Welcome to the end of the road for
this year’s Badminton World as 2013 finally drops its curtain this
month giving the players fans official and of
course you and me the opportunity to rest and reflect
with so much happening over the past 11 months
we have prepared the highlights from the first serve, review the year
and discuss the prospects for 2014. Welcome to the final episode of
Badminton World 2013 – Year in Review In no particular order let’s recap
highlights of 2013 a post-Olympic year that will go down
into the history books for all the right reasons.
but certainly the pick of the year was Lin Dan winning his fifth World Title
when world number one Lee Chong Wei retired hurt,
and was taken off on a stretcher at the BWF World
Championships in Guangzhou in August Entering the event on a wild card
after taking a year off Lin Dan was closing in on victory when Lee
was struck by cramps before a capacity crowd
paving the way for the Chinese ace to take the title 16-21, 21-13, 20-17
Not to be outdone was Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. She became the youngest world
champion of either gender as her sensational win over world number
one and Olympic champion Li Xuerui ended China’s decade of domination in the
event 18-year-old Ratchanok upset Li 22-20,
18-21 and 21-14 in a highly technical thriller
to become the first Thai to win the World Championship and the first non-Chinese
winner since Denmark’s Camilla Martin who lifted
the title at home in 1999
But roll back the year to March Ratchanok wilted under the weight of
expectation as Tine Baun bade goodbye to professional badminton by being crowned
the 2013 Yonex All-England women’s singles champion.
The scoreline 21-14, 16-21, 21-10 will forever be seared
into Baun’s memory The Dane could barely believe her hard fought
success when final point was won inside the
National Indoor Arena in Birmingham the hundreds of cheering fans, some jumping to
their feet and waving Baun’s national flag
in celebration. If March bore witness to a veteran’s golden swan song,
September celebrated the emergence of the youngest ever winner of the
seven-year-old Superseries. Akane Yamaguchi just 16 capped a dream-like
week to finish winner at her home Yonex Open Japan Superseries
in doing so Yamaguchi became the first Japanese player to win the tournament in
its 32-year history. The final highlight of the year was when
China proved yet again they were too consistent and too powerful
for the rest of the world by grabbing their fifth successive Sudirman Cup title
in Kuala Lumpur they needed only six games to steamroll
past the Koreans to bag their ninth overall title since 1995
China enjoyed a perfect last day at the Yonex Denmark Open 2013
conquering the opposition in all four finals in which they competed
Wang Yihan former Denmark Open champion regained the women’s singles title
the victory against Korean Sung Ji Hyun was Wang’s second Superseries title of the year
On the eve of his 31st birthday Lee Chong Wei faced Chen Long for the first
time since his All-England loss to the Chinese
unfortunately despite a stellar effort the Malaysian top player could not gift
himself a present to remember. The match was played at an electric pace
with spectators gasping the stunning returns of smashes,
the tightness of the net play, and retrievals from near impossible positions.
However Chong Wei gave Chen a match point which he wasted no time converting
for a 24-22, 21-19 result. The only non-Chinese
to grab the title were new Korean pair Lee Yong Dae
Yoo Yeon Seong in men’s doubles. Indonesia had two world champion pairs in
the finals but both faltered.
Men’s doubles partners Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan
suffered their first loss in the Superseries after a 19-match unbeaten streak.
The Indonesians were lackluster with Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong
keeping them under pressure from the opening rally. Mixed doubles world
champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir also appeared below their best and were
inconsistent against Olympic champion Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.
They paid the price losing 21-11, 22-20. Denmark’s only hope in the finals
the women’s doubles pair of Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla
Rytter Juhl were outplayed by Tang Jinhua and Bao Yixin
despite the boisterous crowd urging them on
Pedersen and Rytter Juhl were unable to ride on its energy
and surrendered tamely 21-16, 21-13 Days later another new partnership
celebrated early success on the BWF World Superseries circuit
with Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Gideon Markus Fenaldi
capturing the men’s doubles title at the Yonex French Open
Capping a remarkable campaign in Paris the fledging combination who paired up in
September and had to negotiate the qualifying stage,
romp to victory 21-16, 21-18 over Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong
of Malaysia Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen overcame
his men’s singles semifinal loss on home soil a week earlier
to outshine Kenichi Tago and the city of light, claiming his second Superseries title.
Tago led in both games only to see Jorgensen fight back from 16-19 in the second
as his rival was impatient during the rallies smashing widely when he had
opening Jorgensen converted his second match
point and celebrated with an on court jig Meanwhile in the women’s doubles
another pair which has not been together long swept to their third title in a few weeks
Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua outplayed senior Chinese compatriot
and Olympic champion Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei In the women’s singles Wang Shixian
won her second title of the year outplaying Porntip of Thailand 21-18, 21-18
Wang was steady throughout the match while Porntip swung from impressive
to erratic, unable to keep the pressure on her
opponent for sustained periods Zhao Yunlei made up for her
disappointment a week earlier by winning the mixed
doubles title with Zhang Nan the Olympic champion thwarted compatriots
Xu Chen and Ma Jin for the 14th time in 16 meetings with a 28-26,
21-17 outcome saving six game points in the first game.
Now let’s shift our attention to the OSIM BWF Superseries Finals
conspicuous by their absence are men’s singles defending champion Chen Long and
women singles World champion Ratchanok Intanon who will miss the finals at the
Chen Long the world number two, winner of the
All England and Denmark Open moved up nine rungs to 8th spot in the
Superseries standing after winning the China Open in Shanghai but
he finished out of the top eight slots at 11 after
missing the Hong Kong Open which was the final leg of the 12-stop
tour. China’s sole representative in the men’s singles
is former world junior champion Wang Zhengming
who finished seventh in the Superseries standings. Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei who is
the most successful player in the 2013 series
after winning six titles, is the top qualifier and has a great chance of
winning the finals for the fourth time the world number one was also the winner
the finals in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Stay tuned as we look at highs and lows
of 2013 only on Badminton World
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Welcome back to Badminton World. Kuala Lumpur recently played host to Shuttle
Time International, a program initiated by the
Badminton World Federation and organized by Badminton Asian
Confederation to develop coaches 20 coaches from 17 countries took part
in the weeklong session designed to make the sport appeal to the
young as BWF development director Ian Wright can testify
“It’s been a really interesting journey so far we started 2010 with just five pilots
one pilot on each continent just to test the resources
and then the idea was sorted to do maybe five countries a year
maybe a couple more, see how it goes and the objective for 2016 was thirty
countries using it I can say today 2013 we’ve got 65
countries already using Shuttle Time” The key word is fun.
“The key word there is fun it’s a safe, fun, positive experience
of badminton for kids they have to leave the first lesson
thinking I want to come back next week and that’s the one goal”
Positive vibes emanated from the participating coaches
“Shuttle Time is action. Action. It’s fun action.
It’s for you know people ranging between many several ages
between the age of 5 or 6 to 15” “This is the right time,
right program for the children to start off this
With or without knowledge, doesn’t matter. Learn with fun”
“This program can actually help especially the school level
the teachers to promote badminton to get kids to get interested to the sport”
Wright believes Shuttle Time will produce the
desired results this is not a coaching program the kids
learn through doing fun activities so they’re playing fun games and I think
they’re just plain fun games when really they’re learning something which is
useful to them becoming a badminton player” 2013 has seen the emergence of Akane Yamaguchi
the youngest Superseries winner ever. Underlining her potential was impressive
win in the women’s singles at the SCG BWF World Junior Championship
in Bangkok Despite being ranked number five in the
world junior rankings Yamaguchi has found 2013 as a breakthrough year.
If Yamaguchi’s imminent arrival is highly anticipated
the Badminton World bids farewell to Taufik Hidayat, Chen Jin
and Tine Baun in contrasting fashion. While Baun enjoyed a golden farewell by
winning the All-England Hidayat finally call time to his
career after being shown the exit before his home crowd
by B Sai Praneeth at the first round of the Indonesian Open Superseries Premier
in June. Chen Jin was forced to retire after an injury-plagued career. The idea
of retirement has yet to sink in for Hidayat. “I still can’t believe it I mean
I just stop being a badminton player. Of course.
I’m going through all sorts of emotion on one hand
I’m relieved but on the other I’m quite sad
but the decision to retire now is the right one
and I have to come to terms I’m no longer a
badminton player.” Hidayat is shifting his focus on TH Arena
“TH Arena is my dedication to badminton because for so long
my life revolves around badminton. I grew up with badminton
so what else can I do for my country except to give back to the sport”
Hidayat quit the game well into his 30’s but Chen Jin has called it a day before
turning 28 “I decided to retire mainly due to injuries
I sustained I am almost 28 years old and I should have
a lot of good playing years ahead but the injuries
were holding me back” Fresh from his playing career Chen Jin is
prepared to impart his knowledge to his compatriots
“I had just retired from top badminton action and experiences I have is still very current
and relevant to that as the coach. I can share my experience with the team
and the younger players so that they can learn from my experiences
and they don’t have to go through the hard way alone”
For Baun, her supremacy is now in the past after the perfect swan song in the All-England.
“Of course everybody wants to win some more.
I’m glad I am very happy that I’ve got a
world medal and
of course I wanted to have the Olympic medal but it’s not like
okay great, I have done my best and yeah I think
I’ve had so many memorable moments yeah it’s more than I could have asked for”
Baun is toying with the idea of balancing family life with coaching.
“Going to study health and nutrition, and also I’m going to
yeah maybe teach some young coach and do some coaching
yeah many things but also and yeah I want to think about family and
the thing women want after their retirement” In the SCG BWF World Junior
Championships 2013 both China and Korea shared the spoils
at the Huamark Stadium in Bangkok Thailand
Heo Kwang Hee comfortably defeated Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei
21-11, 21-12 to be acclaimed the best male junior badminton player
Akane Yamaguchi continued her winning ways by making up for her final defeat last
year thanks to a 21-11, 21-13 blips of her compatriot
Aya Ohori. In the all-Chinese men’s doubles Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen beat Huang Kaixiang
and Zhang Si Wei 14-21, 21-13, 22-20. In the women’s doubles
Chae Yoo Jung and Kim Ji Won defeated number two seed Chen Qingchen and He Jianxin
of China Despite her women’s doubles loss Chen partnered
Huang Kaixiang to the mixed doubles crown
over the Indonesian rivals Kevin Sukamuljo and Masita Mahmudin
Meanwhile China’s three defending title holders from a year ago
all retained their crown at the Victor China Open. Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon
Seong emerged victorious in men’s
doubles in the first match of the day before Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and
Lilyana Natsir brought the curtain down on the tournament
by taking the mixed doubles title. Chen Long had the necessary artillery
and experience to defeat Wang Zhengming the same rival whjo challenged him in last
year’s final Again it took a fight back before the
matter was settled to the senior player it was Chen Long’s third Superseries
Premier conquest this year following wins of All-England and Denmark
Open Li Xuerui’s exuberant scream as her compatriot
Wang Shixian hit their last rally
beyond the baseline underlined how much the three-game
outcome meant to her. Women’s doubles clash was a tussle
between the youth of Bao Yixin and Zhong Qianxin and experience of world
champions Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli
the veteran pair however handed out a lesson to the juniors
nothing that Bao or Zhong did could ruffle the fluency of
Yu and Wang. The latter smashed powerfully from the back
as Yu created openings in the front court to ensure a comfortable rout
lasting 31 minutes Korea’s Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong smashed
their way to their second Superseries Premier men’s doubles title in just two
months together winning 21-13, 21-12 over Hoon Thien How and
Tan Week Kiong. It was Lee’s 6th China Open and 29th Korea’s Superseries title
Coming up on Badminton World we take a look at the Superseries finale
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Welcome back to Badminton World 2013 Year in Review
episode. Malaysia world number one Lee Chong Wei stormed to victory in the Hong
Kong Open after whipping Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro
in straight games to bag his sixth tournament of
the season. Lee needed only 33 minutes to inflict a 21-13, 21-9 bruising on his
three-time Asian Champions opponent In the women’s draw china’s Wang Yihan was
made to work hard for her 21-13, 16-21, 21-15 victory against compatriot
Wang Shixian in the day’s longest match. And in
mixed doubles British newlyweds Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White
beat China’s Bao Yixin and Liu Cheng 21-14, 24-22
overcoming nerves in their prolonged second game. It was the couple’s first BWF
victory since tying the knot in September. in the all-Korean men’s
doubles final Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong fought back from one game down to claim
victory against fourth-seeded countrymen Kin Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang
12-21, 21-15, 21-18 In the women’s doubles fifth-seeded
Chinese pair Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua came from behind to beat the
younger compatriot Ou Dongni and Tang Yuanting 18-21, 21-16, 21-15
Now let’s take a peek at the world ranking so far
with six Superseries title under his belt prior to the grand final
in Kuala Lumpur Lee Chong Wei remains firmly in the driving seat
on top of the men’s singles. He is not likely to relinquish that position as
2014 draws near Li Xuerui remains the top right women
shuttler closely pursued by compatriot Wang Shixian
at number two Thailand world champion Ratchanok Intanon
slipped to number three with Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae no longer
the deadly duo from Korea after they were separated, Indonesia’s
world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan
had leapfrogged over the Korean as the number one men’s doubles
going into the final month of the calendar. Ko and Lee are at
number two and are not likely to make further headway as Lee is now on a roll
with new partner Yoo Yeon Seong. In the women’s doubles Wang Xiaoli and Yu
Yang remain on top while they are no
changes in the top 5 pairs. In the mixed doubles
China’s Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei remained the world number one
for the first time newlyweds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock from
England made it to the top five pairs. For more information you can visit
BWF official website The 2013 Year in Review takes a look at
the Superseries Finals as the curtains to 2013 are brought down in
the capital city of Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur. It’s where the best came together and the road to Malaysia
reaches its destination as the five-day spectacle
features top 8 individuals or pairs in each category
men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles
women’s doubles and mixed doubles for a shot at sharing USD 500,000.00
in prize money and the glory of being crowned Finals
Champions. It will be groundbreaking as the BWF World Superseries Finals
offers instant reviews with the Badminton World Federation set the
stage a live test of line call technology
conducted by a camera-based system which will be set up on the television court
only with only two current Olympic gold
medalist and three world champions the Superseries Finals feature 61
players who have won the right to contest
the second biggest purse in badminton. The Chinese are again favored to take at
least three titles as they did last year however the contingent will be the
smallest since 2009 just before the BWF began imposing
penalties and qualified players not participating
in fact china has only nine players in the top 8 of the Superseries standing
and while women’s singles Wang Yihan is not eligible because of the two entry per
nation limit China will have the maximum two
qualifiers in only three disciplines meanwhile Cristinna Pedersen of Denmark has
again qualified for both women’s and mixed doubles
and this year shares that distinction with china’s Ma Jin
who was eligible for two bag in 2009 but did not attend
Indonesia’s Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth the first in the nation to do double
duty for the Superseries Finals since Liliyana Natsir became a double runner-up
in the first edition in 2008. Europe repeat its all-time low of five entries
as the four Danish qualifiers are joined only
by Hong Kong Open husband-and-wife team of mixed doubles champions
Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White. However it was also from 5 entries that Europe
produced its best-ever showing last December
when Danish shuttlers took two gold medals and
one silver home in Shenzhen
Men’s doubles was a first set of eight to be
decided if only by a few hours and yet it’s still
amongst the most uncertain Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan
winner of five Superseries titles as well as the World Championship are a
clear favorites going into finals in KL particularly because the in-form pair of
the moment Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong came up just short of qualifying in the
11th spots the big question mark remains
surrounding what will happen with current world number two
Ko Sung Hyun and Lee Yong Dae. The Koreans have in the past temporally
reunited already to spend pairs in order to maximize the entries at both the
World Championships and the Superseries Finals and they
could well do the same to feel Ko and Lee once again
In the women’s doubles among the qualifiers are Ma Jin and Kim Ha Na
both of whom dropped out of the China Open last week and gave Hong Kong a miss.
On top of this Ma and Tang Jinhua are the on-again off-again pair who have played only
three tournaments since the World Championships. Either way the
overwhelming favorite are still three-time defending champions
Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang. In the men’s singles Lee Chong Wei is the overwhelming favorite
not only will he be playing at home but of the
six players who have beaten Lee in the past two years
only one will be among his seven challengers in Kuala Lumpur
The last women’s singles qualifier Tai Tzu Ying had to rely on Wang Shixian
to secure her spot. Wang’s win over Germany’s Juliane Schenk
was the only thing that stopped the Chinese Taipei shuttler
from being overtaken even without current World Champion Ratchanok Intanon
and Hong Kong Open winner Wang Yihan the field for the Superseries Finals is
still teeming with strong shuttlers China Open finalists
Li Xuerui and Wang Shixian ranked number one and
number three in the world respectively are tipped to be the front-runners but as
they are accompanied by six upset specialists
anything can happen in Kuala Lumpur. Mixed doubles are perhaps the most
difficult to predict As Markis Kido and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth
are the only ones to qualify who are not also in the current top 8 of the
world ranking. It is also the only discipline that should feature the
current All-England and world champions Tontowi Ahmad
and Liliyana Natsir as well as the current Olympic gold
medalist and the defending champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei at the Finals
With this final episode for 2013 we bid sayonara to all of you
and as we say goodbye do not forget we will be back with more news, profiles,
and interviews in 2014. Don’t forget to keep on tuning into Badminton World
your window to the game. In the meantime it’s farewell for now
from Badminton World – it’s the world we know