Stars Outshine Rivals – Day 5: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Stars Outshine Rivals – Day 5: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Kento Momota and Tai Tzu Ying entrenched themselves further as the singles titans of the moment, progressing to the Men’s and Women’s Singles finals respectively today at the DANISA Denmark Open 2018 – Presented by VICTOR.

In winning his semi-final, 24-year-old Momota ensured there will be new champions in all five categories as he dethroned Kidambi Srikanth who stood atop the podium last season. The 25-year-old Indian – a dominant factor a year ago – was almost clueless against his clinical rival who had a ready answer to every shot that came his way, en route to a 21-16 21-12 rout.

The cool and calm Japanese faces 28-year-old Chou Tien Chen for the title which will be the first Denmark Open crown for either of them. In contrast to Momota, Chou needed three games to quell the challenge from Anders Antonsen – the lone Dane in action on semi-finals day. Things initially looked promising for the 21-year-old hometown player who seized his chances to claim the opening salvos. However, the change of ends saw the resilient Chou lift his performance to control the next two games and draw more errors from his opponent. The Chinese Taipei star, competing in his fourth straight HSBC BWF World Tour semi-final, eventually prevailed 19-21 21-11 21-12 in 74 minutes.

Earlier, Chou’s compatriot Tai Tzu Ying booked her place in the Sunday showpiece, to be a step away from capturing one of the few Women’s Singles titles to have eluded her. The top seed was all business versus He Bingjiao, not letting up until the final point was won against the Chinese who denied her a medal at the World Championships. The crafty Tai produced another mesmeric display; 21-14 21-12 in just half hour.

Across the net from Tai tomorrow will be India’s Saina Nehwal who has looked rejuvenated and determined against a tide of younger opposition this week. The experienced campaigner brushed aside spirited contender, Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, in her bid to reclaim the title she hoisted in 2012. Nehwal, 28, never looked in any danger – cruising through 21-11 21-12 also in 30 minutes – though her Indonesian rival showed some commendable flourishes as she settles in at senior level.

“She is a good, upcoming player so I was prepared for her. I am happy to beat so many top players here. I’ve improved a lot in my movement and my shots are sharper. Also, I am more confident and I have got my rhythm,” assessed Nehwal.

“The final against the world No.1 won’t be easy but I will give my best and I want to enjoy it.”

Doubles also saw many big names breezing into the finals and setting the stage for some tantalising matches.

Men’s Doubles is sure to be a fireworks-filled affair as Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia clash with their arch-rivals Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda. The Japanese romped into the title-decider, beating England’s Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge, 21-17 21-19. Gideon/Sukamuljo claimed a tight tussle against their veteran compatriots, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (21-18 24-22).

Mixed Doubles will feature the resurgent Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand (featured image) versus top tandem, Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong. Leading 11-6 in the decider, the Chinese resisted a fightback by Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, winning 21-11 19-21 21-17. The Thai duo grappled with similar circumstances versus Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung. The Koreans clawed back to 14-16 down, having been 2-13 adrift in the third game but Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai held on 21-16 17-21 21-16 in 67 minutes.

Japan have predictably won the Women’s Doubles title. All that’s left to be determined is whether it will be top seeds, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, or their team-mates, Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, who will be champions. The world No.1 pair beat Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia (21-13 21-16) while Tanaka/Yonemoto stopped Korea’s Kim Hye Jeong/Kong Hee Yong (21-12 21-14).

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中国印度尼西亚主宰亚残会 —— 2018亚残会

中国印度尼西亚主宰亚残会 —— 2018亚残会




刘禹彤、李红燕和屈子墨是中国队的明星,每个人都获得了两枚金牌,其中刘禹彤不负众望的夺得女子单打WH 2级别的冠军,她以22-20 21-16击败队友徐婷婷,而之后又同屈子墨搭档获得混双WH 1 – WH 2的冠军,他们击败的是另一对中国组合麦建鹏/李红燕,比分是14-21 21-18 21-18。屈子墨同时还赢得了双打WH 1 – WH 2级别的冠军,以及男子单打WH 1级别的亚军。

李红燕在女子单打WH 1级别击败泰国人苏吉拉特,而在女子双打中也搭档徐婷婷获得冠军。

对于印度尼西亚来说,奥克蒂拉一人独揽两枚金牌和一枚银牌,其中她在女子单打SL 4级别不敌中国的程和芳,比分是21-19 18-21 13-21,但是在女双和混双项目的冠军还是弥补了她的遗憾,同胞安里穆什蒂同样获得了双打冠军。

SL 3:巴加特(印度)21-19 15-21 21-14鲁卡迪(印度尼西亚)SL 4:塔伦(印度)10-21 21-13 21-19弗雷迪·塞蒂亚万(印度尼西亚)
SS 6:朱文楷(中国香港)21-13 21-17塔莱索(马来西亚)
SU 5:安里穆什蒂(印度尼西亚)22-20 21-13努格罗(印度尼西亚)
WH 1:Choi Jungman(韩国)15-21 21-18 21-12屈子墨(中国)
WH 2:Kim Jungjun(韩国)15-21 21-6 21-17陈浩源(中国香港)

SL 3:帕尔玛尔(印度)21-9 21-5瓦纳法蒂(泰国)
SL 4:程和芳(中国)19-21 21-18 21-13奥克蒂拉(印度尼西亚)
SU 5:1. 杨秋霞(中国)2. 铃木文子(日本)
WH 1:李红燕(中国)21-12 21-14苏吉拉特(泰国)
WH 2:刘禹彤(中国)22-20 21-16徐婷婷(中国)

SL 3 – SL 4:迪威约克/弗雷迪·塞蒂亚万(印度尼西亚)22-20 22-20 Jeon Sunwoo/Joo Dongjae(韩国)
SU 5:安里穆什蒂/哈菲兹21-9 21-9努格罗/普特拉(印度尼西亚)
WH 1 – WH 2:麦建鹏/屈子墨(中国)21-15 13-21 21-17 Kim Jungjun/Lee Dongseop(韩国)

SL 3 – SU 5:奥克蒂亚/苏科达诺科(印度尼西亚)21-15 21-12程和芳/马会会
WH 1 – WH 2:李红燕/徐婷婷(中国)21-17 11-21 21-13波克汉姆/韦特维森(泰国)

SL 3 – SU 5: 苏珊托/奥克蒂亚(印度尼西亚)21-7 21-10西里蓬/尼帕达(泰国)
WH 1 – WH 2:屈子墨/刘禹彤(中国)14-21 21-18 21-18麦建鹏/李红燕(中国)


Goh All The Way – Finals: YOG 2018

Goh All The Way – Finals: YOG 2018

Li Shifeng and Goh Jin Wei were crowned singles champions as the badminton competition at the Youth Olympic Games 2018 concluded today in Buenos Aires.

China’s Li enjoyed a straightforward victory over India’s Lakshya Sen, 21-15 21-19, while Goh had to work much harder in quelling the challenge of China’s Wang Zhiyi, 16-21 21-13 21-19.

Japan’s Kodai Naraoka and Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan won the bronze medal play-offs.

The early exchanges in the Men’s Singles final between Li and Sen revealed its direction. Li was sharper and had Sen on the ropes with his attacking play; he was 11-2 up in a jiffy. The Indian had had a marathon semi-final against Kodai Naraoka, and its aftereffects manifested in his less-than-fluid movement, while his deep clears, so accurate in the semi-final, was a trifle wayward.

Sen pulled himself together in the second, exerting better control and playing more decisively. It was level until midway, after which Li again pulled ahead with Sen struggling to keep pace. A shuttle that died off the tape gave Li five match points. Sen made it exciting at the end by saving four of those, but he couldn’t prevent the Chinese from closing it out on the fifth opportunity.

“I had a very good start, and that gave me a lot of confidence,” said Li Shifeng. “I’m thrilled to win here, and I would like to thank everyone who came to the venue. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city and all the people are very nice. This result is great for today, but there is much to learn. I hope I can continue to improve and become a World and Olympic champion one day.”

“I was a bit nervous at the start and made a few mistakes, but after five-six points I got into the match,” said Sen. “It was a long match yesterday and I was feeling the strain. I was a bit confused with the high clears at the baseline and I made a few mistakes in judging it. It’s tough to recover after a long match in the semi-finals. I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s a part of the game. Tactically, I was trying all my strokes, but I couldn’t move fast today but my finishing shots weren’t good and I was playing a lot of loose shots from the back, so he could quickly come in.”

Goh Jin Wei’s contest against Wang Zhiyi was a more keenly-contested affair. It was a game of exploration of depth and angles rather than being dictated by sheer pace. Goh showed tremendous athleticism in retrieving Wang’s tight net shots, and as the match wore on, her consistent retrieving prolonged the rallies and took the edge off the Chinese’s attacking game. The Malaysian had a handy lead of 15-12 but Wang refused to relent, and nearly drew level at 19.

The Malaysian (featured image) finally broke free for match point with a clever push from the net, and closed it out before the match could get any tighter.

“I thought I would lose the second game but I cut down on my mistakes,” said Goh. “This result will encourage me to keep working hard for the future.”

Naraoka, Chaiwan Win Bronze

Kodai Naraoka had fallen in the semi-finals to Lakshya Sen after a performance of tremendous grit. Against Arnaud Merkle in the bronze medal match too Naraoka dug deep to emerge winner in a thriller at 21-17 24-26 22-20.

The Japanese looked weary after his marathon semi-final loss, dragging himself around the court between points, but during the rallies he pushed on untiringly. As he had done many times against Sen, Naraoka refused to buckle despite the size of Merkle’s lead. The Frenchman looked set for a comfortable second game win at 19-15 but Naraoka was unceasing in jumping high to smash until an opening appeared.

To Merkle’s credit, though, he too showed the stomach for a good fight. He saved two match points in a tense second game finish, and converted his own third opportunity to level scores at a game apiece.

There was no let-up in quality in the third game. Naraoka continued to press on, while Merkle was alert on the counter-attack. The Japanese gained a vital lead at 19-15, but Merkle responded with four straight points.

With the outcome hanging by a thread, it was once again Naraoka’s willingness to throw everything into the attack that swung it his way. Two jump smashes finally gave him the cherished bronze medal.

The Women’s Singles bronze medal match was a contrast to the Men’s Singles. Top seed Phittayaporn Chaiwan (Thailand) enjoyed a breezy 21-9 21-13 result over Singapore’s Jaslyn Hooi.

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中国小将制造冷门 —— 2018威克多中国公开赛半决赛

中国小将制造冷门 —— 2018威克多中国公开赛半决赛


这对即将征战决赛的才俊上演了一出以弱胜强的好戏,以21-19 11-21 21-17将头号种子吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔掀翻,两人也因此此向最后的男双冠军发起冲击。









然而随着第二局开始,节奏也发生了变化。石宇奇也开始终于能把球打得更连贯,甚至还一度13-11领先。不过这些并不能削弱桃田贤斗的战斗力,缓慢的击球不见了,取而代之的是快速的回球,这也一下击碎了石宇奇的防守,比赛也因此定格在21-10 21-17。



女单的一场半决赛出现在奥原希望和马林之间,然而赛后,一贯不屈不挠的奥原希望竟然无可奈何地躺在球场上,这完全是因为比赛中马林总是能够找到奥原希望的空档。这就是马林进攻的速度和凶猛程度,撕碎了奥原希望的防守,马林也因此15-21 21-12 21-13反败为胜。


阻挡马林连续三个冠军的最后对手将是陈雨菲,她在一场有效率的比赛中21-14 15-21 21-14击败山口茜,第三次闯入主要赛事的决赛,陈雨菲的持续表现让她击败山口茜,而后者显然在比赛中犯了一些不必要的错误。





而“雅思组合”决赛的对手将是同胞张楠/李茵晖,后者今年第一次闯入决赛,他们在半决赛21-10 19-21 21-14击败同胞王懿律/黄东萍。

女双世锦赛冠军松本麻佑/永原和可那以21-16 21-12阻挡了保加利亚组合加布里埃拉·斯托伊娃/史蒂芬妮·斯托伊娃前进的脚步。斯托伊娃姐妹此前利用攻击表演击败了亚锦赛冠军陈清晨/贾一凡,尽管日本人今天也同样遭遇挑战,不过在大多数时候还是顶住了保加利亚人给予的压力。




World Champs in Second Place

World Champs in Second Place

China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen made a significant leap of three spots in the BWF World Rankings in the week following their Men’s Doubles victory at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018.

The Chinese pair (featured image) earned 13,000 points from their victory in Nanjing, and are currently in second spot, still over 25,000 points behind the top-ranked Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia.

The Indonesians, who won four tournaments this season but fell in the quarter-finals of the Worlds, are sitting pretty with 102,683 points.

World Championships runners-up Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan) benefitted from their performance in Nanjing, the 11,000 points helping them jump up a place to No.3.

The other beneficiaries of their Nanjing performance were Chinese Taipei’s Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin, whose semi-final finish gave them 9,200 points, helping them jump five places to No.10. Also making a move up were Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, who lost to the eventual champions in the third round. The Malaysians progressed three spots to No.11.

Fukushima/Hirota On Top

World Championships runners-up Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota had some consolation after blowing two match points in the Women’s Doubles final, as they climbed up a place to No.1, just ahead of compatriots Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi.

Last year’s champions Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (China) slipped two spots to No.3, while the pair that beat them in the quarter-finals, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, climbed two spots to No.4. The other bronze medallists, Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto (Japan), remained static at No.5.

World champions Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara also remained stationary at No.10 despite making 13,000 points. Japan, as expected, dominate the top 15 with six pairs.

Zheng/Huang at No.1

The Mixed Doubles went perfectly for China at the World Championships as their top two pairs made the final. Newly-crowned champions Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong jumped up a spot to No.1, while runners-up Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping also progressed a spot to No.2.

Olympic champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia), who did not compete in Nanjing, slipped two spots to No.3.

The big gainers in the rankings were China’s Zhang Nan/Li Yinhui, semi-finalists at the Worlds, who clambered four spots to No.12.

Another pair that gained four places was Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, who are currently at No.15.

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Intanon Leads Thailand into Semis – Day 2: Asian Games 2018

Intanon Leads Thailand into Semis – Day 2: Asian Games 2018

Ratchanok Intanon inflicted upon Tai Tzu Ying only her third defeat of the year yesterday as Thailand blanked Chinese Taipei 3-0 to enter the semi-finals of the women’s team event at the Asian Games 2018.

Intanon, who was the only player to beat Tai before the World No.1’s shock quarter-final loss to China’s He Bingjiao at the TOTAL BWF World Championships, stopped her familiar rival 21-18 21-18 in 41 minutes.

Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai made it 2-0 beating Hsu Ya Ching/Wu Ti Jung, and Nitchaon Jindapol sealed the victory defeating Pai Yu Po 21-18 21-16.

Thailand face China, who had it easy against Maldives, winning 3-0.

In the top half, Japan eased past India 3-1 and Indonesia powered past Korea by the same margin.

Pusarla V Sindhu took the first point for India against Japan beating Akane Yamaguchi, but her compatriots couldn’t step up to the task as the Uber Cup champions took the next three matches, with Nozomi Okuhara fighting off a battling Saina Nehwal 21-11 23-25 21-16 in the third match.

The only point for Korea against Indonesia came in the second Women’s Singles, with Lee Se Yeon beating Fitriani Fitriani in three games. Gregoria Mariska Tunjung had given Indonesia the start they wanted, holding off Sung Ji Hyun 21-13 8-21 21-18.

In the men’s team event, China and Chinese Taipei set up a semi-final clash, while Japan and Indonesia face off in the other half.

Indonesia emerged from a tough quarter-final against India 3-1, with Anthony Ginting leading from the front beating Kidambi Srikanth in a close match 23-21 20-22 21-10.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo followed up with a 21-19 19-21 21-16 result over Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty. HS Prannoy kept India in the hunt beating Jonatan Christie 21-15 19-21 21-19, but Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto shut the door on India with a 21-14 21-18 result over Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy.

In the other quarter-finals, Japan, Chinese Taipei and China cruised past Korea, Nepal and Hong Kong with identical 3-0 margins.

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Marin Times it Right – Women’s Singles Review: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018

Marin Times it Right – Women’s Singles Review: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018

What is it with major events and Carolina Marin?

The Spaniard’s title win in Nanjing made her the first Women’s Singles player in history to win three World titles. That, and her Rio Olympics gold medal, have seen her capture the year’s most prestigious title four times in the last five years.

Interestingly, except for 2015, Marin has never dominated the season. This year, she arrived in Nanjing without a World Tour title to her name; her best being a lone semi-final in six events (apart from the European title). Similarly, in 2016, in the run-up to Rio Marin best was two semi-final performances in four Tour events. In 2014, the year she surprised everyone with her first World title, Marin hadn’t won a Tour event in eight appearances – losing even the Spanish Open final to Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour.

What this indicates is that the Spaniard (featured image) has mastered the ability to peak at the year’s standout event – the Olympics and the World Championships. In Nanjing, Marin was in a class of her own, shutting down rivals with ruthless efficiency.

Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan might have expected to trouble her in the second round, but Marin steamrolled her 21-9 21-8. Next was Japan’s Sayaka Sato, who was also dispatched in clinical fashion, 21-7 21-13.

India’s Saina Nehwal was her opponent in the quarter-finals, and most fans would have expected a difficult match for the Spaniard. Marin, however, only seemed to get better with every match, stunning the Indian 21-6 21-11, leading Nehwal to comment that she had never seen Marin play at such a high pace.

China’s He Bingjiao was the only player who would take a game off her; nevertheless, Marin recovered to eventually coast to a 13-21 21-16 21-13 victory. Around an hour after Marin had booked her place in her third World Championships final, familiar rival Pusarla V Sindhu followed her into the title round.

The Indian had fallen in two major finals, both hard-fought. In Rio she faded out only at the end, while in Glasgow last year, she lost the title to Nozomi Okuhara by the thinnest of margins. Her experience was expected to stand her in good stead against Marin.

And yet, once Marin broke away from the middle of the opening game, Pusarla’s challenge melted down in untypical fashion. The Indian was a frazzled mess in the second game, even as Marin bustled around the court imperiously.

“It’s been really special to be the first player to win three World Championships… This is really special because I, Carolina Marin, came back and I will fight for my next target,” declared the three-time World champion.

The big surprise in Women’s Singles was the stunning quarter-final exit of hot contender Tai Tzu Ying. The Chinese Taipei star was in unbeatable form heading to the Worlds, having lost just one match out of 35 through the season. It was against He Bingjiao that Tai unravelled, going down tamely after she’d recovered strongly in the second.

Meanwhile, defending champion Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) went down in the quarter-finals to Pusarla – a reversal of their fortunes from Glasgow; while compatriot Akane Yamaguchi made the semi-finals beating China’s Chen Yufei. It was Pusarla again who dented Japan’s hopes, getting the better of Yamaguchi in a thrilling semi-final, 21-16 24-22.

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon and Canada’s Michelle Li were among the contenders who could not live up to their reputation. Intanon, the 2013 champion, struggled in her second round against Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt before going down to Nehwal in straight games. Eleventh seed Li was surprised in the second round by Vietnam’s Nguyen Thuy Linh in a tight finish.

There were encouraging performances from the recent World Junior champions. Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei outplayed Japan’s Aya Ohori in the second round before falling to Okuhara, while Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung did justice to her growing reputation by beating Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in the opening round.

Perhaps the tournament’s most arresting image, however, will be that of USA’s Beiwen Zhang doing a full split in a sensational rally in her third round against Tai Tzu Ying. Beiwen won that point but not the match.

Profitable Season for Tai Tzu Ying

Profitable Season for Tai Tzu Ying

Women’s Singles World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying’s dominance of the circuit so far this season has been richly rewarded – with the Chinese Taipei ace pocketing nearly a quarter of a million dollars in prize money.

Tai, who won four of the five HSBC BWF World Tour events she was in, besides the Badminton Asia Championships, was far and away the highest earner among all categories, with US $ 246,050. Tai’s career winnings are expected to hit a million soon – she is currently at US $ 984,605 – making her perhaps the quickest player to reach that mark.

All England champion Shi Yuqi (China), who was runner-up at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018, topped the prize money aggregate in Men’s Singles, with US $ 119,775, closely followed by comeback kid Kento Momota. The Japanese, who won the Asian title, the Malaysia Open and the TOTAL BWF World Championships, took home US $ 113,100, just one of five players to make over US $ 100,000 this year. The other two to cross that impressive figure were Indonesia’s Men’s Doubles duo Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, who each got richer by US $ 113,000.

Among the other top earners were Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen, who made over US $ 82,000 thanks to her winnings in Women’s Doubles (US $ 57,487) and Mixed Doubles (US $ 24,518) and Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, who likewise excelled in two categories.

Top Earners (all categories):

1.Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) – US $ 246,050
2. Shi Yuqi (China) – US $ 119,775
3. Kento Momota (Japan) – US $ 113,100
4. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) – US $ 113,087
4. Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) – US $ 113,087
5. Christinna Pedersen (Denmark) – US $ 82,006
6. Yuta Watanabe (Japan) – US $ 74,675
7. Yuki Fukushima (Japan) – US $ 74,531
7.Sayaka Hirota (Japan) – US $ 74,531
8.Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) – US $ 73,825
9.Zheng Siwei (China) – US $ 72,625
9.Huang Yaqiong (China) – US $ 72,625
10.Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) – US $ 72,000

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China’s Young Heroes – Thomas Cup Review

China’s Young Heroes – Thomas Cup Review

China’s young generation came good on the big stage to help their team recapture the Thomas Cup six years after China last lifted the trophy.

In Shi Yuqi and the Men’s Doubles pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, China found their heroes.

Nine-time winners China arrived in Bangkok for the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018 secure in the knowledge that they had, on paper, the strongest team of the 16. With Olympic champion Chen Long as spearhead, and World champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng, All England winner Shi Yuqi, and Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen to follow; and five-time World champion Lin Dan as the most reliable fifth-match player a team could have, China looked solid in all departments.

On the other hand, this edition of the Thomas Cup had several teams with all-round depth. Defending champions and top seeds Denmark, for instance, arrived with a mostly unchanged squad from the one that won the tournament two years ago. Japan, Indonesia and Chinese Taipei too have enjoyed success in singles and doubles in recent years, while Hong Kong and Thailand looked capable of springing upsets against more fancied opponents.

Having qualified with ease to the quarter-finals, China’s first big test was expected to be Chinese Taipei. However, the Chinese powered past their rivals dropping just a game; after Chen Long provided the opening, Zhang/Liu held off Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang in a close contest before Shi Yuqi edged past Wang Tzu Wei.

Shi again proved his mettle the following day, in the semi-finals against Indonesia. The All England champion was steadiness personified against Jonatan Christie, and his victory set up the tie for Li/Liu to storm past Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan. The veteran Indonesians are renowned for their mastery of the serve-return and net situations, but Li and Liu did not allow them any breathing space up front, and despite losing the first game, stepped on the gas in the second and third, with the Indonesians unable to repel their fierce attack. The manner of their victory was a signal that China were going into the final with all engines running smoothly.

Japan got the start they wanted in the final with Kento Momota’s masterly display against Chen Long. World champions Zhang/Liu outclassed Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko to get China back into the contest.

Shi Yuqi once again stepped up to the plate and with commendable assurance, stopped Kenta Nishimoto in his tracks.

Japan fielded the scratch combination of Keigo Sonoda and Yuta Watanabe against Li and Liu – and it worked brilliantly for them. The Japanese were electric in the opening game, and it took all of Li and Liu’s skills to rein them in. With two match points, Watanabe and Sonoda nearly took Japan to a fifth match, but Li and Liu showed they had finally matured into world-beaters, staying calm during the storm to steer China through. China’s young guns had steered the ship to safely.

And while Japan went down, in their spirited display they made a grand impression. They had come through the toughest group of the four – Group C – against Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany – dropping just two matches on the way.

The semi-final against Denmark was an engrossing tie. Momota can well claim to be the best player in the world at the moment as he dispatched World champion Viktor Axelsen 21-17 21-9. Denmark, missing Carsten Mogensen, fielded Mathias Boe and Mads Conrad-Petersen against Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and the new combination clicked.

Hans-Kristian Vittinghus was Denmark’s hero during their title victory in 2016, but Kenta Nishimoto was the better player on the day as he closed out the contest 21-19 21-12.

Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen took the tie to the fifth match. Jan O Jorgensen’s experience was expected to favour him against Kanta Tsuneyama, but the match turned out differently, with Jorgensen unable to contain the attacking Tsuneyama. The defending champions were out of the tournament.

A lot of the credit for Japan’s performance went, deservingly, to Momota, who capped a sensational comeback from suspension. Momota continued from where he left in Wuhan – he won the Asian title in April – winning all his six matches in Bangkok.

Another player who led his team admirably was Lee Chong Wei. The veteran was once again the rock for his team, winning all three of his matches, including the group match against Viktor Axelsen, in which he started out with spellbinding speed before relying on his craft to fashion a 21-9 21-19 victory. He followed that up by beating Anthony Ginting in the quarter-finals to put Malaysia ahead, but the rest of his team couldn’t quite keep up.

Hosts Thailand, in Group B with Indonesia, Korea and Canada, couldn’t match the sensational display of their Uber Cup team, failing to progress past the group stage. The tie that cost the Thais dearly was against Korea, as they went down 3-2.

Of the other teams, France did well to qualify for the quarter-finals, finishing second in Group A, ahead of India and Australia.

Group C was reckoned to be the ‘group of death’, with Japan, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Germany. While Germany did finish last in the group, they gave a good account of themselves, losing narrowly to Hong Kong 3-2, and taking a point off Japan (4-1). Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel will look back with some happy memories, as they beat Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei/Or Chin Chung, both in close finishes.

YOG Mascot #Pandi Launched

YOG Mascot #Pandi Launched

The Youth Olympic Games mascot #Pandi was launched by the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee last week. Inspired by the jaguar, one of the most emblematic wild cat species found in northern Argentina, the mascot aims to inspire youth to embrace sport as a tool to make the world a better place, while raising awareness about the species’ risk of extinction.

The mascot’s name has a hashtag at the beginning to demonstrate its strong online profile. The jaguar, found in Argentina’s northern region, is in great danger due to human causes. Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have warned about the risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of their natural habitat and hunting.

In the animated short, the young jaguar doesn’t give up when faced with challenges as it tries to reach the ribbons with colours that symbolise Buenos Aires 2018.

During the race it uses the positive energy of the sports found on the Youth Olympic programme to overcome all kinds of obstacles.

Exhaustion can’t get in the way of its final goal, to reach the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, where it’s embraced by the ribbons to become the mascot for the third summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games.

With perseverance and the festive spirit it reveals upon reaching its goal, #Pandi symbolises the desire for Buenos Aires 2018, the first edition of an Olympic celebration with strict gender equality, to serve as an important source of inspiration to build a better world through sport.

“Like the young athletes that give their best to qualify for the Games, the Buenos Aires 2018 mascot overcomes all types of adversity to reach its goals,” said the president of the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee, Gerardo Werthein.

The Olympic mascots are ambassadors to the Games and play a fundamental role in spreading the event’s message and the Olympic values of friendship, respect, and excellence among different audiences, especially children and youth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Axelsen Outlasts Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Korea Light Up Gold Coast

Korea Light Up Gold Coast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

European Resurgence in Rio

European Resurgence in Rio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl2

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

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

Viktor Axelsen & Rajiv Ouseph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus Ellis & Chris Langridge

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

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

Chris Adcock & Gabrielle Adcock

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

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

热门选手闪耀 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第五日

热门选手闪耀 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第五日


桃田贤斗赢得这场半决赛后,已经确保今年的五个单项都会诞生全新冠军,因为桃田贤斗击败的正是仅剩的最后一个卫冕冠军——男单项目的斯里坎特。25岁的印度人一年前在这里主宰一切,不过这一次他在面对日本人时却显得毫无还手之力,桃田贤斗以21-16 21-12晋级。

冷静的日本人将会在决赛面对中华台北的周天成,两人都将向着各自第一座丹麦公开赛的冠军发起冲击。与桃田的轻松晋级不同,周天成苦战三局才抵挡住了安东森的冲击,这场比赛从最初的迹象认为,主场作战的21岁丹麦人将会晋级,他也把握住了机会赢得首局胜利。然而,周天成在攻防两端的变化提升了他的表现,他也因此主宰了之后两局比赛,同时也伴随着安东森的失误。而随着周天成以19-21 21-11 21-12赢得这场耗时74分钟的胜利后,也连续第四次打入公开赛半决赛。

而在周天成之前,戴资颖同样为自己赢得一个决赛席位,头号种子面对此前曾经在世锦赛淘汰自己的何冰娇,不过这一次,戴资颖并没有让过去的故事重演,以21-14 21-12轻松晋级决赛。

而在决赛将要同戴资颖隔网相望的将是印度的内瓦尔,本周内瓦尔的表现看上去恢复了往日风采,这位经验丰富的老将在面对年轻的格洛瑞亚时,充分发挥自身优势,仅仅用时30分钟就以21-11 21-12轻松获胜,尽管她的对手在成年级别赛事中的表现值得称赞。





其中男双决赛将在吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔和嘉村健士/园田启悟间展开,日本组合闯入决赛是依靠21-17 21-19击败了英格兰的埃利斯/朗德里奇。而吉迪恩/苏卡姆乔则经历了同胞阿山/塞蒂亚万的考验后,才以21-18 24-22获得决赛席位。

混双的决赛将在泰国组合德差波/沙西丽同郑思维/黄雅琼间展开。郑思维/黄雅琼在同阿玛达/纳西尔的比赛中被拖入决胜局,而在决胜局取得11-6领先后,中国组合一鼓作气以21-11 19-21 21-17获得胜利,泰国组合的经历也同中国人有些相似,他们一度在决胜局取得大比分领先,不过却被韩国组合徐承宰/蔡侑玎追到14-16,幸好此后泰国人没有受到影响,依然以21-16 17-21 21-16险胜。

日本则已经提前获得女双冠军,头号种子福岛由纪/广田彩花和队友田中志穗/米元小春相遇在决赛。世界第一组合以21-13 21-16在半决赛淘汰波莉/拉哈尤,而田中志穗/米元小春以21-12 21-14击败了韩国组合金慧贞/孔熙容。


令人振奋的内瓦尔 —— 2018丹麦公开赛四分之一决赛

令人振奋的内瓦尔 —— 2018丹麦公开赛四分之一决赛


坚忍不拔的印度人在丹麦公开赛越走越远,尽管她在这场比赛中先输一局。现年28岁的印度人在次局比赛奋力追到12-12后,开始一路领先,并主宰了之后的比赛,以17-21 21-16 21-12获胜。



之后她将面对后起之秀格洛瑞亚,后者也同样进入了这项超级750赛事的半决赛。这位印度尼西亚的世青赛冠军在面对主场作战的杰克斯菲德时以20-22 21-19 21-13逆转,而在第二轮她同样击败了另一位丹麦选手布里希菲尔特,这让格洛瑞亚成为东道主的噩梦。


男单半决赛将在斯里坎特同夺冠大热门桃田贤斗间展开,印度人将继续自己的卫冕之路,此前他以22-20 19-21 23-21淘汰同胞维尔马。二号种子桃田贤斗则轻松以21-13 21-9击败泰国人科希特晋级半决赛。

与此同时,东道主球迷的希望完全寄托在安东森身上,他在半决赛将面对四号种子周天成,安东森在面对黄宇翔时经过一场苦战才以21-14 13-21 22-20晋级,周天成则逆转淘汰了韩国的孙完虎,比分是17-21 21-19 21-15。

在混双赛场,阿玛德/纳西尔的组合表明他们依然很有竞争力,在面对克里斯蒂安森/彼得森的组合时以26-24 21-10晋级。他们下轮的对手将是头号种子郑思维/黄雅琼,与此同时,另一场对决将是德差波/沙西丽对阵韩国的徐承宰/蔡侑玎,巧合的是,这两对组合都是踏着马来西亚人的“尸体”进入到半决赛的。

除了安东森以外,埃利斯/朗格里奇依然在为欧洲选手正名,两人也奉献出了自里约奥运会夺得铜牌后的最佳演出,英格兰组合以16-21 21-16 22-20险胜中华台北的廖敏竣/苏庆恒进入到了男双半决赛。半决赛里,英格兰组合将会对阵日本的嘉村健士/园田启悟,另一场对决则是印度尼西亚的吉迪恩/苏卡穆约对阵同胞阿山/塞蒂亚万。


Saina Sizzles! – Day 4: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Saina Sizzles! – Day 4: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Saina Nehwal’s Odense campaign got even better today as she ousted Nozomi Okuhara from the DANISA Denmark Open 2018 – Presented by VICTOR, a day after beating Okuhara’s Japanese team-mate, Akane Yamaguchi, in straight games.

On this occasion, the gritty Indian was forced to go the distance in Women’s Singles, having dropped the first game versus her opponent. The tenacious 28-year-old wrestled for the lead from 12-12 to trigger a decider which she then dominated to claim a confidence-boosting 17-21 21-16 21-12 quarter-final triumph.

Her coach Pullela Gopichand was thrilled with the back-to-back successes against such highly-rated rivals.

“It’s great to see Saina pull out these two very good matches – and of course she had a tough first round as well (against Cheung Ngan Yi). I think the way she has beaten Yamaguchi and Okuhara back-to-back is refreshing, especially considering that she has lost her last few matches against these formidable players,” noted the Indian national coach.

“It is wonderful to see Saina moving well on court and performing at the highest level. She is very motivated to win.”

Nehwal (featured image) will be up against rising star, Gregoria Mariska Tunjung, who advanced to the Super 750 semi-final by again breaking Danish hearts. Indonesia’s reigning World Junior champion overcame hometown player, Line Kjaersfeldt, 20-22 21-19 21-13, having ousted Mia Blichfeldt in the second round.

The other Women’s Singles semi-final features a rematch of the World Championship quarter-final with top seed Tai Tzu Ying facing the opponent who denied her a medal in Nanjing – He Bingjiao of China.

Men’s Singles has also conjured up some potential blockbusters with Kidambi Srikanth across the net from the red-hot Kento Momota of Japan. The Indian continued his title defence today, defeating his Indian compatriot Sameer Verma (22-20 19-21 23-21) in 78 minutes. No.2 seed Momota secured his semi-final berth, 21-13 21-9, versus Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.

Meanwhile, all host hopes rest on Anders Antonsen – the lone Dane still in the tournament – in his semi-final against No.4 seed, Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. Antonsen came through a tough encounter with China’s Huang Yuxiang (21-14 13-21 22-20). Chou bounced back to sweep past No. 6 seed, Son Wan Ho of Korea ( 17-21 21-19 21-15).

In Mixed Doubles, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir showed they remain worthy contenders, progressing to the semi-finals, 26-24 21-10, at the expense of Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen of Denmark. They oppose top guns Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong of China for a place in the final. Elsewhere, Korea’s Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung will tackle Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand; both pairs advancing against Malaysian opposition.

Antonsen apart, Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge are the only other Europeans still in the fray. Finding some of their best form since winning Olympic bronze in 2016, the English duo progressed to the Men’s Doubles semi-finals; 16-21 21-16 22-20 against Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng. Ellis/Langridge face Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda in the semi-final. Indonesia are already assured of featuring in the final with No.1 seeds, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo opposing their senior team-mates, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, in the other last-four match.

Japan is once more dominating Women’s Doubles with two pairs advancing to the final four; world No.1 duo Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota and Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto. The latter will battle Kim Hye Jeong/Kong Hee Yong (Korea) while Fukushima/Hirota will be up against Indonesia’s Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu.

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卫冕冠军的消亡 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第三日

卫冕冠军的消亡 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第三日



因达农依然被低迷状态束缚,这位女单卫冕冠军不敌中国小将蔡炎炎,1999年出生的蔡炎炎以22-20 22-20战胜泰国人。与此同时,李绍希/申昇瓒也在一场苦战后无缘触碰今年的奖杯,蓬纳帕 /雷迪的组合顶住压力在一场1小时的鏖战中以18-21 22-20 21-18逆转取胜韩国组合。

刘成/张楠在男双赛场的崛起遭遇到了队友韩呈恺/周昊东的强力阻击,年轻的中国男双组合最终16-21 22-20 21-18掀翻三号种子。同样混双赛场也出现了卫冕冠军出局的戏码,中国香港组合邓俊文/谢影雪并没能坚持到底再次登上领奖台。四号种子被韩国组合徐承宰/蔡侑玎以21-12 17-21 22-20击败。

不仅是卫冕冠军们遭遇出局命运,一些东道主选手同样没能幸免。欧登塞体育公园最受关注的名字——安赛龙,同样在主场经历了一段令人痛苦的过程。不过也许令东道主球迷稍显安慰的是安赛龙不敌的正是队友安东森,后者也成为唯一一位晋级八强的丹麦选手。这位现年只有21岁的丹麦人非常冷静,以21-10 12-21 21-19掀翻头号种子。

与此同时,丹麦在男双项目的希望鲍伊/摩根森以及阿斯楚普/拉斯姆森两对组合同样被挡在八强门外,后者上个月刚刚在中国夺得了超级1000赛事的冠军,这一次却被打回原形,廖敏竣/苏庆恒的组合以21-16 21-18获胜。身为五号种子的鲍伊/摩根森则不敌经验丰富的阿山/塞蒂亚万,比分是12-21 22-24。首轮淘汰世锦赛冠军马林的布里希菲尔特则没能继续自己的神奇表演,这一次她不敌世青赛冠军格洛瑞亚,印度尼西亚人尽管先输一局,依然以16-21 21-16 21-11晋级。而在女双比赛中,弗勒尔歌德/蒂格森面对头号种子福岛由纪/广田彩花毫无办法,日本组合轻松以21-9 21-14获胜。

不过也有好的一面,杰克斯菲德扛起了东道主女单的大旗,她以21-18 21-12击败美国的张蓓雯,克里斯蒂安森/彼得森也依然活跃在混双赛场,五号种子21-15 21-10击败德国组合赛德尔/琳达。

和东道主频频遭遇打击不同,印度人在这一天有很多理由值得高兴,内瓦尔以21-15 21-17击败去年的亚军山口茜,同样他们的男单选手也挺身而出,卫冕冠军斯里坎特以18-21 21-17 21-16击败林丹,维尔马也同样上演一场重磅演出,以23-21 6-21 22-20击败亚运会的王者乔纳坦。



Tattered Defences – Day 3: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Tattered Defences – Day 3: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

There will be new champions in four categories as all but one of last season’s winners tumbled out of the DANISA Denmark Open 2018 – Presented by VICTOR in today’s second round.

Shock reverberated around Odense Sports Park as the stellar players who savoured success a year ago failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Super 750 tournament; only Kidambi Srikanth still holding onto his Men’s Singles title…for now.

Ratchanok Intanon’s indifferent form continued to haunt her; the Women’s Singles title-holder perishing at the hands of Cai Yanyan (featured image). The young Chinese beat the Thai star 22-20 22-20. Meanwhile, Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan surrendered their Women’s Doubles crown in equally hard-fought circumstances. It was India’s Ashwini Ponnappa/N. Sikki Reddy who had the pleasure of uprooting the Korean queens, 18-21 22-20 21-18, in an hour.

In Men’s Doubles, Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan’s aspirations of a repeat victory evaporated versus their fast-rising Chinese team-mates, Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong. The young guns rebounded to oust the No.3 seeds 16-21 22-20 21-18. The storyline was the same in Mixed Doubles as Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet could not find the tenacity that took them to the top of the podium in 2017. The No.4 seeds from Hong Kong were derailed by Korea’s Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung (21-12 17-21 22-20).

The seismic shifts were not limited to defending champions as the hosts suffered major casualties too; the biggest being Odense’s favourite badminton son, Viktor Axelsen, who endured another painful experience at home. The only upside of his defeat was that it was to fellow Dane, Anders Antonsen; one of just three Danish quarter-finalists. The 21-year-old kept his calm, prevailing 21-10 12-21 21-19 in a close decider versus the top seed.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Men’s Doubles hopes were left in tatters as veterans Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen as well as Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen were shown the door. The latter were brought back down to earth – following their recent Super 1000 win in China – by Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng of Chinese Taipei (21-16 21-18). Fifth-seeded Boe/Mogensen lost to experienced Indonesians, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (21-12 24-22). There was disappointment for Mia Blichfeldt too. Unable to reprise her first-round performance, the Women’s Singles competitor who beat World champion Carolina Marin, could not handle World Junior champion Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. The Indonesian triumphed 16-21 21-16 21-11. In Women’s Doubles, Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen had no answers for top seeds, Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota. The rampant Japanese took the honours, 21-9 21-14.

On the bright side, Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt kept the Danish flag aloft in Women’s Singles, thwarting USA’s Beiwen Zhang (21-18 21-12) while Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen are still alive in Mixed Doubles. The No.5 seeds brushed aside Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel/Linda Efler (21-15 21-10).

While Denmark may have been weeping, India was rejoicing as a determined Saina Nehwal upset last year’s runner-up Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Women’s Singles (21-15 21-17). Nehwal’s Men’s Singles peers rose to the occasion also. Title-holder Srikanth fought back against China’s Lin Dan (18-21 21-17 21-16) while Sameer Verma produced another weighty performance to take down Asian Games king, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia (23-21 6-21 22-20).

Other notable demises were Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China) in Men’s Doubles; China’s Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan and Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan in Women’s Doubles; and Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping of China as well as Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino (Japan) in Mixed Doubles.

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欧洲选手带来惊喜 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第二日

欧洲选手带来惊喜 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第二日


其中在女双比赛中,塞蕾娜·皮克/赛尔宁爆冷淘汰世锦赛冠军松本麻佑/永原和可那,荷兰组合以两种完全不同的方式淘汰六号种子,比分是21-19 21-18,其中在首局比赛,荷兰组合一度10-17落后,但最终逆转成功。而在次局较量中,皮克/赛尔宁在4-4之后就再也未曾落后,尽管新科世锦赛冠军一度将比分从12-20追至18-20,但已无力回天。

同样对于男双的六号种子彼得森/科丁来说,结局同样令人失望,两人在主场作战的情况下未能顺利通过首轮。尽管两人拿下首局同安格里亚万/哈迪安多的较量,但是印度尼西亚人很快重新抖擞精神,最终鏖战68分钟,以13-21 21-19 21-15逆转。当然对于印度尼西亚的球迷来说,还有更多值得在这一天高兴的理由,老将阿山/塞蒂亚万以21-18 19-21 21-13击败了年轻的中华台北组合李哲辉/李洋,与此同时,头号种子吉迪恩/苏卡穆约21-19 22-20险胜何济霆/谭强。丹麦的鲍伊/摩根森21-19 21-15击败了荷兰组合马斯/塔博林。

让我们将目光对准男单,常山干太击败了曾经阻碍他获得世锦赛奖牌的刘国伦,充满活力的日本人经历了一场惊险刺激的比赛,尽管马来西亚人一度挽救两个赛点,但是依然被常山干太21-15 12-21 22-20淘汰出局。与此同时,最受瞩目的男单头号种子安赛龙并没有让支持他的主场球迷失望,这位大个子成功淘汰日本的坂井一将。尽管第二局一度13-18落后,但是安赛龙及时恢复到最佳状态,以21-12 21-19获胜。安赛龙的队友安东森同样没有让人失望,以21-18 21-18晋级。然而,杰姆克则没有其他同胞那么幸运,被西本拳太以19-21 21-16 21-17逆转。

在进行完丹麦公开赛首轮比赛后,石宇奇和谌龙两人已经惨遭淘汰,不过中国的女单选手则不希望和他们的男单选手经历同样命运,何冰娇、陈雨菲以及蔡炎炎均进入第二轮,只有高昉洁首轮17-21 16-21不敌布桑楠出局,女单世界第一戴资颖和李文珊同样双双晋级。

随着拉姆弗斯/伊莎贝尔和赛德尔/琳达·埃弗勒都闯过混双首轮,显然让德国人有足够的理由高兴。其中后者以21-12 21-15轻取爱尔兰的萨姆/马吉,而拉姆弗斯/伊莎贝尔以21-13 21-17击败中华台北的李洋/许雅晴,同样,拉姆弗斯/赛德尔的男双搭配也晋级第二轮。

Ups and Downs – Day 2: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Ups and Downs – Day 2: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Europe was on both the giving and receiving ends of shock results as the first round of the DANISA Denmark Open 2018 – Presented by VICTOR continued today.

In Women’s Doubles, Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen (featured image) upended World champions, Mayu Matsumoto and
Wakana Nagahara, in straight games at Odense Sports Park. The Dutch pair advanced to tomorrow’s second round, thanks to a 21-19 21-18 victory over the No.6 seeds; showing contrasting attributes in the two games. In the first, they dug deep, fighting back from 10-17 down. In the second, Piek and Seinen proved great front-runners, seizing the lead at 4-4 and never looking back, though dropping six points straight as the Japanese climbed from 12-20 to 18-20 and threatened a comeback.

There was also bitter disappointment for No.6 Men’s Doubles seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding – and by extension their fans – as they crashed out of their home leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour. The imposing Danes perished despite grabbing the first game versus Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto. The Indonesians regrouped to stun their rivals, 13-21 21-19 21-15, in 68 minutes. There was more good news for Indonesian supporters in the category as veteran duo, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, ousted Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang of Chinese Taipei (21-18 19-21 21-13) while top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo battled past China’s He Jiting/Tan Qiang (21-19 22-20). For Denmark, the evergreen Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen overcame Jelle Maas/Robin Tabeling of Netherlands (21-19 21-15).

In Men’s Singles, Kanta Tsuneyama beat the man who stood between him and a World Championship medal. The lively Japanese squeezed past Malaysia’s Liew Daren is another tight encounter which saw Liew save two match points before succumbing, 21-15 12-21 22-20. Meanwhile, all eyes were on Viktor Axelsen as the No.1 seed took to the court for his first match in his hometown – and he did not disappoint. The big Dane found his range against another Japanese, Kazumasa Sakai. Facing a 13-18 deficit in the second game, Axelsen raised his level to win 21-12 21-19. His younger team-mate, Anders Antonsen, followed his example, prevailed over Mark Caljouw of Netherlands (21-18 21-18). However, Rasmus Gemke was not to lucky on home turf, falling to Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto, 19-21 21-16 21-17.

A day after watching their male peers, Shi Yuqi and Chen Long, bow out in the opening round, China’s Women’s Singles players vowed not to do likewise. The trio of He Bingjiao, Chen Yufei and Cai Yanyan progressed to the second round. Only rising star, Gao Fangjie, failed to advance, losing to Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand (21-17 21-16). World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei) and Michelle Li (Canada) won their matches too.

Mixed Doubles proved happy hunting for Germany as Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich and Marvin Emil Seidel/Linda Efler won their first-round encounters. The latter beat Ireland’s Sam and Chloe Magee (21-12 21-15) while Lamsfuss/Herttrich overcame Lee Yang/Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei (21-13 21-17). Lamsfuss and Seidel are through to the second round of Men’s Doubles also.

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热门选手纷纷出局 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第一日

热门选手纷纷出局 —— 2018丹麦公开赛第一日


首当其冲的便是里约奥运会冠军谌龙,在比较早的一场比赛,这位奥运会冠军20-22 15-21不敌中国香港的伍家朗,止步首轮。之后,三号种子石宇奇也同样步了后尘,不敌维尔马。年轻的印度人直落两局以21-17 21-18晋级下一轮。

不过对于关心中国队的球迷来说,还是有好消息的,老将林丹在晚场的比赛中击退泰国人坎塔蓬。这位在上周刚刚年满35岁的两届奥运会金牌得主,在决胜局的表现堪称精彩,以21-13 14-21 21-7晋级第二轮,不过下一轮等待林丹的将是卫冕冠军斯里坎特。



在女单项目,备受关注的马林和辛德胡早早退出在欧登塞体育公园的赛事。其中后者再一次不敌张蓓雯,此前在新德里,张蓓雯就曾在印度公开赛击败过主场作战的辛德胡。这一次在丹麦张蓓雯同样复制了取胜的剧情,这位意志坚定的美国人以21-17 16-21 21-18收获胜利。


西班牙人马林自今年8月以来,状态十分火热,创纪录的夺得第三座世锦赛冠军奖杯的同时还拿到了两站公开赛的冠军,不过这一次,她却被布里希菲尔特淘汰。瘦高的丹麦人尽管一度被马林拖入决胜局,但是她的坚定表现还是帮助自己以21-19 14-21 21-19晋级。

而在其它比赛中,男单世界第一桃田贤斗避免了再次被金廷淘汰的命运,将这位最近两次击败过自己的印度尼西亚人淘汰出局,完成复仇。不过日本人赢得并不轻松,这场比赛最终耗时87分钟才分出胜负,比分是21-18 21-23 21-15。而内瓦尔则足够幸运,一度挽回两个赛点,并以20-22 21-17 24-22险胜中国香港的张雁宜。

与单打比赛不同的是,双打比赛中迸发的火花并不太多。在混双赛场,里约奥运会银牌得主陈炳顺/吴柳莹抵挡住了阿伦斯/塞蕾娜·皮克的挑战,尽管丹麦组合先赢一局,且在之后的比赛也一度掌握主动,但是依然被马来西亚组合以18-21 21-19 21-16逆转。泰国人德差波/沙西丽经历三局苦战以21-16 22-24 22-20险胜中国香港组合李晋熙/周凯华,而泰国组合决胜局甚至一度16-19落后。

在男双的比赛场地,英格兰的马库斯·埃利斯/克里斯·朗格里奇顶住压力,逆转了郑义锡/金德永,尽管韩国人一度挽救两个赛点,但依然以21-14 17-21 20-22不敌里约奥运会铜牌组合。第一轮的其它比赛将会于北京时间今天下午继续展开。

Top Guns Out-Gunned – Day 1: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Top Guns Out-Gunned – Day 1: DANISA Denmark Open 2018

Some big names suffered some big falls on the opening day of the DANISA Denmark Open 2018 – Presented by VICTOR, with China enduring a double whammy in Men’s Singles.

The badminton powerhouse first saw its Olympic titan, Chen Long, succumb to the skilled Ng Ka Long, 22-20 21-15, in the early afternoon. This was followed by the late-night demise of No.3 seed, Shi Yuqi, at the hands of Sameer Verma. The young Indian took down the Chinese heir apparent 21-17 21-18.

The narrative could have been worse for Chinese fans as iconic veteran, Lin Dan, found himself in a midnight maelstrom against blossoming Thai player, Kantaphon Wangcharoen. However, the two-time Olympic gold medallist – who turned 35 last Sunday – showed his class in the decider, striding into the second round, 21-13 14-21 21-7; a date with defending champion Kidambi Srikanth awaits him.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Ng (featured image) was thrilled to overcome Chen, particularly given his opponent’s 14-8 lead in the first game. Chipping away at the deficit, the 24-year-old drew level at 18-18 and seized the advantage on his second game point.

“I’m happy with my performance. I was confident and calm today, though I didn’t start well. When I was down in the first game, I changed my strategy to pressure him more. My confidence increased when the score was level and I was determined to win,” said Ng who next faces Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand.

In Women’s Singles, headliners Carolina Marin and Pusarla V Sindhu exited Odense Sports Park early. The latter was again undone by Beiwen Zhang who had ousted the Indian star in the final of Pusarla’s home tournament in New Delhi. This encounter again stretched the distance, with the gritty American prevailing 21-17 16-21 21-18.

“I learnt how to play against her from our previous match. I was confident and relaxed. I had less pressure than her and I wasn’t worried about if I won or lost,” said Zhang, who hopes to boost her chance of qualifying for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals with a strong performance at the Super 750 event.

Marin, who has been in sizzling form of late with a record third World Championship title and two Tour victories since August, was stopped by Mia Blichfeldt. The lanky Dane held firm after the Spaniard mounted her trademark comeback in the second game, downing the No.5 seed 21-19 14-21 21-19.

Elsewhere, world No.1 Kento Momota avoided the carnage, exacting sweet revenge against Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting for two recent defeats in big tournaments. The Japanese ace emerged triumphant from a dogged 87-minute duel: 21-18 21-23 21-15. Saina Nehwal, too, was counting her lucky stars, surviving her Women’s Singles opener, 20-22 21-17 24-22, versus Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong – saving two match points.

Unlike the drama in singles, proceedings in the three doubles categories went according to seedings and there were fewer fireworks. In Mixed Doubles, Jacco Arends/Selena Piek scared Olympic silver medallists, Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying. The Dutch tandem captured the first game and pushed their more accomplished rivals all the way before perishing 18-21 21-19 21-16. Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai also needed three tough games to shake off Hong Kong’s Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah (21-16 22-24 22-20); coming from 16-19 down in the decider.

In Men’s Doubles, England’s Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge held their nerves to beat Chung Eui Seok/Kim Dukyoung. The Koreans fought off two match points before falling to the Olympic bronze medallists, 14-21 21-17 22-20.

First-round action continues tomorrow at Odense Sports Park ahead of the second round on Thursday.

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