Gideon & Sukamuljo Win Top Honour

Gideon & Sukamuljo Win Top Honour

Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and China’s Chen Qingchen walked away with the Player of the Year honours in the male and female category respectively at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai this evening.

The Indonesians (featured image), winners of six World Superseries titles this year, won the vote of the Awards Commission ahead of three other nominees – Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, India’s Kidambi Srikanth and China’s Zheng Siwei.

“It’s not often that doubles players get the attention ahead of singles, so it was unexpected,” said Sukamuljo. “We’ve had a good year, and we will take this as motivation to get better.”

Chen Qingchen, World champion in Women’s Doubles and winner of five Superseries, won the Female Player of the Year award over five other nominees – compatriot Huang Yaqiong, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, India’s Pusarla V Sindhu, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Korea’s Lee So Hee.

“It was a big surprise – I thought Tai Tzu Ying would get it,” said Chen. “It is a big honour and I’m delighted. It’s an award all players want to win. At the beginning of 2017 I never thought I would do so well; I will try to maintain the momentum.”

China’s contingent savoured another recognition as Chen Yufei won the Eddy Choong Award for Most Promising Player. Chen, bronze medallist at the TOTAL BWF World Championships, won the nod of the Awards Commission over Indonesia’s Apriyani Rahayu and Gregoria Mariska Tunjung; India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia.

“I’m very happy; it’s a recognition of my efforts,” said Chen. “I transitioned well from the junior level to the senior as I focussed on taking one step at a time. I’m trying very hard to get better. There is the pressure of following in the footsteps of my accomplished seniors, but I’m trying my best.”

Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota were named the Most Improved Player, which is a special direct award from the Awards Commission.

The two young Japanese were startled when their names were announced and took a while to come to terms with it.

“We’re quite surprised to get it!” said Hirota. ”It’s a big honour and we are thankful. We’ve had a good year, but we want to remain consistent and we want to keep evolving our game as we should not become predictable.”

Korea’s Kim Jungjun won the Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year award, while Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year award went to Thailand’s Amnouy Wetwithan.

“This is a great recognition of my efforts,” said Wetwithan. “This award will be a boost not only for para-badminton, but for all para-sport in Thailand. Last year I was a contender for the award but could not get it. This year my achievements were better, so I’m very proud.”

With the players turning out at their best, there were awards for the Best Dressed Male and Female Player. India’s Kidambi Srikanth and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying caught the eye of the jury.

The evening’s festivities began with a sand artist depicting the evolution of culture and sport in Dubai, and celebrating the rise of badminton in the region. Dubai Sports Council Secretary General H.E. Saeed Hareb welcomed the gathering of elite athletes and anticipated five days of brilliant action.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund praised the Dubai World Superseries Finals for being a one-of-a-kind event.

“Since its first edition in 2014, the Dubai World Superseries Finals has constantly set new standards. In terms of organisation and presentation, it is second to none and we can all be proud of the legacy it has established – hosting the world’s best players in a world-class setting for badminton; the rapidly increasing attendance and spectator interest; and not least, the growth of badminton across the region,” said Lund.

While admitting that he was “a little sad” that this was the final edition of the Dubai World Superseries Finals, Lund added: “I can assure you that badminton has a great future in the UAE and we anticipate its continued rise in these parts under the guidance of the UAE Badminton Association.”

阿萨尔森、戴资颖竞争年度最佳球员奖

阿萨尔森、戴资颖竞争年度最佳球员奖

现世界男女单第一丹麦的阿萨尔森和中华台北的戴资颖 (封面人物)将以世界羽联年度球员竞争者的身份出席于下周一晚在迪拜举行的球员欢迎晚宴。

这个重要的奖项将于BWF世界羽联超级系列赛年终总决赛拉开战幕前被揭晓,它将表彰在四个类别中成绩最突出的球员或者组合,包括:年度最佳男球员、年度最佳女球员、年度最有潜力球员(埃迪·崇奖)和年度进步最快球员。前三个奖项的获得者将由BWF评奖委员会从被提名名单中选出,同时年度进步最快球员奖不经过提名,由评奖委员会直接从球员中选出。

四个被提名的年度最佳男球员/组合:郑思维(中国)、阿萨尔森(丹麦)、斯里坎特(印度)、吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔(印尼)。

六个被提名的年度最佳女球员:陈清晨(中国)、黄雅琼(中国)、戴资颖(中华台北)、辛德胡(印度)、山口茜(日本)和李绍希(韩国)。

五个被提名的年度最具潜力球员 (埃迪·崇奖):陈雨菲(中国)、兰基雷迪(印度)、拉哈尤(印尼)、玛莉斯卡(印尼)和李子嘉(马来西亚)。

以下为被提名球员赛季亮点(名单顺序以会员协会首字母在字母表中的顺序为准):

年度最佳男球员

郑思维 (中国): 男双、混双

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛(混双)

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

冠军 – 4站超级系列赛: Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛(混双); Crown Group澳大利亚公开赛(混双); 泰禾中国公开赛(混双); Yonex日上香港公开赛(混双)

亚军 – 5站超级系列赛: Yonex日上印度公开赛(混双); Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛(男双); BCA印度尼西亚公开赛(混双); Danisa丹麦公开赛(混双); Yonex法国公开赛(混双)

 

阿萨尔森 (丹麦): 男单

金牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

冠军 – 2站超级系列赛: Yonex日上印度公开赛; Daihatsu Yonex日本公开赛

亚军 – 1站超级系列赛: 泰禾中国公开赛

铜牌: 2017欧洲羽毛球锦标赛

 

斯里坎特 (印度): 男单

八强: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

冠军 – 4站超级系列赛: BCA印度尼西亚公开赛; Crown Group澳大利亚公开赛; Danisa丹麦公开赛; Yonex法国公开赛

亚军 – 1站超级系列赛: OUE新加坡公开赛

 

吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔(印度尼西亚): 男双

八强: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

冠军 – 6站超级系列赛: Yonex全英公开赛; Yonex日上印度公开赛; Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛; Daihatsu Yonex日本公开赛; 泰禾中国公开赛; Yonex日上香港公开赛

亚军 – 2站超级系列赛: Victor韩国公开赛、Danisa丹麦公开赛

*****

年度最佳女球员

陈清晨 (中国): 女双、混双

金牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛(女双)

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛(混双)

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

冠军 – 5站超级系列赛: Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛(混双); BCA印度尼西亚公开赛(女双); Crown Group澳大利亚公开赛(混双); 泰禾中国公开赛(女双); Yonex日上香港公开赛(女双)

亚军 – 4站超级系列赛: Yonex日上印度公开赛(混双); BCA印度尼西亚公开赛(混双); Danisa丹麦公开赛(混双); Yonex法国公开赛(混双)

 

黄雅琼 (中国): 女双、混双

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

冠军 – 6站超级系列赛: Yonex全英公开赛(混双); Yonex日上印度公开赛(混双); OUE新加坡公开赛(混双); Victor韩国公开赛(女双); 泰禾中国公开赛 (混双); Yonex日上香港公开赛 (混双)

亚军 – 2站超级系列赛: Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛(女双、混双)

金牌: 2017亚洲羽毛球锦标赛 (混双)

 

戴资颖 (中华台北): 女单

冠军 – 5站超级系列赛: Yonex全英公开赛; Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛; OUE新加坡公开赛; Yonex法国公开赛; Yonex日上香港公开赛

金牌: 2017亚洲羽毛球锦标赛

 

辛德胡 (印度): 女单

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

冠军 – 2站超级系列赛: Yonex日上印度公开赛; Victor韩国公开赛

亚军 – 1站超级系列赛: Yonex日上香港公开赛

 

山口茜 (日本): 女单

铜牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

冠军 – 1站超级系列赛: 泰禾中国公开赛

亚军 – 3站超级系列赛: Crown Group澳大利亚公开赛; Danisa丹麦公开赛; Yonex法国公开赛

银牌: 2017亚洲羽毛球锦标赛

 

李绍希 (韩国): 女双

金牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

八强: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

冠军 – 2站超级系列赛: Yonex全英公开赛; Danisa丹麦公开赛

亚军 – 4站超级系列赛: BCA印度尼西亚公开赛; Victor韩国公开赛; Yonex法国公开赛; 泰禾中国公开赛

铜牌: 2017亚洲羽毛球锦标赛

*****

年度最具潜力球员 (埃迪·崇奖)

陈雨菲 (中国): 女单

银牌: 2017道达尔BWF苏迪曼杯

铜牌: 2017道达尔BWF世锦赛

四强 – 2站超级系列赛: Daihatsu Yonex日本公开赛; Danisa丹麦公开赛

八强 – 4站超级系列赛: Celcom Axiata马来西亚公开赛; Crown Group澳大利亚公开赛; Yonex法国公开赛; Yonex日上香港公开赛

八强: 2017亚洲羽毛球锦标赛

 

兰基雷迪 (印度):男双、混双

八强 – 2站超级系列赛: Yonex法国公开赛(男双); Victor韩国公开赛(男双)

四强 – 1站黄金大奖赛: Yonex荷兰公开赛(混双)

 

拉哈尤 (印度尼西亚): 女双

冠军 – 1站超级系列赛: Yonex法国公开赛

亚军 – 1站超级系列赛: Yonex日上香港公开赛

八强 – 1站超级系列赛: Victor韩国公开赛

冠军 – 1站黄金大奖赛: SCG泰国公开赛

四强 – 1站黄金大奖赛: Skycity新西兰公开赛

 

玛莉丝卡 (印度尼西亚): 女单

金牌: 2017BWF世界青年锦标赛

亚军 – 1站黄金大奖赛: 赛义莫迪国际赛

 

李子嘉 (马来西亚): 男单

四强 – 3站黄金大奖赛: 思蕊梵娜瓦瑞公主泰国羽毛球大师赛; Yonex中华台北公开赛; 碧特博格羽毛球公开赛

冠军: Victor波兰国际赛

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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李宗伟再获超级系列赛冠军——2017YONEX日上香港公开赛单打决赛

李宗伟再获超级系列赛冠军——2017YONEX日上香港公开赛单打决赛

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

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

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

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

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

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

但比赛结束地十分迅速,谌龙的一个反手下网让李宗伟高举双手迎接又一个冠军。

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Axelsen’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Korea Light Up Gold Coast

Korea Light Up Gold Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European Resurgence in Rio

European Resurgence in Rio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl2

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

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

Viktor Axelsen & Rajiv Ouseph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge

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

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

Chris Adcock & Gabrielle Adcock

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

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

Early Face-Off Between Axelsen, Kidambi

Early Face-Off Between Axelsen, Kidambi

Two contenders for this year’s Male Player of the Year award – Viktor Axelsen and Kidambi Srikanth – have been drawn into the same group for the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

The season-ending finale in Dubai, featuring the eight best players and pairs of the MetLife BWF World Superseries circuit, will start on Wednesday and conclude on Sunday 17 December. The draw for the event was conducted today at Dubai Sports Council in the presence of H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, Tournament Referee Mojmir Hnilica, team representatives and media. Young participants of BWF’s Shuttle Time programme in Dubai picked the names and group positions in a random draw.

World champion Axelsen of Denmark and India’s Kidambi – winner of four Superseries this year – will match wits in their group encounter after they were drawn into Men’s Singles Group B. Their group-mates are China’s Shi Yuqi and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen.

Group A features top seed Son Wan Ho (Korea), All England and Hong Kong Open champion Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Ng Ka Long (Hong Kong) and China Open champion Chen Long (China). (Scroll down for the draw)

“I’ve never played Shi Yuqi; I’m looking forward to that,” said Axelsen, the defending champion. “There are no easy matches in this event. It’s different from other tournaments; you might lose early but you still have a chance to progress. We’re more used to a knock-out system. I enjoy playing here. Everything has been great at this tournament.”

In Women’s Singles, Group A has three of this year’s World Superseries winners – Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi (China Open), India’s Pusarla V Sindhu (India Open and Korea Open) and Sayaka Sato (Indonesia Open) – besides China’s He Bingjiao.

Defending champion and the year’s most successful singles player, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, finds herself in the company of last year’s runner-up Sung Ji Hyun (Korea), Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) and World Championships bronze medallist Chen Yufei (China) in Group B.

“There are going to be some long matches,” anticipated Pusarla, looking at the draw. “Of course Nozomi (Okuhara) and Carolina (Marin) weren’t able to make it, but the other top players are here. I have to play my game and I need to concentrate on each match. Since the semi-final places might be decided by the number of games won and lost if the players have an equal number of wins, it’s important to try to win every game.”

Men’s Doubles Group A has the red-hot Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, winners of six Superseries this season. The Indonesians are billeted with Indonesia Open champions Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China), Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding, and Australian Open champions Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan).

World champions Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (China) are in Group B with Singapore Open and Korea Open winners Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark), French Open champions Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang, and Japan’s Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi – the last two pairs making their debut in Dubai.

Sukamuljo was modest about his expectations despite his trail-blazing run with Gideon in Men’s Doubles this season: “All the top eight pairs are of equal strength, and each has the same opportunity to progress,” he said. “We will try to make the final. We have done well this year but we want to better our record. There is no secret; both of us have the same objectives and we’re thirsty for more titles.”

Women’s Doubles Group A could well be called the ‘Group of Death’. World champions Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (China) find themselves alongside compatriots and Korea Open winners Yu Xiaohan/Huang Yaqiong; All England winners Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee (Korea), and India Open champions Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto (Japan).

In Group B are Japan’s Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (Malaysia Open winners), Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Singapore Open winners), Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan, and Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Ya Ching/Wu Ti Jung, who will be making their debut at this event.

In Mixed Doubles, World and Olympic champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia) have been drawn in Group B alongside China’s Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (Japan Open champions), Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing, and last year’s Dubai runners-up Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (England).

In Group A are China’s Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen – winners in Malaysia and Australia; Denmark Open champions Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong), Korea Open champions Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto (Indonesia) and Japan’s Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara.

“We love playing here,” said Gabrielle Adcock, “We believe when we’re playing well we can beat anybody. You feel extra special here, there’s a bit of glitz, and the players are treated very well, so you also tend to play better.”

H.E. Saeed Hareb, while welcoming the players to Dubai, outlined the impact the Dubai World Superseries Finals has had on badminton in the region.

“We are pleased to have the world’s best badminton players in Dubai. Over the last three years, the Finals have been fantastic and I’m confident this year will be better.

“Since we started, the number of players in Dubai has increased. Now there are more than 10,000 children who are playing badminton. This is important to us. The numbers of children playing badminton in schools has increased. Dubai Sports Council has supported this and we feel this effort has been worth it. We hope some of our players will eventually be playing in the Olympics.”

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund hailed Dubai as one of the favourite destinations of the badminton fraternity. While thanking BWF’s partners Dubai Sports Council, Falcon and Associates, and the royal family, Lund noted: “Thanks to this partnership, badminton has enjoyed significant success and publicity in Dubai and the wider Middle East and we are optimistic there are bigger things in store for the sport in this region in the near future, especially with the establishment of the United Arab Emirates Badminton Association last year.

“We are pleased to have some great talent showcasing their skills this week. The setting for this event has always brought out the best in players and I have no doubt that we will have another spectacular finish to what has been an incredible season.”

Here are the draws:

Men’s Singles:

Women’s Singles:

Men’s Doubles:

Women’s Doubles:

Mixed Doubles:

BWF Named ‘Federation of the Year’ by Peace and Sport

BWF Named ‘Federation of the Year’ by Peace and Sport

Badminton World Federation won the ‘Federation of the Year’ honours at the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards in Monaco on Thursday 7 December.

The Awards, instituted by Peace and Sport, an international organisation that works on using sporting initiatives to promote peace, recognise accomplishments in nine categories. BWF won the award in the ‘Federation of the Year’ category for its Shuttle Time Connect programme. The other nominees for the award were FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) and WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations).

Shuttle Time Connect – part of BWF’s schools programme Shuttle Time – is a sporting, educational and cultural exchange between Nepal and Australia using badminton to promote lasting connections between students, teachers and schools. Shuttle Time Connect engaged seven schools each in Nepal and Australia through their respective national associations. Seven students and two teachers from Kathmandu joined the Shuttle Time Connect exchange visit to the Gold Coast in conjunction with the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup in May this year.

Over 1200 students and 20 primary school teachers in Nepal and Australia are engaged in the programme through classroom-to-classroom connections between the participating schools through the shared experience of Shuttle Time.

BWF was represented at the Peace and Sport International Forum Gala by Council member and Athletes’ Commission Chair Koen Ridder (featured image; centre), who received the award from IOC member Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation.

Thanking Peace and Sport for the honour, Ridder said: “We work hard to express peace throughout our community. Through our Shuttle Time Connect, you can see that badminton connects schools from various regions and makes a difference in the lives of school children. I would like to thank our partners – the Australian government, Badminton Australia, Badminton Asia, and Nepal Badminton Association for the participation of schools and kids in Kathmandu. BWF is proud to partner the global effort to connect sport and youth in different communities.”

The Peace and Sport awards were instituted in 2008 to recognise individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, dialogue and social stability in the world through sport.

中国羽毛球小将最后的机会

中国羽毛球小将最后的机会

下周的迪拜总决赛给陈雨菲、何冰娇提供了本赛季最后一次为中国女单在超级系列赛中正名的机会。

当陈雨菲在上个月的Yonex日上香港公开赛中止步八强时,中国女单选手摘下本赛季第一个超级系列赛女单冠军的希望随之落空。然而迪拜总决赛是12站超级系列赛之外举足轻重的一站比赛,它给了两位中国小将另一次捧起冠军的机会。

本赛季12站超级系列赛的女单冠军花落7家,她们分别是:中华台北的戴资颖,她经历了一个收获颇丰的赛季,斩获了五个冠军;此外,印度的辛德胡摘下了两冠;日本的佐藤冴香、奥原希望和山口茜;西班牙的马林,泰国的因达农都取得了一冠。

这是一份非常值得关注的统计数据,因为就在不久之前,中国在女子项目上一直处于霸主地位。在2010年,尽管有像印度的内瓦尔,丹麦的蒂内·鲍恩,德国的朱利安·申克和韩国的成池铉等选手涌现,中国总共收获了8站超级系列赛的女单冠军(不包括总决赛)。一年之后,这个数字更是达到了惊人的11个,唯一一个旁落的冠军是在泰国公开赛上,本土选手蓬迪将这个冠军留在了家乡。

2012和2013赛季的中国女单继续维持强势状态。2012年,李雪芮达到了职业生涯早期的巅峰,同时,中国女单在超级赛中收入的冠军数量是7个,2013年也达到了同样的数字。

此后,即使竞争对手日益增多,面对内瓦尔、泰国的因达农、中华台北的戴资颖、日本的山口茜和西班牙的马林的挑战,中国的领头羊地位始终无法被撼动。2014赛季,中国的巨头们用超级赛9冠再次证明自己的地位。

2015年竞争趋势发生了微妙的变化,在马林、奥原希望、山口茜、戴资颖、辛德胡和其他选手的冲击下,中国在女单赛场上的地位开始动摇,那一年在超级赛中中国选手捧起的冠军数量跌到了3个。

2016年前8个月的战绩表明,这种趋势仍在继续。那几个月中国女单没有任何超级赛冠军入账,这种情况直到何冰娇在Yonex日本公开赛和Yonex法国公开赛上夺冠才得以改变。

今年,中国女单在12站超级赛中颗粒无收,这标志着羽毛球的发展进入了一个耐人寻味的阶段。王仪涵、王适娴、蒋燕皎和汪鑫已经将手中的接力棒传递,肩负起重振中国女单辉煌的责任必将落在陈雨菲、何冰娇 (封面人物) 以及同时代的年轻人身上,她们在迪拜的表现将被中国的球迷们密切关注。

马聚尔、Lee希望再次斩获年度最佳球员奖

马聚尔、Lee希望再次斩获年度最佳球员奖

卢卡斯·马聚尔和Lee Sam Seop分别是2016和2015年的年度最佳残疾人男球员奖的获得者,两人都希望能在今年再次收获该奖项。

这两人和其他六人组成了一份总共八人的名单,他们是年度最佳球员奖的候选人。奖项的最终归属将在下周一晚举行的球员欢迎晚宴上揭晓。

年度最佳残疾人男球员奖和年度最佳残疾人女球员奖将由BWF评奖委员会分别从两个奖项的四个被提名球员中选出。两份被提名名单中的球员都是今年表现最杰出的选手。

年度最佳残疾人男球员奖的四个被提名选手为马聚尔(法国), Kim Jungjun (韩国), Lee Sam Seop (韩国) 和Cheah Liek Hou (马来西亚).

年度最佳残疾人女球员奖的四个被提名选手为瑞秋·崇(英格兰), Yuma Yamazaki (日本), Sujirat Pookkham (泰国) 和Amnouy Wetwithan (泰国).

以下为被提名球员赛季亮点(名单顺序以会员协会首字母在字母表中的顺序为准):

年度最佳残疾人男球员

马聚尔 (法国): SL 4级别男单和男双

成绩概览: 5金, 5银, 3铜

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛(男单)

冠军: 西班牙残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单); 爱尔兰残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单)

 

KIM JUNGJUN (韩国): WH 2级别男单、男双以及混双

成绩概览: 12金, 1银, 1铜

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (男单、男双)

冠军: 西班牙残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双, 混双); 泰国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 混双); 美国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双, 混双)

 

LEE SAM SEOP (韩国): WH 1级别男单、男双以及混双

成绩概览: 7金, 5银, 2铜

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (男单、男双)

银牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (混双)

冠军: 泰国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男双); 爱尔兰残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男双); 美国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男双)

 

CHEAH LIEK HOU (马来西亚): SU 5级别男单和男双

成绩概览: 9金, 1银, 1铜

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (男单)

银牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (男双)

冠军: 西班牙残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 泰国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双); 美国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (男单, 男双)

 

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年度最佳残疾人女球员

瑞秋·崇 (英格兰): SS 6级别女单、女双以及混双

成绩概览: 9金

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (女单, 女双, 混双)

冠军: 西班牙残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 混双);爱尔兰残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 混双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 混双);

 

YUMA YAMAZAKI (日本): WH 2级别女单和女双

成绩概览: 5金, 1银, 3铜

冠军: 秘鲁残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单); 美国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双)

 

SUJIRAT POOKKHAM (泰国): WH 1级别女单、女双以及混双

成绩概览: 5金, 3银, 2铜

冠军: 泰国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双); 爱尔兰残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (混双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双)

 

AMNOUY WETWITHAN (泰国): WH 2级别女单、女双以及混双

成绩概览: 7金, 3银, 1铜

金牌: BWF残疾人羽毛球世锦赛 (混双)

冠军: 泰国残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双); 爱尔兰残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女单, 女双, 混双); 日本残疾人羽毛球国际赛 (女双)

Last Shot for China’s Young Guns

Last Shot for China’s Young Guns

Next week’s Dubai World Superseries Finals offers Chen Yufei and He Bingjiao a last shot this year at redeeming China’s prestige at World Superseries events in Women’s Singles.

When Chen Yufei fell in the quarter-finals of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open last month, it marked the first time China had been shut out of a Women’s Singles title through an entire World Superseries season. And while the season finale in Dubai stands outside the 12-event strong circuit, it does give the two Chinese an opportunity to tote up a title win.

The 12 Superseries titles this season were shared between Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying – who had a superlative season with five titles; India’s Pusarla V Sindhu (two); Japan’s Sayaka Sato, Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi; Spain’s Carolina Marin, and Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, with one title each.

What makes this statistic so remarkable is that China were the sole superpower in the women’s game not so long ago. In 2010, despite the presence of players like India’s Saina Nehwal, Denmark’s Tine Baun, Germany’s Juliane Schenk and Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, China won eight Superseries (excluding the World Superseries Finals); a year later they did even better, winning 11 Superseries – the sole exception being Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk at the India Open!

The dominance continued through 2012, with Li Xuerui hitting her peak early in her career. China won seven Superseries that year and in 2013.

China continued to do well even in the face of increasing competition from the likes of Nehwal, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Spain’s Carolina Marin. The powerhouse dominated the 2014 Superseries season with nine titles.

It was only in 2015 that the tide turned perceptibly, with Marin, Nozomi Okuhara, Yamaguchi, Tai, Pusarla V Sindhu and a few others establishing themselves. The change in fortunes was stark – China won just three Superseries in 2015.

The first eight months of 2016 indicated that the trend had come to stay. China had no Superseries winner until He Bingjiao salvaged their reputation somewhat by winning the Yonex Open Japan and the Yonex French Open.

The shutting out of China from the top spot of any of the 12 Superseries marks an interesting phase in the evolution of badminton. The baton has passed from Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian, Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Xin; it will be up to the likes of Chen Yufei, He Bingjiao (featured image) and their young compatriots to salvage China’s fortunes. Their performance in Dubai will be closely watched by their fans back home.

陈雨菲、佐藤冴香拿到总决赛参赛资格

陈雨菲、佐藤冴香拿到总决赛参赛资格

中国的陈雨菲和日本的佐藤冴香将参加下周举行的迪拜总决赛,两位选手已经被邀请顶替两位受伤的女单球员出战。

陈雨菲将顶替日本的奥原希望,同时佐藤冴香则填补西班牙的马林退出后的空缺。

混双参赛阵容也发生了变化,由于鲁恺有伤在身,他和黄雅琼已经确定不会出现在总决赛的混双赛场上。他们的队友王懿律/黄东萍获得了这个空出的名额。

世界羽联超级系列赛迪拜总决赛将在12月13-17日在哈姆丹体育中心举行。“决战迪拜”排名前八的单打选手和双打组合都将在大都会人寿BWF世界羽联超级系列赛迪拜总决赛中同场竞技,竞争高达百万美元的奖金。

现在,一切准备就绪,迪拜总决赛的抽签仪式和发布会将于12月11日(周一)在迪拜体育委员会举行。抽签仪式安排在上午10:30,随后发布会在11:15开始。

当天晚上的焦点必将是备受瞩目的球员欢迎晚宴,世界羽联将在晚宴上揭晓年度最佳球员和年度最佳残疾人球员等奖项。

Mazur, Lee Looking To Repeat

Mazur, Lee Looking To Repeat

Lucas Mazur and Lee Sam Seop – the Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year in 2016 and 2015 respectively – are once again in the running for the award this season.

The two are among eight nominees who have made the shortlist for the year-end Para-Badminton Player of the Year honours which will be presented at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai next Monday night, on the eve of the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

The Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year and Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year will be chosen from among four contenders each by the BWF Awards Commission. Both shortlists consist of the year’s most outstanding athletes.

The nominees for Male Para-Badminton Player of the Year are Lucas Mazur (France), Kim Jungjun (Korea), Lee Sam Seop (Korea) and Cheah Liek Hou (Malaysia).

The Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year shortlist features Rachel Choong (England), Yuma Yamazaki (Japan), Sujirat Pookkham (Thailand) and Amnouy Wetwithan (Thailand).

Here are the nominees and the highlights of their season (listed alphabetically by member association):

MALE PARA-BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

LUCAS MAZUR (FRANCE): SL 4 Men’s Singles (MS) and Men’s Doubles (MD)

Overall: 5 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (MS)

Winner: Spanish Para-Badminton International (MS); Ireland Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); Japan Para-Badminton International (MS)

 

KIM JUNGJUN (KOREA): WH 2 Men’s Singles (MS); Men’s Doubles (MD) and Mixed Doubles (XD)

Overall: 12 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (MS & MD)

Winner: Spanish Para-Badminton International (MS, MD, XD); Thailand Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); Japan Para-Badminton International (MS, XD); USA Para-Badminton International (MS, MD, XD)

 

LEE SAM SEOP (KOREA): WH 1 Men’s Singles (MS); Men’s Doubles (MD) and Mixed Doubles (XD)

Overall: 7 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (MS & MD)

Silver Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (XD)

Winner: Thailand Para-Badminton International (MD); Ireland Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); Japan Para-Badminton International (MD); USA Para-Badminton International (MD)

 

CHEAH LIEK HOU (MALAYSIA): SU 5 Men’s Singles (MS) and Men’s Doubles (MD)

Overall: 9 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (MS)

Silver Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (MD)

Winner: Spanish Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); Thailand Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); Japan Para-Badminton International (MS, MD); USA Para-Badminton International (MS, MD)

 

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FEMALE PARA-BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RACHEL CHOONG (ENGLAND): SS 6 Women’s Singles (WS); Women’s Doubles (WD); and Mixed Doubles (XD)

Overall: 9 Gold

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (WS, WD, XD)

Winner: Spanish Para-Badminton International (WS, XD); Ireland Para-Badminton International (WS, XD); Japan Para-Badminton International (WS, XD);

 

YUMA YAMAZAKI (JAPAN): WH 2 Women’s Singles (WS) and Women’s Doubles (WD)

Overall: 5 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze

Winner: Peru Para-Badminton International (WS, WD); Japan Para-Badminton International (WS); USA Para-Badminton International (WS, WD)

 

SUJIRAT POOKKHAM (THAILAND): WH 1 Women’s Singles (WS); Women’s Doubles (WD); and Mixed Doubles (XD)

Overall: 5 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze

Winner: Thailand Para-Badminton International (WS, WD); Ireland Para-Badminton International (XD); Japan Para-Badminton International (WS, WD)

AMNOUY WETWITHAN (THAILAND): WH 2 Women’s Singles (WS); Women’s Doubles (WD); and Mixed Doubles (XD)

Overall: 7 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Gold Medal: BWF Para-Badminton World Championships (XD)

Winner: Thailand Para-Badminton International (WS, WD); Ireland Para-Badminton International (WS, WD, XD); Japan Para-Badminton International (WD)

Chen and Sato Get Dubai Chance

Chen and Sato Get Dubai Chance

China’s Chen Yufei and Sayaka Sato of Japan will compete in next week’s Dubai World Superseries Finals, having been invited as replacements for two of their injured Women’s Singles peers.

Chen replaces Nozomi Okuhara of Japan while Sato will play in place of Spain’s Carolina Marin.

There is also a change to the Mixed Doubles line-up as Lu Kai/Huang Yaqiong have declined their invitation due to Lu being injured. They have been replaced by their Chinese team-mates, Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping.

The Dubai World Superseries Finals takes place 13-17 December at Hamdan Sports Complex. It will showcase the top eight singles players and doubles pairs on this season’s MetLife BWF World Superseries tour vying for a share of the million-dollar jackpot.

Meanwhile, all is set for the Draw Ceremony and Press Conference of the Dubai World Superseries Finals on Monday 11 December at the Dubai Sports Council. The Draw Ceremony takes place at 10.30 a.m. with the Press Conference following at 11.15 a.m.

Later that evening, all eyes will be on the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner at which the Badminton World Federation will crown the Players of the Year in badminton and para-badminton.