谌龙破冠军荒 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛单打决赛

谌龙破冠军荒 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛单打决赛

谌龙在2017泰禾中国公开赛中以21-16 14-21 21-13战胜了阿萨尔森拿到了本土赛的冠军,也打破了长达两年之久的超级系列赛冠军荒。

在昨天的首场女单决赛中,日本的山口茜以21-13 21-15阻击了年轻的中国选手高昉洁,拿到了本赛季的第一个超级赛冠军头衔。

男单决赛是一场奥运冠军与世锦赛冠军之间的对决,这样的对阵意味着一场精彩的比赛。两位选手的最近一次交手发生在格拉斯哥,那一次阿萨尔森完胜谌龙,但是奥运冠军在中国赛的前几轮显示了复苏的迹象,他又能像巅峰时期那样神奇的救起对方的重杀,防御的面积也完全覆盖了场地的各个角落。阿萨尔森在前两局比赛中都打得非常犀利,但是谌龙在第三局的开端就取得了至关重要的领先,并且始终保持了很好的稳定性,而丹麦人的状态则有些下滑。

第三局早期的一个39拍的击球揭示了谌龙对胜利的渴望,他再也不想让2016年中国赛的一幕重现。去年,他在男单决赛中输给了另一个丹麦人约根森。在昨天的比赛中,谌龙求胜的欲望爆棚,展现了对比赛强大的控制力和顽强的防守,他也拿下了首局的胜利。阿萨尔森则在比赛的最后显得力不从心,最后中国队成功地拿到了当天的第三个冠军头衔,自去年空手而归后,中国队实现了强势回归。

“法国赛之后我一直努力训练,就是希望在福州能有很好的表现,”谌龙说。“奥运之后,我几次打进了决赛,但是发挥得不太稳定。我一直想找回之前的状态,希望能达到奥运之前的水平,也想重新找回那种对胜利的渴望。赢得奥运冠军已经有一段时间了,关键在于要找到动力,获得强烈的获胜欲望。”

“我期待和维克多交手,很享受和他比赛。我必须在主场的比赛中获胜。两年前的丹麦赛冠军是我的最后一个超级赛冠军,所以很高兴能在中国赛夺冠。”

山口茜战胜高昉洁

在澳大利亚赛、丹麦赛和法国赛的决赛铩羽而归后,山口茜终于在今年第一次尝到了赢得超级赛冠军的美妙滋味。在决赛中,她战胜了本土英雄高昉洁,中国小将打进决赛的进程一次又一次给球迷带来了惊喜。

高昉洁在某些方面和李雪芮非常相似,她在两局的比赛中淋漓尽致的展现了和前辈的共同点。很好的移动,用浅球迫使对手来到网前的技术,身材高挑的高昉洁彻底的秀出了自己的能力。

然而,山口茜的速度和掌控比赛的能力有效的抑制了挑战者的火力。日本选手持续给年轻的挑战者施压,在多拍的对攻中,中国小将不可避免的出现了一些失误。

“她很高也很快,杀球很有威力,”山口茜说。“赢得首局后,我一直在防守然后给自己创造赢分的机会。”

Chen Discovers His Mojo – Singles Finals: TAHOE China Open 2017

Chen Discovers His Mojo – Singles Finals: TAHOE China Open 2017

Chen Long broke a two-year Superseries drought, winning the TAHOE China Open 2017 on home turf in emphatic fashion over Viktor Axelsen, 21-16 14-21 21-13.

Earlier, in the Women’s Singles final, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi stopped young Chinese Gao Fangjie to claim her first Superseries title of the year: 21-13 21-15.

The Olympic champion versus the World champion in the Men’s Singles final had prolonged spells of spellbinding badminton. Axelsen had demolished Chen at their last meeting in Glasgow, but the Olympic champion had shown some signs earlier this week that he was getting back to his best. The lightning-quick blocks to big smashes were back, so were the single-step lunges to cover all corners of the court. Axelsen was sharp through the first two games, but Chen was the one who got the vital lead at the beginning of the third, staying steady even as the Dane faltered just that bit.

A 39-shot rally early in the third showed how hungry Chen was to prevent a repeat of 2016, when he fell to another Dane, Jan O Jorgensen, on the same stage. It was a day when Chen backed his desire with iron control and defensive stamina, giving him the openings he needed for his smashes. Axelsen faded away at the end, giving the hosts their third title of the day – a big comeback after they drew a blank last year.

“I trained well after the French Open to do well in Fuzhou,” said Chen. “After the Olympics, I played a few finals but I was inconsistent. I’m still finding myself, I’m trying to regain my pre-Olympic form. I’m trying to regain my hunger. It’s been a while since I won a title. The key point was to motivate myself and to have a strong desire.

“I’m anticipating a long rivalry with Viktor. I always enjoy playing him. I just had to win on my home court. My last Superseries win was in Denmark two years ago, so I’m happy that I won in China.”

Yamaguchi Outclasses Gao

Akane Yamaguchi finally tasted Superseries success this year after faltering at the ultimate step in Australia, Denmark and France. She was up against home heroine Gao Fangjie, who’d surprised everybody by making the final.

Gao, a Li Xuerui copy in many ways, showed the assurance of her senior compatriot for extended spells in both games. Moving well, hitting steep shots that forced her opponent to dart forwards and sideways, the lanky Gao gave a great account of her abilities.

However, Yamaguchi’s speed and retrieving ability was sufficient to weather the challenge. The Japanese kept forcing her younger challenger to play the extra shot, after which the error inevitably followed.

“She’s tall and fast, and her smashes are good,” said Yamaguchi. “I kept defending and took my chances to grab points when I got the openings.”

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.”

BWF Mourns Visionary Dr. Gupta’s Passing

BWF Mourns Visionary Dr. Gupta’s Passing

The Badminton World Federation is shocked and saddened by the death of Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta in Lucknow, India, earlier today.

A BWF Council member since 2013, Dr. Gupta was also President of Badminton Association of India (BAI) and Vice-President of Badminton Asia at the time of his sudden passing.

Reacting to the news, BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer paid tribute to his colleague, noting Dr. Gupta’s passion for badminton as well as his determination to develop the sport further in India.

“Having been an international badminton player himself, Dr. Gupta’s influence on badminton when he became President of BAI has seen positive results in the sport in India. Certainly, one of the highlights during his tenure as President has to be the unprecedented boom in the level of interest in badminton as a sport and the enhanced pathway for the development of India’s most talented players,” noted Høyer in a letter of condolence to the BAI.

“This was seen with the recent achievement at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where India proved worthy of a place in the showpiece event when Pusarla V. Sindhu did her country proud, winning the silver medal in the Women’s Singles final. It is noteworthy that, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, badminton recorded the highest television figures in India for an Olympic sport.”

The BWF President also highlighted Dr. Gupta’s vision for the all-round development of badminton in India, citing the implementation of BWF’s schools-based, grassroots programme, Shuttle Time, as well as that country becoming part of the BWF World Superseries tour as examples of the badminton administrator’s accomplishments.

“It was also during his presidency that India hosted the BWF Annual General Meeting and the LI-NING BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in 2014, giving the badminton family a glimpse of the badminton landscape in India.

“I recall fondly our most recent meeting in Bilbao, Spain, and the signing of the host agreement for the BWF World Senior Championships 2017. When that event takes place later this year, it will be another tribute to the stellar legacy of Dr. Gupta.”

At the time of his passing, Dr. Gupta was preparing to vie for a second successive term on the BWF Council and would have been standing in the election next month in Gold Coast, Australia. Only two weeks ago, the 56-year-old presided over the YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2017 tournament in New Delhi; the second stop on the MetLife BWF World Superseries tour.

In his lifetime, Dr. Gupta wore many hats – he was a Member of Parliament, an educationist, industrialist, publisher and sports administrator. As a former badminton player for India between 1977 and 1983, he had first-hand experience of international badminton, which helped him in his administrative efforts when he took over as president of BAI in 2011. He initiated projects to develop the sport in the country, both at the elite and grassroots levels. As Chairman of the UP Badminton Academy, Dr. Gupta created a well-regarded training facility in Lucknow for aspiring youngsters.

As BAI President, he hosted the LI-NING BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in 2014, the annual YONEX-SUNRISE India Open (World Superseries) and the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships (Grand Prix Gold). BAI’s winning bid to host the BWF World Senior Championships 2017 for the first time in India was initiated under Dr. Gupta’s presidency.

Indian badminton reached new heights during Dr. Gupta’s tenure. Indian players started to win medals at the Olympics and BWF World Championships, besides producing consistent displays at World Superseries tournaments. Dr. Gupta orchestrated one of the biggest game-changers in the sport in India – the launch of the Premier Badminton League, which catapulted badminton into prime-time television slots and enhanced the marketability and brand perception of badminton players.

Dr. Gupta was elected to the BWF Council in 2013. He was a member of three committees on the Council – Events; Development and Sport for All; and Marketing. His experience as a Member of Parliament and acumen as a successful entrepreneur were valued by fellow Council members. Within Badminton Asia, he served as Chair of the Para-Badminton Committee.

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Featured image: Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta is flanked by Women’s Singles stars at the launch press conference for the YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2017. Left to right are Pusarla V Sindhu (India), Carolina Marin (Spain) and Saina Nehwal (India).

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.

无法阻挡的“小黄人”——2017泰禾中国公开赛双打决赛

无法阻挡的“小黄人”——2017泰禾中国公开赛双打决赛

吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔在2017泰禾中国公开赛为自己辉煌的2017赛季增加了第5座超级系列赛冠军奖杯,而中国队的陈清晨/贾一凡和郑思维/黄雅琼在另外两项双打中获得了冠军。

男双决赛是去年的重演,丹麦的鲍伊/摩根森再一次获得了亚军,他们被有“小黄人”之称的吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔以21-19 21-11击败。

丹麦人有个不错的开局,击杀和救球都很犀利,前场也控制得很好。14平的时候丹麦人紧张的神经突然松了下来,而印尼人则全速前进。鲍伊一个质量不高的发球被苏卡姆乔直接扣死,印尼人朝着自己的方向前进。随着信心的大涨,印尼组合第二局进入了最佳状态,防守稳健,进攻犀利,最终成为了赢家。

“我们没有想到能进入决赛这么多次,并且赢得五站超级赛冠军,”吉迪恩说道,“我们很高兴,我们在每项赛事中都拼尽全力。但我们不想太过于激动,因为还有两站赛事要打。”

“第一局很接近,最后阶段我们保持了专注力,在19平的时候我们很好地掌握了局势。丢掉第一局之后他们压力变得很大,所以我们就更容易去适应和推进。我们输给过他们几次,今天我们打得比之前要好,我们从之前的失利中吸取了经验,改正了很多错误。”

“我们必须要在自己的最佳状态下才能击败他们,”鲍伊说道,“他们很棒,打得很快,你需要在自己的巅峰状态才能击败他们。但今天事实并非如此,他们打得比我们好,他们真的打了一场很精彩的比赛。”

摩根森对首局错失良机后悔不已:“他们打了一场很印尼风的比赛,甚至比半决赛的速度更快。现在他们比别的组合更有信心,不轻易失误,我们有战胜他们的实力,但是我们必须要打得比今天好。如果今天第一局是我们赢了那一切都会变得不一样。”

陈清晨/贾一凡夺冠

在女双决赛第三局战至7-2时,韩国的李绍希/金慧麟信心百倍,而另一边,世锦赛冠军陈清晨/贾一凡则看起来无精打采,毫无生气。

金慧麟的一记发球失误让局面瞬间转变,中国组合连续得分,强势反弹。韩国组合瞬间的优柔寡断受到了惩罚,21-7 18-21 21-14,中国组合获得了胜利。

“在第三局落后的时候我们设法找回了状态,”贾一凡说道,“清晨这一站只需要打一个单项让我们能更加专注。”

新组合郑思维和黄雅琼以21-15 21-11击败了克里斯蒂安森/佩德森,赢得了他们组对后的第一个超级赛冠军。

“很艰难,中国组合好像总是先我们一步,他们值得称赞。我们需要吸取这次失败的教训,因为我们相信之后还能跟他们对阵很多次。”佩德森说道。

“对我们而言,郑思维和黄雅琼好像已经组对很久了,他们的组合很棒。黄雅琼在网前很强,今天我很难挑战她,她在很多球的处理上都优于我,下一次我必须要更好得挑战她。”

Unstoppable ‘Minions’ – Doubles Finals: TAHOE China Open 2017

Unstoppable ‘Minions’ – Doubles Finals: TAHOE China Open 2017

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo added to the lustre of their brilliant 2017 season, pocketing their fifth World Superseries crown this year from seven finals, at the TAHOE China Open 2017. China captured the other two doubles titles through Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan and Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong.

The Men’s Doubles final was a repeat of last year’s outcome, with Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen finishing runners-up once again, beaten 21-19 21-11 by Fernaldi/Sukamuljo – affectionately called ‘Minions’ by their fans.

The Danes enjoyed a good start and kept the Indonesians in check in a constricting first game, full of jabs and parries, with dominance of the forecourt determining its pace and rhythm. The tight leash the Danes had momentarily loosened at 14-all and the Indonesians slipped by. A weak serve by Boe was instantly killed by Sukamuljo and the Indonesians were on their way; growing in confidence, they got into their groove in the second, defending astutely, intercepting and picking off winners.

“We didn’t expect to make so many finals and win five Superseries,” said Fernaldi. “We are very happy, we try our best in every tournament. We don’t want to get too happy because there are two more to go.

“It was quite close in the first game. We managed to keep our focus at the end, and at 19 we handled the situation quite well. After losing the first game they were under pressure, so it became easier for us to adjust and press on. We’ve lost a few times to them. Today we played a bit better than before. We studied our losses and corrected our mistakes.”

“We’ve have to be at our best to beat them,” said Boe. “They’re very good, they play really fast, you need to be at your peak to beat them. That wasn’t the case today. They played better than we did. Credit to them for playing a really good match.”

Mogensen rued the missed opportunity in the opening game: “They play a typical Indonesian style. They played a bit faster today than they did in the semi-finals. They have a bit more confidence than other pairs at the moment, they don’t make easy mistakes. We have the level to beat them, but we need to play better than we did today. It would’ve been fun to see what would’ve happened if we had won the first game today.”

Chen/Jia Champs

At 7-2 in the third game of the Women’s Doubles final, Korea’s Lee So Hee and Kim Hye Rin were brimming with confidence, while at the other end, World champions Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan looked downcast and low on energy.

It was a service fault by Kim that turned the final on its head, for the Chinese ran away with a sequence of points. With each point, Chen and Jia found their bounce once again. The momentary indecisiveness of the Koreans was jumped upon and punished, and it was a slide from there for Lee and Kim: 21-7 18-21 21-14.

“We managed to find our energy when we were trailing in the third game,” said Jia. “It’s good that Chen is playing only one event here, so we were able to focus.”

New combination Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong won their first Superseries title together, dominating Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen from start to finish for a 21-15 21-11 score.

“It was difficult for us, the Chinese played really well. But it seemed they were a step ahead all the time. Credit to them. We have to study this defeat because we believe we will have to play them many times in future,” said Pedersen.

“For us, it felt like Zheng and Huang have been playing for a long time. They’re already good together. Huang is so strong at the net, I was struggling to challenge her good enough today, I felt she was on top of me in many rallies. I have to challenge her better next time.”

属于低排名选手的一天 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第五日

属于低排名选手的一天 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第五日

2017泰禾中国公开赛第五日经历了大地震,资格赛选手高昉洁此前在超级赛的正赛中还没有取得过胜利,然而她现在一下尝到了一连串的胜利滋味后已经站到了女单决赛的门口。

这是属于低排名选手的第一天,丹麦混双组合克里斯蒂安森/佩德森在组对参加的第三站比赛中就首次打进了超级赛的决赛。韩国的女双新组合李绍希/金慧麟也首次晋级了超级赛的决赛,两人在比赛中击败了日本的米元小春/田中志穗。

赛事最大的一匹黑马高昉洁制造了第二个大冷门,一天前她战胜了奥运银牌得主辛德胡,在以两个21-19淘汰了奥运金牌选手马林后,她在本届赛事中继续前进的脚步。

但更让观众兴奋的是,她与前辈李雪芮有惊人的相似之处,后者是2015年中国赛的冠军。

“她是一个难缠对手,”马林说。“她的打法很像李雪芮。”

从比赛一开始,高昉洁就取得了领先,而马林看起来遇到了不小的困难。年轻的挑战者 在面对马林的进攻时展示了极佳的步法和预判,同时她自己的进攻打进很有创造力,迫使西班牙人在比赛中 困难重重。对马林来说更糟的是,她的稳定性在这场比赛中完全没有得到证明,然而这正是她在羽坛的立足之本。

第二局比赛来到16-9高昉洁领先的时候,她开始出现了紧张的情绪。当马林放出一个短球后,中国小将开始连续丢分。但是在比分来到18平后,因为对方击球下网,她幸运的得到了一个喘息的机会,她伺候完全占据了主动,在最后的几分中每次击球都显得十分坚定。

“很多人跟我说,我看起来很像李雪芮。我希望我打球也能更她一样,不仅仅是长得像,”19岁的小将说。“几天我们俩打得都很快,赢分和丢分也非常快。我的教练告诉我要进攻她的反手和后场,因为我一直会在她的正手位丢分。他还告诉我要像马林一样大喊,给自己打气。我没想过要打进决赛,我很高兴。”

在决赛中,高昉洁将对阵日本的山口茜,后者战胜了泰国的因达农,泰国人昨天的半决赛耗时很长,她也因此付出了代价。因达农从比赛一开始双脚就像灌铅了一样,随着比赛的进行,用不放弃的山口茜以21-14 21-18结束了这场半决赛的战斗。

克里斯蒂安森/佩德森获胜

仅仅搭档参加超级赛一个多月,克里斯蒂安森和佩德森就有机会获得他们的首个冠军,丹麦组合表现出了他们的自信和天赋,击败了本土希望王懿律/黄东萍,他们决赛的对手将是中国的郑思维/黄雅琼。

在大部分时间里,丹麦人都占据了上风,但是中国组合在第二局后半段表现出了水准。正所谓遇强则强,在错失两个赛点后,第二次打入超级系列赛半决赛的克里斯蒂安森没有减弱进攻的强度,丹麦人将第三个机会转化,以21-16 24-22获得了胜利。

“对我们而言这意味着很多,”佩德森说道,她与克里斯蒂安森搭档仅一个月,此前她的老搭档尼尔森在8月受伤无法继续比赛,“这是克里斯蒂安森的第一个超级赛决赛,在我们搭档后这么快就能到达这样的位置对我们而言意味着很多。无论我们打谁,我们必须专注于自己的比赛,然后才是我们的对手。现在我们还没有办法默契地做出一些反应,所以我们必须要专注。”

“一开始我觉得需要改变自己的打法,但事实上我没有必要改变太多,因为他很快,他能满场追到球,所以这对我而言没什么不同。他的爆发力很好,速度很快,我们能让对手感到压力。第二局他打得真的很好,在接发球之间我能看出来他已经准备好了,他一点都不紧张。”

2016的重演

男双决赛将会是去年决赛的重演,印尼组合吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔对阵丹麦组合鲍伊/摩根森。卫冕冠军吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔用时34分钟就以21-14 21-18击败了本土组合李俊慧/刘雨辰。

鲍伊/摩根森以22-20 21-12击败了另一对印尼组合阿山/萨普特罗。

谌龙vs阿萨尔森

两场男单半决赛的水准都非常高,最终世锦赛冠军阿萨尔森和奥运冠军谌龙分别预定了决赛席位。阿萨尔森在与中国香港选手伍家朗40分钟的比赛中几乎没有犯错,最终以21-12 21-17获得了胜利。

谌龙用自己全神贯注的投入和钢铁一般的控制击败了稳定的孙完虎,比分为21-17 10-21 21-7。仅仅是在最后阶段才失去悬念,比赛的大部分时间都是一场高水平的技巧和战术的较量。

李绍希表现出色

韩国的李绍希今年分别和两个不同的搭档获得了两站超级系列赛冠军,这一次她想要再和一个新搭档摘下第三个超级赛冠军头衔。李绍希和金慧麟以21-18 13-21 21-11击败了田中志穗/米元小春,并将在决赛中面对陈清晨/贾一凡。

世锦赛冠军陈清晨/贾一凡用尽自己的经验才战胜了同胞李茵晖/杜玥。年轻的挑战者一度手握两个赛点,但都没能将其转化,而2号种子则抓住了机会,最终比分为13-21 27-25 21-15。

Day of the Underdog – Day 5: TAHOE China Open 2017

Day of the Underdog – Day 5: TAHOE China Open 2017

A seismic event shook the TAHOE China Open 2017 today, with qualifier Gao Fangjie, who had never previously won a Superseries main draw match, getting to within one victory of claiming the Women’s Singles title.

It was a day for the underdog, with Denmark’s Mixed Doubles duo Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen making their first Superseries final in just their third tournament together. Korea’s new Women’s Doubles pair Lee So Hee and Kim Hye Rin also made their first Superseries final together, beating Japan’s Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto.

Rank outsider Gao gate-crashed the party with her second massive upset – a day after beating Olympic silver medallist Pusarla V Sindhu, she went a step further, shocking gold medallist Carolina Marin in straight games, 21-19 21-19.

But what stirred the audience even more is the striking resemblance Gao bears to her senior compatriot Li Xuerui, who won this tournament in 2015.

“She is a tough opponent,” Marin said. “She plays like Li Xuerui.”

From the beginning, when Gao got a lead, it looked like trouble was brewing for Marin. The young challenger displayed great footwork and anticipation to counter Marin’s attack, while her own inventiveness in shot-making had the Spaniard in all kinds of trouble. To make matters worse for Marin, the stubborn, error-free badminton that has been her forte wasn’t in evidence.

Gao was cruising at 16-9 in the second when the jitters appeared to take over; the Chinese stayed rooted to the spot as Marin sent soft drops her way. But at 18-all she got a lucky break with the shuttle nudging the tape, and she took full advantage of the reprieve by playing solidly on the last few points.

“A lot of people tell me that I look like Li Xuerui; I hope I can play like her, not just look like her,” said the 19-year-old. “We both played fast today and won and lost points very quickly. My coach told me to attack her backhand and backcourt as I was losing points on her forehand. He also told me to shout like her to keep my confidence up. I never expected to reach the final. I’m very excited.”

In the final, Gao faces Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who made Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon pay the price for her long semi-final yesterday. Intanon started on leaden feet, improved as the match wore on, but Yamaguchi never let up in pace and aggression as she closed out the semi-final 21-14 21-18. The Japanese will be aiming to take her first Superseries title of the year.

Christiansen/Pedersen Triumph

Just over a month into their Superseries foray together, Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen have a shot at their first title. The Danes played with assurance and flair to deny local hopefuls Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping a place in the final.

The Danes enjoyed the upper hand for most of the match, but the Chinese drew level late in the second and it was touch-and-go, with the Danes missing two match points. Christiansen, playing only his second Superseries semi-final, didn’t let up the attacking intensity and the Danes were rewarded on their third opportunity: 21-16 24-22.

“This is big for us,” said Pedersen, who was paired with Christiansen just last month after regular partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen suffered an injury in August. “This is his first Superseries final. To do this so early in our partnership means a lot to us. No matter who we play, we have to focus on our own game, and after that on our opponents. At the moment it’s not automatic for us, how to play together, so we’re really concentrating.

“In the beginning I thought I had to change my game a bit. Actually I don’t have to change much because he’s so fast, he can catch the shuttle round-the-head, so it’s not very different for me. He’s so explosive and fast and we can put opponents under pressure. It was a really good performance in the second game by him. In between the rallies I could see that he was ready, he wasn’t nervous.”

Repeat of 2016

The Men’s Doubles final will be a repeat of last year, pitting Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo against Denmark’s Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen. Defending champions Gideon/Sukamuljo were all hustle and bustle against local pair Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen, finishing the match in just 34 minutes: 21-14 21-18.

Boe/Mogensen outclassed Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Rian Agung Saputro 22-20 21-12.

Chen vs Axelsen

Both Men’s Singles semi-finals were high-quality affairs, with World champion Viktor Axelsen and Olympic champion Chen Long booking their spots for Sunday’s finale. Axelsen barely did a thing wrong in his 40-minute 21-12 21-17 defeat of Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long.

Chen Long was faced with the silkily-moving, rock-steady game of Son Wan Ho, but the Chinese wore down his opponent with his own unblinking focus and iron control. The 21-17 10-21 21-7 went Chen’s way only in the late quarter of a contest that was a supreme tactical battle with finesse and athleticism for the most part.

Lee So Hee Excels

Korea’s Lee So Hee has won Superseries titles this year with two partners; a third title with a different partner is one win away. Lee and Kim Hye Rin outplayed Tanaka/Yonemoto 21-18 13-21 21-11 and will face China’s Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan in the final.

World champions Chen/Jia needed all their experience to wriggle out of a tight spot against compatriots Li Yinhui/Du Yue. The young challengers had two match points but failed to convert, and the second seeds overtook them in the third at 13-21 27-25 21-15.

绝处逢生—— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第四日

绝处逢生—— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第四日

邓俊文/谢颖雪在混双四分之一决赛中在输球的边缘实现了救赎,挺进了2017泰禾中国公开赛的半决赛。

中国香港组合在与中国的张楠/刘玄炫的第三局比赛中一度以14-20落后,但是他们在眼看就要输球的时候,硬把自己留在了比赛中,最终以14-21 21-15 22-20获胜。

在比赛的大部分时间里,张楠都发挥得非常稳定,但是在手握6个赛点的时候,一直都表现的十分可靠的他却开始频频出现误判。邓俊文/谢颖雪则趁机把他吸引到网前,然后把球打向张楠身后空出的大片场地的远角。他们把自己留在了比赛中,保持着继丹麦赛后再一次赢得超级赛冠军的希望。

丹麦赛冠军组合下一轮的对手是本土组合郑思维/黄雅琼,另一场半决赛的对阵双方是王懿律/黄东萍(中国)和丹麦的克里斯蒂安森/佩德森(封面人物),后者实现了组对以来的最大一胜,战胜了世锦赛冠军阿玛德/纳西尔。

高昉洁爆冷战胜辛德胡

第四个比赛日最大的冷门出现在了女单比赛中,跟李雪芮很像的高昉洁不负众望战胜了卫冕冠军印度的辛德胡,比赛仅进行了38分钟,中国小将就以21-11 21-10战胜了对手。

高昉洁在此前参加的超级赛中从未打进过第二轮,未对任何人造成过威胁,而今天在比赛中辛德胡看起来很疲惫,没有展现出应有的水平。

“这是我第一次和她交手,我没什么压力,她是2号种子,所以她的压力会更大一些,我只是尽力去挑战她。作为一个年轻选手,我只需要打出自己应有的水平,把训练中的环节应用到比赛中。”19岁的小将说。

高昉洁的队友何冰娇差一点就能和她携手晋级半决赛,但是在比赛的最后她还是成了输球的一方。

这场比赛很难与精彩挂钩,比赛不在任何一方的掌控中,出现了非常多的夸张的出界球,判断和控球上的失误也接二连三的出现。比赛在第二局后半段逐渐进入马林的节奏,特别是在她赢得了一个52拍的击球后,西班牙人取得了16-13的领先。然而丢掉这一分后,何冰娇爆发出了强烈的战斗欲望,紧咬牙关取得了第二局的胜利。

决胜局的进程和前一局很像,何冰娇一度有很好的机会将赛点转化,但是关键时刻击球却偏偏下网。此后马林还利用鹰眼挑战的机会赢得了一分,最后凭借对手的失误,她获得了最终的胜利。

“球场里有风,我打得很艰难,而且风一直在变化,”马林说。“第一局我在逆风的一边,但是第一局后又变成了侧风,风向一直在变。但是我仍然为我的表现感到高兴。”

上半区将会是泰国的拉特查诺·因达农对阵日本的山口茜。因达农三局苦战击败了头号种子中华台北选手戴资颖,而山口茜则击败了中国的年轻小将吉淑婷,比分为21-11 21-19

李宗伟惜败

前中国公开赛冠军李宗伟在面对中国香港选手伍家朗时似乎没有踩好油门,在71分钟的拉锯战最后阶段失去动力,被以21-12 15-21 21-19击败。

在这场漫长的比赛中,伍家朗展现出了耐心,没有让李宗伟灵活的脚步击败自己。在第三局伍家朗赢下一记马拉松式的多拍让比分来到19平后,李宗伟叫了医疗暂停,随后伍家朗很快就结束了比赛。下一场伍家朗将对症头号种子丹麦人阿萨尔森。

伍家朗差一点就能和同胞一同在半决赛上战斗了,但是年轻的中国香港选手李卓耀还是被韩国人孙完虎以21-14 12-21 21-18击败。

澳大利亚人停止征途

新的韩国组合李绍希/金慧麟抵抗住了澳大利亚组合玛帕萨/格罗娅·萨莫维尔一小时的抵抗,以18-21 21-12 21-16获得了胜利,回报她们的是一场与田中志穗/米元小春对阵的半决赛,后者在与同胞前辈松友美佐纪/高桥礼华的对决中更胜一筹,以21-15 21-15获得胜利。

下半区将是一场过于内战,杜玥/李茵晖对阵新科世锦赛冠军陈清晨/贾一凡。

男双项目中有两对印尼组合都进入了半决赛。头号种子吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔经受住了俄罗斯组合伊万诺夫/索佐诺夫的挑战(21-19 21-13),并将在半决赛对阵中国的李俊慧/刘雨辰,后者苦战三局战胜了世锦赛冠军张楠/刘成。

另一场半决赛将是阿山/萨普特罗对阵丹麦的鲍伊/摩根森,丹麦人击败了同胞马德斯·佩德森/科丁,这是鲍伊/摩根森在双方交手中连续第5次击败对手,这也是双方10次交手中比分最接近的一次,比分为21-23 23-21 21-19

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Back from the Brink – Day 4: TAHOE China Open 2017

Back from the Brink – Day 4: TAHOE China Open 2017

Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet recovered from near-certain defeat to make the Mixed Doubles semi-finals of the TAHOE China Open 2017 today.

The Hong Kong duo, looking down and out at 14-20 in the third game against China’s Zhang Nan and Liu Xuanxuan, inched their way back into the contest, eventually stealing victory at 14-21 21-15 22-20.

For most of the match Zhang Nan had been rock-steady, but with six match points, it was the reliable Zhang who made some errors of judgement. Tang and Tse were able to draw him to the front and quickly fire winners into the openings at the far corners, to keep alive their hopes for a second Superseries title following their success at the Denmark Open last month.

The Denmark Open champions face home pair Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, while the other semi-final will see Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (also China) against Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen – (featured image) who surprised World champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) for their biggest win thus far in their budding partnership.

Pusarla Surprised by Gao

The biggest surprise of the day was in Women’s Singles. Li Xuerui-lookalike Gao Fangjie delivered the performance of her nascent career in upsetting defending champion Pusarla V Sindhu (India) in a 38-minute minute mismatch: 21-11 21-10.

Gao, who had never made it past the first round of any previous Superseries, was never threatened, with Pusarla appearing weary and unlike her combative self.

“It was my first time against her. I didn’t feel the pressure – she is the second seed, so the pressure on her would’ve been greater. I was just trying to challenge her. As a young player I just give what I have and execute what I’ve trained for,” said the 19-year-old.

Gao’s senior compatriot He Bingjiao nearly joined her in the semi-finals but finished on the losing side after a topsy-turvy encounter against Spain’s Carolina Marin.

The match swung wildly, with some out-of-the-world rallies, followed just as quickly by errors of judgement and control. The match was going Marin’s way, especially after she won a sensational 52-shot rally for a 16-13 lead in the second. Quite dramatically, however, the loss of the point spurred He Bingjiao on, and she showed grit to take the game.

The third see-sawed similarly; He Bingjiao had a great opportunity to convert match point but blew the kill into the net; Marin won a crucial line challenge and converted when her opponent finally played a wayward shot.

“I had difficulty with the drift; it was changing all the time,” said Marin. “In the first game I thought I was on the slow side, but when we crossed over after the first game, the wind changed direction. Still, I’m happy with the way I played.”

The top half will see Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon facing off against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. Intanon beat top seed Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) in a tight three-setter, while Yamaguchi held firm against young Chinese Ji Shuting 21-11 21-19.

Lee Meets His Match

Former China Open champion Lee Chong Wei couldn’t quite step on the gas when he needed to against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long, and lost momentum in the final stages of a 71-minute thriller: 21-12 15-21 21-19.

Ng showed exemplary patience right through the long match, not letting Lee’s blinding bursts of pace dishearten him. The game turned when he won a marathon rally for 19-all that left Lee on his haunches; the Malaysian had to seek medical assistance, and Ng had the match wrapped up soon after, giving him a semi-final date against top seed Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)

Ng was nearly joined in the semi-finals by young compatriot Lee Cheuk Yiu, who put up a brave show before going down to Korea’s Son Wan Ho 21-14 12-21 21-18.

Aussies Go Down Fighting

New Korean Women’s Doubles pair Lee So Hee/Kim Hye Rin fought off gallant resistance by Australia’s Gronya Somerville/Setyana Mapasa to prevail after an hour, 18-21 21-12 21-16. Their reward will be a semi-final against Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, who got the better of senior Japanese compatriots Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, 21-15 21-15.

The bottom half will be an all-Chinese semi-final between Du Yue/Li Yinhui and World champions Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan.

Two Indonesian pairs made the Men’s Doubles semi-finals. Top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo pried apart the challenge of Russians Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov 21-19 21-13 and take on China’s Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen – three-game winners over World champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng.

The other semi-final features Rian Agung Saputro against Denmark’s Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen. The Danes beat compatriots Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding for the fifth straight time, in the closest of all their ten encounters: 21-23 23-21 21-19.

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成池铉不敌资格赛选手 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第三日

成池铉不敌资格赛选手 —— 2017泰禾中国公开赛第三日

年轻的资格赛选手吉淑婷在本土举行的2017泰禾中国赛中制造了开赛以来最大的冷门,在女单第二轮的比赛中,她战胜了3号种子成池铉。

19岁的小将 (封面人物)在第二和第三局中给对手制造了很大的困难,用时76分钟以16-21 21-19 21-19淘汰了韩国选手。

东道主在女单项目中收获了令人满意的结果,次轮过后共有3名选手晋级了八强。另一名资格赛选手高昉洁直落两局战胜了韩国的李蔷美。同样晋级的还有何冰娇,她有惊无险地以21-18 18-21 21-16战胜了加拿大的李文珊。何冰娇在第三局中一度以1-7落后,紧要关头她凭借良好的发挥最终战胜了对手。

吉淑婷下一轮将对阵状态正盛的日本选手山口茜,后者在与印度的内瓦尔的比赛中打得非常强势,完成了本赛季对内瓦尔的四连胜。

山口茜脚步迅速而且极其稳定,这也极大的消耗了内瓦尔。印度人曾一度拿到过比赛的控制权,但永不放弃的山口茜最终以21-18 21-11获得了比赛的胜利。

“这非常考验身体状况,”内瓦尔说。“我在第一局非常努力,但是在17平的时候,打了一个很长的多拍,然后我意识到她总是不放弃每一分,她甚至看起来不累。法国赛之后我没有太多休息的时间,所以我不在最佳的状态,但是你必须用你最好的状态才能战胜她。今年,她的状态一直很好。山口茜、戴资颖和奥原希望今年的状态都很好……她们都很难被战胜,因为她们的身体状况都在最好的水平。”

1/4区的八强战将在两名最近都有超级赛冠军入账的选手之间展开,分别是丹麦赛冠军因达农(泰国)和法国赛冠军戴资颖(中华台北)。

在男单方面,7号种子李宗伟成功复仇法国人莱维德兹,后者曾在今年的道达尔BWF世锦赛战胜马来西亚人。在今天的比赛中,7号种子打了一场一边倒的比赛,他以21-6 21-9横扫对手。

在之前的交手中,莱维德兹给李宗伟制造了很大的麻烦,但是今天马来西亚人丝毫没有受到之前的影响,在比赛中表现得非常平静。比赛一开始,他打得非常耐心,用各种击球把对手调动得满场跑。他也能频频打出精准的杀球,顺理成章地将首局的胜利收入囊中。

莱维德兹在比赛中被全面压制,在以21-6 21-9被血洗后,他也承认了这一点。

“我明白,和他比赛如果我打得不好就没有任何机会,今天就是这样,”莱维德兹耸耸肩说。“对阵任何人我都不会过度的自信,因为每场比赛都不一样。我和他的交手记录是2胜7负(职业生涯交手纪录),我是劣势的一方。

“我不能控制球,但这不是输球的借口。他没有犯任何错,他的控球比我好,这也是他仍然是世界上最好的球员之一的原因。这次他更多的来到网前,我没有进攻的机会。”

在男单的1/4区,世锦赛冠军阿萨尔森预定了一个八强席位,他战胜了中国选手乔斌,比分为21-12 21-14。下一轮他的对手将是中华台北的周天成。奥运冠军谌龙和石雨奇促成了一场四分之一决赛的中国内战,他以21-17 21-13战胜了丹麦的安东森。

女双头号种子松友美佐纪/高桥礼华在与韩国赛冠军黄雅琼/于小含的比赛中开局有些慢热,但还是略显艰难的赢得了首局的胜利。第二局比赛开始后,场面完全不同了,中国组合完全被对手打懵,在只拿到6分后就交出了胜利,最后的比分为21-19 21-6。

另一对日本组合福岛由纪/广田彩花也晋级了八强,她们战胜了中华台北组合张净惠/杨景惇 ,比分为21-11 21-9。

在混双比赛中,小林优吾/松友美佐纪直落两局力克3号种子阿德考克夫妇。

下一轮他们的对手是澳门赛冠军郑思维/黄雅琼(中国),后者直落两局战胜了同胞何济霆/杜玥。

Sung Falls to Qualifier – Day 3: TAHOE China Open 2017

Sung Falls to Qualifier – Day 3: TAHOE China Open 2017

Young qualifier Ji Shuting made a big impact on her home turf at the TAHOE China Open 2017, beating Women’s Singles third seed Sung Ji Hyun in the second round yesterday.

The 19-year-old (featured image) stayed tough at the close of the second and third games, outplaying the veteran Korean 16-21 21-19 21-19 in a 76-minute encounter of their second round clash.

The hosts had much to feel happy about as two others joined her in the quarter-finals. Fellow-qualifier Gao Fangjie had a straightforward win over Korea’s Lee Jang Mi, but He Bingjiao was required to dig deep to hold off Canada’s Michelle Li. He Bingjiao trailed 1-7 in the third before getting her act together and claiming a 21-18 18-21 21-16 victory.

Ji Shuting will next take on the in-form Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, who maintained her dominance over India’s Saina Nehwal, beating her for the fourth straight time this year.

It was the relentless pace and steadiness of Yamaguchi that wore down Nehwal. The Indian had her moments, but Yamaguchi never let up in intensity during the 21-18 21-11 victory.

“It was basically about fitness,” Nehwal said. “I was pushing hard in the first game, but there was a long rally at 17-all and I realised she wouldn’t give up. She didn’t even look tired. I haven’t had much rest since the French Open so I’m not at my best, and you need to be your best to beat her. She’s in great form this year. Akane, Tai Tzu Ying and Nozomi (Okuhara) are the ones in form… they’re very hard to beat because physically they’re in good condition.”

The top quarter will feature the two recent Superseries winners – Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) versus French Open winner Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei).

In Men’s Singles, seventh seed Lee Chong Wei avenged his TOTAL BWF World Championships loss to Frenchman Brice Leverdez in a surprisingly one-sided match, 21-6 21-9.

Brice Leverdez has been something of a problem opponent for Lee Chong Wei in recent times; but recent history didn’t seem to weight Lee down today, as he calmly went about his business. The early points were patiently worked out, with Lee directing the traffic and getting Leverdez to chase the shuttle. The Malaysian’s precise smashes found their mark every time he had an opening.

Leverdez was outclassed and he admitted as much after the 21-6 21-9 whitewash.

“I know against him if I don’t play well I don’t have any chance, and today I didn’t play well,” Leverdez shrugged. “I’m never (overly) confident against any player going into the match. Every time it’s a new match. I’m 2-7 (career head-to-head) against him and I’m the underdog. It didn’t go at all my way. He played very solid and I made so many mistakes and I couldn’t get into the game.

“I couldn’t control the shuttle, but it’s not an excuse. He didn’t make any mistakes. He controlled the shuttle much better than me, and that’s why he’s still one of the best players in the world. He played a bit more at the net this time, he didn’t want to give me the chance to attack.”

In the top quarter, World champion Viktor Axelsen booked his last-eight spot beating local hope Qiao Bin 21-12 21-14 to book a spot against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen. Olympic champion Chen Long set up an all-Chinese quarter-final against Shi Yuqi by beating Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-17 21-13.

Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu earned a quarter-final place with a surprise 21-19 21-17 verdict over India’s HS Prannoy, who fell victim to his inconsistency in the second game, even as Lee maintained his attacking rhythm throughout. The Hongkonger will face second seed Son Wan Ho (Korea) for a place in the last-four.

Women’s Doubles top seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi had a slow start against Korea Open champions Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan (China) but caught up at the end of the first game and left them totally befuddled in the second as they stormed to a 21-19 21-6 result.

Compatriots Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota joined them in the quarter-finals, outclassing Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ching Hui/Yang Ching Tun 21-11 21-9.

Australia’s Gronya Somerville/Setyana Mapasa also entered the quarter-finals, beating Germany’s Isabel Herttrich/Carla Nelte 21-15 21-19.

Japan also had some happy tidings earlier in the day, with Yugo Kobayashi and Misaki Matsutomo handing third seeds Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock a straight-games defeat.

Up next will be recent Macau Open champions Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (China), who beat compatriots He Jiting/Du Yue in straight games.

In Men’s Doubles action, both of last year’s finalists progressed with difficulty. Defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo edged past French Open champions Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (Chinese Taipei) 29-27 21-18, while second seeds Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) struggled against another Chinese Taipei combination – Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin – before prevailing 20-22 21-17 21-16.

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