将对阵中国选手陈雨菲,2号种子日本人山口茜则会对阵另一位中国选手何冰娇。

在男单方面,名将李宗伟在首轮出局,而刘国伦在家乡父老面前证明了自己。这位资格赛选手耗时70分钟最终以21-17 19-21 21-16的比分战胜了韩国人全奕陈。

“当然我并没有想到自己能从资格赛一路打进八强,明天(对阵泰国人苏庞余)将是一场势均力敌的较量,不过上周我刚刚击败过他。”刘国伦说道。

男单头号种子安赛龙以21-17 21-8轻松战胜普兰尼斯,接下来他的对手将是印尼人乔纳坦,他刚刚遭受了马来西亚小将李梓嘉的挑战。

丹麦人维汀哈斯同中华台北的王子维进行了一番苦战,前者在第二局挽救了两个赛点,并最终以16-21 24-22 21-12的比分逆转成功。

“对于第二局,我既开心,也不开心。” 维汀哈斯说道,“因为我曾经有一个良好开局,并控制了比赛,但是他做出了一些改变,而我却想得太容易了,此后在赛点的时候我也获得了一点运气眷顾,我非常高兴自己能够一直战斗,并最终获得胜利。现在我需要做一些事情来确保明天不会犯同样的错误。”

维汀哈斯将会在下一场遭遇印尼人金汀,他在此前以2个21-14击败了同胞安德斯·安东森。

在男双方面,世界冠军张楠/刘成(中国)将面对奥运银牌得主吴蔚昇/陈蔚强(马来西亚),中国组合在第二轮没有受到威胁,以21-11 21-13击败了日本的远藤大由/渡边勇大,而吴蔚昇/陈蔚强则以21-17 21-17战胜了同胞王耀新/张御宇。

两对中华台北组合闯入四分之一决赛,廖敏竣/许敬恒以18-21 21-14 22-20战胜了印尼的安格里亚万/哈迪安托,而陈宏麟/王齐麟也是三局苦战战胜了中国的鲁恺/王懿律。

在女双中,新组合黄东萍/李汶妹战胜了8号种子许嘉雯/温可微,比分为21-14 21-18,他们接下来将面对日本的福岛由纪/广田彩花,后者惊险地以21-15 22-20战胜了印尼的安洁/马哈德维 ,比分为21-15 22-20。

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Chen Cashes In!

Chen Cashes In!

Known for her exuberant celebrations on court, Chen Qingchen had more than 250,000 reasons to rejoice at the end of 2017 – and that’s not even considering her BWF Female Player of the Year award!

The Chinese doubles specialist emerged the top prize-money earner for the past season, with her successes in Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles – US$111,305 and US$142,890 respectively – dropping a cool US$254,195 into her bank account.

This was fitting evidence of her 2017 exploits which included gold and silver medals at the TOTAL BWF World Championships and five titles (out of nine finals) on the MetLife BWF World Superseries tour which saw the 20-year-old adjudged the year’s best female player. A few days after receiving that prestigious BWF honour, Chen added another title to her collection – defending the Mixed Doubles crown at the Dubai World Superseries Finals to take her earnings past the quarter-million mark.

Coming close to that was Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, one of the nominees for Female Player of the Year. Yamaguchi achieved her career’s biggest triumph with the Women’s Singles title in Dubai, and her net earnings for the year shot up to US$249,013. Yamaguchi’s earnings were slightly higher than the most successful Men’s Singles player, Kidambi Srikanth, who made US$236,423 last year thanks to his four Superseries crowns.

Not far behind was Women’s Singles Tai Tzu Ying, winner of five Superseries. Tai earned over US$215,000, pushing her career earnings to within sight of the million-dollar mark at US$701,305.

The top singles players comfortably made over US$100,000 in prize money for 2017. Kidambi, Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Chen Long (China) in Men’s Singles and Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying, Pusarla V Sindhu (India) and Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) all raked in big bucks.

The most successful doubles pair was Men’s Doubles duo Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. The ‘Minions’ enjoyed a red-hot streak of form throughout 2017, which saw them take home seven Superseries titles including the season-ending Dubai honour. Gideon/Sukamuljo each got richer by US$186,625, way ahead of the second-most successful pair, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (US$111,305 each).

Among the other doubles players who struck it rich were Zheng Siwei (China; US$206,403); Huang Yaqiong (China; US$182,460); Lee So Hee (Korea: US$127,824); Zhang Nan (China; US$103,782) and Christinna Pedersen (Denmark; US$97,318).

Meanwhile, Mixed Doubles World champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir – who each made over US$75,000 last year – saw their collective career earnings rocket past the million-dollar mark. The Indonesians have now won US$1,064,522 in prize money.

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PRIZE MONEY TOP EARNERS IN 2017

 MEN’S SINGLES

Kidambi Srikanth (India) – US$236,422.50

Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) – US$165,550.00

Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) – US$160,475.00

Chen Long (China) – US$110,777.50

Son Wan Ho (Korea) – US$84,307.50

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) – US$249,012.50

Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) – US$215,675.00

Pusarla V Sindhu (India) – US$157,325.00

Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) – US$147,862.50

Sayaka Sato (Japan) – US$97,957.50

MEN’S DOUBLES

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) – US$186,625.00

Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) – US$186,625.00

Mathias Boe (Denmark) – US$99,624.38

Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) – US$99,624.38

Liu Cheng (China) – US$78,805.63

Zhang Nan (China) – US$78,805.63

WOMEN’S DOUBLES

Lee So Hee (Korea) – US$127,823.75

Chen Qingchen (China) – US$111,305.00

Jia Yifan (China) – US$111,305.00

Shiho Tanaka (Japan) – US$93,433.75

Koharu Yonemoto (Japan) – US$93,433.75

MIXED DOUBLES

Zheng Siwei (China) – US$191,080.00

Chen Qingchen (China) – US$142,890.00

Huang Yaqiong (China) – US$117,870.00

Tontowi Ahmad (Indonesia) – US$77,565.00

Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) – US$76,500.00

 

 

种子选手首轮相继出局——2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛第2日

种子选手首轮相继出局——2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛第2日

在2018派洛多马来西亚大师赛首日对决中出现了很不寻常的一幕,男单签表中许多大牌明星都相继出局。

最大的意外是本土明星李宗伟,种子选手林丹、谌龙、孙完虎和周天成也相继在超级500赛出局。

李宗伟在本土赛事中被日本选手西本拳太击败,早早出局,比分为19-21 21-18 21-19。而就在不久前,谌龙以17-21 15-21输给了印尼选手金汀,林丹以16-21 21-18 17-21 不敌印尼选手穆斯托法。

李宗伟和林丹都会为自己丢掉的机会而后悔不已,李宗伟在第二局以18-16领先,但西本拳太连拿三分,马来西亚人无法追上比赛,只能看着对手结束此局。

林丹的剧情有些相似,林丹一度满场调动对手,并能将球送到自己想要的位置,看起来中国选手已经准备好了第二轮的比赛。第三局战至14-11,所有事情都朝着有利于林丹的方向走了,但是随后他错过了一个正手球,又误判了一个边线球,尽管最后阶段他尝试追分,但却无功而返。

“我在领先的时候把事情想得太简单,”林丹承认道,“我的错误在于放松得太早。当我想要追回来的时候,对手发挥得很好,打出了一些底线高质量球。”

4号种子孙完虎(韩国)输给了马来西亚的资格赛选手刘国伦,而6号种子周天成(中华台北)则不敌印尼小将乔纳坦。

尽管有种子选手早早出局,但是世界冠军安赛龙拒绝被淘汰,他完成了对李炫一的首胜。韩国人此前在与丹麦选手的三次对阵中都获得了胜利,在这场比赛中他开局也很顺利,牢牢将球控制住,但是安赛龙在第二局早早确立领先优势,李炫一则跟不上进攻节奏。丹麦人18-21 21-14 21-5获得的胜利给了自己第二轮与印度选手普兰尼斯对阵的机会,后者直落两局击败了泰国的坎塔蓬。

与男单不同的是,女单的冷门相对较少,头号种子戴资颖(中华台北)相对慢热,以18-21 21-12 21-12逆转击败了谢抒芽。

2号种子山口茜抵挡住了另一位马来西亚选手林吟芳的挑战,比分为21-18 17-21 21-12。其他进入第二轮的选手包括4号种子马林(西班牙)、5号种子因达农(泰国)和8号种子陈雨菲(中国)。

最大的冷门是韩国的成池铉,她被日本选手大堀彩以21-15 21-13击败。

戴资颖的第二轮对手将是加拿大的李文珊,后者在一小时的鏖战中击败了泰国的布桑南,比分为21-18 16-21 21-13。

对于印尼男双而言,这一比赛日捷报频传,安格里亚万/哈迪安托和法贾·阿尔弗兰/雅迪安托都进入了第二轮。

Yonex法国公开赛冠军李哲辉/李扬(中华台北)在首轮输给了泰国的吉丁奴蓬/德差波,比分为11-21 21-18 21-16。他们的两对同胞都进入了第二轮——廖敏竣/苏敬恒和陈宏麟/王齐麟。

女双没有出现冷门,头两号种子陈清晨/贾一凡(中国)和松友美佐纪/高桥礼华(日本)领衔,除了一场比赛外都是直落两局取胜。

印度的蓬纳帕/斯基·雷迪轻松击败了德国组合,接下来他们将面对老练的丹麦组合佩德森/尤尔。

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Seeds Tumble in Opening Test – Day 2: Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018

Seeds Tumble in Opening Test – Day 2: Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018

The Men’s Singles draw at the Perodua Malaysia Masters 2018 reeled with the exit of many of its biggest names, on an unusual day at the Axiata Arena today.

The biggest casualty was home superstar Lee Chong Wei, who joined fellow-seeds Lin Dan, Chen Long, Son Wan Ho and Chou Tien Chen on the sidelines of the Super 500 event.

Lee suffered an agonising early exit at his home event, beaten in three tight games by Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto, 19-21 21-18 21-19. That came after Chen Long’s 21-17 21-15 loss to Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting and Lin Dan’s 21-16 18-21 21-17 loss to another Indonesian, Ihsan Maulana Mustofa.

Both Lee and Lin would rue their missed chances. Lee blew an 18-16 lead in the second with Nishimoto (featured image) having virtually gifted him three straight points; the Malaysian was unable to capitalise and let his opponent right back in with inconsistent play.

Lin’s was a similar story; the Chinese great appeared well on course for his second round as he moved his opponent around and placed the shuttle where he willed. At 14-11 in the third everything was going his way, but then he missed a routine forehand, misjudged a shot at the sideline, and despite trying to push the pace at the end, found Mustofa a tough nut to crack.

“I took it a bit too easy when I had the lead,” admitted Lin. “I made the mistake of relaxing too early. I tried to get back but my opponent played some high quality shots towards the end.”

Fourth seed Son Wan Ho (Korea) fell to Malaysian qualifier Liew Daren, while sixth seed Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) came up short against young Indonesian Jonatan Christie.

Despite the carnage all around, World champion Viktor Axelsen refused to be distracted and duly completed his first win over Lee Hyun Il. The Korean, having beaten the Dane in all three of their previous meetings, got off to a great start with his brand of precise and controlled badminton, but Axelsen broke free early in the second and Lee struggled to match his pace and attack. The Dane’s 18-21 21-14 21-5 victory gave him a second round against India’s Sai Praneeth, who beat Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in straight games.

In contrast to Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles saw few upsets. Top seed Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) shrugged off a slow start to ease past Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah 18-21 21-12 21-12.

Second seed Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) ran into spirited resistance from another Malaysian, Lim Yin Fun, but reasserted herself in the third game and marched ahead, 21-18 17-21 21-12. Others to make the second round included fourth seed Carolina Marin (Spain), fifth seed Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) and eighth seed Chen Yufei (China).

The notable casualty was Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who fell 21-15 21-13 to Japan’s Aya Ohori.

Tai’s second round opponent will be Canadian Michelle Li, who fought past Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in an hour-long battle, 21-18 16-21 21-13.

It was a good day for Indonesia in Men’s Doubles, with Berry Angriawan/Hardianto and Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto progressing into the second round.

Yonex French Open champions Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (Chinese Taipei) stumbled at the opening hurdle to Thailand’s Kittinupong Kedren/Dechapol Puavaranukroh, 11-21 21-18 21-16. Two of their compatriots however made it to the second round – Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng and Chen Hung-Ling/Wang Chi-Lin.

There were no surprises in Women’s Doubles, with top seeds Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (China) and Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan) leading the way. But for one match, the rest were decided in straight games.

India’s Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki Reddy, who eased past Germany’s Johanna Goliszewski/Lara Kaepplein, have a difficult task on hand as they take on Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

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新赛季顶尖选手集结战斗——派洛多马来西亚大师赛前瞻

新赛季顶尖选手集结战斗——派洛多马来西亚大师赛前瞻

派洛多马来西亚大师赛开战在即,在男单项目中,四位大名鼎鼎的球员将开启他们新的汇丰BWF世界巡回赛之旅。

丹麦的安赛龙、马来西亚的李宗伟、中国的林丹和谌龙成为了这站超级500赛最顶尖的选手。冠军不仅可以获得26,250美金,也能在年初早早占据统治地位。

外界的焦点将会聚集在安赛龙身上,上赛季他获得了道达尔BWF世锦赛冠军,也在年终战胜了李宗伟,获得了超级系列赛迪拜总决赛的冠军。他首轮的对手将是韩国的李炫一,在双方此前3次交手中,安赛龙都败下了阵来。

虽然李炫一的经历可以帮助他占据有利地位,但是林丹和谌龙都曾在马来西亚获得过冠军,他们也希望从2017年的沉寂中走出来,获得新年的第一次胜利。

另一关注点将是一些重组的搭档,尤其是在混双中。印尼将乔丹和苏珊托拆对,乔丹搭档美拉蒂,而苏珊托将搭档男双选手卡兰达苏瓦尔迪。中国的鲁恺此前与黄雅琼搭档,现在的搭档是周超敏。

但是鲁恺和周超敏昨天在首轮的对阵中输给了丹麦的克里斯蒂安森/佩德森,比分为21-13 21-18。

印尼则表现得更加好一些,两对新组合都成功进入第二轮,乔丹/美拉蒂以25-23 21-16击败了日本的渡边勇大/东野有纱,而卡兰达苏瓦尔迪/苏珊托则更轻松,他们以21-14 21-15击败了马来西亚的许邦荣/白燕薇。

在男双项目中,罗卓谦代替了邓俊文的位置,他将与科展聪搭档,而邓俊文将与李晋熙搭档。马来西亚将吴蔚昇/陈蔚强重新组对,去年他们分别与不同的球员搭档。上周吴蔚昇/陈蔚强打入了思蕊梵娜瓦瑞公主泰国羽毛球大师赛的半决赛,这周他们期待在本土有更好的成绩。

女双将看到中国的黄东萍与李汶妹搭档,汤金华与于小含搭档。

球员方面的大改变,新的汇丰BWF世界巡回赛揭开面纱,奖金的显著提高将为新赛季带来新面貌。对于那些在20名开外的选手,新的巡回赛将为他们提供更多机会,争取更高的名次。

“我觉得现在的大赛更加多了,奖金也更加多了,世界羽毛球的关注度也越来越高了。”法国球员托马斯·鲁克塞尔说道,“我必须要去参加更大的赛事去感受氛围,去感受排名前20的球员是怎么赢球的。”

“你可以赚更多的钱,你可以选择参加更多的赛事,你可以为这一年设计不同的计划,”俄罗斯的维塔利·杜尔金说道,“现在球员有更多的机会去体验大赛,去跟顶尖球员比赛获得经验。”

资格赛晋级球员:

男单:伊斯干达、宋浚洋、刘国伦(全部来自马来西亚)、坎塔蓬(泰国)

女单:林吟芳、李盈盈(都来自马来西亚)、戴尔芬·兰萨克(法国)、蔡惠贞(新加坡)

男双:亨德拉·古纳万/马基斯-基多(印度尼西亚)、谢定峰/苏伟译(马来西亚)、李胜木/杨博轩(中华台北)、林钦华/柳延星(韩国)

女双:Ong Ren-Ne/黄嘉盈(新加坡)、扎拉·阿兹卡/布里吉塔(印度尼西亚)、吴玥青/张美心、林秋仙/叶真(都来自马来西亚)

混双: 亚东尼·萨普特拉/马尔希拉·伊斯拉米、卡兰达苏瓦尔迪/苏珊托(都来自印尼)、张楠/刘玄炫(中国)、陈堂杰/谢宜茜(马来西亚)

New Season; Top Guns Line Up – Perodua Malaysia Masters: Preview

New Season; Top Guns Line Up – Perodua Malaysia Masters: Preview

Four of the biggest names in Men’s Singles badminton start their campaign on the newly-launched HSBC BWF World Tour today at the Perodua Malaysia Masters; the refurbished Axiata Arena providing a fitting stage for some likely titanic battles.

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, China’s Lin Dan and Chen Long are among the top contenders for this Super 500 event. At stake is not just the US$26,250 prize money for the winner, but a chance to stamp domination early in a year that is studded with several high-profile events.

A lot of the attention will be on Axelsen, who won the TOTAL BWF World Championships and closed out the previous season winning the Dubai World Superseries Finals over Lee Chong Wei. The Dane though will be wary of his first round opponent – Korea’s Lee Hyun Il – who boasts a 3-0 record against Axelsen.

While Lee’s experience of home conditions will stand him in good stead, both Lin and Chen have won in Malaysia previously and will seek to wrest momentum after pretty modest returns in 2017.

Another point of interest would be the performance of some reconstituted pairs, notably in Mixed Doubles. Indonesia have split the established pair Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto; Jordan is partnering Melati Daeva Oktavianti while Susanto is pairing Men’s Doubles player Ricky Karandasuwardi. China’s Lu Kai – formerly with Huang Yaqiong – has entered the fray with Zhou Chaomin.

Lu and Zhou however fell in the first round yesterday to Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen 21-13 21-18.

Indonesia fared better, with both their new pairs progressing into the second round. Jordan/Oktavianti outplayed Japan’s Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino 25-23 21-16, while Karandasuwardi/Susanto (featured image) had it easier against Malaysia’s Hoo Pang Ron/Peck Yen Wei 21-14 21-15.

Fifth seeds Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (China) overcame two match points against Denmark’s Niclas Nohr/Sara Thygesen to prevail 18-21 23-21 21-15.

In Men’s Doubles, Law Cheuk Him has come in place of Tang Chun Man to partner Or Chin Chung – Tang having paired up with Lee Chun Hei – while Malaysia have once again placed their reliance on Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong who were with different partners last year. Goh and Tan were in last week’s semi-finals at the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters and will expect to hit the high notes on home turf.

Women’s Doubles will see China’s Huang Dongping pairing up with Li Wenmei, and Tang Jinhua with Yu Xiaohan.

There was considerable excitement among the players about the new-look season, with the structured HSBC BWF World Tour and enhanced prize money. For those ranked outside the top 20, the new Tour offers more opportunities to break into the elite ranks.

“I feel there are more big tournaments, it feels like there’s more money and more interest for badminton in the world, and that’s a good thing,” said French player Thomas Rouxel. “I have to play in these bigger tournaments to feel the atmosphere and to feel how the top 20 players are winning.”

“You can earn more money, you can choose from many more tournaments, you can have different plans for the year,” said Russia’s Vitalij Durkin. “There are more opportunities for players to get experience of the big tournaments, and to play against top level players to get experience.

Qualifiers:

Men’s Singles: Iskandar Zulkarnain, Soong Joo Ven, Daren Liew (all Malaysia), Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Thailand)

Women’s Singles: Lim Yin Fun, Lee Ying Ying (both Malaysia), Delphine Lansac (France), Grace Chua (Singapore)

Men’s Doubles: Hendra Aprida Gunawan/Markis Kido (Indonesia); Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik (Malaysia); Lee Sheng Mu/Yang Po-Hsuan (Chinese Taipei); Lim Khim Wah (Malaysia)/Yoo Yeon Seong (Korea)

Women’s Doubles: Ong Ren-Ne/Crystal Wong (Singapore); Zarra Faza Azka/Brigita Marcelia Rumambi (Indonesia); Goh Yea Ching/Teoh Mei Xing, Lim Chiew Sien/Yap Zhen (both Malaysia)

Mixed Doubles: Yantoni Edy Saputra/Marsheilla Gischa Islami, Ricky Karandasuwardi/Debby Susanto (both Indonesia); Zhang Nan/Liu Xuanxuan (China); Chen Tang Jie/Cheah Yee See (Malaysia)

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苏吉亚托、金达蓬登顶——2018泰国大师赛回顾

苏吉亚托、金达蓬登顶——2018泰国大师赛回顾

金达蓬在2018思蕊梵娜瓦瑞公主泰国羽毛球大师赛女单决赛中战胜了队友磋楚沃,成功在家乡曼谷连续三年登顶最高领奖台。

头号种子泰国人赢下了汇丰BWF世界巡回赛的首个赛事,以21-11 21-18轻松击败了磋楚沃,将超级300赛冠军收入囊中。

金达蓬在赛事过程中几乎没有遇到太大的挫折,只在半决赛面对马来西亚的谢抒芽时丢掉了一局,比分为16-21 21-15 21-17。

对于主场球迷而言这一天是记忆深刻的,因为基蒂塔拉库尔/拉温达和伊斯里亚纳特/南达什分别获得了女双和男双的冠军。

头号种子基蒂塔拉库尔/拉温达在面对印度尼西亚的安洁/玛哈德维时受到了不小的挑战,最终以21-19 21-17获得了胜利。泰国组合此前还在四分之一决赛和半决赛中遭遇过三局苦战。

印度尼西亚老将苏吉亚托自从去年二月份之后就状态低迷,但是他一回到上一次获得胜利的地方就有如神助般用经验战胜了年轻的马来西亚人梁峻豪,比分为21-16 21-15。

从资格赛杀出重围的梁峻豪在晋级之路中击败了许多高排位选手,包括同胞祖尔法里、印尼的费尔曼、中国香港的胡赟和泰国的坎塔蓬。

混双见证了马来西亚陈炳顺和吴柳萤的回归,吴柳萤前几个月受到了肩伤困扰,在新赛季的首场赛事中,她与陈炳顺击败了本土组合德差波/菩提塔,比分为21-15 14-21 21-16。

最后两场决赛以泰国的方式进行,伊斯里亚纳特/南达什为赛事拉下了帷幕,他们以21-18 11-21 22-20击败了印尼的瓦赫尤那亚卡/阿迪·尤苏夫。

Sugiarto, Jindapol Triumph – Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2018: Review

Sugiarto, Jindapol Triumph – Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2018: Review

Nitchaon Jindapol led a trio of home winners at the Princess Sirvannavari Thailand Masters 2018 in Bangkok yesterday, winning the Women’s Singles crown over compatriot Pornpawee Chochuwong.

The top-seeded Thai won the first tournament on the HSBC BWF World Tour, pocketing the Super 300 crown in relatively comfortable style against Chochuwong, 21-11 21-18.

Jindapol (featured image) was mostly untroubled through the tournament, dropping a game only in the semi-final against Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah, 16-21 21-15 21-17.

It was a memorable day for home fans, with Jonkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai and Tinn Isriyanet/Kittisak Namdash winning the Women’s Doubles and Men’s Doubles respectively.

Top seeds Kititharakul/Prajongjai held off a spirited challenge from Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda/Mahadewi Istirani Ni Ketut, 21-19 21-17. The Thais had earlier survived two three-game matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Indonesian veteran Tommy Sugiarto has had a mostly disappointing season since last February, but he returned to the scene of his last triumph – incidentally, this very tournament – and banked on his experience to outplay young Malaysian Leong Jun Hao, 21-16 21-15.

Leong, who came through qualifying, beat several higher-ranked players on his way to the final, including compatriot Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik, Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

Mixed Doubles saw the return to form of Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and the injury-troubled Goh Liu Ying. Goh, who had undergone shoulder surgery a few months ago, put her troubles aside in the opening tournament of the new season as she and Chan made their way past local pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Puttita Supajirakul, 21-15 14-21 21-16.

The last two finals swung Thailand’s way, with Isriyanet/Namdash bringing curtains down on the event with a thrilling 21-18 11-21 22-20 result over Indonesia’s Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira/Ade Yusuf, giving them their biggest win of their young career.

 

BWF“世界巡回赛” 网站上线

BWF“世界巡回赛” 网站上线

汇丰BWF世界巡回赛的专属网站已经上线,在这里球迷们可以看到关于世界巡回赛的最新消息,囊括了从赛季初在泰国举行的第一项世界巡回赛到赛季收官之战——在中国广州举行的总决赛的所有信息。

世界羽联最新打造的网站 (http://bwfworldtour.com) 已经启用,它将向球迷发布激动人心的新闻、追踪球员赛场动向和比赛结果,紧跟球员角逐12月的总决赛资格的进展。

多个链接将能为大家提供新的赛事体系的详尽信息,Calendar将把查询信息的人引入以表格呈现的BWF世界巡回赛所有的26站比赛。26站世界巡回赛的最终排名和汇丰BWF世界巡回赛总决赛是所有球员的终极目标。以展示总决赛资格的竞争形势的排名被命名为“汇丰通向广州”排名,排名将在每站比赛后进行更新(包括11站BWF巡回赛的超级100赛),粉丝们能通过Rankings链接查询到各自喜欢的球员在竞争总决赛资格过程中的进展。

点击Live将会进入正在进行中的赛事的页面,在这里可以看到比分和赛果,而News则是阅读文章报道和查看图片的最佳选择。同时,在Tour中球迷能看到一个总体的巡回赛系列的导览,可以一目了然的看到已经结束争夺的赛事,此外还有正在进行的和之后的赛事。

“我们希望羽毛球球迷能喜欢这个新网站,它的设计宗旨是给球迷带来最新的信息,以及让他们能轻松的关注汇丰世界巡回赛,当然,还有‘汇丰通向广州’排名。”BWF秘书长托马斯·伦德说。

“这个网站被整合进了我们的网站体系,但是将专注于巡回赛以及有关的信息。这是关注巡回赛信息的首选途径,我们预计它将非常受欢迎,因为在这个新的、令人兴奋的羽毛球时代中我们与粉丝要进行更多的互动。”