Badminton World Championships 2017 Round-up (Glasgow)

Badminton World Championships 2017 Round-up (Glasgow):

Badminton World Championships 2017 Results Round-up (Glasgow)

All the winners and losers from this years World Championships finals. These are the results:

Including a the men’s singles final with Lin Dan (China) taking on Viktor Axelsen (Denmark. The result Europe has its first Word Champion in 20 years.

In the women’s singles Nozomi Okuhara of Japan took on India’s Pusarla V. Sindhu.

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Chen Wins All-Star Battle – Day 4: CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017

Chen Long survived three match points to get the better of Lin Dan in the Men’s Singles quarter-finals of the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017 today.

It was a session that almost saw two veteran stars overshadow their younger rivals. While Lin nearly pulled the plug on Chinese compatriot Chen, fellow-veteran Lee Hyun Il of Korea made no mistake in shutting the door on China’s Tian Houwei, 17-21 21-15 21-18. Lee and Chen face off in the semi-finals; the other half will feature India’s Kidambi Srikanth against China’s Shi Yuqi.

The Lin-Chen battle was a cagey affair for the most part, both wary of the other’s great skills, and worked hard to create openings. With both Lin and Chen showing iron control over the shuttle, explosive bursts were few and far between. Lin finally opened up in the third game with big crosscourt smashes that homed in on the lines. A couple of wayward shots by Chen saw Lin nearly home at 20-18.

The World champion however got back into the match with some alert play at the death, and he took the first chance that he got to clinch the 78-minute encounter to improve his career record against his compatriot to 4-8.

While Lin was involved in the titanic battle with Chen, Lee Hyun Il handed the much-younger Tian Houwei a lesson or two. The Korean’s silken strokes and sublime control saw him orchestrate the play to his liking, and despite Tian throwing his biggest punches, Lee calmly placed the shuttle where he willed to come away a 17-21 21-15 21-18 winner.

Earlier, in Women’s Doubles, Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen pulled off an escape act against hard-hitting Koreans Kim Hye Rin and Yoo Hae Won, saving three match points en route to victory: 21-11 15-21 23-21.

Kim and Yoo showed no sign that they had paired up only recently, attacking and defending in sync to frustrate the second seeded Danes. With Yoo spotting an empty corner to earn two match points in the third, the Danes looked out of it, but to their credit, stuck at their task. It was Rytter Juhl who raised her game at the critical moment, cracking smash winners to set up match point for the Danes, which she converted at the first opportunity by dropping the shuttle in front of the stranded Koreans.

“We were really struggling after winning the first, maybe they stepped up and it was difficult for us to find the right length in our defence in the second set and that made us uncomfortable,” said Pedersen. “Because when you don’t find the right length in defence against these strong Koreans, it’s difficult, as they have a good attacking game.”

“When it’s close in the end, the Koreans always want to play the front court and won’t stand in defence, and we said we had to move forward and try to find the attack, and Christinna made some rushes at the net, and I got some good smashes,” added Rytter Juhl. “I felt the Koreans could feel the victory in front of them, it would be a good result for them to reach the semi-finals, so we talked about that, that it was important for them, so they would get a little nervous. So just stay close and maybe we could do it in the end, and we did!”

The Danes take on Japan’s Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, while in the top half, No.1 seeds Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi face familiar rivals Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (China). Matsutomo/Takahashi had a hard time getting past compatriots Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, 21-16 18-21 21-16, as did Chen/Jia over their compatriots Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua, 21-17 20-22 21-18.

Women’s Singles saw China’s Sun Yu burst into inconsolable tears after winning a hard battle against India’s Saina Nehwal, 21-17 10-21 21-17.

“I haven’t reached a single semi-final this year, that’s why I feel so emotional,” said Sun, even as the tears freely flowed.

Two Japanese made the semi-finals. Nozomi Okuhara stands between Sun and a repeat final place at the Australian Open, while Akane Yamaguchi will have the task of stopping top seed Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei).

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Adcocks March On – CROWN GROUP Australian Open: Day 3

Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock’s bright form of 2017 showed no sign of letting up as they made the quarter-finals of the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017 today in Sydney.

The England pair, semi-finalists at the Yonex All England and the Yonex-Sunrise India Open, and quarter-finalists at the BCA Indonesia Open last week, held off a strong challenge from Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Chae Yoo Jung in the Mixed Doubles second round. The Adcocks were in a neck-and-neck battle with the Koreans, only managing to break free at the very end to seal the match 21-14 17-21 21-18 in 62 minutes.

“Very close match,” said Chris Adcock. “We had patches where we felt good and comfortable, but the thing about them is that they never give you anything.  If we lose our concentration slightly, they can come back at you; we showed great resolve and resilience in the game to keep fighting back.”

A couple of flick serves by Chris Adcock caught Choi by surprise and titled the match in their favour at the very end.

“Tactically the flick serve is a big weapon, people don’t use them (often enough). In this hall we know our defence is good and we were able to get the girl to the back and defend on the counter-attack really well. I’ve been working hard on the flick serve,” said Chris Adcock.

The England pair take on China’s Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping, 21-10 23-21 winners over Japan’s Kenta Kazuno/Ayane Kurihara.

Seventh seeds Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto also had it easy, getting past Singapore’s Terry Hee/Tan Wei Han 21-6 21-12. The Indonesians face Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon/Cheah Yee See who had little trouble disposing off the challenge of Indonesia’s Hendra Tandjaya/Sekartaji Putri 21-10 21-5.

Chan acknowledged that the new pairing had had the luck of the draw, but their next opponents would be a difficult proposition.

“Today our opponents were not so strong,” Chan said. “We just have to continue to build our combination. It’s a good start for us in Superseries. She (Cheah) was very excited but also nervous. Our next match is against Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto. We don’t want to think too much. There are no expectations on us, we’ll just try to do our best.”

The other two quarter-finals will see top seeds Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen (China) against Japan’s Yugo Kobayashi/Misaki Matsutomo and Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai against Korea’s Kim Dukyoung/Kim Ha Na.

India enjoyed a good day in Men’s Singles, with BCA Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and OUE Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth booking their quarter-final places against each other.

Srikanth put out top seed Son Wan Ho (Korea) 15-21 21-13 21-13, while Sai also needed three games to get past China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-15 18-21 21-13.

“In the third game I thought I have to get the extra shuttle, that worked for me,” said Srikanth. “He’s someone who doesn’t attack too much, just keeps the rally going. You have to be more steady than him or you have to crack him. In these conditions it’s hard to go on all-out attack. My training is paying off. I’m really confident about my fitness.”

The two Chinese superstars – Lin Dan and Chen Long – also booked a quarter-final clash with wins over Indonesian opponents. Chen looked relaxed in a 21-10 21-13 decimation of Anthony Ginting, while Lin timed his explosive bursts to perfection as he held off a combative Jonatan Christie 21-14 21-19.

Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus stayed in the hunt to defend his title, beating Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long 21-9 21-13 and next faces China’s Shi Yuqi, a 21-13 21-18 winner over Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama.

Indonesia Reignites Superseries!

Fans are revving up for the resumption of the MetLife BWF World Superseries tour next week with one of the calendar’s most popular – and definitely most noisy – tournaments: the BCA Indonesia Open 2017!

This season, however, the decibel level will be fever pitch, not at the accustomed Istora Senayan, but at the Jakarta Convention Center as the regular venue is undergoing refurbishment ahead of next year’s Asian Games.

Nonetheless, when badminton’s big guns reignite ther battle in the Indonesian capital, they will be zeroing in on the top eight spots to enhance their qualification chances for the the Dubai World Superseries Finals. The season’s eight highest-ranked singles players and doubles pairs will compete in the desert showdown for a share of the US$1million jackpot from 13-17 December this year.

In Men’s Singles, Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) leads the standings after four out of 12 events, followed by Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Chinese superstar, Lin Dan; Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong; Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand); Wong Wing Ki (Hong Kong) and young Chinese ace, Shi Yuqi, round out the top contenders in that order.

Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying – riding a wave of unprecedented success – has been victorious in three of the four Superseries events held this season so far, to sit atop Women’s Singles in the Destination Dubai Rankings. Unbeaten since last November in Hong Kong, Tai has won five Superseries in succession; with only the India title eluding her as she did not compete in Delhi.

Close on her heels is Carolina Marin, with Spain’s Olympic gold medallist having been runner-up three weeks on a stretch in India, Malaysia and Singapore. The consistent Sung Ji Hyun of Korea is third overall, thanks to semi-final runs in every Superseries this season.

Akane Yamaguchi (Japan), Pusarla V Sindhu (India), Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand), Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) and Sun Yu (China) round out the elite eight.

Men’s Doubles supremos, Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (featured image), will enjoy deafening support when they take to home court next week. Having blazed to the top of the podium in three Superseries this season, the Indonesians head the standings followed by China’s twin towers, Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen, and Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda of Japan.

Another Indonesian pair – Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi – are in fourth place, with Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark), Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia), Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (Thailand) ranking fifth to seventh respectively. Meanwhile, Denmark’s evergreen masters, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark, have moved into reckoning with their victory in the OUE Singapore Open 2017 to be in eighth position currently.

YONEX All England Open 2017 champions, Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee, are the leaders of the Women’s Doubles pack. Having starred in Korea’s recent Sudirman Cup success, they will be keen to continue their strong form in Jakarta. Their compatriots, Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan are in third place but the big headline in this category is that Japan has four pairs in the top seven of the Destination Dubai Rankings!

Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open champions Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota are in second place. These Japanese came of age rapidly this season, with a quarter-final in Birmingham, followed by a semi-final in Delhi, before winning in Kuching. Their team-mates, Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao, are in fifth while another Japanese pair, Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto – champions in their first Superseries final in India – are sixth. Japan’s Rio 2016 gold medallists, Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi are seventh, having lost their only Superseries final this season  (Singapore) to Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl who are fourth overall. China’s recently-paired Huang Yaqiong/Tang Jinhua are beginning to make inroads and sit in eighth at the moment.

Huang Yaqiong’s name has featured prominently in Mixed Doubles though, as she and partner, Lu Kai, have reached all four Superseries finals – capturing three of them. They are comfortably ahead of the competition in the Destination Dubai Rankings, with Chinese peers, Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen, who defeated them in the Kuching finale, currently in second place. The blossoming partnership of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai has been reaping handsome rewards and the Thai tandem are third in race for the desert classic.

England’s Adcock household – Chris and Gabby – are fourth with Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in fifth. The remainder of the top eight is completed by Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (Denmark); Olympic gold medallists, Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia); and Korea’s upcoming duo, Choi Solgyu/Chae Yoo Jung – fresh from clinching the Sudirman Cup for their country.

The BCA Indonesia Open 2017 will be followed by the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017 in Sydney. These two events will bring the MetLife BWF World Superseries to its halfway mark and fans will get a better picture of how fortunes are shaping up. Exciting times and more surprises are certainly ahead with stops in Japan, Korea, Denmark, France, China and Hong Kong in the second half of the season.

Steely Survival – Day 7 (Session 2): TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017

Perennial title-holders, China, withstood all that Japan threw at them tonight to advance to tomorrow’s finale of the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia.

The defending champions reached their 12th final with a sterling semi-final effort that blended the old guard, in Men’s Singles supremo Lin Dan, and the new generation of athletes entrusted with upholding their nation’s badminton legacy, in Men’s Doubles pair Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan in Women’s Doubles.

Displaying the mettle for which they are well known, the Chinese rebounded from the shock demise of Zheng Siwei and 19-year-old Chen in the opening Mixed Doubles match to triumph 3-2 against long-time adversaries, Japan; runners-up two years ago in Dongguan. Chen shook off her failure in the Mixed discipline admirably to sound the death knell in the decisive Women’s Doubles match. She and Jia Yifan outgunned Olympic gold medallists, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, 21-12 21-19; the latter evidently far from their best when their country most needed it.

“We are very excited to win the most important point for China. We prepared well and we asked our coaches to give us this chance tonight. Now we want to get a good’s night rest and get ready for the final,” said an exuberant Jia as her team-mates celebrated.

China will now clash with Korea, who defeated Thailand 3-1 earlier in the day, for the BWF World Mixed Team Championship at Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre which has hosted an absorbing week-long tournament. Tonight provided another thrilling instalment as fortunes see-sawed one way and then the other with the challengers striking first, thanks to exciting young duo, Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino’s upset victory over the world No.1 partnership of Zheng and Chen.

Down to their last of five match points in a nail-biting decider, the Japanese composed themselves to face serve. Watanabe’s firm return straight at Zheng seemed to catch him by surprise and he parried it erroneously. Watanabe flung himself into the air and then hugged his partner at the 21-12 14-21 21-19 result.

“Yes, we did it! I thought we could upset them. I am so happy,” declared the compact Watanabe.

That joy, however, was short-lived as the iconic Lin Dan coolly put his team on level terms, winning Men’s Singles 21-16 21-19 versus Kenta Nishimoto. The 33-year-old star admitted feeling “nervous” as he badly wanted to deliver for China. Next up were his young compatriots, Li and Liu, in one of the key matches. The Chinese twin towers manfully imposed their power hitting on their opponents – Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda – in the second game, having eked out the first after saving a game point. Liu produced some sizzling kills at net while his partner proved equally lethal in attacking from deep. The barrage of shots wore down the Japanese who succumbed 23-21 21-16, sending China ahead 2-1 in the tie.

On to Women’s Singles where Akane Yamaguchi efficiently kept Japan’s chances alive with a controlled the 21-17 21-15 win over Sun Yu, again locking the scores 2-2. This left matters in the balance with both teams needing to clinch the Women’s Doubles match.