丹麦霸主地位继续 —— 2018欧洲羽毛球团体锦标赛决赛

丹麦霸主地位继续 —— 2018欧洲羽毛球团体锦标赛决赛

昨天在俄罗斯喀山举行了2018欧洲羽毛球团体锦标赛的决赛,丹麦男女团双双问鼎冠军。

丹麦男队战胜了英格兰队,同时丹麦女队在决赛中击败了德国队,两场比赛最后的大比分均为3-1。这是丹麦男队连续第7次在欧洲团体锦标赛中登顶,女队则在连续7届比赛中5次获得冠军。

德普莱兹在女团的决赛中为德国开了个好头,用时21分钟战胜了布里西费尔特,比分为21-15 21-15。丹麦的顶尖女双组合佩德森/尤尔像人们预期中的一样帮助丹麦扳平了比分,她们战胜了赫特里克/科农,比分为21-15 21-11。

杰克斯菲德在第二场单打比赛中尽管丢掉了首局,但还是战胜了海姆将大比分改写成丹麦2-1领先德国。这场比赛的比分为16-21 21-8 21-13。

弗勒尔戈德/蒂格森帮助丹麦女队锁定了冠军,两人在第二场双打中轻松战胜了格里斯威斯基/尼尔特,比分为21-19 21-14。

相比之下,丹麦男队和英格兰之间的男团决赛过程显得更加艰难。安东森和欧瑟夫的男单较量进行了55分钟,丹麦小将最后以12-21 21-15 21-19险胜。

马德斯·佩德森/科丁在与奥运铜牌组合埃利斯/朗格里奇缠斗了48分钟后为丹麦取得了2-0领先,这场比赛的比分为21-18 21-13。

帕森斯让英格兰保持了获胜的希望,他在第二场单打中以21-16 21-10战胜了霍尔斯特。

第二场男双是一场极为紧张的大战,英格兰的温迪/布里吉斯曾有机会将这场与丹麦的对决拖到第五场比赛。英格兰组合赢得了首局,并在第二局末尾拿到了五个赛点。但是对手阿斯楚普/克里斯蒂安森拒绝交出胜利,最后以19-21 29-27 21-12逆转了比赛。

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Algeria Make History – Finals: All Africa Men’s & Women’s Team Championships 2018

Algeria Make History – Finals: All Africa Men’s & Women’s Team Championships 2018

Hosts Algeria created history yesterday, winning the men’s team title at the All Africa Men’s & Women’s Team Championships 2018 for the first time.

In the final in Algiers, Algeria prevailed in a thriller over Nigeria, 3-2.

Nigeria were also denied the crown in the women’s team competition, falling 3-0 to Mauritius.

Clement Krobakpo gave Nigeria an ideal start, winning the opening singles in a tense finish over Algeria’s Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi 15-21 21-17 21-19.

However, Youcef Sabri Medel pulled Algeria level beating Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori in over an hour, 10-21 21-17 21-14. Koceila Mammeri helped the hosts gain a 2-1 lead, holding off Godwin Olofua 21-17 21-17.

Nigeria’s Enejoh Abah/Clement Krobakpo won the first doubles to take the tie to an exciting conclusion. In the final match, Majed Yacine Balahoune/Koceila Mammeri breezed past Godwin Olofua/Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori 21-13 21-15 to make history for the hosts.

The women’s team final too went against Nigeria. Kate Foo Kune needed just 30 minutes to shut out Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan 21-15 21-9. Mauritius made it 2-0 through Aurelie Marie Elisa Allet as she held off Zainab Momoh in a tight finish, 21-19 21-19. Nicki Chan-Lam (featured image) then wrapped up the tie for Mauritius beating Deborah Ukeh 21-13 21-14.

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BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

BWF Council Proposes Innovative Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

中华台北战胜泰国 —— 2018E-Plus亚洲羽毛球团体锦标赛第二日

中华台北战胜泰国 —— 2018E-Plus亚洲羽毛球团体锦标赛第二日

在马来西亚举行的2018E-Plus亚洲羽毛球团体锦标赛第二日的比赛中,中华台北在男子C组的较量中以3-2战胜泰国。

本次洲际团体锦标赛是5月在曼谷举行的道达尔BWF汤姆斯杯和尤伯杯的资格赛。

男子C组被称为“死亡之组”,因为有三支劲旅被分在这个小组中,分别是马来西亚、泰国和中华台北,另外一支队伍为缅甸,四支队伍将为两个八强席位而战。而本次团体亚锦赛的四强将自动获得汤姆斯杯和尤伯杯决赛阶段的参赛资格。

泰国在本次比赛首日的较量中战胜了马来西亚,在第二天的比赛中,他们的第一分来自科希特,他用时40分钟战胜了王子维。

然而,中华台北在男双中的实力正在上升。法国公开赛冠军李哲辉/李扬以21-16 21-7横扫了吉丁奴蓬/德差波,随后许仁豪又以21-17 21-16击败了王佳伦为中华台北取得2-1领先。

卢敬尧和杨博涵在另一场男双之战中为中华台北锁定了胜利,他们以21-15 21-17击退了提恩/南达什。

在最后一场比赛中,泰国将比分改写成了2-3,潘纳维用时41分钟以21-18 21-19战胜了林祐贤。

在C组的另一场对抗中,马来西亚5-0战胜缅甸。

在D组中,印度尼西亚5-0战胜菲律宾,印度5-0战胜马尔代夫。

在女团的竞争中,所有来自羽毛球强国的队伍都以5-0战胜了对手。

日本派出了强大的阵容,她们未失一局战胜了中国香港。奥原希望率先为日本取得领先,她以21-14 21-19战胜了张雁宜。

此后,松友美佐纪/高桥礼华和福岛由纪/广田彩花继续在双打比赛中赢分,佐藤冴香、大堀彩在单打比赛中也表现突出,日本队员出战的五场比赛均在半小时内结束较量。

赛果:

男子团体:

A组: 中国 5-0 新加坡

B组: 韩国 5-0 哈萨克斯坦

B组: 日本 5-0 尼泊尔

C组: 马来西亚 5-0 缅甸;中华台北 3-2 泰国

D组: 印度尼西亚 5-0 菲律宾;印度 5-0 马尔代夫

女子团体:

W组: 日本 5-0 中国香港

X组: 韩国 5-0 马尔代夫

Z组: 中国 5-0 新加坡

Y组: 马来西亚 5-0 菲律宾

Zhang’s Finest Hour – Finals: Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2018

Zhang’s Finest Hour – Finals: Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2018

Beiwen Zhang’s day in the sun came on the back of a courageous, 69-minute humdinger that broke the hearts of local fans at the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018 today.

At the opposite end was defending champion Pusarla V Sindhu, who nearly capped a brilliant late-match fightback to bring the tournament to a climactic end. Down 17-19 in the third, the defending champion showed the tenacity she’s renowned for, producing three winners to have championship point.

Pusarla was on a euphoric spell, riding the energy of the crowd; a fairytale end to the tournament was unfolding for the crowd and it took all of Zhang’s stubbornness and athleticism to break that momentum and extract the two crucial winners at the very end: 21-18 11-21 22-20.

“I know my weaknesses and I try to cover a lot. When I got a chance, I was hitting smashes. Normally, if you watch my game, I don’t really smash a lot. I played like an attacking player today,” Zhang said.

The Women’s Singles battle closed out the 2018 edition of the India Open on an eventful day that saw Indonesia grab two titles (Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles), and China (Men’s Singles), Denmark (Mixed Doubles) and USA one each.

Polii/Rahayu Claim Title

The day ended the way it began – with a display of sheer grit. It was grit that saw Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu close out the Women’s Doubles final 21-18 21-15 against Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajonjai. The two Indonesians brought their intense physical energy on to the court, constantly seeking openings with jump smashes, and keeping up the intense hard work until a crack appeared at the other end.

The Thais were equal to the task for the most part, and their defensive stonewalling meant that the Indonesians had to work interminably. The Indonesians laid siege and the Thais held their fortress well; with each rally getting progressively longer. The average number of shots per rally in the first game touched 20; incredibly, it just kept getting higher. Early in the second a rally touched 62 shots; then, astonishingly, 106. What worked for the Indonesians was their refusal to let up, and with both Polii and Rahayu shouldering the burden of hitting from the back, the Indonesians were the ones setting the terms.

Finally, when the citadel fell, it all came down rather quickly. The Thais fell from 14-16 to 14-18 thanks to four straight errors, and the Indonesians found that all the spade work paid off handsomely at the very end. It had taken close to an hour for the Indonesians to get hold of their first title of the year.

“We had to have the will to get each point; we tried not to think of the result,” said Polii. “I knew we had to fight all the way, I said to her – ‘you’re still young, you’re still strong’; I tried to boost up our energy to survive the long rallies.

“We know we’re far from achieving our desired results, there are many other tournaments coming up. We want to take this positively and take confidence from this. At the same time, we cannot be satisfied. It’s wonderful to win here.”

Three in a Row

Their compatriots in the Men’s Doubles final, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, needed a little more than half that time against Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen for their third straight India Open.

With a series of quick-fire interceptions and electric moves around the court, the Indonesians extended the winning streak to nine from eleven finals that started at the All England last year. The Danes were fighting with their backs to the wall from the beginning; there was simply no let-up from their rampaging opponents. Sukamuljo, true to style, played some outrageous shots and just got bolder with every point. It was all over in 38 minutes for the Danes, as they went down 21-14 21-16.

The day didn’t entirely go Indonesia’s way. Sandwiched in between the above two matches was the Mixed Doubles final between Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen and Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

Christiansen and Pedersen were barely troubled by their opponents. The main threat for the Danes was Jordan’s rasping hits, but Pedersen’s defence was up to the challenge today, and she repelled whatever was thrown her way. The Danes wrangled the early initiative and kept it that way all through the match. The 21-14 21-15 result gave the Danes their first title together since they came together in late 2017.

“We got third time lucky after losing two finals,” said Christiansen. “We played very well today. It gives us confidence; I hope other pairs fear us a little bit.”

His partner added: “We knew that if we play too slow, we would be defending against them. Our tactic was to attack the front court and that worked well today.”

Shi Yuqi Triumphs

Shi Yuqi broke a long spell without a major title with a disciplined display against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, 21-18 21-14.

Shi had played a draining semi-final yesterday against Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain, but showed little sign of it. The Chinese trailed early with Chou setting a quick pace and smashing precisely, but Shi slowly worked his way in. With his defence getting tighter, Chou was forced to go ever closer to the lines. A disguised drop shot gave Shi the first game, and with the quality of his defence showing no let-up, Chou’s shoulders fell. The end came quickly, 21-18 21-14 for Shi in 47 minutes.

“It’s my first title after a long time; I hope to win many more,” said Shi. “I studied Chou’s match against Qiao Bin. Today there were a lot of long rallies, I’m glad I could keep my focus. When I caught up, Chou became slightly nervous so it became easier for me.”

Chou acknowledged that he was unable to sustain his early momentum: “His finish was better than mine. I tried to push him, but on every shot he was faster than me. He was more focussed.

“He was more focussed. It was very hard on court. I thought I could fight it to the third game. I think I need to get lucky. He got a few net cords, so it was difficult to play at the net.”

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Continental Joust for TUC Qualification

Continental Joust for TUC Qualification

The five continental team championships to be held this month will determine qualifying places for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018.

Four places from Asia and Europe, and one each from Oceania, Pan Am and Africa, will be up for grabs at the respective continental championships. The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals are being held 20-27 May in Bangkok, Thailand.

The World Men’s Team Championships (Thomas Cup) and the World Women’s Team Championships (Uber Cup) will be fought between sixteen teams each. The hosts and the defending champions are each reserved one place. The semi-finalists at the E-Plus Badminton Asia Team Championships and the 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will decide the four qualifiers from Asia and Europe respectively.

The winners of the continental championships of Oceania, Pan Am and Africa will also make it to Bangkok. The last three places will go to the teams that are next highest in World ranking.

If the trophy holders (Denmark – featured image – and China respectively) and/or hosts (Thailand) take part in the continental championships and occupy a qualifying position, the next one or two highest ranked teams from the World rankings in the same continent will also qualify.

The World rankings of 22 February 2018 will be used to determine the qualifiers. Teams have to confirm their participation by 15 March; the date for the draw has been set for 23 March 2018 in Bangkok.

Continental Championships Schedule:

  • E-Plus Badminton Asia Team Championships 2018 – 6-11 February – Alor Setar (Malaysia)
  • Victor Oceania Team Championships 2018 – 6-7 February – Hamilton (New Zealand)
  • All Africa Men’s & Women’s Team Championships 2018 – 12-15 February – Algiers (Algeria)
  • 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships – 13-18 February – Kazan (Russia)
  • Male & Female Pan Am Team Continental Championships 2018 – 15-18 February – Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago)
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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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.

Li-Ning – A Stringing Success!

Li-Ning – A Stringing Success!

They often go unnoticed, working diligently from early morning until late in the evening at BWF tournaments to ensure players are ‘well armed’ for their on-court battles.

Who are they?

Stringer 1They are the Li-Ning stringers who service players at BWF Major Events such as the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2016 recently held in Kunshan, China. As the Official Equipment Partner, Li-Ning provided professional racket-stringing services for the prestigious championships. This allowed players to have their rackets strung by a highly qualified and efficient stringing team.

To string rackets for the best players in the world is not an easy task. Most players use a very high stringing tension so it is crucial rackets are strung in the correct way to avoid any damage to their frames. Furthermore, the stringing needs to be extremely accurate and consistent as top players are highly sensitive to even small differences in the tension and the way in which the racket is strung.

In Kunshan, a team of 13 persons rotated shifts to ensure players in both the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup were well looked after. However, given 279 players at the tournament, all the stringers had plenty to do, with players needing a lot of rackets restrung to ensure they were prepared for their important matches.

At the end of the tournament, these meticulous stringers received certificates from Li-Ning to recognise their contribution to the event (featured image; with BWF Events Director, Darren Parks). An interesting – and even surprising – fact about these individuals is that they were all volunteers who paid their own way to Kunshan because they were keen to participate in this world-class badminton tournament.

“They must be stringers of a certain standard. Not just anyone can do this. Sometimes they are persons who own or work for sports shops and want to have the experience of being involved in an elite tournament like this,” explained Koh Wa Cheng of Enterprise Sports Group (ESG) which manages BWF’s sponsorship rights.Stringers 3

The provision of stringers is but one example of the integral support which corporate partners or sponsors offer to enhance BWF tournaments.

Another Major Event sponsor, RedBull China, provided a variety of drink products for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals; many of which were consumed by players at their post-match press engagements.RedBull China 1

Meanwhile, vehicles from Chery – the Official Car for BWF Major Events – were seen whisking officials to and from the venue throughout the tournament; another essential service on such a busy occasion. Cars adorned with the event logo whizzing along Kunshan streets were certainly a ready advertisement for the Thomas-Uber showpiece.

There is no doubt that corporate partners or sponsors are vital to the success of BWF events, not simply providing financial backing but also necessary in-kind goods and services; elements which contribute to the events’ success and the memorable experience which players, fans and others enjoy.Chery 1

张蓓雯跃进前十 —— 汇丰银行通向广州排名:单打

张蓓雯跃进前十 —— 汇丰银行通向广州排名:单打

在2018Yonex日上古普塔博士印度公开赛上,张蓓雯打出了职业生涯最佳战绩,这一成绩帮助她在汇丰银行通向广州排名中从第39位跃升至第8位。

2月初,张蓓雯在新德里举行的女单决赛中战胜了卫冕冠军、头号种子辛德胡,这一胜不但让她将9,200分收入囊中,还让她挤进了前十。虽然在决赛败北,但是辛德胡也在家乡赛事中收获了7,800分,她的排名也从20蹿升到第5。

1月完成了4站汇丰BWF世界巡回赛的争夺——思蕊梵娜瓦瑞公主泰国大师赛、Perodua马来西亚大师赛、Daihatsu印度尼西亚大师赛以及Yonex日上古普塔博士印度公开赛。

在女单排名中占据首位的是泰国的因达农,她是马来西亚大师赛的冠军,并在印尼和印度两站比赛中打进了四强。因达农手握22,040分,领先排在第2的戴资颖(中华台北)5,040分。马林在她参加的三站比赛中表现稳定,在马来西亚晋级四强,在印尼和印度都晋级了八强,但与她在2015和2016赛季中展示的火热状态还有不小的差距。

排在前十的还有西班牙的马林、泰国的金达蓬、印度的辛德胡和内瓦尔、中国的何冰娇、马来西亚的吴堇溦以及丹麦的杰克斯菲德。

在世界巡回赛的前几站比赛中还涌现了大量知名度低的选手,她们在排名中占据了相对靠前的位置。中国香港的张雁宜在印度首次在这个级别的比赛中打进了四强,她的排名从35位升至第12。她的同胞叶姵延(第14)、西班牙人比阿特丽斯(第15)在印度赛中打进了八强,两人都取得了巨大的进步。

中华台北的周天成在男单排名中领跑,他在印度斩获了亚军,在印尼打进了四强,目前的积分为16,440。印尼的托米·苏吉亚托以20分的分差排在次席,他是思蕊梵娜瓦瑞公主泰国大师赛的冠军。

马来西亚的刘国伦状态复苏,在泰国和马来西亚都打进了四强,在排名上位列第3。印尼的金汀和丹麦的维汀哈斯、阿萨尔森紧随其后。

阿萨尔森经历了一个辉煌的2017赛季,他在马来西亚捧起了本赛季的第一冠。其他位列前十的还有泰国的苏庞余、中华台北的王子维、泰国的王佳伦和日本的坂井一将。

中国的石宇奇本赛季目前只参加了一项汇丰BWF世界巡回赛——印度公开赛,并赢得了冠军。9,200的冠军积分让他在排名中占据第13位。

伊斯干达在印度赛期间多次登上报纸的头条。马来西亚人从资格赛打起最终止步四强,目前他与韩国的孙完虎和印度的普兰尼斯并列第14。

Zhang Leaps into Top Ten – HSBC Race to Guangzhou: Singles

Zhang Leaps into Top Ten – HSBC Race to Guangzhou: Singles

Beiwen Zhang’s career-best performance – at the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018 – has helped her jump 39 places to No.8 in the HSBC Race to Guangzhou.

Zhang memorably beat defending champion and top seed Pusarla V Sindhu in the Women’s Singles final in New Delhi in early February, and the 9,200 points from that victory vaulted her into the top ten. Pusarla also had a profitable outing at her home event, though losing the final – her 7,800 points saw her rocket 20 spots up to No.5 in the rankings.

Four tournaments of the HSBC BWF World Tour were completed in January – the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters, the Perodua Malaysia Masters, the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters, and the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open.

Sitting atop Women’s Singles is Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, winner of the Malaysia Masters and semi-finalist in Indonesia and India. Intanon, with 22,040 points, leads the second-placed Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) by 5,040 points. Marin has been consistent in the three tournaments she played – reaching the semi-finals in Malaysia and the quarter-finals in Indonesia and India – but still appears some way off the sizzling form she demonstrated in 2015 and 2016.

Others in the top ten are Spain’s Carolina Marin, Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol, India’s Pusarla V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, China’s He Bingjiao, Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei and Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt.

The early leg of the World Tour saw a number of players of comparatively lesser profile excel and climb up the rankings. Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi – who made her first semi-final appearance in an event of this level, in India – climbed up an impressive 35 places to No.12, while compatriot Yip Pui Yin (No.14) and Spain’s Beatriz Corrales (No.15) – quarter-finalist in India – too made significant progress.

Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen leads the Men’s Singles rankings – with 16,440 points – after finishing runner-up in India and making the semi-finals in Indonesia. Just 20 points behind is Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto who won the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters.

Malaysia’s Liew Daren has experienced a revival in fortunes, with semi-final performances in Thailand and Malaysia helping him to No.3. Liew is followed by Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting and Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and his compatriot, Viktor Axelsen.

Axelsen, who had a glorious 2017, picked up his first title this year in Malaysia. Others in the top ten are Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon, Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei, Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, and Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.

China’s Shi Yuqi has played only one HSBC BWF World Tour event this year, which he won – the India Open – and the 9,200 points he earned has helped him to No.13.

Iskandar Zulkarnain was among those who stole the headlines in India. The Malaysian navigated his way from qualifying all the way to the semi-finals and finds himself at No.14 alongside Korea’s Son Wan Ho and India’s B. Sai Praneeth.

BWF宣布服务奖得主

BWF宣布服务奖得主

四名长期服务于羽毛球的从业者被世界羽联评选为2017杰出服务奖。

米格尔·迪亚兹、纳哈泰·萨普拉彻姆(封面人物)、京特·克鲁埃茨克和托马斯·里奇·坎贝尔分别被泛美洲羽毛球联盟、技术官员委员会、残疾人羽毛球委员会和羽毛球欧洲提名,他们将在5月在曼谷举行的BWF年度大会上被授予这项荣誉称号。

这项杰出服务奖是为了表彰在国际羽毛球领域以高标准工作了至少15年的从业人士。该奖项创立于1985年,兰恩·科鹏、厄兰·科普斯(丹麦)和克里斯蒂安·哈迪纳塔(印尼)都赢得过这个奖项,此外教练和羽毛球运动管理者,如李永波(中国)和菩萨特·卡帕比安博士(保加利亚)也曾是该奖项的得主。

还有10名羽毛球从业者被提名为功勋服务奖。被提名的包括:维尔弗里德·乔里斯(由德国羽毛球联合会提名);保罗·安德烈·特拉米尔、简·马克·波乔尔(法国羽毛球联合会);维莱·朗(芬兰羽毛球);维克多·彻瓦彻科(乌克兰羽毛球联合会);约瑟夫·克拉克(牙买加羽毛球);布莱恩·巴赫·莫斯嘉德、索伦·埃斯珀森和皮特·加内(丹麦羽毛球);埃利苏·保罗· 马查多(巴西羽毛球联合会)。这些奖项将在2018年各项赛事期间颁发给获奖者。

KYK Shopping SA由巴西羽毛球联合会提名,奖项将于2018年3月的巴西公开赛上颁发。

BWF Announces Service Award Recipients

BWF Announces Service Award Recipients

Four long-time servants of badminton will receive the Badminton World Federation’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award for 2017.

Miguel Diaz, Nahathai Somprachum (featured image), Guenter Kluetzke and Thomas Ritchie Campbell – nominated respectively by the Badminton Pan Am Confederation, the Technical Official Commission, the Para-Badminton Commission and Badminton Europe – will be honoured at BWF’s Annual General Meeting in Bangkok in May.

The Distinguished Service Award recognises at least 15 years of exemplary service to badminton at the international level. The award was instituted in 1985 and past winners include players such as Lene Koppen, Erland Kops (Denmark) and Christian Hadinata (Indonesia) as well as coaches like Li Yongbo (China) and administrators like Dr. Puzant Kassabian (Bulgaria).

Ten individuals have been chosen for the BWF Meritorious Service Award: Elizeu Paulo Machado (Brazil); Brian Bach Moesgaard, Soren Espersen and Peter Ganes (Denmark); Ville Lang (Finland); Paul-Andre Tramier and Jean-Marc Pocholle (France); Wilfried Jorres (Germany); Joseph Clarke (Jamaica) and Victor Shvachko (Ukraine). These recipients will be presented with their awards at various BWF tournaments in 2018.

KYK Shopping SA, nominated by the Brazilian Badminton Federation, will receive the Certificate of Commendation at the Brazil Open in March 2018.

保罗、凯特斩获冠军 —— 2018全非洲锦标赛个人赛决赛

保罗、凯特斩获冠军 —— 2018全非洲锦标赛个人赛决赛

在阿尔及尔举行的2018全非洲锦标赛个人赛中,毛里求斯人保罗斩获了男单冠军头衔,他在决赛中战胜了尼日利亚人贝洛。

头号种子保罗以21-16 15-21 21-13打满三局击败了8号种子贝洛。毛里求斯人在单打比赛中都有良好的表现,凯特在女单决赛中以21-16 21-19力克尼日利亚的埃德索坎。

塞舌尔的朱丽叶和卡米尔在女双比赛中制造了意外,她们打满三局以21-18 13-21 21-18击败头号种子汉妮/胡斯尼(埃及)摘下了冠军头衔。

朱丽叶和卡米尔早前在半决赛中还掀翻了2号种子布克萨尼/马兹里(阿尔及利亚)。

阿尔及利亚的贝拉尔比/汉梅克在男双比赛中摘冠,他们在决赛中以21-18 20-22 21-18战胜了同胞马迈里/梅德尔。

马迈里还带走了一块混双金牌,他搭档马兹里战胜了2号种子尼日利亚组合阿坝和奥吉,比分为21-17 15-21 21-12。

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至高无上的加拿大人 —— 2018泛美洲羽毛球团体锦标赛决赛

至高无上的加拿大人 —— 2018泛美洲羽毛球团体锦标赛决赛

上周日,在特立尼达和多巴哥举行的2018泛美洲羽毛球团体锦标赛的决赛中,加拿大在男团和女团的比赛中都以3-0击败了美国队夺冠。

单打名将李文珊在女团决赛中率先为加拿大建立了优势,在40分钟的比赛中震慑住了对手苏班迪,比分为19-21 21-14 21-9。

布里特妮·谭(封面人物)此后为加拿大巩固了胜利,她用时35分钟以21-17 21-16战胜了杰米·许,比分为21-17 21-16。最后比尤利/帕克用时19分钟就完成了比赛,帮助加拿大赢得了女团桂冠,她们以21-15 21-17战胜了娜塔莉/安杰拉·张。

男团决赛同样是一场一边倒的比赛,杰森是加拿大的先锋,他用了不到半个小时就以21-16 21-10战胜了庞拉尔莱特。

布莱恩·杨此后为加拿大将大比分改写成2-0,他以21-17 21-9横扫了加尔文·林。最后杰森再次回到场上,他搭档亚库拉以两个21-18击败了菲利普·周/庞拉尔莱特。

凭借在此次洲际锦标赛赢得的冠军头衔,加拿大男女队拿到了参加今年的道达尔BWF汤姆斯杯和尤伯杯决赛的资格。

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Paul, Kune Emerge Champions – Finals: All Africa Individual Championships 2018

Paul, Kune Emerge Champions – Finals: All Africa Individual Championships 2018

Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius captured the Men’s Singles crown at the All Africa Individual Championships 2018 in Algiers, beating Nigeria’s Habeeb Temitope Bello in the final in Algiers.

Top seed Paul beat eighth seed Bello 21-16 15-21 21-13. Mauritius reigned supreme in singles, with Kate Foo Kune taking the Women’s Singles over Nigeria’s Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan 21-16 21-19.

Juliette Ah-Wan and Allisen Camille of the Seychelles were the surprise winners in Women’s Doubles, triumphing over top seeds Doha Hany and Hadia Hosny (Egypt) in three games: 21-18 13-21 21-18.

Ah-Wan and Camille had earlier upset second seeds Halla Bouksani/Linda Mazri of Algeria in the semi-finals.

Algeria’s Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi and Adel Hamek clinched the Men’s Doubles crown after a pitched battle, in which they prevailed over compatriots Koceila Mammeri/Youcef Sabri Medel, 21-18 20-22 21-18.

Koceila Mammeri however returned home with the Mixed Doubles gold; Mammeri partnered Linda Mazri to take the crown over second seeds Enejoh Abah and Peace Orji of Nigeria, 21-17 15-21 21-12.

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Canadian Supremacy – Finals: M&F Pan Am Team Championships 2018

Canadian Supremacy – Finals: M&F Pan Am Team Championships 2018

Canada captured twin titles at the Male & Female Pan Am Team Continental Championships 2018 on Sunday in Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago), beating USA 3-0 in both finals.

Canada’s singles ace Michelle Li set up the victory in the women’s team final, quelling a dogged challenge from Jamie Subandhi to prevail in 40 minutes, 19-21 21-14 21-9.

Brittney Tam (featured image) consolidated for the Canadians with a 35-minute triumph over Jamie Hsu, 21-17 21-16, before Anne-Julie Beaulieu and Stephanie Pakenham completed a 19-minute rout of Natalie Chi/Angela Zhang 21-15 21-17 to hand Canada the title.

It was similarly one-sided in the men’s team final. Jason Ho-Shue was the spearhead, needing less than half-an-hour to make his way past Sattawat Pongnairat, 21-16 21-10.

Brian Yang made it 2-0 beating Calvin Lin 21-17 21-9, before Ho-Shue returned with Nyl Yakura to hold off Phillip Chew/Sattawat Pongnairat 21-18 21-18.

With the continental championships victory, Canada qualified to the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup finals in the men’s and women’s categories.

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Denmark’s Reign Continues – Finals: 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships

Denmark’s Reign Continues – Finals: 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships

Denmark retained both their titles at the 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships that concluded in Kazan, Russia, yesterday.

Denmark’s men overcame stiff resistance from England, while Denmark’s women’s team beat Germany – both by the same margin 3-1. This was Denmark’s seventh straight title in the men’s and fifth in seven editions by the women.

Fabienne Deprez gave Germany a great start in the women’s final with a 21-minute victory over Mia Blichfeldt, 21-15 21-15. However, Denmark’s dependable duo Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl made it 1-1 as expected, beating Isabel Herttrich/Olga Konon 21-15 21-11.

Line Kjaersfeldt made it 2-1 in the second singles despite losing the opening game to Luise Heim; the Dane won 16-21 21-8 21-13.

Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen then gave Denmark the title as they comfortably took their second doubles, 21-19 21-14, over Johanna Goliszewski/Carla Nelte.

It was a more difficult battle in the men’s team final for Denmark against England. Anders Antonsen and Rajiv Ouseph slugged it all the way over 55 minutes before Denmark’s Antonsen pipped Ouseph at the post, 12-21 21-15 21-19.

Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding made it 2-0 after a 48-minute battle against Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge, 21-18 21-13.

Sam Parsons livened England’s hopes as he outplayed Emil Holst 21-16 21-10 in the second singles.

The second Men’s Doubles was a tense affair, and England’s Sean Vendy/Peter Briggs had their chances to take the tie to the fifth match. The England duo won the first game and held five match points in the second against Kim Astrup/Mathias Christiansen but the Danes refused to relent, closing out the final with a 19-21 29-27 21-12 victory.

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