Take a Bow Viktor and Kodai

Take a Bow Viktor and Kodai

We now know the formula to test Viktor Axelsen. Speed. That has been apparent here in Bangkok this week with first Prannoy H. S. and tonight Kodai Naraoka proving that the Olympic and world champion is in fact human.

Fast shuttle conditions and a menacing draft at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 have meant speed players have been better suited allowing them to get on the front foot and attack.

Noticeably, Prannoy and Naraoka reduced the frequency of lifts against Axelsen these past two days, pushing at the front court, keeping it low, and causing the Dane to defend more than he would on a typically slower court.

It certainly has made the men’s singles division more interesting this week with many fans and pundits previously reconciled to the fact that Axelsen simply had to show up to win, such has been his dominance in 2022.

Yet in the clash of the BWF Player of the Year 2022 versus the Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year, Naraoka not only gave us a glimpse of what lay on the horizon but demonstrated through some sheer brilliance the type of arsenal needed by men’s singles combatants to challenge the great Dane.

If you thought Prannoy’s exploits on Friday were a one off, think again. You can expect more and more players, given the right conditions, to apply this blueprint against the world No.1 83-minutes of pure badminton joy is ample evidence of what we can look forward to.

Much to Axelsen’s credit, his ability to dig himself out of a hole, adjust to the barrage dealt his way, and steel himself for the fight was equally enjoyable to watch. A champion is always a champion, and for the top seed to be tested in such a way can only be a good thing for him, and also the sport.

“I dodged a bullet today. Kodai could have gone through,” Axelsen said afterwards.

“I would say that match was close to being my toughest of the entire year. This had everything – good play, bad play and a lot of mental game, too. It had everything sport has to offer, and I was happy to be a part of it. I respect Kodai a lot and he has a very bright up-and-coming future. Today was a fun game.

“I was lucky but I also stepped up in crucial parts and you have to win on days when everything doesn’t come together. I’m just happy to win today. My family is here and to do well in front of them means a lot to me.”

As for Naraoka, a wise head would advise him to cherish this moment, take the positives, learn from the negatives, and store it in his back pocket. For the next time he takes on the big man, he will need it.

“The match with Viktor was difficult but I managed to do well in the first game. I’m tired, but I used all my strength and power to move as quickly as I could to win the opening game. Viktor’s smash is strong and sharp, so I tried to play as low as I could.

“I felt very excited after the first game and when I was leading in the second. I didn’t know if I should try and take it slow or try to finish it. If I had won the second game, that would have been the biggest result for me.

“I have done well today, and up to this point, I want to continue to get better. I want to win, that’s my goal,” said Naraoka.

Match point moment for Viktor Axelsen

On behalf of all those watching – simply stunning gents, simply stunning!

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Liu/Ou’s Dream Year Continues

Liu/Ou’s Dream Year Continues

China’s Liu Yu Chen and Ou Xuan Yi’s first-year partnership has been nothing short of impressive.

They have risen from No.264 to No.11 in the world rankings, and today’s semifinal victory over top seeds Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, sees them reach their fifth final of 2022, of which they have won two.

It also keeps alive the possibility of Liu becoming just the second player behind Lee Yong Dae to win the season-ending finals with two different partners.

Liu won the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 with Li Jun Hu, and tomorrow will seek to lift a second end-of-year title against familiar foes Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan.

Liu/Ou and Ahsan/Setiawan meet again tomorrow.

Interestingly they have a 2-0 record against the Indonesians this year, including victory on Friday in their Group B clash 21-13 21-18.

Liu said of their match today: “In the first game I didn’t play very well, the Indonesians were much stronger. In the second game we were not playing well, so the Indonesians led that game. In the third game, we stepped it up and got ourselves over the line.

“The points were going back and forth and we were glad to come back at the end and win. Ou played very well today. The main thing in matches like this is to try to control yourself, try to relax. In the end, it’s who dares to play the risky shots and who makes less mistakes.

“Now we play the Daddies who are our idols. We respect them. Although they may look slow, they can still play.”

Ou added: “For the final, I wish for everything to be okay. The Daddies have more experience than us, but we’ll try to do our best.”

Ahsan/Setiawan themselves are also eyeing more history, with a fourth finals triumph on the cards, their first being all the way back in 2013.

Ahsan/Setiawan toughed it out against Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi 17-21 21-13 21-19.

 

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Sister Bond Takes Aimsaards Through

Sister Bond Takes Aimsaards Through

Thai sisters Benyapa and Nuntakarn Aimsaard put other pairs on notice with an impressive 21-15 21-6 win over top seeds Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong to seal their place in the knockout phase of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022.

Women’s Doubles Group A Standings

The win sees them top Group A with Korea’s Jeong and Kim scraping through in second with superior games won and lost over fellow Thais Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai.

Nuntakarn, 23, said of their performance: “I really didn’t expect to reach the semifinals, and this is our first ever HSBC BWF World Tour Finals appearance. I’m feeling very excited and very happy at the moment.  Most players walk onto court with their playing partners, but the difference here is I enter a match with my sister.

“There is so much trust between us. There’s no need for me to tell her things. She knows. We have the sensibility to know what to do. Everything is about trust and belief.”

Nuntakarn (left) and Benyapa in sync on court.

Benyapa, 20, thanked the fans for given them that extra boost today.

“I want to thank everyone for their support, all the fans in the stadium and the international fans supporting us on TV. What is also important is that we really want to continue enjoying playing and we want to entertain the fans and hope the fans can enjoy the game with us. We play with fun in our hearts,” she said.

Nuntakarn added their mother had played a key role it the result.

“We have spoken to our mum and she said just to continue playing and enjoying things, and not put too much pressure on ourselves. She’s proud of us no matter what.”

In women’s double Group B, both Chinese pairs progressed to the semis as Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan defeated Apriyani Rahayu/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti 21-16 21-16, while Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu accounted for Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan 21-19 20-22 21-9.

→ Day 3 Results

Christie Digs Deep to Prevail Over Loh

Christie Digs Deep to Prevail Over Loh

Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie kept his chances alive of progressing to the knockout stage of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 with a gutsy victory over Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew.

The world No.5 saved two match points in the second game before overpowering Loh in the third.

Here was his reaction:

“I thank God that I’m still alive and I’m still in the competition. It’s still all to fight for tomorrow. I want this and I want to go to the semifinals. Loh played really well. I watched his match against Chou and he’s unbelievable. He’s got speed, power, and defence. He’s pretty perfect.

“I had some opportunities in the first game but I thought he played well. In the second game, I tried my best and it worked. I really don’t know how I beat Loh today. Each time I play him it’s a tough match. When I played him in Manila earlier this year, the conditions were almost the same with a lot of drift and fast shuttles. It’s not easy to play Loh.

“I think I still have 90 per cent left in the tank. I’ll recover today and hopefully, tomorrow, it’s a full tank.”

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Honour the Genius While We Can

Honour the Genius While We Can

What a delight and privilege it is to watch Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan still dominate the court.

It’s like we’re invited to their private show and all those in witness are secretly privy to their brilliance, perhaps unknowingly aware of the true weight of history being recorded in front of them.

Treat this as a warning to not take for granted this magic that you see. The ageless wonders are writing a chapter that will unlikely be repeated.

At the end of it all – whenever that may come – their numbers will stack up with the best. Maybe just an Olympic medal as a pair missing from their mantle!

But what makes them so special, so unrivalled, so beautiful to watch is not just their speed, or flair, or supreme skill. It’s that splendid chemistry that words cannot really do justice.

Artists in action.

Their synchronicity is uncanny. The way they manoeuvre their way around the court – albeit a little slower and less dynamic these days – and flow into each other shots is otherworldly in comparison to their peers.

No one does it better. Two men expertly performing their craft in near-perfect unison, with seemingly endless ease, hooked up to the same badminton brain, receiving genius-level nerve endings, telling them to push this way, drive that way, smash cross-court, dink at the net.

They may not always get it right. Their level of execution the difference between win and loss. But amazingly, event with their vintage, a rare off day never seems to deter them from their badminton mantra.

See it. Hit it. Trust it.

Take last night for example! Requiring just a mere 32 minutes to blow world champions Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik off the court. No respite, no mercy. Just a badminton barrage. This coming off a defeat against the same opponents at the World Championships a few months back in August.

“We attacked from in front. It’s a bit windy, but fast enough, so we attacked, attacked,” said Setiawan.

No lingering doubts, no dent in confidence. A new day, a new hall, a clean slate – another chance to play their perfect game.

And they do all this, mind you, with the same trademark smile from Hendra, and determined glare from Ahsan, that have warmed the hearts of so many fans year on end. It’s the same expression win, lose or draw.

What’s sad is it might take another two decades or more for us to see another pair with the same genius and guile – and zero degrees of separation – than we get with Ahsan and Setiawan; giving us even more reason two enjoy the two legends this week in Bangkok.

What we need to do is stand up and appreciate that this is once in a lifetime stuff, not just rare to badminton, but in all of sports. There are few sporting duos that have demonstrated such an instinctive chemistry.

When you speak to those in the know – commentators, coaches, fellow players – there is an underlying appreciation of their superiority.

But when you witness them play like they did last night – at the ages of 35 and 38 respectively – it’s important we all get on the tallest tower and sound out their virtuosity while we still can.

→ Day 1 Results

Motivated Tunjung Upstages Chen

Motivated Tunjung Upstages Chen

Women’s singles Group A became even more intriguing after Gregoria Mariska Tunjung’s impressive victory over top qualifier Chen Yu Fei, as the last player into the field landed the first major blow on Day 1 of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 in Bangkok.

Many had predicted Tunjung to struggle in a group boasting Chen, Akane Yamaguchi and An Se Young, everyone except the Olympic champion that is.

“All three in my group are strong opponents. I lost my most recent matches to Akane Yamaguchi and An Se Young. Also, I can’t afford to underestimate Tunjung, although this is her first Finals,” Chen said at Monday night’s gala dinner.

For Tunjung it was about using that underdog status and lessons learned from her last outing against Chen to form a game plan that would challenge the world No.4.

“Being drawn against them [Chen, Yamaguchi, An], didn’t bother me. The pressure is on them and not me. I knew I had a big opportunity this week as I have played all three recently,” a delighted Tunjung said after the match.

“I definitely have the motivation to perform better than them.”

Tunjung scored her second career victory over Chen.

The world No.18, who snuck into the Top 8 for Bangkok with a runner-up effort at the SATHIO GROUP Australian Open 2022 last month, came out firing in the first game taking it 21-9.

Chen levelled the contest 21-14 in the second before Tunjung’s consistent pressure, speed and movement of the shuttle helped her get the best of Chen in the closing stages.

“Chen was clearly not at her best in the first game. Her strategy wasn’t there. So, I tried to pressure her and keep focused and not think about the result.

“I can’t [celebrate yet] and see this as a big win. I have two more matches after this. They are also tough and I need to focus on them.”

A frustrated Chen said of her performance: “I couldn’t control the shuttle and therefore couldn’t control the game. But Gregoria played very well and kept pushing the shuttle to the sides making it very tough for me.”

World champion Yamaguchi went to the top of Group A with an emphatic victory over An 21-18 21-16 displaying sublime shots such as this.

→ Day 1 Results

Axelsen, Zheng and Huang Rewarded For Stellar Seasons

Axelsen, Zheng and Huang Rewarded For Stellar Seasons

Viktor Axelsen and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong’s extraordinary dominance this season was honoured as they won the BWF Player of the Year Awards in their respective categories.

Axelsen won BWF Male Player of the Year for sweeping nearly everything in his path. During the eligibility period from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2022, Axelsen won nine titles, including his second TotalEnergies BWF World Championships crown, which was achieved on the back of three consecutive HSBC BWF World Tour titles.

“Winning this award at the end of the year means a great deal. It’s a recap of the whole year, and when you win this award with so many great nominees and amazing opponents, I’m really, really happy. Thank you so much to all the guys who thought that I deserved this,” Axelsen said.

Denmark’s Axelsen was named for the honour ahead of 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew and Asian champion Lee Zee Jia.

Like Axelsen, China’s Zheng/Huang were nearly unbeatable in mixed doubles, with nine titles, and received the BWF Pair of the Year ahead of Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan and Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik.

The Chinese enjoyed a glorious winning streak of seven titles in succession, culminating with their third World Championships gold.

Akane Yamaguchi took home BWF Female Player of the Year honours.

The BWF Female Player of the Year was won by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, who achieved the rare honour of winning back-to-back World Championships titles within a nine-month period. She also won two other titles – the YONEX All England Open 2022 and the DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open 2022. The other contenders were An Se Young and Tai Tzu Ying.

“It’s the first time receiving this award and I feel really honoured and happy,” said Yamaguchi.

Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto’s superb consistency through 2022, when they made eight finals and won four, saw them named the BWF Most Improved Players of the Year. The Indonesians won the honour ahead of HS Prannoy and Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong.

Japanese 21-year-old Kodai Naraoka, who had a meteoric rise in 2022, won the Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year. Naraoka made four finals and won the Vietnam Open.

“Winning this award motivates me to reach a new level and win the next competition and become an international star in the coming years. I’ve been working on a lot of things this year and working hard, so this award makes me very happy,” said Naraoka.

Big things ahead for Kodai Naraoka.

In Para badminton, the BWF Awards Commission gave special allowance for the HULIC DAIHATSU BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022, which concluded on 6 November, to be included in the list of eligible tournaments.

WH2 world champion and reigning Paralympic champion Daiki Kajiwara, winner of 10 gold and four bronze medals overall, was named BWF Male Para Badminton Player of the Year. The Japanese earned the nod of the BWF Awards Commission ahead of Cheah Liek Hou, Lucas Mazur, Chu Man Kai, Pramod Bhagat, and Choi Jungman.

India’s SU5 world champion Manisha Ramadass, with 11 gold and five bronze medals overall, was named BWF Female Para Badminton Player of the Year. Other contenders were Nithya Sre Sumathy, Sarina Satomi, Giuliana Poveda Flores, Manasi Girishchandra Joshi, and Pilar Jauregui.

Germany’s Thomas Wandschneider and Rick Cornell Hellmann, world champions in WH1-WH2 and winners of three gold, two silver and a bronze, were named BWF Para Badminton Pair of the Year, capping a fine year for Wandschneider, who became the oldest Para badminton world champion at 58.

“It’s very important to keep consistent in sport, so I hope to keep competing for the next four to six years. I’m the oldest player in the world to win the BWF Para Badminton World Championships and I hope it’s possible I win the same title at the Paris 2024 Paralympics,” said Wandschneider.

Fredy Setiawan/Khalimatus Sadiyah, Lucas Mazur/Faustine Noel, Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli/Noor Azwan Noorlan, Sarina Satomi/Yuma Yamazaki and Subhan Subhan/Rina Marlina were the other contenders.

BWF Player of the Year Awards 2022 Nominees

BWF Player of the Year Awards 2022 Nominees

The season’s top performing figures have been shortlisted as nominees for the prestigious BWF Player of the Year awards for 2022.

The annual awards ceremony will be held on Monday 5 December in conjunction with the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 gala dinner.

Nominees were selected based on performances in the 2021/2022 season from 1 November 2021 to 31 October 2022 and recognises achievements of our elite badminton and Para badminton players and pairs in eight categories.

Olympic and world champion Viktor Axelsen, 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew, and Asian champion Lee Zii Jia are the three nominees for Male Player of the Year, while world No.2 An Se Young vies with 2021 and 2022 world champion Akane Yamaguchi, and world No.4 Tai Tzu Ying for Female Player of the Year.

BWF Male Player of the Year

BWF Female Player of the Year

The Pair of the Year category will be contested by Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan, Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong.

The Most Improved Player of the Year will see four contenders: Thomas Cup hero Prannoy H. S., Japan Open champions Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong, and four-time winners on the circuit this year, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

BWF Pair of the Year

BWF Most Improved

Young talents Alex Lanier, Kodai Naraoka and Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto/Lisa Ayu Kusumawati are contenders for the Eddy Choong Most Promising Player of the Year Award.

BWF Most Promising

In Para badminton, the BWF Awards Commission gave special allowance for the BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022, which concluded on 6 November, to be included in the list of eligible tournaments.

There are three award categories, with six nominees in each, and features several Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games gold medallists including Daiki Kajiwara, Cheah Liek Hou, Pramod Bhagat, Lucas Mazur, and Sarina Satomi.

BWF Male Para Badminton Player of the Year

BWF Female Para Badminton Player of the Year

BWF Para Badminton Pair of the Year

2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛迁往曼谷举办

2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛迁往曼谷举办

世界羽毛球联合会(BWF)宣布2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛将不继续在中国广州举办。

赛事将迁往泰国曼谷Nimibutr体育馆举办,由于场馆档期和比赛地变更,比赛日期为12月7日至11日,比广州原计划日期提前一周。

世界羽联经与中国羽毛球协会(CBA)协商后同意,鉴于目前疫情形势带来的各种挑战,易地举办2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛。

世界羽联感谢中国羽毛球协会、广州市政府和广州市体育局所作的出色工作。

世界羽联还要感谢泰国羽毛球协会在这么短的时间内为2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛提供替代举办地点。

2022汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛的参赛运动员名单将在1122日澳大利亚公开赛结束后确认。

Para World Champs: Ukrainians’ Home Away From Home

Para World Champs: Ukrainians’ Home Away From Home

Ukraine’s Oksana Kozyna was a picture of concentration on the eve of the HULIC DAIHATSU BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022, but it wasn’t only for her game the following day.

She was trying to master the #ShuttleBalanceChallenge made viral on social media over the past few weeks.

Oksana masters the #ShuttleBalanceChallenge

Kozyna, who competes in the women’s SL3 category, is one of three Ukrainian Para badminton players on show at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

Her country has been in the news due to the ongoing war, which forced Kozyna and her colleagues to find refuge in France, in the northern town of Lille.

“At the moment our Para badminton team is based in France,” Kozyna says. “I do want to go back to Ukraine but it depends on the situation there.”

Her teammate Oleksandr Chyrkov, taking part in the men’s SL3 class, made a strong impression with a victory over three games in his opening singles match. He returned to the familiar surroundings of Tokyo where he participated in the Paralympics, albeit under very different circumstances.

“I was playing on the same court as I was last year during the Paralympics,” Chyrkov said.

“We came to France in May this year. The situation is a bit better now back home but we don’t have the resources there to to train.”

The pair, along with Nina Kozlova competing in the women’s SH6 events, are in Tokyo with coach Zozulia Dmytro, and have found support from the French Parabadminton team as well as the Ukrainian community living there over the past five months.

“They were worried about us because we didn’t have much when we came over here, money, gas, food,” Kozyna said.

“When you come to France, it is difficult because you don’t know the language, you cannot do work and it is not easy.

“But the people have helped us. The Ukrainian people who have been living in France for a long time have given us a lot of kindness and support.”

Chyrkov won his opening men’s singles SL3 match on Day 1.

For Chyrkov, these World Championships mean a whole lot more than the thrill of the competition.

“These World Championships are very important for all Ukrainians because we have a lot of workers and staff who have been commissioned by the military,” Chyrkov said.

“They are out there, so we can be here.”

Kozyna echoes those sentiments.

“I’m here because this is what I’m meant to do (play badminton). Even though there is a war on in Ukraine, I have God with me.”

The challenges of living and training away from home notwithstanding, both Kozyna and Chyrkov are determined to prosper in Tokyo.

“I would like to get the gold medal,” Kozyna said, not mincing any words.

→ Results (Day 1)

→ Order of Play (Day 2)

2022年汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛重回广州

2022年汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛重回广州

世界羽联确认,2022年汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛将于12月14日至18日在广州举办。这是继2019年之后,中国大陆首次举办国际羽毛球巡回赛。

本赛季各单项最顶尖的八位/组球员将在广州天河体育馆标志性的红色地胶上争夺赛季末的最高荣誉,以及羽毛球史上最高的奖金池——150万美元。

世界羽联秘书长托马斯·伦德表示,国际羽毛球巡回赛再次回到中国对这项运动来说是积极的一步。

伦德说:“汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛是我们一年中最重要的赛事之一,我们很高兴能与中国羽协、广州市政府和我们的主要合作伙伴汇丰银行合作,将总决赛带回广州。”

“我们也感谢中国政府向世界顶级羽毛球运动员发出邀请,我们仍然有信心,我们的东道主将以最高标准为运动员提供安全和舒适的总决赛。”

“广州已经在2018年和2019年举办了两届精彩的汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛,我们期待着为中国的球迷们再次举办一场羽球盛会。”

赛季缩短

即将在10月和11月举行的巡回赛是球员们争夺总决赛积分的最后机会,伦德也确认了2022中国常州公开赛(超级1000)和2022中国福州公开赛(超级750)已被取消。

伦德表示:“遗憾的是,原本在常州和福州举办两站公开赛的计划将无法推进。对于羽毛球界来说,这是至关重要的一年,我们非常自豪能够举办汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛的绝大部分比赛。现在的焦点转向了未来几周将举办的汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛和赛季末的总决赛,在未来几周球员们将为了更多的积分而奋战。”

汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛的参赛选手名单将于2022年澳大利亚公开赛结束后1122日确定。

Destination Copenhagen 2023

Destination Copenhagen 2023
There will be massive attention on Viktor Axelsen when he begins his title defence in Copenhagen.

Fans seeking to watch the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023 live in Copenhagen can celebrate soon with Early Bird tickets going on sale from 18-23 October during the Denmark Open 2022 presented by VICTOR.

Regular ticket sales commence 1 November 2022 at 12pm CET.

Copenhagen has a special association with the World Championships. This is the fifth time that the Danish capital will be hosting the event.

An acrobatics show before finals day at Copenhagen 2014, when Denmark last hosted the event.

As one might expect, there is no better-informed badminton audience than in Denmark, as they combine their appreciation of history with their day-to-day involvement in their local badminton clubs, which are an essential part of Danish community life.

A Badminton Powerhouse

For a country of the size and population of Denmark, the Scandinavian country punches above its weight in badminton. The Danes are third overall among the successful teams at the World Championships, having won nearly a dozen gold medals. With three gold medals at the inaugural edition, they were off to a great start, and they did maintain their edge over the decades.

Lene Køppen and Steen Skovgaard celebrate their win at the inaugural World Championships in 1977.

At the third edition, which was held in Copenhagen, men’s doubles duo Steen Fladberg/Jesper Helledie achieved the memorable feat of winning the gold on their home turf. Other Danish winners over the years were Thomas Lund (1993 & 1995)/Marlene Thomsen (1995), Peter Rasmussen (1997), Camilla Martin (1999), Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen (2003), Thomas Laybourn/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (2009), and Viktor Axelsen (2017 & 2022). Of them, Camilla Martin matched Fladberg/Helledie’s feat of winning the gold at home.

Man of the Moment

Of particular interest to Danish fans in Copenhagen 2023 will be the presence of Viktor Axelsen, the most dominant player over the last two years. The tall Dane will be gunning for his third world title. The last time the World Championships were held in Denmark – in 2014 – Axelsen had won a bronze.

Then there are other home-grown players who will look to peak in Copenhagen, such as Anders Antonsen, Rasmus Gemke, Mia Blichfeldt, Line Christophersen, Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, Sara Thygesen/Maiken Fruergaard and Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje.

For fans from overseas, the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023 will be a lavish spread of great badminton. Besides the action, of course, fans can delight in the tourist attractions of Denmark.

A Crucial Year

The World Championships 2023 is poised at a crucial juncture for those aiming to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. With a year to go for Paris 2024, the contenders will be looking not just for a morale-boosting performance in Copenhagen, but vital ranking points. Copenhagen 2023 is set to be the highlight of the season!

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Wendy Zhang Makes a Mark

Wendy Zhang Makes a Mark

It has been an encouraging season so far for Wen Yu (Wendy) Zhang, currently the highest ranked Canadian behind Michelle Li.

The world No.55 was runner-up at the Ukraine Open, third at the Orleans Masters, and quarterfinalist at the Pan Am Individual Championships. She struck big at the Uber Cup, where she beat world No.19 Kim Ga Eun – her first defeat of a top 20 player.

At her first BWF World Championships, Zhang made the second round beating Myanmar’s Thet Htar Thuzar before she ran into the formidable figure of Carolina Marin.

Wendy Zhang

“It’s exciting. It’s my very first World Championships,” said the 20-year-old. “Being here tells me that I am improving, that I am able to compete at a higher level. So for me, coming here was to study and learn from other top players, and hopefully to improve myself to get to another level.”

In her short career so far, Zhang has already impressed in the team competitions. At last year’s Uber Cup, playing third singles against Denmark, she beat the higher-ranked Line Kjaersfeldt in three games. A day later she helped Canada complete a 4-1 rout over Malaysia, with another three-game win.

At this year’s Uber Cup, she showed commendable composure facing Kim Ga Eun, recovering from a five-point deficit in the third game to take the match 22-20.

“I just looked at it like every other game I played,” Zhang said. “I was just trying to be patient and confident in myself. And I was just trying my best to play every rally like it is 0-0. I didn’t really think that much about who she was, or where she’s from. I was just trying to enjoy myself on court.”

National coach Jennifer Lee, who was in Zhang’s corner at the last Uber Cup, commends her attitude.

“She’s coachable, she listens and accepts your comments during the match,” Lee says. “I like the questions she asks during the intervals of a match.”

Lee has marked out some areas of improvement. “She has a lot of deceptive skills. Young players tend to use deception too much, but I’ve told her to use deception sparingly, like maybe she can use it once for every five or six regular shots. She also needs to build strength physically, in her lower and upper body. Against Carolina, all the points she won was through skill, not speed or power.”

Like other upcoming Canadian players, Zhang looks up to Michelle Li, for long the face of the country’s challenge in women’s singles.

Wendy Zhang

“Of course, she’s an inspiration for me, I look up to her,” says Zhang. “There’s a lot I can learn from her. It just makes me want to push myself to train harder and one day become someone like her, who can be at the top.”

One problem in training, she says, is the level of sparring she has in her club, which has mostly recreational players. Like many of her peers, she’s considering training stints in Europe or Asia.

“In my club there are not many people competing internationally. So for me, it’s pretty hard because technically I’m like the only one. So sometimes I kind of question myself on what I’m doing, since I’m just basically by myself most of the time,” she says.

“When I was younger I trained in a province in China. I actually like that kind of training, because I believe they helped me to improve faster, and to get to a higher level faster too… I hope I can train overseas soon, and have better sparring. I want to be better, and win more tournaments, and compete at a higher level.”

东京世锦赛半决赛:中国队三项进决赛

东京世锦赛半决赛:中国队三项进决赛
Kunlavut Vitidsarn made the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time.

2022年道达尔能源世界羽联羽毛球世锦赛五个单项决赛选手全部产生。中国队在女单、女双和混双项目中各获一个决赛席位,分别是:陈雨菲、陈清晨/贾一凡和郑思维/黄雅琼。其中陈雨菲击败戴资颖,中国队女单时隔八年重返世锦赛决赛。

中国男单选手赵俊鹏以20-22、6-21不敌泰国选手昆拉武特,无缘决赛,获得其职业生涯第一块世锦赛铜牌。昆拉武特成为了世界羽联世锦赛男单决赛中第一位泰国选手,将在决赛中面对安赛龙

Kunlavut Vitidsarn

昆拉武特赛后采访时说道:“我很高兴,这是我第二次参加世锦赛。在第一局比赛中我确实犯了一些错误,但在第二局比赛中我可以很好地控制球。我的注意力集中在控制上,因为球场有风。我期待着在决赛中与安赛龙交手。我想向他学习,他是如何在每场比赛中都打得那么好。我没有压力,因为他是最受欢迎的。”

另一场男单半决赛,安赛龙以2-0的战绩击败了周天成,在第二局14比16落后的情况下,安赛龙积极调整心态,并在接下来的8分中拿下了7分,终结了比赛的悬念。

Viktor Axelsen

“我很高兴我在第二局比赛中取得了进步。对手给了我很大的困难,但在精神上,我成功地加快了步伐,这意味着我可以赢得比赛。我告诉自己,我必须专注于每一分,认真防守。我做到了,并且赢得了一些关键的分数。”关于决赛,安赛龙说:“我对自己现在的状态非常满意,我很享受。我不会考虑谁是弱者,谁不是。我期待着明天一场精彩的比赛。这将是艰难的。”

女单决赛将由奥运会冠军陈雨菲对阵卫冕冠军山口茜。半决赛中,陈雨菲以15-21丢掉首局后,以21-14、21-18连扳两局,成为李雪芮在2014年世锦赛获得亚军以后,首位打入女单决赛的中国队选手。山口茜在另外一场比赛中快速战胜了韩国选手安洗莹,晋级决赛。

陈雨菲在赛后采访时表示:“因为这次比赛球比较慢,在场上对抗的拍数会很多,自己在比赛中一直没有放弃,通过多拍相持去逼迫对手失误。”谈到决赛,陈雨菲坦言“全力以赴展示最好的自己,不留遗憾。”

女双比赛中,头号种子陈清晨/贾一凡迎战日本组合松本麻佑/永原和可那,陈清晨/贾一凡以21-13、21-14击败曾同为两届世锦赛冠军的松本麻佑/永原和可那,将与韩国组合金昭映/孔熙容争夺冠军,后者在半决赛中以2-1险胜泰国组合菩提塔/沙西丽。

混双半决赛,头号种子郑思维/黄雅琼经过三局苦战,以21-16、12-21、21-10战胜了队友王懿律/黄东萍,第三次闯入决赛。他们决赛的对手是日本组合渡边勇大/东野有纱。

赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽联名人堂

赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽联名人堂

中国羽毛球双打传奇赵芸蕾入选2022年世界羽毛球联合会(BWF)名人堂,一同入选的还有与其同时代征战羽坛的印尼双打名将莉莉亚娜·纳西尔。

赵芸蕾是她那个时代最全能的双打运动员。 在很长一段时间内,她在混双和女双两个项目中的统治地位无人能及。退役后, 她成为了史上最优秀的羽毛球运动员之一——细数她职业生涯中所获得的冠军头衔,包括两枚奥运会金牌和五枚世锦赛金牌。

Zhao Yunlei (right) with Tian Qing at London 2012 Olympics after winning women’s doubles gold.

世界羽毛球联合会主席保罗·埃里克·霍耶对赵芸蕾入选BWF名人堂表示祝贺。

他说,“入选世界羽联名人堂是对羽毛球运动员最大的致敬。名人堂旨在表彰精英中的精英,赵芸蕾当之无愧地占有一席之地。赢得奥运会或世锦赛金牌是大多数运动员的梦想,而赵芸蕾取得了这两项大赛的双冠王,这是一项了不起的成就。”

赵芸蕾

赛场上的赵芸蕾总是充满信心,她对比赛有着敏锐的洞察,她出色的攻防技巧,以及时刻保持冷静应对突发情况的头脑,帮助她赢得了多次比赛。其中,在她与张楠搭档的混双以及与田卿搭档的女双比赛中表现尤为突出。尽管在高强度的赛事环境中同时参加两个项目的比赛,然而赵芸蕾似乎享受压力,在伦敦奥运会和两届世锦赛上取得了双冠王。 她成为唯一一位在一届奥运会上拿到两枚金牌的羽毛球运动员,也是唯一一位在连续两届世锦赛上获得两个双打冠军的羽毛球运动员。

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赵芸蕾将于2022年6月24日周五下午两点举办的线上典礼和媒体活动中正式被官方授誉。

BWF World Tour Hosts 2023-2026 Announced

BWF World Tour Hosts 2023-2026 Announced

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is excited to reveal there will be an additional four stops on the BWF World Tour from 2023 to 2026 as part of expansion plans announced today.

The 31-event new World Tour calendar, which includes the year end BWF World Tour Finals, will see more Super 1000, Super 750, and Super 500 tournaments, bringing greater prize money opportunities for players.

There are 5 Super 1000 and 6 Super 750 tournaments.

There are 9 Super 500 and 11 Super 300 tournaments.

The announcement caps an exciting bid process which saw healthy interest from all host bidders.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said the BWF World Tour 2023-2026 promises to elevate the status of badminton globally.

“Badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with all-time high participation and fan numbers. More tournaments give us a fantastic opportunity to enhance the sport’s reach around the world, not only in established territories, but into new ones as well. It also allows for more players to enter our elite circuit and gain valuable experience,” he said.

“We were very encouraged by the large number of high-quality bids we received and that bodes well for a bigger and better tour across the next four years. It enables us to commit to higher prize money, greater coverage on television and online, and spectacular presentation, all contributing to an enhanced world-class sports product that we seek.”

Lund confirmed there would be no change to current player commitment obligations.

Highlights

  • The Malaysia Open joins the All England Open, China Open, and Indonesia Open as the tour’s highest level Super 1000 tournaments.
  • The India Open and Singapore Open have been bumped to Super 750 status. Existing Super 750 hosts from China, Denmark, France, and Japan have maintained their status.
  • The Super 500 level welcomes host cities from three new continents with tournaments in Australia, Canada, and Finland, joining tournaments in Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and an additional new host in Japan.
  • Two existing Super 100 tournaments have been elevated to the BWF World Tour Super 300 level: HYLO Open and Orléans Masters.

The expansion is bankrolled by a significant investment from BWF and commercial partner Infront over four years.

A host for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals will be announced at a later date. BWF Tour Super 100 hosts will also be announced separately.

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BWF Hall of Fame 2022 | Liliyana Natsir

BWF Hall of Fame 2022 | Liliyana Natsir

Indonesian mixed doubles legend Liliyana Natsir is the latest inductee into the BWF Hall of Fame. The Olympic champion will be officially recognised at a ceremony during the EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022 on Saturday 18 June.

Natsir won four mixed doubles World Championships titles with two different partners and achieved a career high at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games claiming mixed doubles gold.

Liliyana Natsir (right) and partner Tontowi Ahmad with their gold medals at Rio 2016.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer lauded Natsir’s achievements.

“It is a rare honour for an athlete to be named to the BWF Hall of Fame, and Liliyana Natsir richly deserves this accolade,” Høyer said.

“She was among the very best mixed doubles players throughout her career. With an Olympic gold and silver, and four World Championships gold medals, Liliyana built a stellar record.

“She was a delight to watch as she somehow made a very difficult art look easy. I congratulate her on making the BWF Hall of Fame, and I’m sure that she will continue to inspire many more generations.”

Liliyana Natsir

With her unique, unfussy style and tremendous record over more than a decade, Liliyana Natsir is a standout figure of world badminton. Natsir’s first major title was World Championships gold in 2005 with the technically gifted Nova Widianto. The duo had a string of successes, winning the World Cup and the Asian Championships the next year, another World Championships gold in 2007, before winning silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Natsir was then paired with Tontowi Ahmad and the two quickly established a strong partnership. Despite the change in style of her partner, Natsir adapted well. The new partnership won bronze at the 2011 World Championships before eclipsing that at the World Championships in 2013, taking gold from two match points down in the final, and the World Championships in 2017. Gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016, on top of three straight All England crowns, established Natsir in the pantheon of greats.

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Liliyana will be recognised at a ceremony at the Istora Senayan on Saturday 18 June.

  • 11am Lilyana Natsir Press Conference
  • 11.30am BWF Hall of Fame Ceremony

Where To Watch: EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022

Where To Watch: EAST VENTURES Indonesia Open 2022

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Where To Watch: DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2022

Where To Watch: DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2022

 

 

 

 

 

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2024年巴黎奥运会羽毛球参赛资格规则

2024年巴黎奥运会羽毛球参赛资格规则

世界羽毛球联合会(以下简称:BWF)的2024年巴黎奥运会参赛资格规则已经得到国际奥委会(以下简称:IOC)的批准。巴黎奥运会积分周期将于2023年5月1日开始持续到2024年4月28日,以2024年4月30日的奥运积分排名名单来确定。

羽毛球参赛总名额为172个(男86个,女86个),除常规名额(166个)外,还包括2个主办国名额和4个额外名额。每个国家或地区协会派出的男女运动员的名额都不得超过8个。

单打

在每个单打项目中,国家或地区协会至少需要两位球员排在奥运积分前16位,才能获得两个满额参赛名额。共有35个名额,一个东道国名额,两个额外名额。额外名额将在资格期结束后由三方委员会确定。每个单打项目还必须至少有两名来自五大洲协会的运动员,前提是他们的排名在前250名之内。

双打

在每个双打项目中,国家或地区协会至少需要两组球员排在奥运积分前8位,才能获得两个满额参赛名额。每个双打项目还必须至少有一对来自五大洲协会的运动员,前提是他们的排名在前50名之内。

考虑到所有项目的参赛资格,没有任何国家或地区协会可以在单个项目中派出超过2组以上运动员。

国际奥委会官网上查看已批准的2024年巴黎奥运会参赛资格规则

关于世锦赛的退赛声明

关于世锦赛的退赛声明

世界羽联确认将有大批印尼选手退出将于12月12日在西班牙韦尔瓦举行的2021道达尔能源世锦赛

印尼羽毛球协会(PBSI)周三上午宣布了这一消息,表达了与新冠肺炎疫情相关的担忧。还有一小部分印尼选手仍在签表中。

世界羽联对PBSI的决定感到失望,并对在抽签后退出感到遗憾。

然而,世界羽联和西班牙羽毛球联合会目前正根据地方和国家卫生当局制定的建议和措施,包括针对所有运动员、团队官员和主要利益攸关方的一套全面的安全协议,集中精力举办一场安全、成功的世锦赛。

此外男单卫冕冠军、世界第二桃田贤斗因伤退出比赛,世界羽联也确认了这一不幸消息。桃田贤斗还退出了上周的2021汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛总决赛,并已返回日本。

混双7号种子陈炳顺吴柳莹在搭档13年后宣布解散,并退出世锦赛。

大多数球员现在已经安全抵达韦尔瓦并进入了“安全泡泡”。第一轮比赛将于当地时间周日上午10点开始。目前没有重新抽签的计划。

老牌男双高成炫/申白喆夺得法国公开赛冠军

老牌男双高成炫/申白喆夺得法国公开赛冠军
Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baekcheol.

2021尤尼克斯法国公开赛男双决赛中,韩国老将组合高成炫/申白喆击败了世界排名第一吉迪恩/苏卡穆约,自2019年澳大利亚公开赛后再次夺得男双冠军。

Shin Baekcheol.

这是属于两位老将的标志性胜利,他们用韩国的传统打法击败了世界最顶级的男双组合。34岁的高成炫和32岁的申白喆是2016年里约奥运会后退役的几对顶级男双选手之一;他们于2018年复出,但复出之旅磕磕绊绊。与此同时,小黄人组合将自己塑造成里约后男双一代的佼佼者。

但韩国老将今天的表现表明,他们的技术仍旧是最顶级的;不管对手的什么球,他们都用顽强的防守化解;他们调动苏卡穆约让他无法发挥前场的实力,当机会来临时,他们由守转攻一击制胜。

高成炫获得了他的第三个法国公开赛冠军(前两次分别搭档李龙大和金荷娜),申白喆获得了他的第一个法国公开赛冠军。“在来这里之前,我们都不认为我们能赢,”高成炫说。“每次胜利后,我们都感觉更好,今天我们超级开心。几年前我们离开了国家队,在疫情之后,这是我们第一次进入高级别赛事决赛,所以这对我们来说真的很重要。”

“与年轻选手相比,我们体能限制很大,所以很难跟上他们。我们有经验,这对我们今天很有帮助。这取决于具体情况。也许今天我们的处理得比对手好。他们真的是很好的球员。很难把他们和我们同时代的人相比。即使在那时,也有很多人比我们更好。”

申白喆说:“我们没有任何遗憾。但在我们不打球的那段时间里,我们对自己的未来感到不安。现在我们很高兴我们今天做到了。这是我第一次在法国参加决赛,所以意义重大。在这之后,我们将对未来的重大比赛更有信心。”

他们的的同胞李绍熙申昇瓒早些时候以21-17、21-12击败队友金昭映/孔熙容获得了女双冠军,继2019年后再次登上最高领奖台。

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2021苏迪曼杯:中国队第12次夺冠

2021苏迪曼杯:中国队第12次夺冠

2021道达尔能源世界羽联苏迪曼杯总决赛决赛中,卫冕冠军中国队以3-1击败日本队,第12次捧起苏迪曼杯。

纵观全场比赛,双方都展现了超强水准,年轻的球员们表现出了与久经沙场的球星们一样的抗压能力。在上一届苏迪曼杯上,日本队以0-3被中国队击败,这次他们试图推翻这一结果,但他们不得不再次区居亚军。

Zhou Hao Dong and He Ji Ting provided the breakthrough for China.

中国队教练张军谈到了对年轻队员的信任,以及他们在这场重大赛事中坚守立场的能力。让一位球员上两个单项的计划被搁置,中国选择了何济霆周昊东参加男双。

结果如愿以偿。保木卓朗/小林优吾在一个多小时的时间里与中国的年轻队员进行了战斗,但日本人错误地过度依赖防守。在比赛的最后阶段,何济霆/周昊东始终保持着进攻的活力,帮助中国队取得了领先。

“我们在四分之一决赛中输给了丹麦,我们吸取了教训——我们试着更有耐心,”周昊东说。

在上届苏迪曼杯决赛中,山口茜输给了陈雨菲。今天山口一心要进攻。日本人不愿意在对抗赛中留下遗憾,她保持着陈雨菲难以跟上的速度。即使当她的对手找到空档时,山口茜也依靠着顽强的跑动进行补救。正是这种更顽强的风格帮助山口茜赢得了比赛,因为陈雨菲在其他方面还是一如既往的精确和稳定。

Akane Yamaguchi kept Japan in the hunt.

“上一届苏迪曼杯我也是同样的情况,但我输了,所以我不想重蹈覆辙。而且,她是奥运会金牌得主,所以我决定挑战她。”山口说。“我只是想打一场稳定的比赛。我知道她打了几场长时间的比赛,一定会累的。我没有打过这么多长时间的比赛,所以我很有活力。”

在一场高质量的开局之后,男单比赛出现了最令人好奇的转折。开局似乎消耗了石宇奇太多精力,因此他放弃了第二局,把所有精力留到第三局上。无论是这一周累积的疲劳,还是仅仅精神上的压力,桃田贤斗又一次输了。世界第一面对石宇奇的不断高强度进攻,并没有什么办法能够应对,最终石宇奇以2-1击败对手,使中国队以2-1领先。

Shi Yu Qi took advantage of an under-par Momota.

桃田否认疲劳是他在第三局比赛中有点无精打采的原因。“我被对手的进攻能力压垮了,所以我输了。我没有那么累,但我找不到赢球的方法。”

石宇奇在庆祝他2019年7月受伤复出后的最佳时刻时,承诺要比受伤前更好。“我放弃了第二局以恢复我的体力。我必须把所有的精力都放在第三局比赛上。我有90%的最佳状态。赢得比赛是一件很棒的事情,但我的目标不是回到以前的水平——我要达到以前水平的120% !”

Chen Qing Chen is mobbed by her teammates after the women’s doubles victory gave the title to China.

日本最后的希望寄托在女双临时组合上,松本麻佑/松友美佐纪给陈清晨/贾一凡造成了不小的麻烦。中国组合一路经受着考验,她们表现出了出色的气质,关键时刻下手更加果断。

随着21-17 21-16的胜利,苏迪曼杯留在了中国。“奥运会之后,这个冠军让我们可以再次激励我们的队员,”张军说,“我们本届苏杯男双阵容上不是最完美的,对泰国和丹麦我们有一些困难,但我们决定让年轻球员上场,我们信任他们的能力,他们今天做的很好。”
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2021苏迪曼杯:克服困难,桃田贤斗重新出发

2021苏迪曼杯:克服困难,桃田贤斗重新出发
Kento Momota took time to find his game against Torjussen.

2021道达尔能源世界羽联苏迪曼杯总决赛 第三比赛日中,桃田贤斗率领的日本队5-0击败英格兰队,将与马来西亚队争夺小组头名位置。

在东京奥运会小组赛阶段被淘汰之后,球迷对桃田的状态充满了好奇。今天,在D组日本对阵英格兰的比赛中,渡边勇大/东野有纱帮助日本取得领先后,桃田贤斗在与世界排名第205位的托尔森的比赛中,看上去与巅峰时期的状态还相距甚远。

日本人经常被托尔森的杀直线所击溃,这位22岁的英格兰球员打得非常轻松,然而最后一记发球将优势拱手让给了桃田,他在第一局比赛中获得了信心,并在没有进一步失误的情况下结束了比赛。

“一开始我非常紧张,无法发挥自己的能力。接近第二局的时候,我让自己冷静下来,控制住自己的比赛。”

Johnnie Torjussen.

“我希望在专注度方面有所提高。我今天很紧张,不能专注于一件事。不过,好在我能让自己冷静下来。”

托尔森说,他对自己的表现感到惊讶。

“这对我来说绝对是一个惊喜,我不知道他是否感到紧张。很高兴看到我的扣杀能够穿透他的防守。我认为这对我来说绝对是一个巨大的信心助推器,能够在与世界上最好的球员的比赛中取得这样的成绩。我想在未来面对每一个球员时都这样做。”

本·莱恩和文迪不敌古贺辉/斋藤太一,没能阻止日本队。 山口茜以21-16/21-12击败霍尔顿,之后志田千阳/松山奈未在与布里奇/史密斯的比赛中直落两局,帮助日本队5-0完胜英格兰队。

在另一场B组比赛中,马来西亚以5比0击败埃及,而在B组中,中华台北以5比0击败德国,韩国以同样的优势击败了塔希提岛。

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Indonesia Masters: Wardoyo, Christie Provide Cheer for Hosts

Indonesia Masters: Wardoyo, Christie Provide Cheer for Hosts
Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo

On an otherwise disappointing day for the hosts, Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, Jonatan Christie and Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin kept the local interest alive at the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2023.

The hosts suffered six losses in today’s quarterfinals. The most painful of those would be top seeds Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto’s failure to convert three match points against Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi, with the Chinese prevailing in a thriller, 25-23 in the third.

Another blow was the loss of seventh seeds Apriyani Rahayu/Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti to Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai, with the Thais edging ahead after 84 minutes.

The day had started brightly for Indonesia, with Jonatan Christie outplaying Lakshya Sen 15-21 21-10 21-13. He was followed into the semifinals by compatriot Wardoyo, who shot past Brian Yang in straight games.

In the semifinals, Christie faces Shi Yu Qi, while Wardoyo takes on Ng Ka Long Angus.

Carnando/Marthin needed just 40 minutes to get past Keiichiro Matsui/Yoshinori Takeuchi and take their place in the semifinals, where they face second seeds Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi.

Other Highlights:

Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue

♦ After three straight quarterfinal exits, Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue made the semifinals beating Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Lai Jemie 21-16 21-19.

♦ An Se Young made it four wins in a row over Ratchanok Intanon as she beat last year’s runner-up, 21-15 21-15.

♦ Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan powered past Li Wen Mei/Liu Xuan Xuan to make their second straight semifinal.

Humans of Shuttle Time: Caroline M Vaughn

Humans of Shuttle Time: Caroline M Vaughn

This is the 37th story in our Humans of Shuttle Time series, in which we present the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Caroline M Vaughn, Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Barbados Badminton Association, recalls her long association with badminton.

Growing Up Years

I was born in the rural parish of St Andrew in Barbados as the last of 13 children. I first saw badminton when I was 11 during a PE lesson in secondary school.

When I first saw the courts I wondered what sport it was. It seemed quite easy and interesting to play, unlike some of the other sports that were introduced to me. The games master realised my potential and introduced me to the teacher who was responsible for coaching badminton. He taught me the basics of the sport and he created the path for me to the junior national programme.

Relationship with Badminton

My passion for badminton grew even greater when I represented Barbados at the regional championships (CAREBACO) in 1985 in Guyana at the age of 14 and continued on to the seniors. I loved the sport so much that I did a coaching course while in my first year at the senior level. I completed my competitive stage at 35. I decided to then focus on coaching at the beginners stage.

Caroline M Vaughn (left) with her trainees.

Memorable Events

My most memorable events were the regional championships and Pan Am Games where I received numerous medals. My most rewarding memory was winning gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Guatemala in 1993 with my partner Argyle Maynard. Even today it stays in my mind. Playing badminton, I made lots of friends of all walks of life to whom I can reach out for guidance about badminton, whether for coaching advice or just a friendly conversation.

What Badminton Means

Because of badminton I secured a coaching job at the National Sports Council (NSC) which allows me to teach badminton at primary and secondary schools across the island of Barbados. It’s also rewarding for me to work with the junior developmental programme and national junior squad and my club junior programme.

Developing Badminton in the Community

I was able to take people from the grassroots level to national representation. I also helped in changing the lives of many, which allowed them to see the world through the sport of badminton and raise their self-esteem.

Lessons from Shuttle Time

Shuttle Time has broadened the awareness of PE teachers who can now introduce badminton in their day-to-day PE classes which helps in developing the sport at the grassroots level.

Previous Stories in This Series

Humans of Shuttle Time: Sam Paterson

Humans of Shuttle Time: Deki Tshomo

Humans of Shuttle Time: Hadeel Mohammad Alomari

Humans of Shuttle Time: Daiverson Ferrari Rodrigues

Humans of Shuttle Time: Ammar Awad

Humans of Shuttle Time: Carolin Ruth

Humans of Shuttle Time: Caroline Brial

Humans of Shuttle Time: Danny Ten

Humans of Shuttle Time: Mohlala Mopeli

Humans of Shuttle Time: Tatiana Petrova

Humans of Shuttle Time: Levente Nagy-Szabó

Humans of Shuttle Time: Kumon Tarawa

Humans of Shuttle Time: Didier Nourry

Humans of Shuttle Time: Joseph Devenecia

Humans of Shuttle Time: Su Ying Lau

Humans of Shuttle Time: Erin Walklate

Humans of Shuttle Time: Bukasa Mukoma Marcel

Humans of Shuttle Time: Luis Fernando Montilla

Humans of Shuttle Time: Artur Niyazov

Humans of Shuttle Time: Galkhuu Zulbaatar

Humans of Shuttle Time: Zuzana Rajdugova

Humans of Shuttle Time: Milan Barbir

Humans of Shuttle Time: Nargis Nabieva

Humans of Shuttle Time: Hannes Andersson

Humans of Shuttle Time: Merlie Tolentino

Humans of Shuttle Time: Nikhil Chandra Dhar

Humans of Shuttle Time: Geoffrey Shigoli 

Humans of Shuttle Time: Erik Betancourt Luna

Humans of Shuttle Time: Richard Ssali Kaggwa

Humans of Shuttle Time: Azizbek Madjitov

Humans of Shuttle Time: Elie Jean

Humans of Shuttle Time: Danielle Whiteside

Humans of Shuttle Time: Oscar Alejandro Vera Suarez

Humans of Shuttle Time: Sandra Low

Humans of Shuttle Time: Dorji

Humans of Shuttle Time: Genevieve Cutter

安洗莹:一步一个脚印

安洗莹:一步一个脚印

2023年印度公开赛女单决赛,漫长的三局比赛,山口茜在面对安洗莹不懈坚持防守的情况下,出现体力不支的情况,这并不多见。

安洗莹不断上升的生涯曲线出现了另一个高峰,在半决赛中首次击败何冰娇,决赛中终止了对山口茜的四连败。在激烈竞争女单赛场中,安洗莹也逐渐站稳了脚跟。

山口茜对安洗莹十分赞赏:“安洗莹的情况和我一样,她也在两周内打了十场比赛,但她能很好地保持注意力,这让我印象深刻。”

“能够进入决赛是件好事。我在第一局比赛中打得相当稳健,但在第二局开始阶段我失去了注意力。回球的速度相当慢,不过我可以很好地控制球路。但在最后一局,我的耐力不够好。我当然想成为冠军,但对第二名也感到满意。”

对于安洗莹来说,赢得印度公开赛为她令人印象深刻的职业生涯增添了浓墨重彩的一笔。

“我知道这场比赛会很漫长。因此,在我输掉第一局比赛后,我也做好了打三局的准备。这是一场快节奏的比赛,我们两个人都很紧迫。我在第一局比赛中打得很快,然后我决定放慢速度,集中精力减少失误。”

“我很享受我的比赛,这很有帮助。虽然我之前对山口茜四连败,但我一直在从这些失败中学习。”

羽坛冉冉升起的新星——梁伟铿/王昶

羽坛冉冉升起的新星——梁伟铿/王昶

梁伟铿/王昶在上周的印度公开赛中夺得男双冠军,他们在过去八个月中的表现十分亮眼。

在2022年5月开始搭档前,梁伟铿已经两年没有参加国际赛事了。而王昶与当时的搭档邸子健也成绩平平。

在搭档后参加的第二站赛事,即2022年印度尼西亚大师赛上,他们从资格赛一路击败强敌,最终获得了亚军,战胜的对手包括刘雨辰/欧烜屹、谢定峰/苏伟译、吉迪恩/苏卡穆约等。

在随后的2022年马来西亚大师赛上,梁伟铿/王昶的表现再次吸引了大家的注意,他们击败了韩国组合崔率圭/金元昊和世界冠军保木卓朗/小林优吾,成功闯入四强!然而在半决赛中遗憾不敌阿山/塞蒂亚万。

在9月的日本公开赛上,他们依旧保持火热的状态,赢得了第一个巡回赛冠军。

在2023年马来西亚公开赛上获得亚军后,梁伟铿/王昶在印度一路过关斩将,并在决赛中战胜了世界冠军谢定峰/苏伟译,夺得赛季首冠。

适应了马来西亚组合在前场的快速打法后,梁王组合在前场快速的回合中保持着敏锐。在后场,他们和其他中国顶尖组合一样,拥有强大的爆发力,尤其是梁伟铿的大力跳杀,让许多对手不寒而栗。

“我们取得了领先优势时,他们改变了战术。中国球员的打法比较相似,但梁王真的很强。他们打得相当好,在需要的时候他们可以即时在比赛中做出改变。”谢定峰说道。

“我们打得很快,他们移动起来了,他们在前三拍上准备得更充分,抓了我们好几次。” 苏伟译补充说。

这对年轻组合无疑在男双拥有着十足的竞争力,就目前而言,王昶对赢得印度公开赛作为新年礼物感到满意。

“这是双重的喜悦,因为我们赢得了冠军,而且今天是中国的新年,马来西亚组合是艰难的对手,但我们赢了,因为我们每天都在进步。” 王昶说道。

印尼大师赛:石宇奇首轮将战桃田贤斗!

印尼大师赛:石宇奇首轮将战桃田贤斗!

印尼大师赛两位前赛会冠军桃田贤斗和石宇奇将在首轮的比赛中相遇。

石宇奇是2016年的冠军,而桃田贤斗在2021年赢得了冠军。

桃田贤斗和石宇奇曾是前世界第一和第二,两人联袂贡献了许多精彩的比赛,包括2018年世锦赛决赛在内。但最近一段时间两人均不在自己的巅峰状态(桃田贤斗排名第18,石宇奇排名第33)。

由于丹麦选手(Rasmus Gemke)因伤退赛,原本需打资格赛的石宇奇被替补晋级到了正赛。

以及在印度公开赛闯入决赛的昆拉武特和安赛龙也相继退赛,达玛新(Sitthikom Thammasin)和翁泓阳晋级正赛。

印度公开赛的混双冠军渡边勇大/东野有纱,以及东京奥运会女单冠军陈雨菲也退出了比赛。

BWF Push for Athlete Education, Dual Career

BWF Push for Athlete Education, Dual Career
BWF Development Manager Erica Khoo (standing) and BWF Development Officer Tracy Tan address a focus group session at the BWF World Junior Championships.

With young players devoting most of their time to training and playing, competing in the ‘real world’ beyond the badminton court poses a challenge, particularly after their playing career. To ease their path, BWF has initiated projects that help them pursue educational and alternate career goals even during their competitive career.

To apprise players of the various projects and available resources, the BWF World Junior Championships last October was the perfect opportunity, especially as this cohort is on the verge of embarking on a playing career. During the fortnight of the championships, BWF engaged with around 330 players from 27 Member Associations, providing them detailed information on the resources they could avail.

This was facilitated both through direct engagement at the venue and focus group sessions, with BWF Development Manager Erica Khoo and BWF Development Officer Tracy Tan interacting with players and providing an overview of BWF’s offerings. Ten focus groups were held, and the sessions were made lively through a fun quiz and gift takeaways.

One of the many teams that participated in the workshop.

“By speaking to them directly, we were able to identify if is there’s any loophole in communicating with the players and then be able to provide assistance, at least for those who are interested,” said Khoo.

Young players were particularly interested in BWF’s dual-career pathway, developed with World Academy of Sport (WAoS), which offers Athlete Certificate, Bachelor of International Sport Management degree and Postgraduate Certificate in International Sport Management. The usefulness of these programmes, especially the Athlete Certificate course, in terms of building skills such as time management, navigating social media, and focus on athletes’ health and wellbeing, was explained. Participants were also thrilled to know that BWF was offering full scholarships for those competing at the World Juniors to complete the course.

There has been a steady rise in players taking up the Post Graduate Certificate and Bachelor Degree in International Sport Management, with the likes of Mahoor Shahzad (Pakistan), Gronya Somerville (Australia), Adham Hatem Elgamal, Nour Youssri (both Egypt), Ritah Asiimwe (Uganda) and Georges Julien Paul (Mauritius) having already signed up.

BWF offers several programmes for those players interested in academics and a dual career.

A likely career pathway for players was in badminton itself, in roles such as tournament organiser, national administrator, coach, Technical Official or Shuttle Time. International players had the advantage of being able to do a Fast Track Coaching Course under the BWF Coach Education pathway programme.

With players and teams responding positively, BWF will aim to reach out this year to more players at different events and levels including Para badminton, Super 100, International Challenge, International Series and junior events, apart from the next BWF World Junior Championships.

“We do have a lot of continental competitions for juniors, Para badminton and the seniors in 2023. So there will be opportunities for us to work closely with the Continental Confederations to deliver the activation,” said Khoo.

Subscription 2023 – Due 31 January

Subscription 2023 – Due 31 January

This is a reminder that BWF Subscriptions 2023 are due next Tuesday, 31 January 2023.

Please note that players cannot be entered into competitions after 31 January 2023 if the subscription is not paid by the deadline (Clause 26.6 of the BWF constitution).

Please make sure your Association’s payment is completed before the deadline Tuesday.

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New Kids on the Block Continue to Sizzle

New Kids on the Block Continue to Sizzle

Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang’s performances over the last eight months have been nothing short of a sensation.

With their YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2023 win on Sunday, they continued to blaze the trail they lit up less than a year ago.

When they teamed up in May 2022, Liang hadn’t played international badminton for two years. Wang Chang, who’s had a fan following since his junior days, had middling results with partner Di Zi Jian.

Yet, at only their second event together, at the Indonesia Masters 2022, they came through qualifying to finish runners-up, beating along the way such pairs as Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.

Then at the Malaysia Masters 2022, another giant-killing run ensued, with the qualifiers felling Choi Sol Gyu/Kim Won Ho and then-world champions Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, before falling to Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan in the semifinals.

Wang Chang and Liang Wei Keng after winning the Japan Open last year.

They didn’t have to wait long for their first World Tour title – it came at the Japan Open in September. Once again the list of victims was impressive: Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan, Ahsan/Setiawan, Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Choi/Kim and in the final, Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

This year, after finishing runners-up at the season-opening PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2023, Liang and Wang went all the way in India, outwitting world champions Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik in the final in a come-from-behind effort. The Chinese appeared to be fading at 7-12 when they turned things around.

Adapting to the Malaysians’ quick game at the forecourt, the Chinese replied in kind, staying sharp on the flat, rapid exchanges. From the back, they were, like other top Chinese pairs, able to throw in enormous punches, with Liang in particular untiring with his big jump smashes.

“We had a lead, and they suddenly changed their gameplan,” said Chia. “The Chinese players are all quite similar, but they (Liang/Wang) are really strong on their style. They’ve been playing quite well, and they can make changes in the game when required.”

“We were playing quick, they moved up and they were more ready on the first three shots and they caught us a few times,” added his partner.

Whether this young pair’s momentum lasts remains to be seen, for men’s doubles now has an extremely competitive field, with at least the top 20 pairs capable of beating each other. For the moment, Wang Chang was content with having won the India Open as a present for Chinese New Year.

“It’s double delight as we won the title and it’s Chinese New Year,” said Wang. “The Malaysians are tough opponents but we came through as we have been improving day after day.”

Indonesia Masters: Former Champs Face Off in Opener

Indonesia Masters: Former Champs Face Off in Opener

Former Indonesia Masters champions Kento Momota and Shi Yu Qi have been drawn to face each other in the opening round of this edition of the tournament

Shi was winner in 2016, while Momota won the title in 2021.

The former world No.1 and No.2, who clashed in numerous high-profile matches including the World Championships final in 2018, have slipped down the rankings in recent times (Momota is No.18, Shi is No.33).

Shi, originally in the qualifying draw, was promoted to the main draw due to the withdrawal of Rasmus Gemke, who suffered an injury at the YONEX SUNRISE India Open last week.

The men’s singles finalists at the India Open, Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Viktor Axelsen, too withdrew, and were replaced by Sitthikom Thammasin and Wong Hong Yang respectively.

Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, mixed doubles champions at the India Open, also withdrew.

The players/pairs promoted to the main draw are:

Women’s Singles

1.Clara Azurmendi (in place of Chen Yu Fei)

2.Aakarshi Kashyap (in place of Lalinrat Chaiwan)

Men’s Doubles

1.Ishaan Bhatnagar/Sai Pratheek (Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin)

2.Yong Jin/Na Sung Seung (Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han)

3.Chaloempon Charoenkitamorn/Nanthakarn Yordphaisong (MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila)

4.Sabar Karyaman Gutama/Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani (Jeppe Bay/Lasse Moelhede)

Women’s Doubles

1.Tanisha Crasto/Ashwini Ponnappa (Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara)

2.Tan Ning/Xia Yu Ting (Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva)

3.Ng Tsz Yau/Tsang Hiu Tan (Zheng Yu/Du Yue)

4.Allison Lee/Francesca Corbett (Shruti Mishra/Sikki Reddy)

Mixed Doubles

1.Mathias Thyrri/Amalie Magelund (Terry Hee/Tan Wei Han)

2.Alexander Lindeman/Josephine Wu (Mikkel Mikkelsen/Rikke Soby)

3.Vinson Chiu/Jennie Gai (Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino)

India Open: The Graph Keeps Rising for An Se Young

India Open: The Graph Keeps Rising for An Se Young

It isn’t often that Akane Yamaguchi‘s game unravels in the third game of a long match. Yet, faced with the unrelenting consistency and defensive stonewalling of An Se Young, the two-time world champion fell apart in the latter stages of the final at the YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2023.

An Se Young’s rising career graph saw another spike, with the Korean striking back after four straight losses to Yamaguchi. That, and her semifinal defeat of He Bing Jiao for the first time, meant that the Korean has taken a few more strides towards dominating women’s singles, which otherwise has been a closely-contested battleground between the top eight or so players.

On Sunday, after an even second game, Yamaguchi’s game fell quickly. Was it the cumulative physical effort of the last two weeks, or had An Se Young made a dent in the mental infallibility of the world No.1?

An Se Young’s winning moment.

Yamaguchi had a word of appreciation for her vanquisher. “An Se Young is in the same position as me as she played ten matches in two weeks, but she could keep her concentration quite well, so I’m impressed with that,” she said.

“It was good to be in the final. I played quite solid in the first game, but from the second I lost my focus. The shuttles were quite slow, and I could control the rallies well. But in the final game, my endurance wasn’t good enough. Of course I wanted to be champion, but am satisfied with the second place.”

As for the champion, the India Open victory adds to her impressive resume.

“I knew the match would be long. So even after I lost the first game I was prepared to play three games. It was a fast game, and both of us were pushed hard. I played quick in the first game, and then I decided to play at a slower pace and focussed on cutting down on mistakes.

“I was enjoying my match and that helped. While I lost the last four matches to Akane, I kept learning from those losses.”

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