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。

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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

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

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Fanatics of TotalEnergies | Episode 1: Bangkok Edition

We present Episode 1 of our new Fanatics of TotalEnergies series. First up we’re in Bangkok as locals Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Kunlavut Vitidsarn take Greysia Polii and and Toma Junior Popov around town during the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022.

 

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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。

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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。

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老牌男双高成炫/申白喆夺得法国公开赛冠军

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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郑思维/黄雅琼:渴望胜利

“我们需要提高我们的技术,”郑思维说,他和黄雅琼在2022年马来西亚大师赛上达成了本赛季第六次夺冠的成就。

郑思维表达的是真实的想法还是夸张的自谦?毕竟,这对中国组合自4月下旬在亚洲羽毛球锦标赛上再次搭档以来,已经取得了30连胜。

在这30场比赛中,他们只有两次有输球的危险——在泰国公开赛上差点输给渡边勇大/东野有纱,在马来西亚大师赛上险些输给杨博轩/胡绫芳。郑思维指的是后者

“比如,”郑思维继续说道,“对手的战术对我们很有效,我们处于劣势。老实说,当时我们没有时间看视频和分析我们的表现。我们需要回去之后仔细分析我们的比赛,并制定一个合适的训练计划。”

随着2022年道达尔能源世界羽联羽毛球世锦赛的临近,郑思维和黄雅琼成为大众眼中夺冠的大热门,但他们对自己的期望因为去年东京奥运会决赛的失利而有所降低。

在奥运会上获得一枚银牌并不意味着什么,但对郑思维和黄雅琼来说,失去金牌的打击几乎改变了他们接下来一年的计划。他们各自与新的搭档配对,成败参半,他们的组合似乎迎来了一个平淡而过早的结束。

在亚洲羽毛球锦标赛上,火种再次被点燃,他们在决赛中以21-17 21-8的比分战胜了卫冕冠军王懿律/黄东萍。

“亚锦赛非常关键,那可能是第一个让我们热血沸腾的赛事。赢得冠军给了我们信心,也激励了我们。”

虽然郑思维和黄雅琼一直都是一对出色的搭档,但现在他们似乎更有动力了。如何解释他们对于胜利无休止的渴望呢?

“我不认为我们是不可战胜的,”黄雅琼说。“但我们准备得非常充分。我们成熟了很多,也更稳定了。我们与不同的搭档尝试了不同的打法,这帮助我们了解自己的优势,所以当我们再次组合时,我们可以利用这些优势,成为更好的搭档。”

他们坚持不懈地高强度训练,拒绝满足于他们所取得的成绩,这对组合正在创造更多的里程碑。在东京的失利让他们深感痛心,但这也在某种程度上为他们敲响了警钟。

“当然,奥运会上的失利对我们影响很大,”郑思维说。“一方面是一个挫折,但另一方面让我们更加坚定,教会我们要在心理上更加稳定。”

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Thai Para: Dazzling Welcome in Pattaya

Bright lights, vibrant music and dancing girls greeted participants on Day 1 of the Thai Para Badminton International 2022.

After introduction to the 25 teams, the event was declared open by Chukiat Singsung, President of the Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty The King, and Krisana Boonsawad, the Pattaya City Deputy Mayor.

The first of the group matches were heated from the get-go as Paralympic champions were challenged by rising talents across all categories.

Nitesh Kumar brims with confidence.

Standing Up to the Challenge

Standing Lower (SL3) men’s singles set the tone with an 85-minute match that saw Nitesh Kumar emerging victorious over Daisuke Fujihara 21-19 19-21 21-13.

“It’s the longest match I’ve ever played,” said Kumar. “I’ve been feeling more comfortable with a new prosthetic as well so apart from maybe Pramod (Bhagat) and Daniel (Bethell) I’m confident I can take on the rest.”

Bethell gears up for the challenge.

Englishman Bethell, who has been on a winning streak this year, came off the court with an easy 21-15 21-6 win over India’s Umesh Vikram Kumar.

“I was pretty disappointed by the silver in Tokyo so in the off season my team and I worked to fill the gaps. We analysed my matches at the Paralympics and are trying to fix everything that went wrong. The aim to is change the colour of the medal to gold in Paris.

“All the top guys are here so it will be the hardest tournament this year but it will also be a good test before we head to the World Championships in November.”

Tavares stakes his claim.

Teammate and Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Krysten Coombs hung on for almost an hour before conceding 16-21 21-18 14-21 to Brazil’s Vitor Gonçalves Tavares.

“It’s always hard playing Krysten. He’s strong and experienced but I kept my focus and followed my coach’s instructions to not make unforced errors,” said Tavares. “I’ve got a lot more to improve on but I’m feeling confident. This is my tournament.”

Lucas Mazur had a 21-11 21-15 win over Jan-Niklas Pott in the SL4 men’s singles, but it took him and Faustine Noel three games to defeat Thais Darunee Henpraiwan/Pricha Somsiri in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles 21-8 17-21 21-10.

A calm and composed Satomi.

Battle of the Best

Korea and Japan continue to battle for the top spots in the wheelchair events.

Japan’s boy wonder and WH2 men’s singles Paralympic champion Daiki Kajiwara bounced back from a first-game loss to take the match from Korea’s Sooyoung Yu 21-23 21-12 21-11.

Japan’s other golden Paralympic duo of Yuma Yamazaki and Sarina Satomi overcame their Korean opponents Kang Jung Kum and Lee Sun Ae 21-10 21-9 in the WH1-2 women’s doubles.

Earlier in the day, in the women’s singles matches, Yamazaki defeated I-chen Yang (Chinese Taipei) 21-17 21-5 in the WH2 while the WH1 top seed Satomi beat Cynthia Mathez (Switzerland) 21-10 21-13.

Tokyo 2020 men’s doubles WH1-2 silver medallists Choi Jung Man and Kim Jungjun (Korea) proved superior against Malaysians Noor Azwan Noorlan/Muhammad Ikhwan Ramli, winning 12-18 21-14.

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The Undiminished Hunger of Zheng & Huang

“We need to improve our skills,” said Zheng Si Wei, after he and Huang Ya Qiong had pocketed their sixth straight title, the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2022.

Was Zheng expressing genuine concern or was it just exaggerated modesty? After all, the Chinese duo had racked up 30 straight match wins since they got together in late April for the Badminton Asia Championships.

In those 30 matches, only twice were they in danger of losing – to Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino at the Thailand Open, and Yang Po-Hsuan/Hu Ling Fang at the Malaysia Masters. It was the second instance that Zheng was referring to.

“For example,” continued Zheng, “Our opponents’ strategy worked well against us and we were at a disadvantage. Honestly, we had no time to watch our videos and analyse our play. We need to go back, analyse our game and decide on an appropriate training plan.”

Zheng and Huang are on a 30-match unbeaten streak.

As the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 approaches, Zheng and Huang are a near-certainty for the title, but their own expectations will be tempered by what happened last year, when they fell in the final of the Tokyo Olympics.

A silver medal at the Olympics is no mean achievement, but for Zheng and Huang, that loss has defined their journey over the following year. They were paired up with new partners, with mixed success, and their journey together had appeared to come to an anti-climactic and premature end.

It was at the Badminton Asia Championships that the fire was reignited, with the 21-17 21-8 result over reigning Olympic champions Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping in the final.

“The Asian Championships was very crucial, that was maybe the first tournament that got us fired up. Winning that title gave us confidence and motivated us a lot,” said Zheng.

Huang Ya Qiong.

While Zheng and Huang were already a great pair in their first stint, they now appear more driven. What explains their insatiable hunger?

“I don’t think we’re unbeatable,” said Huang. “But we’ve prepared very well. We’ve matured a lot and are more stable. We tried different tactics with different partners, which helped us understand our own strengths, so when we got together once again we could use these strengths to get better as a partnership.”

With unflagging physical intensity, and their refusal to be satisfied with what they’ve achieved, the duo are on their way to setting many more landmarks. The loss at Tokyo had hurt¸ but it was also a wake-up call of sorts.

“Of course our loss at the Olympic Games had a big impact on us,” said Zheng. “It hurt us and made us determined, and taught us to be more stable mentally.”

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厚积薄发——杰克斯菲德

在后鲍恩时期,丹麦女单几乎成了米娅和(最近)莱恩的天下,但随着最近在亚洲巡回赛事中获得不错的成绩,杰克斯菲德重回大众视野。

28岁的杰克斯菲德在印度尼西亚和马来西亚的比赛中表现出色,在职业生涯中首次连续三次进入汇丰世界羽联世界巡回赛的四分之一决赛。凭借击败因达农(印尼公开赛)和马林(马来西亚公开赛),杰克斯菲德的成绩表明,对于顶级球员来说,她仍然是一个危险的对手。随着2022年道达尔能源世界羽联羽毛球世锦赛的临近,她可能会对一些老牌强手造成一些冲击。

“她进步了很多,”马林在马来西亚公开赛第二轮输给杰克斯菲德之后说。

杰克斯菲德把她的成绩归因于她付出的努力和她从每次胜利中获得的信心。

“我只是每天努力训练。我知道马林刚刚从非常严重的伤病中恢复过来,所以我觉得她现在的状态可能不是最好的,但这是我的机会,我抓住了这个机会。我很高兴。我尝试了很多次,终于打败了她。这是令人惊讶的。

“两周前我打败了因达农,现在我打败了马林。我知道我可以击败世界上最顶尖的球员,我将尽我最大的努力,更加努力,获得更高的世界排名。我在变老,但我的心智也在成长,我想这也是我能打进四分之一决赛的原因。”

是什么让她在本赛季状态如此火热?

“很长一段时间以来,我一直非常努力地训练,每天都试着相信自己。你获得的每一次成功和每一次胜利都只会给你更多的信心。我觉得在亚洲的过去四周对我来说是非常棒的。这是我最近第三次参加巡回赛,也是我第三次进入四分之一决赛,这是前所未有的。我感觉很自信,状态也很好,我想这就是我现在状态很好的原因。”

杰克斯菲德很少在大赛中获得关注,但这一次情况可能会有所不同。

“我知道我可以击败顶级球员,我知道我可以做到这一点,现在我将努力把目标定得比打进四分之一决赛更高,争取走得更远。因为我觉得我能做到。所以我要争取更多。

“女单真的困难重重,我们身边有很多优秀的球员。但我认为我已经证明了我也很优秀,我是他们必须提防的那个人。”

她将在首场比赛中迎战金佳恩,并可能在第三轮与头号种子山口茜相遇。

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Thai Para: Sun, Sea and Badminton

Para badminton athletes are in the lively beachfront town of Jomtien, south of Pattaya City, for the Thailand Para Badminton International 2022.

Scheduled from 16 to 20 August, 170 players from 25 countries will take to the courts at the Eastern National Sports Centre, a complex that also houses a running track and a football field.

From left: Referees Karin Bester and Jeff Bell with Paisan Rangsikitpho.

“It’s spacious but underused. We’ve had to do a lot of cleaning up to make it ready for this event,” said tournament director Paisan Rangsikitpho.

Efforts to prepare for the competition have included bringing in staff experienced at organising other international badminton tournaments, the most recent being the TotalEnergies Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Bangkok.

“We want to be able to provide a higher level of tournament for Para badminton players and this has involved training staff and volunteers, as well as local lines judges to make sure we meet the international standards of competition.”

The large hall has been set up with three courts for standing matches and two wheelchair courts, and has enough space for six practice courts within the same floor.

“It just means the athletes arrive into one venue and prepare in the match environment, without having to go outside or anywhere else.

“With the support of the Pattaya City government, we have plans to host more international Para badminton events here soon and maybe regularly to promote the sport.”

Team Thailand get ready to roll.

Thailand with 21 players are world beaters across the categories but will be without Tokyo 2020 women’s doubles Wheelchair (WH1-2) bronze medallist Amnouy Wetwithan.

The largest contingent is India with 22 players but they too will be without their Short Stature (SH6) star, Paralympic men’s singles gold medallist Nagar Krishna.

Competition is still expected to be fiery as there is no shortage of world and Paralympic champions on the roster, including Japan’s Daiki Kajiwara and Yuma Yamazaki, Korea’s Kim Jungjun, India’s Pramod Bhagat, France’s Lucas Mazur and England’s Rachel Choong, to name a few.

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辛杜因伤退出世锦赛

2019年世锦赛冠军辛杜因伤退出即将举行的2022道达尔能源羽毛球世锦赛。

8月13日,辛杜在社交媒体上对粉丝们说:“我在英联邦运动会上为印度赢得一枚金牌,不幸的是我不得不退出世锦赛。”

在结束了英联邦运动会后,辛杜接受采访时说她在决赛前和决赛期间都很痛苦。

她补充说:“在英联邦运动会四分之一决赛前,我感到脚趾疼痛,当时我对受伤很恐惧,但在我的理疗师和教练的帮助下,我决定尽我所能。”

经过核磁共振检查,医疗小组确认她的左脚应力性骨折,并建议这位两届奥运会奖牌得主卧床休息。

在2022年新加坡公开赛、瑞士公开赛和赛德·莫迪国际公开赛上斩获冠军后,世界排名第七的辛杜原本希望能在今年的成绩中再添一块世锦赛金牌。

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Pusarla Withdraws From World Championships

Pusarla V. Sindhu, world champion in 2019, has withdrawn from the upcoming TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 with an injury.

“While I am on the high of winning a gold medal at the CWG for India, unfortunately I have to pull out of the world championships,” Pusarla told fans in a social media statement on 13 August.

Following a fortuitous trip to Birmingham, the 27-year-old said she was in pain before and during the final.

“I felt pain and there was an injury scare before the quarterfinals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could,” she added.

Following an MRI, a medical team confirmed a stress fracture in her left foot and has since recommended the two-time Olympic medallist bed rest.

The world No.7 was hoping to add another world championships gold to her mantelpiece, given her spectacular form in 2022 after scooping titles at the Singapore Open, Swiss Open and the Syed Modi International 2022.

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Thet Makes Her Own Way

One result that stands out in an otherwise modest season for Thet Htar Thuzar is her defeat of Michelle Li at the Korea Masters in April. As the world No.73 prepares for the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022, she will hope to display the wares that helped her beat the world No.13. In Tokyo, she takes on another Canadian, Zhang Wen Yu, in the opening round.

“After the last World Championships I was training with my father. In April I started going for tournaments beginning with the Korea Masters. I won my first round with Michelle Li, it was a good achievement. My training was good. My body condition was also quite good. I played well and I could beat her,” says the soft-spoken Burmese.

With limited sparring opportunities in Myanmar, Thet has spent frequent training stints in Malaysia, where she is part of a Badminton Asia programme. She also pursues her own training at Serdang BC.

Myanmar’s Thet Htar Thuzar.

The last couple of years have been challenging, with COVID disrupting the circuit and with a crisis in her homeland. She had had some promising results in 2020 before the onset of the pandemic, with a title win at the Uganda International being a highlight. She played just two events the following year – the Olympic Games in Tokyo and the World Championships in Spain. This year has been better, as she returned to competition in April and played six events in the run-up to the World Championships.

“Badminton Asia have been supporting me for the last few years. The goal is now Paris 2024. For the last two years, I’ve been trying to get my ranking up. Before COVID happened, my ranking was 57, but since then I have dropped to 73, so now I’m trying to get my ranking up and playing well on the World Tour. I get a lot of support from my family and my friends and the people around me, but when I got for tournaments the main challenge is about the funding.”

Despite the challenges, Thet is thrilled to be on the circuit, finding meaning in the places she visits and the people she meets.

“As I go to international tournaments, I meet a lot of people. It’s great to get in touch with people around the world. It’s good for me to communicate with other players, and people in other countries. I have a lot of friends around the world. The lesson that badminton has taught me is that if you can’t achieve anything you want, you just have to try for it again and again.”

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Commentary A Badminton Bucket List For Hall

In his first-ever gig as a commentator at the Indonesia Open 2022, Scotsman Adam Hall revealed to BWF how sitting aside the voice of badminton, ticked off a huge badminton bucket list for his.

“I received a phone call about commentating on a men’s double match about six hours before the match. My only homework from Gill (Clark) was how to say Sukamuljo correctly. I could not have been more excited beforehand,” exclaimed Hall.

A commentator’s job is to offer further details, insider knowledge, and, unsurprisingly, comments about current events to fans to enhance their viewer experience. Hall was brought on board to add an element of colour and player insight, drawing on his own experiences as a current player.

Hall (R) and Dunn competing at the Indonesia Open helped the Scot draw on his own experiences of playing at the Istora.

Guided by lead commentator, Clark, Hall felt he was able to hit the ground running as he climbed the steep steps of the Istora, through the fans and prepared to pick up his cans (headphones), accompanied by notes and preparation advice. The tandem commentated on the third round match between home heroes Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Kang Min Hyuk/Seung Hee Seo.

“Gill made it easy for me to get involved and before we started commentating, Gill told me: ‘It’s just two badminton fans having a chat about a game of badminton,’ which put me at ease. I didn’t do any warm-ups but I have been known to speak too fast so I really had to make an effort to slow down and put on my poshest Scottish accent,” the Scot laughed.

Part of what makes for a good sports commentator is; delivery – speaking well and clearly; knowledge – knowing your player profiles, tournament information, number of titles, number of quarterfinals/semifinals reached on home soil/overall, and thirdly, match analysis.

“I hate listening to myself talk normally, but I have listened to some of it back to make sure I didn’t speak too fast. It was fun to have the opportunity to commentate with a legend of badminton. It was really cool to see behind the scenes and be in the booth. It’s crazy just how much research Gill has and how she keeps track of the games and player profiles. She really is one of the best commentators in any sport around the world and I really hope I can get involved again. I love badminton, so it’s a win-win for me to be involved in this. I’m really grateful.”

Asked if Hall would like to be invited again to commentate, the European silver medallist replied:

“Yes I’d love to do this more often, it was a really fun experience. I love talking and analysing. Any time Gill will have me, I’ll be there.”

Hall will be back in action at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 alongside men’s doubles partner, Alexander Dunn, where they face Job Castillo/Montoya Navarro from Mexico in the first round.

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HS Prannoy, and the Art of Breathing Right to Stay Calm

There’s a certain meditative calm about HS Prannoy these days. After every rally, he seems to withdraw into himself, shutting himself off from the tumult around. His steps in between points are slow and deliberate; he doesn’t even celebrate the way he used to.

To consistently deliver in the fifth match of a team event requires nerve. Prannoy did that not once, not twice, but in four matches, anchoring India’s historic title-winning campaign at the Thomas Cup.

Since then, Prannoy has carried that same calm on court as he made semifinals at the Indonesia Open and the Malaysia Masters. While Prannoy has always had the physical and technical ability for this level, the Indian has upped his game in the mental department.

As he prepares for the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022, Prannoy details just exactly has how he has gone about it.

Excerpts from a recent interview:

Tell us about the work that you’ve been doing, on the mental side.

I’ve been working with a company called Invictus; it’s related to strength and conditioning. They have something on the behavioural side as well, working on psychology and breathing and the mental side of the game.

They have everything in one place. All my needs are taken care of – strength and conditioning, food, my mental conditioning. I just started mental conditioning six months ago, but I was working with strength and conditioning earlier, since 2019.

HS Prannoy.

How do you work with them when you’re travelling?

We get on call every single day. We try to be consistent because I’m very bad with breathing and focus, and I tried to skip many sessions. This is one thing I’m uncomfortable doing. To sit for 20 or 30 minutes is really tough to do breathing (exercises), to be focused on what they’re saying. When I started I realised that you have so many things to do in a breathing session and in a focus session and I think that slowly built up the patience and the trust to work on something very different.

That is one thing I needed, to be focused throughout the game. The mind needs to be in the present but a lot of times the mind keeps wandering here and there, especially in crowds like the Istora. We think so many things which are not needed and you will not realise that five points have gone in a flash, and that’s where the game slips. I had a lot of experience like that in the past so I thought this was one thing which I needed to work on.

I now feel much more focused throughout the game. The results are probably 10 per cent better than what I had from last September, so there’s a lot of scope. It works. People will generally neglect this side of the game but I think it’s really important.

HS Prannoy is mobbed by teammates after taking India into the Thomas Cup final.

Gopichand used to talk about these things as well when he was playing… so how new is this practice?

This is different, I’d never done this in my life. I started doing this because I had pain in my ribs and I wanted to try everything. My breathing was all over the place.

How does breathing help during a match? Is it only about calming yourself down?

To calm yourself down; it’s also very important that you have a very systematic way of breathing; it just cannot be up and down and very very fast. I used to breathe really fast. I needed to calm down a little bit.

Isn’t breathing something you let happen automatically rather than controlling?

It’s something which has been with you throughout your life and it’s automatic, but if you work on it there’s a lot of scope to get better, and you will know that you are breathing much slower, and then your heartbeat gets much slower whenever you’re on court.

Otherwise when you’re having a big match, at 14-all or 15-all you can feel your heart rate going higher, to 160 or 165, even though you’re not tired. But because of the breathing techniques and the things we’re working on, it helps me to be a little bit more focused on the game. At the end of the day more than breathing it’s about how much you can be focussed. Through breathing we’re trying to get to that level.

Thumbs up from Prannoy.

So it’s not just to calm yourself; breathing has a physical impact as well, on how tired you’re feeling, for instance?

Maybe… I don’t know. But then it’s a process where you prepare yourself; it’s not something which you do for a day and get right. I’ve been doing it for the last six months and am probably 5 per cent better, but there’s a lot of space where you can improve your lung capacity and all those things which you can work side by side through training. We generally neglect it. I wanted give it a shot. It has helped in me being a little bit calmer and sleeping better at night.

Is expertise on this topic new to India?

It is. It’s just coming up. There are not many places where these kinds of things are happening, and you need the right people also. It’s about how much they understand you as a player and as an individual, because I’ve worked with a lot of psychologists. They get into a lot of off-court activities which doesn’t help. I would say you just need to stick with what makes you play better on court.

Prannoy takes on Austria’s Luka Wraber in round one with a potential meeting with Kento Momota awaiting in round two.

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