BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth

BWF Statement on Kidambi Srikanth

Badminton World Federation (BWF) can provide an explanation on the incident involving India player Kidambi Srikanth at the YONEX Thailand Open, part of the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour.

On Tuesday, the player indicated he suffered a nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel attended to Kidambi shortly after.

Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) issued this statement:

The athlete had been swabbed three times earlier with the most recent one possibly causing irritation and fragility of the capillaries.

Therefore, when the swab was repeated on Tuesday, and factoring in the athlete’s tense nature, the position of the stick in the nasal passage was misaligned, which caused the slight bleeding noticed from the tip of the swab.

The COVID-19 staff member did not notice any bleeding from the athlete’s nose and there was no complaint from Kidambi at that point.

After about three to five minutes, another athlete from the India team reported that Kidambi had a nosebleed.

It is not known whether the athlete had blown his nose or stuck tissue up his nostrils which could have caused more blood vessels to rupture.

Badminton Association of Thailand, Thonburi Healthcare Group and the Ministry of Public Health have a strict COVID-19 prevention policy to do the nasal passage swab as often as every three to four days for early detection to reassure the athletes and their entourage to stay COVID-19 free throughout the tournament.

BWF continues to work with BAT and the Thai health authorities to ensure the safest and most comfortable conditions for all players and participants.

Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test

Third Round of Testing Returns One Positive Test

BWF can confirm four players tested positive for COVID-19 in Bangkok, Thailand today after the third round of mandatory testing was conducted on Monday 11 January, 2021.

BWF was informed this morning hours before the start of the YONEX Thailand Open – the first tournament of the Asian Leg of HSBC BWF World Tour.

The four players included two from India, one from Germany, and one from Egypt.

Upon retesting the same specimens, one player from India, and both players from Germany and Egypt were found to be negative.

These three players will be tested again today.

One Indian player remains positive and is in isolation for a minimum of 10 days at the hospital. That person will be tested again today also. The match involving this player was declared a walkover.

Today’s match featuring the roommate of this player has also been declared a walkover. That player is in self-quarantine and also subject to another test today.

BWF and Badminton Association of Thailand will continue to follow all protocols outlined by the local health authorities to ensure the safety of all other participants.

The entire Indian team has been categorised high risk by Thai health authorities and all players and team entourage are currently self-quarantining in their rooms at the hotel and will be subject to a PCR test today.

Each individual is subject to daily testing until further notice from the Department of Disease Control, but players can continue to play upon producing a negative result.

India players scheduled to play today will be allowed to come to the venue. No coaches, managers or other personnel from Team India are allowed.

More information to follow.

Confirmed Walkover Matches

(MAS) Selvaduray Kisona vs Saina Nehwal (IND)

(IND) Kashyap Parupalli vs Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (CAN)

Thomas Lund: ‘Happy to See Positive Sentiment’
Practice commenced on 6 January after all 216 players tested negative for COVID-19.

Thomas Lund: ‘Happy to See Positive Sentiment’

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, in an address to fans and media, answered a series of questions on a range of topics in relation to the staging of the three-tournament Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, which kicks off next week with the YONEX Thailand Open.

There have been many positives and challenges expressed by teams and players in terms of the set-up of the Asian Leg in Bangkok. Can you share some of the feedback you have heard?

Thomas Lund: There has been a lot of positive feedback from the players who have arrived in Bangkok that we are starting to play badminton again. There has been a lot of preparation from many stakeholders to make this happen and I’m happy to see positive sentiment. It’s a different environment we find ourselves in and we have done everything we can to accommodate the players and their needs, while keeping safety requirements high. It will be a positive experience as we head into the Asian Leg.

On Wednesday (6 January 2021), it was confirmed that all 824 participants in the quarantine bubble, including 216 players, had tested negative upon arrival into Bangkok. Is that a strong indication that the extensive planning and protocols have worked?

TL: It is a huge positive for us. Everyone was instructed before departure to be diligent and go through all necessary testing procedures. We have a badminton bubble that is COVID-19 clear and it’s important everybody continues to comply with protocols for us to be able to stage three world-class badminton tournaments.

Please detail the fantastic work of Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT), the Royal Thai Government and the Department of Disease Control for making the Asian Leg possible and ensuring all three tournaments are staged safely.

TL: The preparations have been unique and like nothing we have ever done before. I would like to thank the Badminton Association of Thailand, the Royal Thai Government and the Department of Disease Control for all their hard work in making this happen. We worked through many dilemmas and scenarios for the past few months. I would also like to extend my thanks to stakeholders and all partners involved.

Extra sanitisation measures have been put in place for the three tournaments in Bangkok, Thailand.

Are the growing number of cases in Bangkok a concern?

TL: Things seem to change on a weekly basis and it’s always a concern when things develop in a negative way. We have full trust in the Thai Government that they have full control of the situation. Safety protocols are in place and there are no big concerns for the players. We need to monitor the situation, but are confident of a great tournament.

What happens if a player is found to be positive for COVID-19 during the Asian Leg?

TL: If a positive case is found, the player will be isolated and contract tracing will take place. Any player who has been in contact will also need to isolate. As in other sports, this is something we are all getting used to. We are confident we will be able to take care of the player and keep the rest of the players safe during these special times.

China and Japan withdrew from the Asian Leg; what’s your expectation for the level of competition we will see throughout the month?

TL: We will have a great tournament though it was unfortunate that China and Japan had to withdraw, as well as the world’s top men’s doubles pair from Indonesia. We would love to have all the players; we will miss those who withdrew. But we have a great and immensely high level of players in Bangkok.

Social distancing measures are in place in the hotel where the players are staying.

Do you see the Asian Leg setting the standard or being a blueprint for other tournament hosts to follow throughout the year?

TL: There are a lot of learnings we can use from these tournaments. Each country, however, is different. There will be different minimum standards and different health authorities that will have different requirements to follow. We will take away from this all the possible learnings for our next tournament cluster so the set-up can cope with the impact of COVID-19.

The completion of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals brings the 2020 season to a close, what can badminton fans expect in 2021?

TL: We recently released a tournament calendar for the first half of 2021. We are planning to keep tournaments together in a different way. There are clusters planned in Indonesia and we hope to make it more accessible for players to be able to travel more easily to such tournaments. We have learnt a lot in the last six months on staging competitions. We hope to see COVID-19 disappear as vaccines come in.

All Asian Leg Participants Test Negative
Michelle Li

All Asian Leg Participants Test Negative

The Asian Leg in Bangkok, due to start next week with the YONEX Thailand Open, received a boost with all 824 participants in the Green Zone quarantine bubble testing negative for COVID-19.

The Green Zone consists of players and their entourage and all stakeholders who come into direct contact with them, such as umpires, line judges, personnel from BWF, Badminton Association of Thailand, medical staff, and TV production crew.

All international Green Zone participants were required to submit a negative in their own country before departure to Bangkok and were then tested again in Bangkok upon entry into hotel quarantine.

Local players, staff and personnel based in Thailand were also tested and quarantined as part of the Green Zone bubble. Players are now cleared for training under strict safety protocols. The quarantine measures will be in place throughout the mandatory 14-day observation period including during the staging of the YONEX Thailand Open.

More routine COVID-19 tests will follow with strict safety protocols to remain in place until the end of the Asian Leg, which concludes with the completion of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals on 31 January 2021.

Yonex Named as Official Equipment Supplier of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals
President of YONEX, Kusaki Hayashida (left) with Kento Momota (centre) and Arisa Higashino at YONEX sponsorship announcement in Tokyo.

Yonex Named as Official Equipment Supplier of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals

Badminton World Federation (BWF) can announce YONEX as the official equipment supplier for the season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok, Thailand from 27-31 January 2021.

The agreement will see YONEX supply badminton equipment for players, technical officials and the Field of Play.

BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund, said: “YONEX has been an innovator in the development of badminton equipment and continues to blaze the trail in revolution and technology.

“We are thrilled to have YONEX on board for badminton’s much anticipated return, in particular the staging of our signature event of the season, the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.”

President of YONEX, Kusaki Hayashida, added: “YONEX looks forward to working with BWF, all athletes and officials so that the wonderfulness and enjoyment of badminton can be experienced again by badminton fans around the world.”

YONEX is also the long-standing official equipment partner of BWF Major Championships.

HSBC BWF World Tour in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s HSBC BWF World Tour badminton extravaganza commences on 12 January 2021 with the YONEX Thailand Open, followed by the TOYOTA Thailand Open on 19 January 2021 – both Super 1000 tournaments – and culminates with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals from 27-31 January 2021.

The list of athletes qualified for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be confirmed at the conclusion of the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

The top eight players and pairs for each category in the HSBC BWF Road to Bangkok Rankings will be invited to compete, where only a maximum of 2 players or pairs per Member Association are eligible to participate in the World Tour Finals.

It is mandatory to enter both the YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open in order to be eligible to qualify for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

The qualifying tournaments are as follows:

  • ECOGREEN Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
  • PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2020
  • DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2020
  • Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020
  • Barcelona Spain Masters 2020
  • YONEX All England Open 2020
  • DANISA Denmark Open 2020
  • YONEX Thailand Open 2021
  • TOYOTA Thailand Open 2021

 

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

Another Feather in Joshi’s 2020 Cap

The year keeps getting better on the personal front for Para shuttler Manasi Joshi.

While 2020 has been a setback for many athletes, Joshi has had one after another individual accolade head her way.

The latest feather in the Standing Lower (SL3) world champion’s cap is recognition by British public service broadcaster BBC, which has included Joshi in its 100 Women of 2020 list.

The annual list, which honours the most inspiring and influential women from around the world, this year fetes those who are leading change and making a difference during these pandemic-hit 12 months.

BBC in its write-up, rightly highlights that Joshi “aspires to drive a shift in how disability and Para-sports are perceived” in her native India.

“Don’t let the tough times get the better of you, keep exploring every possibility. Give yourself some time off every day,” was Joshi’s message to women published on BBC’s website.

Prior to this, the 31-year-old became the first Para athlete to be named a Next Generation Leader by the TIME magazine and also had a Barbie Doll modelled after her.

Joshi, who lost her left leg in a traffic accident, is now working towards qualifying to Tokyo 2020 next year, when badminton will make its Paralympic Games bow.

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛亚洲赛季按原计划举办

今天,世界羽联与泰国羽毛球协会举行了签约仪式,标志着汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛超级 1000巡回赛和汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛将按照原计划于2021年1月在泰国曼谷举行。

此次活动由世界羽联副主席兼泰国羽毛球协会主席Leeswadtrakul主持,世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶和世界羽联秘书长托马斯·伦德出席线上会议。泰国副总理兼卫生部长Anutin Charnvirakul和旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn也出席了此次活动。

赛程安排:

尤尼克斯泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月12日 – 17日

丰田泰国公开赛(超级1000):2021年1月19日-24日

汇丰2020世界巡回赛总决赛:2021年1月27日-31日

亚洲赛季是继本月初丹麦羽毛球公开赛成功举办之后的又一举措,它确保了羽毛球巡回赛事的重要性,并保护了国际羽毛球运动员的生计。

世界羽联主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶说:“亚洲赛季为我们提供了一个重要机会重启羽毛球巡回赛,重新见到我们的球员们。“

“泰国在组织大型羽毛球赛事方面有着悠久的历史,我们相信我们的东道主会在2021年1月带来一个精彩的羽毛球月。我们有机会一起让羽毛球在国际体育史上再次闪耀。”

旅游体育部长Phipat Ratchakitprakarn在他的讲话中说:“这三场羽毛球比赛被认为是恢复国家旅游经济的一个伟大机会。这也展示了泰国主办世界级体育赛事的潜力。巡回赛的举办符合旅游和体育部的愿景,以发展和整合旅游和体育。此外,这三站巡回赛也可以成为泰国新常态下其他体育比赛的标准。”

Leeswadtrakul补充说,能主办亚洲赛事是泰国羽毛球协会的荣幸,并感谢泰国政府、所有相关者和主要合作伙伴汇丰银行、尤尼克斯和丰田为这一赛事的举办做出的贡献。

“我们对在泰国举办这些具有重大意义的羽毛球比赛给予了极大的支持,并将严格控制监测每个人的安全和健康。”

“这些比赛将会让国人为泰国感到骄傲,因为这是第一次在一个月内在一个国家举行三场这样的比赛。同时,预计还将刺激自COVID-19疫情以来一直停滞不前的经济。”

汇丰泰国区首席执行官开尔文·陈表示,汇丰期待2020赛季汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛能有一个完美的结局。

“我们很高兴看到国际羽毛球赛事回归亚洲,这项运动对我们和亚洲地区的客户都意义重大。我们也要感谢世界羽联和主办方,感谢他们使这些体育赛事能够在球迷和球员的健康和安全的前提下继续进行。我们期待着在2021年1月迎来一个激动人心的羽毛球月。”

关于亚洲赛季的后勤、健康和安全措施的进一步细节将在之后公布。

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

TUC 2020 Postponed; Denmark Open to Proceed

The Badminton World Federation (BWF), in full consultation and agreement with local host Badminton Denmark, has made the tough decision to postpone the TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark.

The decision comes following the withdrawal of a number of participating teams from the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and the European leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour.

BWF, in collaboration with Badminton Denmark, has for many months been preparing for a safe return to international badminton. This includes going to extreme lengths to preserve the health and safety of all participants such as implementing a bubble system to create a safe badminton ecosystem.

However, in view of the recent COVID-19 related developments around the world, a number of teams and individual players have elected not to travel to Denmark for tournaments in Aarhus and Odense; a choice the BWF has to respect and acknowledge.

These are exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and while a return to international badminton remains a priority for the BWF, the health and safety of the entire badminton community is of utmost importance.

Therefore, after lengthy discussions with key stakeholders, commercial partners and participating Member Associations, it has been realised that we are not in a position to deliver the level of competition reasonably expected by fans and all stakeholders, and as a result have decided that we will not stage this year’s TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals on the dates 3-11 October 2020.

BWF is looking into possible alternative dates to reschedule the World Men’s and Women’s Team Championships, but on dates not before into 2021.

Meanwhile, the DANISA Denmark Open 2020 in Odense, a HSBC BWF World Tour Event, will proceed as originally planned in the BWF Tournament Calendar (13-18 October). The event will also be used as an opportunity to implement relevant COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Operating Procedures for the planned restart of international badminton tournaments.

The second tournament scheduled for Odense – the VICTOR Denmark Masters 2020 – slated for 20-25 October has been cancelled as it is no longer feasible to conduct this additional event.

A study into the continued feasibility of the planned Asian leg of the adjusted HSBC BWF World Tour (three HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments hosted in an Asian location) is being conducted and BWF will make further announcements as soon as details are clarified.

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele’s Thomas Cup Story

Herbert Scheele was the Honorary Secretary of the International Badminton Federation (now Badminton World Federation) from 1938-1976. In the May 1979 edition of the World Badminton magazine, he revealed how the Thomas Cup came to being. Here’s his story.

As the contest for the Thomas Cup is now exactly 30 years old, its origin may be rather vague to the majority of followers of the game, notably as the conception of the great triennial competition occurred nearly 40 years ago.

It was at a committee meeting on 11 March, 1939, held during the All-England Championships at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London, that the President of the International Badminton Federation, Sir George Thomas stated under “any other business” that he thought the time was then ripe for instituting some sort of international team competition, and that if this was agreed he would be happy to present a suitable trophy.

Then, as now, the All-England Championships was regarded as the principal annual tournament throughout the world, and Sir George’s idea was no doubt stimulated by a Dane and a Malayan each having then reached the semifinal round of the tournament which until only a year beforehand had been almost restricted to English players.

That year an Irish pair won the men’s doubles, and the ladies’ singles went to a Canadian. Players of neither country have, as it happens, yet repeated those successes, but Danes have captured the men’s singles and ladies’ doubles as they did for the first time in that last pre-war meeting.

The committee of the IBF upheld Sir George’s view and recommended to that year’s Annual General Meeting on 5 July that his offer be accepted.

It also appointed a small sub-committee to investigate suitable regulations to apply to the competition, and I was one of the three individuals who met one evening to draft the necessary conditions, which were later approved by the main committee and promptly circulated to the small number of only 15 national organisations then belonging to the Federation for their views.

The Annual Meeting accepted Sir George’s offer and he at once ordered the manufacture of the beautiful trophy which was formally presented to the small gathering which formed the annual meeting of 1940 during the first year of the war.

But then, because of the war and its immediate aftermath, the huge silver-gilt cup spent the next 80 years in some bank vaults.

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

BWF World Championships 2021 Rescheduled

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and Spanish Badminton Federation (FESBA) can confirm the BWF World Championships traditionally scheduled for August 2021 will now take place at the end of 2021 from Monday 29 November to Sunday 5 December.

The move will allow the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain to shine brightly in what will be a condensed sports calendar.

BWF and FESBA had already opened discussions with tournament hosts to stage the championships later in the year to ensure ultimate success of the event for players, their entourage and fans.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to 23 July to 8 August and 24 August until 5 September 2021 only confirmed this move.

The new schedule will allow players to have a clear focus for 2021 in which they will have dual objectives of both the Olympic Games and World Championships.

The BWF World Championships 2021 will be played in Carolina Marin’s home town of Huelva.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said changing the BWF World Championships to late November was in the best interests of the sport.

“BWF and Spanish Badminton Federation are confident that the rescheduled championships will be a success. The move allows both the Olympic badminton competition and the World Championships to be conducted with equal fairness for everyone,” Høyer said.

FESBA President David Cabello added: ”We hope the World Championships in Huelva will be a special occasion for badminton in Spain and the world.

”We are satisfied that moving the championships to the end of the year will allow us to deliver the best tournament possible.”

The remainder of the 2021 BWF Tournament Calendar is yet to be finalised.

The World Championships will take place in the Carolina Marin Stadium, the arena named after the three-time world champion in her native city of Huelva.

A further announcement will be made on the qualifying process for next year’s Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships.

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t
Shi Yuqi performed impressively for China.

Stars Who Shone; Those Who Didn’t

The recently-concluded TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 was a roller-coaster ride for reputations. Several stars, expected to take their teams to glory, fizzled out during the week. There were also a few others who rose to the occasion when the situation demanded it. Here we look at the prominent names:

Those Who Sizzled

Shi Yuqi

Continued to build on his reputation as a big-match player. The manner in which he handed a pasting to Kento Momota in the final was stunning to watch – a near-replica of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in December. Won his three matches with ease – over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in Group 1D and Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semi-finals.

Li Junhui (left) and Liu Yuchen – stable under pressure.

Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen

Were unshakeable despite being in trouble in their opening match against Malaysia’s Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik. Recovered from match point down to beat the Malaysians, and then destroyed their three following challengers – Denmark’s Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen; Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet/Kittinupong Kedren, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe. The Japanese were expected to stretch Li/Liu in the final, but after first game trouble, the world champions crushed their rivals to hand the advantage in the final to China.

An Se Young played outstanding badminton to beat Tai Tzu Ying.

An Se Young

The 17-year-old came into the Sudirman Cup as a potential star, having won the New Zealand Open, and returned with reputation enhanced. With her sensational upset of No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, which helped Korea top Group 1C, and close loss to Ratchanok Intanon, An did enough to suggest she could be the face of the future of women’s singles badminton.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo didn’t disappoint for Indonesia.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

The ‘Minions’ went into the Sudirman Cup in unconvincing form, but admirably led Indonesia into the semifinals. Won their three matches in straight games, including the semifinal over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, on which Indonesia were unable to capitalise.

Michelle Li powered Canada’s finish on top of Group 2.

Michelle Li

Despite struggling with injury, Canada’s singles spearhead guided her team to the top of Group 2. Prevailed in a contentious Group 2B match against Germany’s Yvonne Li that set Canada on to victory over difficult opponents, and in the Group 2 final against France, easily beat Yaelle Hoyaux to come away with three wins out of three.

Nhat Nguyen was a standout for Ireland.

Nhat Nguyen

The 18-year-old had a busy week for Ireland, playing two categories and winning all but one of his eight matches. Nguyen nearly led his team to Group 3 victory, but, having won his singles, surprisingly lost his men’s doubles (with Sam Magee) to Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka. Ireland had to be content with second place in Group 3 (overall 22nd), but Nguyen would have returned pleased with his contribution.

…and Those Who Fizzled

Tai Tzu Ying

Nothing went Tai Tzu Ying’s way against An Se Young.

The world No.1 hasn’t had the best of seasons, but was expected to lead Chinese Taipei to a possible semifinal, their first in history. However, Tai was woefully off-colour, struggling against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi and losing to An Se Young, before making it past an equally disappointing Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. Despite her win, Chinese Taipei fell 2-3 to Indonesia.

Anthony Ginting was unable to turn on his ‘A’ game.

Anthony Ginting

Indonesia sported big names in singles, which was expected to buttress their doubles strength and give them a shot at the title. But it all went wrong in the singles, with Anthony Ginting losing two of his three matches, and neither Jonatan Christie or Gregoria Mariska Tunjung able to step up. Ginting was unable to inspire himself to his normal level in losses to Viktor Axelsen (Denmark beat Indonesia 3-2) and against Kento Momota in the semifinals.

Saina Nehwal (right) couldn’t offer any resistance to Chen Yufei.

Saina Nehwal

India were reckoned to have a strong team capable of going far in the tournament, but the Indians turned out to be underwhelming. Kidambi Srikanth didn’t take the court citing fitness concerns, and Sameer Verma took his place. Saina Nehwal, not fully fit, played one match – against China’s Chen Yufei – and she was routed in 33 minutes, which more or less summed up India’s campaign.

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Smooth Sailing for Malaysia
Hoo Pang Ron (right) and Cheah Yee See.

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Smooth Sailing for Malaysia

Malaysia enjoyed a successful day at the TOYOTA Thailand Open, winning nine of 11 matches, and producing a surprise in mixed doubles.

World No.34 duo Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See were expected to have trouble against No.15 pair Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue, who yesterday had taken out second seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti. However, it was the French who finished at the receiving end, unable to come to terms with the clever play of the Malaysians as they fell 21-14 21-16.

“We were underdogs so we went in without any pressure. We just had to play our game. Our coaches asked us not to rush. Their attack is strong too, so we had to get the attack first,” said Hoo Pang Ron.

“This win is quite big, it will improve our confidence. We hope we can keep going.”

A deflated Delrue admitted they couldn’t quite adjust to the Malaysians’ style.

“They put a lot of pressure on us, they played a flat game and it wasn’t the same game as yesterday so we didn’t adapt to their speed.

Compatriots and fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying made the quarterfinals in the top half of the draw, where they face Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa.

In women’s doubles, giant-killers Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan, who had upset sixth seeds Chang Ye Na/Kim Hye Rin in the first round, struggled to shake off French duo Vimala Heriau/Margot Lambert before easing through in the end in three games. They face compatriots Chow Mei Kuan/Lee Meng Yean, who got the better of Gronya Somerville/Setyana Mapasa in straight games.

Pearly Tan (right) and Thinaah Muralitharan.

Malaysia also enjoyed rich pickings in men’s doubles, with three pairs entering the last eight. Eighth seeds Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik repelled the wares of the new kids on the block, world junior champions Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin, after a disastrous second game in which they won only six points.

In the quarterfinals they take on their seniors Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, who came through after a stiff battle against Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh/Kittinupong Kedren.

In the top quarter, Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi also prevailed in three games, over Denmark’s Niclas Nohr/Mathias Christiansen.

Men’s singles will have a quarterfinal representative in the form of Liew Daren, who had a straight-games win over HS Prannoy.

“Today Prannoy looked a bit tired, maybe due to yesterday’s tough match. So I just had to play my game and put him under pressure,” said Liew.

“Tomorrow will be a tough match (against Viktor Axelsen). You can see from last week that he is playing very well, but I will give my best.”

丰田泰国公开赛:维廷胡斯向汤姆斯杯发起冲击

丰田泰国公开赛:维廷胡斯向汤姆斯杯发起冲击

当维廷胡斯在今天与鲁斯维托对决时,他心里想的不只是丰田泰国公开赛四分之一决赛,还有一些更重要的事——要为今年晚些时候举行的汤姆斯杯做出证明。

对于丹麦队来说,男单人才储备正处于黄金时期,有两位世界顶尖选手安赛龙和安东森,还有一位进步迅速的选手格姆克。这也意味着维廷胡斯——目前世界排名42——如果他希望进入首发阵容,还需要一些努力。今天的第二轮比赛是一个机会,鲁斯维托很可能是印尼队三单。预见到未来的冲突,维廷胡斯向他的团队传达了一个信息。

对丹麦人来说本场开局不是很好。鲁斯维托开局后连得11分。

“第一局比赛并没有消耗我太多的精力,但是我必须在精神上投入更多的精力。对手他在前场的表现让人难以预料,有时你会觉得他在后场并不那么危险,但他突然做出这些快速的节奏变化,让你猝不及防。所以我花了一些时间来调整自己,相信自己的防守,相信比赛计划。”

维廷胡斯以他特有的节奏扭转了局面,在11-21 21-15 21-17的比分锁定比赛时,他发出了几声呐喊。

“汤姆斯杯已经在我的脑海里了,”目前排名第42位的维廷胡斯说。“去年我最大的目标是成为球队的一员,今年也是。当然有一些事情是我想要实现的,但基本上我不会去奥运会,而且由于我在丹麦队的位置,世锦赛很可能不再适合我了。所以对我来说,现在只剩下两件重要的事情了,那就是全英和汤姆斯杯。我知道我以前赢得过汤姆斯杯,但如果能再赢一次就太棒了,男单的竞争非常激烈,所以这就是为什么对我来说,在一支有竞争力的队伍中展示我能够击败第三个男单的原因。”

“我知道我落后格姆克,但是我们在2016年也看到了所有的队员都需要做好准备。所以我需要向主教练乔纳森证明他们可以依靠我。”

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TOYOTA Thailand Open: Yigit Makes History for Turkey

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Yigit Makes History for Turkey

Turkey have a quarterfinalist at a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 event!

Neslihan Yigit displayed skill and character in overcoming Germany’s Yvonne Li 21-19 20-22 21-14 to earn a last-eight place against Carolina Marin at the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

It was the relentless attacking game of the lanky Turkish player that created all the pressure. Li struggled to keep up as Yigit kept up her barrage of attacking strokes; she was also equal to the challenge in the longer rallies and pinned the German with the precision of her clears to the deep. Not even the loss of a match point in the second game deflated her, and she continued to keep up her steep attack and pulled away from the German towards the end.

“It’s a great moment for me,” said Yigit. “I’m so happy. This was a hard match and I won; this is my biggest tournament, so I’m very excited.

“I lost the second game due to my mistakes, but I just told myself to keep going on, and that I could still win the match.

“Before I came here I could not prepare well very because of the lockdown at home. So I just wanted to do my best. Tomorrow will be a difficult match, I will give my best.”

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Vittinghus Proves a Point

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Vittinghus Proves a Point

It wasn’t just the quarterfinals of the TOYOTA Thailand Open that was on Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus’ mind when he took on Shesar Hiren Rhustavito today – there was something to prove for the Thomas Cup, scheduled for later this year.

Denmark is enjoying a golden period in men’s singles, with two world-beaters in Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen, and a third, rapidly-improving player in Rasmus Gemke. That also means Vittinghus – who is currently No.42 – has some catching-up to do if he hopes to be fielded in the line-up. Today’s second round match was an opportunity – for Rhustavito is the likely third men’s singles player for Indonesia. In anticipating a future clash, Vittinghus was sending a message to his team.

It didn’t begin so well for the Dane. Rhustavito ran away with the opening game from 8-all, taking 11 points in a row.

“The first game was not draining in terms of energy, but mentally I had to dig deep. He was really tricky to solve; his front court play is difficult to anticipate, and sometimes you feel he’s not so dangerous from the back of the court, but suddenly he makes these quick changes of pace and he catches you off-guard.

“So it took some time for me to adjust and trust my own defence, and trust the game plan.”

Vittinghus turned it around with characteristic stubbornness, and let out a couple of war cries when he finally nailed the match at 11-21 21-15 21-17.

“The Thomas Cup is already on my mind,” said Vittinghus, who is currently ranked No.42. “Last year it was my biggest goal to be part of the team and it is again, this year. Of course there are some things I’d like to achieve, but basically I’m not going to the Olympics, and there’s a good chance that the World Championships are not for me anymore, with my position in the Danish team. So for me there’s basically only two important things left, and that’s the All England and the Thomas Cup. I know I’ve won the Thomas Cup before, but it would be amazing to repeat it and there’s fierce competition for men’s singles, so that’s why it was important for me to show I can beat the third men’s singles on one of the contending teams.

“I know I’m behind Gemke, but we also saw in 2016 that all players on the team need to be ready. So I needed to prove to Kenneth (head coach Jonassen) that they can count on me.”

Up next will be Hong Kong Open champion Lee Cheuk Yiu; the prize a place in the semifinals of a Word Tour Super 1000 event.

“I just want to enjoy playing and be true to what I agree with my coach in terms of the game plan and also the way I behave and handle myself on court,” says Vittinghus. “If I succeed in doing those two things, I think I’m capable of winning. Those are the most important things when I play Lee Cheuk Yiu tomorrow.”

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丰田泰国公开赛:吉凯尔/德尔吕再放异彩,淘汰二号种子!

丰田泰国公开赛:吉凯尔/德尔吕再放异彩,淘汰二号种子!

尽管在上周的尤尼克斯泰国公开赛混双半决赛上败给了二号种子乔丹/梅拉蒂,但法国组合吉凯尔和德尔吕对他们的胜利并不感到惊讶。

“其他人可能会感到惊讶,但我们不会,”德尔吕在两人以14-21、21-9、21-13击败印尼组合后说。法国组合曾在2020年印尼大师赛上击败过对手,这次他们证明了这一成绩并非昙花一现。

“我们打了一场很好的比赛,除了第一局以外他们一直处于压力之下。在第三局比赛中,我们对彼此说,我们必须要有侵略性,这就是我们所做的。”

在第一局比赛迅速获胜后,乔丹/梅拉蒂开始走下坡路,吉凯尔/德尔吕顺势抓住机会,几乎没有失误。乔丹在后场无法发挥他的重炮实力,由于法国队的严密控制,对方出现了一连串失误。德尔吕后两局在网前完胜梅拉蒂,并为吉凯尔提供了足够的机会。

“关键是保持进攻,”吉凯尔。“我的发球比上星期好。在第一局游戏中,它还是不稳定,但在那之后发球变好了,我开始改变它。我们知道他们在接球的时候喜欢抢节奏,我们已经准备好了。我搭档的网前很好,所以我的工作就是继续进攻。”

乔丹和梅拉蒂在比赛后看起来很沮丧。

“我们对比赛和结果感到很难过。他们也是很好的球员,他们今天打得很好。我们必须改进。在第二局比赛中,法国队的战术很好,他们给了我们很大的压力。”

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TOYOTA Thailand Open: Indonesians Crash to French Pair

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Indonesians Crash to French Pair

It had slipped them last week, but that wasn’t about to happen this time. Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue came away not the least bit surprised by their victory over second seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, despite falling to them at the YONEX Thailand Open last week.

“Others might be surprised, but not us,” stated Delrue, after the French duo beat the Indonesians 14-21 21-9 21-13. Having upstaged Jordan and Oktavianti once before – at the Indonesia Masters 2020 – the French proved that that result was no one-off performance.

“We played a really good match, except the first game, put them under pressure all the time. In the third, we said to each other that we have to be aggressive, and that’s what we did,” said Delrue.

After a quick first game win, the Indonesians’ frustration started to show as Gicquel and Delrue matched them shot for shot at the front court and gave little away. There were few shuttles in the air for Jordan to smash down, and with the French keeping things tight, errors came in a flow from the other side. Delrue countered everything that Oktavianti could conjure at the net, and provided enough openings for Gicquel to exploit.

“The key was to keep the attack,” said Gicquel. “My serve was better than last week. In the first game it was shaky, but after that it got better and I started to vary it. We know they like to cross (the shuttle) while receiving, and we were ready for that.

“Delphine is good at the net, so my job was to keep up the attack.”

Jordan and Oktavianti looked disconsolate after the match.

“We are quite sad about the we played and the result. They are also good players and they played very well today. We have to improve. In the second game the French were very good at their strategy and they put pressure on us,” offered Jordan.

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TOYOTA Thailand Open: Malaysian Shock for Sixth Seeds

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Malaysian Shock for Sixth Seeds

Playing only their second top-tier event, Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan produced a sensational performance here at the TOYOTA Thailand Open in taking down sixth seeds Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin.

Even in the heat of a roller-coaster ride in the third, the Malaysians kept up their energy and quality of play, resisting everything the Koreans threw at them to emerge victorious. Not even the loss of three match points dented their stubbornness, as the eventually converted a fourth to win 16-21 21-15 27-25.

Muralitharan said the experience of playing her first HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 event last week had proved vital.

“Last week was our first Super 1000 event, so we learned our lessons. We tried to do better and we were well prepared. Before the game we didn’t think too much; we weren’t expected to win, so we just wanted to play our game and that helped us put in our best performance.”

The Koreans were 20-18 up in the third and had two more match points, but each time Tan and Muralitharan defended and attacked with gusto. They particularly handled Kim Hye Rin’s attack well, returning her smashes to the deep and keeping the rallies going.

“Today what worked for us was that we believed in each other. It’s good for us but I think we can do better,” said Tan. “In the closing stages I just kept telling myself to calm down. Talking to each other helped a lot.”

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丰田泰国公开赛:普兰诺伊带伤奋战淘汰乔纳坦
Prannoy clutches his shoulder after a fall.

丰田泰国公开赛:普兰诺伊带伤奋战淘汰乔纳坦

肋骨受伤和摔倒无法阻止普兰诺伊在丰田泰国公开赛的首轮中战胜乔纳坦·克里斯蒂。

普兰诺伊,曾经去年11月在COVID-19检测中呈阳性,一直感觉被其后遗症影响——主要表现在他的肋骨疼痛,他推测是由于持续咳嗽造成的肌肉拉伤。今天,他在比赛时一直有疼痛的感觉,更糟糕的是,在第三局比赛中,他遭遇了一次严重的摔倒,送给了克里斯蒂一个赛点。

他的左肩接受了简单的治疗,接着带伤继续比赛——这是两人四次交手中他首次战胜克里斯蒂。

“我过去五天都没法训练。肋骨在检测呈阳性后一直疼痛得很厉害, 但我们一直在尝试各种各样的方法(治愈它) 。可能是它发炎了,里面的肌肉很紧张,因为我长时间的连续咳嗽。我得回去检查一下。我一点训练都没进行。”

“今天不抱期待。我只是想积极跑动, 看看恢复情况如何。没有其他战术。我和他交手过很多次了,所以我们知道对方的风格。每次我深呼吸时,肋骨都疼。”

印尼人一度占据上风,领先4分,手握3个赛点。他们之前的几次交手记录让他相信自己还是有机会的。

“克里斯蒂是在压力下会尝试很多冒险球的球员。我深知这一点。在第三局比赛中,目标是从7-11这个糟糕落后中追上。这场他打得很好。我为我完成了比赛而感到骄傲。”

至于跌倒,普兰诺伊说,他感觉到他的肩膀脱位,但随后经过检查后并未脱位。“我以为它脱位了,但幸运的是,没什么大碍。但也有可能几个小时后才开始疼痛发作。”

 

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Prannoy Fights Through Pain
Prannoy clutches his shoulder after a fall.

TOYOTA Thailand Open: Prannoy Fights Through Pain

A hurting rib and a painful fall could not stop HS Prannoy from upstaging Jonatan Christie in the opening round of the TOYOTA Thailand Open.

Prannoy, who’d had COVID-19 in November, has been feeling its after-effects – mainly pain in his ribcage, which he surmises is due to a muscle strain caused by coughing continuously. Today he played with that pain throughout, and to make matters worse, suffered a bad fall during a rally which gave Christie match point in the third game.

He received treatment on his left shoulder, and went on to take the match – his first win over Christie in their last four matches.

“I haven’t practised the last five days. The rib has been paining pretty badly post-COVID, but we’ve been trying all sorts of things (to heal it). Probably it got inflamed and the muscles inside are strained because I had continuous cough. I’ll have to go back and check. There’s been no practice at all.

“There were no expectations today. I just wanted to move around a bit and see how it goes. There was no other game plan. I have played him a lot of times, so we know each other’s game. The rib was hurting every time I took a deep breath.”

Things were going the Indonesian’s way as had a four-point lead at the home stretch, and three match points. Their five previous matches had given the Indian the belief that he still had a chance.

“Christie’s one player who when it comes to the crunch, you can pull it off, because he tries a lot of risky shots. So I had that in mind. And in the third game the target was to be 7-11 down from the bad side, but it turned the other way, because I was up 11-8 and he was playing well. I’m proud that I completed the match.”

As for the fall, Prannoy said he felt his shoulder getting dislocated but then snapping back into place. “I thought it went off but luckily it fell back in place. I thought the fall was bad; hopefully nothing will happen. But these things might start hurting after a few hours.”

 

So Near, Yet So Far for Kilasu Ostermeyer
Thailand-born Kilasu Ostermeyer (right) with Jones Ralfy Jansen.

So Near, Yet So Far for Kilasu Ostermeyer

Travelling to the Asian Leg in Bangkok was a big deal for Germany’s Kilasu Ostermeyer, for she was playing the circuit’s biggest events in the land of her birth.

But this trip will be a bittersweet memory for her; the experience of playing her career’s biggest events on home soil will be tinged with the disappointment of not being able to meet her family. A German coach had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and, while the German players have continued their participation in the Asian Leg, there are additional restrictions on movement.

“It’s so sad because I’m playing in Thailand and I thought I can meet my family. I saw them last at Christmas in 2019. They are in a small city, four hours away. I thought I can stay home for a week after the tournament, but I cannot,” Ostermeyer said.

Ostermeyer was born to a German father and Thai mother and played doubles for Thailand at three World Junior Championships and several Grand Prix Gold and other events. After turning 18, she decided to give up the game and went to Germany to “try something new”.

After some time away from the sport, she started to miss badminton and decided to start playing it “as a hobby”, and turning out in the Bundesliga. Among her early encouraging results was a semifinal at the Orleans International 2017 with Olga Konon.

“The German national coach asked me if I wanted to start again, so for the last two and a half years I’ve been practising with the national team. So for me it was difficult, as I hadn’t played a tournament in long time.”

Ostermeyer struck up a partnership with Jones Ralfy Jansen in early 2019. They were in the semifinals of the Belgian International and the Polish Open that year, and have only started competing at the elite end of the HSBC BWF World Tour. They have had modest success so far, and Jansen believes they have some way to go before they challenge the top pairs.

“We haven’t played many tournaments because I was playing men’s doubles, so we have to find our rhythm and our strength, and we have to keep pushing the world class players to the limit. So that’s what we are focussing on, that we have to move faster, and we have to really develop quality that we don’t yet have.

“We have been together since March 2019, but the last one and a half years we played some 10 tournaments, while the others have played many more.”

Jansen, himself Indonesian-born, appreciates his partner’s quandary at not being able to meet her family.

“I can imagine that. She’s from Thailand and she’s in Thailand right now and cannot meet her parents. I can imagine if there’s a tournament in Indonesia, and I cannot meet my folks even if I’m there – that must really hurt.”