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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Jason Teh Carries Commonwealth Games Form into Worlds

Singapore’s Jia Heng Jason Teh is travelling to the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 in a combative mood after pushing two of the world’s best players to their limits at the recent Commonwealth Games.

Teh produced some of the best badminton of his career in Birmingham, winning four matches before taking eventual winner Lakshya Sen of India to a third game in a pulsating semifinal.

“I must have that fire to win,” Teh said as he looked forward to scaling similar heights in Japan.

“I cannot reach their level if I first don’t make sure I push them. If I play in my comfort zone I won’t be able to beat them, because I am not yet at their level, I am only climbing up to them.

Jason Teh is Singapore’s next big hope.

“I need to improve my consistency and shot quality, and reduce my unforced errors.”

An understudy to world champion Loh Kean Yew through most of the mixed team event in Birmingham, Teh was left carrying his country’s hopes in the men’s singles following Loh’s quarterfinal elimination by Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong.

But after a punishing ten-day schedule, Teh struggled to complete his bronze medal match against India’s Kidambi Srikanth, needing on-court attention from the doctor twice in the later moments of the straight-games defeat.

“I had no strength, that’s why I fell down,” Teh said. “I had some cramps, nothing big. But I couldn’t support myself anymore.

“I think I did all I could. I gave my all. The only way forward is to work myself and become fitter. Be better at recovery. I will take this experience with me for the rest of my career.”

Jason Teh at the Singapore Open.

Born in Penang in Malaysia, the animated 21-year-old carries a reminder of his roots in the form of a large tattoo covering most of his left forearm.

“I have a shuttlecock tattoo because I am spending most of my time on badminton, and it says ‘family’ because I have experienced something bad outside sport which made me realise that family is really, really important to me. I will always prioritise them.”

Teh said he drew inspiration from his early rounds opposition at the Commonwealth Games, which included players from teams such as Barbados and Jamaica.

“There are a lot of countries with a lot of aspiring players, but I guess the level of play is restricted,” he said.

“Regardless of which country they face, they just try to fight and challenge the opponent. Their resilience and fighting spirit is something I think I can learn from.”

Teh faces the Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw in round one and a possible encounter against world No.1 Viktor Axelsen in round two.

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More in Store, Promises In-Form Kjaersfeldt

In the post-Tine Baun period, Denmark’s women’s singles has become almost synonymous with Mia Blichfeldt and (lately) Line Christophersen, but with a successful Asian tour recently, Line Kjaersfeldt has bounced back into the conversation.

The 28-year-old enjoyed a great spell of form in Indonesia and Denmark, making three straight quarterfinals on the HSBC BWF World Tour for the first time in her career. With wins over Ratchanok Intanon (Indonesia Open) and Carolina Marin (Malaysia Open), Kjaersfeldt showed she can still be a dangerous opponent for the top stars. And with the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 coming up, the Dane could do some damage to the established names in Tokyo.

“She has improved a lot,” said Marin, after her second round loss to the Dane at the Malaysia Open.

Kjaersfeldt put her results down to the hard work she’d put in and the confidence she gained from each win.

Kjaersfeldt celebrates her win over Carolina Marin.

“I’m just working hard every day. I know that Carolina’s just coming back from a really serious injury, so I knew that maybe she’s not in her best shape right now. But that’s my chance. And I took it and I’m so happy. I tried so many times and I finally beat her. It’s amazing.

“Two weeks ago I beat Ratchanok and now I beat Carolina. I know that I can beat the top players in the world and I will just try my best to work harder and to get even higher on the rankings. I’m also growing older, growing mentally, and I think that’s also why I’m standing in the quarterfinals.”

What explained her red-hot spell of form midway through the season?

“For a long period I’ve been working really hard. I just try to believe in myself every day. If you get one success and one win, it just gives more confidence. And I think the last four weeks for me here in Asia has been amazing. It’s my third tournament and third quarterfinal and that’s never happened before. I just feel confident and feeling in good shape and I think that’s why my form is good right now.”

Kjaersfeldt has rarely made heads turn at the major championships, but this time could be different.

“I know I can beat the top players and I know I can do this and now I will try to aim higher than the quarterfinals, to go further than this. Because I feel that I can do it. So I will aim for more.

“It’s a really tough women’s singles field. There are a lot of good players around, but I think I’ve shown now that I’m also here and I’m the one they have to watch out for.”

She takes on Kim Ga Eun in her opening round match, with a possible clash against top seed Akane Yamaguchi in the third round.

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Appenzeller Hoping to Inspire the Next Generation of Youth

While young people worldwide are engaged in badminton through the Shuttle Time schools programme, BWF’s educational work with younger players merits attention on International Youth Day.

BWF in collaboration with World Academy of Sport (WaoS) launched a new cycle of scholarships for BWF-WAoS Athlete Certificate Scholarship. A course designed for aspiring young athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 who want to learn more about the skills required to become successful and knowledgeable athletes.

The programme offers athletes a unique opportunity for those pursuing dual careers and have decided to continue their studies without giving up their peak athletic careers. Additionally, it gives talent already working in the badminton community the chance to pick up new abilities.

This year, BWF received 114 applications across 35 countries, and five continents from players that are currently competing in BWF sanctioned tournaments or at a national level.  44 females and 70 males will undertake the Athlete Certificate Scholarship alongside their professional playing careers, beginning in September.  It is the first time the programme will feature such a variety of students from multicultural backgrounds.   

Hunuman (centre) from Mauritius says the Athlete Certificate course will help him on and off the badminton court.

Pravish Hanuman, 17, from Mauritius, is one recipient of the programme.

Speaking to BWF, he said:

“The course looks to be every interesting and helpful to me. I think the course will help my badminton skills on and off the court. The key for me is discipline. You should plan your time well and in a fair way for both studying and badminton. All your focus must be on badminton when you are training and the same applies to studying. I would love a job related to badminton in the future.

“Badminton is a sport with so many challenges, moves, and tricks and it’s really brilliant.”

Appenzeller hopes the course will help set her up for a professional career in badminton.

Since 2020, 222 young athletes (121 boys and 101 girls) from 63 countries have benefitted from the scholarship.

Vera Appenzeller, also 17, from Switzerland, remarked how amazed she felt about her acceptance.

“I’m really happy that I have a place on the programme. I think it’s really important for the youth of today to study and be involved with the sport of badminton and I’m hoping I can inspire others to take up studies too.

The course offered by BWF, I think it will help athletes find their way along their playing career path. It will not only deal with situations that arise in sport, but also how you manage yourself in everyday life that are crucial points for every player and I think you can’t start early enough to build a structure that gives you the support you need. I am really hoping to gain insights into sports management so I can better equip myself for my professional career.

“Badminton means the world to me. What struck me about it, was the fun and energy I found in training. I was fascinated by the power of every movement and how small changes could influence the shuttle. I knew then that I wanted to be as good as the best players in the world since I started playing.”

The theme for International Youth Day 2022 is Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world needs to leverage the full potential of all generations. The annual observance looks to recognise and mainstream the voices, efforts, and actions of young people as well as their substantive, inclusive, and equitable engagement.

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Kristin Kuuba: ‘A Miracle That I’m Here’

From starting out at her village hall in Estonia, to now having Danish great Peter Gade in her corner, it has been an eventful journey for Kristin Kuuba. With encouraging performances in recent months, Kuuba will be looking to make an impact at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022.

Her village, she says, has “2000 or 3000 people”, and while badminton is not the most popular sport, she is happy with the support she gets back home.

“When you’re from such a small village people know you and they really support you all the way so it’s really good to have that,” Kuuba says.

“They are proud of me. Estonia is quite small. Badminton is not the most popular sport like in Asia but I think it’s getting more and more popular.”

Kristin Kuuba with her coach Peter Gade.

The world No.46 shifted base to train at the Peter Gade Academy in Denmark ten months ago. Late last year she won the Dutch Open and made the semifinals of the Scottish Open. This season too has seen encouraging performances as she made the quarterfinals of the Orleans Masters, before beating Michelle Li in Malaysia, where Gade was in her corner.

“I’m training at his academy, it’s really good,” says Kuuba. “He’s a legend, he knows badminton so well. He’s really good with the tactics and everything. I’m still getting used to the fact that I have such good people supporting me.

“He has been at these tournaments for such a long time. So he knows how you’re feeling at these tournaments. If you’re playing two tournaments in a row, you get tired and you’re missing home a little bit. So it’s good to have somebody to talk to about these things.

“The training is totally different (from Estonia) where we don’t have so many players in practice and also the coach hasn’t been a top player. So I think it’s like a miracle that I’m here and I’m playing at this level, because of the conditions that we had there and how we started, and it’s totally different from Asia.”

How difficult was it for her to transition from her life in her village to becoming a professional player in Denmark?

“There are some things of course that are different but overall it’s quite similar because it’s not that far from home. It’s still in Europe and quite close to my country. There are things you need to get used to. But I’m feeling good that this was the right thing to do.”

Kuuba faces France’s Léonice Huet in her opening round match in Tokyo.

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World Juniors: A Reliable Barometer of Success

The return of the BWF World Junior Championships after a two-year break puts the spotlight back on the next generation of stars.

The view into the future was unavailable in 2020 and 2021 due to the complications arising from the pandemic.

Ever since it began, the World Junior Championships have been a reliable barometer of talent. Sun Jun, the world junior champion in its inaugural year of 1992, went on to win the World Championships seven years later. Doubles winner Gu Jun would go on to become a legend in the seniors.

While not every junior star makes it at the elite level, in recent years, the transition has been much more consistent.

Three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn, for instance, needed virtually no time to transition, with the world No.17 already well ensconced at the elite level.

“It was very important for me because this is the biggest tournament for youth, which is a ladder for further self-improvement,” says Vitidsarn, who won the event in 2017, 2018 and 2019, equalling the record of his senior compatriot Ratchanok Intanon.

Three of the women’s singles medallists at the World Juniors 2018 are elite players now.

“It really helps to a certain extent… (although) the world level and the junior level are different in many aspects such as strength and self-control.”

A casual glance at the world’s top players shows they were nearly all accomplished junior stars — Viktor Axelsen, Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi, Chen Yu Fei, Ratchanok Intanon, Chen Qing Chen, Jia Yi Fan, Zheng Si Wei and Dechapol Puavaranukroh were all world junior champions.

A vital function that the event serves is in accelerating badminton’s development, particularly among countries without a badminton tradition. Among those who participated in the 2014 edition, for instance, were Egypt’s Adham Hatem Elgamal and Doha Hany – both are now familiar faces on the HSBC BWF World Tour.

At the 2019 edition, participating teams included Armenia, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Uganda and Uzbekistan, giving their players an opportunity to get a taste of high-level badminton.

With increasing investment into junior programmes, and more tournament exposure at a young age, the quality on display at the World Junior Championships rivals that of many senior events. The pandemic might have disrupted the event, but the 2022 edition will be vital to showcasing the evolution of junior talent over the last two years.

Will new world-beaters emerge in Santander? This is the question that will be uppermost of the minds of fans as the event unfolds in October.

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Gilmour Experiences Only Positive Vibes After Coming Out

For a player with ‘Make Good Choices’ tattooed across her wrist, Scotland’s No.1 badminton player Kirsty Gilmour certainly has no regrets about her decision to come out as gay publicly for the first time late last year.

Gilmour said she hoped her story could inspire other players who were thinking of making the same bold move.

“If anyone is on the fence about coming out, especially in badminton, male or female or anyone in between, I’ve personally not had anything negative and I hope that is the same for you,” she said.

Kirsty Gilmour reached the semis at the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

“I’d say test the water in any way that you want to. A tiny bit for me was putting a little rainbow flag in my bio on my Instagram and my social media. To someone that doesn’t know what that means, it will mean nothing. But to people who know what it means, it means everything.”

Gilmour, 28, has played internationally for over a decade and says her sexuality had been known “for years” among her family and friends. It was not until a November 2021 appearance on the ‘Out with Suzi Ruffell’ podcast that she elected to go public for the first time.

I’ve had a few random people on the internet saying ‘I didn’t know’ (but) I’ve literally not had a single negative comment and long may that continue,” she said.

“I’ve surrounded myself with really good people and that goes for the badminton community as well. Even though badminton is super popular in some countries that hold really strong religious beliefs, those fans, if you’re a nice, good, respectful badminton player, they’ll be the exact same kind of fan back to you.

“I’ve got ‘Make Good Choices’ on my wrist and ‘it’s going to be ok’ on my ankle. I think so much of what we do we’re in control of (and) in sport we always talk about controlling the controllables.

Gilmour arrived at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games hoping to add to her silver at Glasgow 2014 and bronze at the Gold Coast four years ago, but the Scot fell in the bronze medal playoff to Yeo Jia Min.

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TotalEnergies BWF World Championships Draw

The Live Draw Ceremony for the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2022 was conducted today at BWF Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

The championships run from 22-28 August at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, with 363 players from 47 Member Associations entered.

Draw Results

Men’s Singles

Women’s Singles

Men’s Doubles

Women’s Doubles

Mixed Doubles

The top seeds and defending champions fared relative well in their respective draws.

  • Men’s singles world No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is on a 31-match winning streak this season. He potentially faces last week’s Commonwealth Games semifinalist, Jia Heng Jason Teh of Singapore, in the second round.
  • Two-time mixed doubles world champions, China’s Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong, arrive in Tokyo having won six straight tournaments. They are in the same half of the draw as compatriots and Olympic Games conquerors Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping.
  • After surprisingly missing out on a medal at her home Olympics last year, 2021 women’s singles world champion Akane Yamaguchi seeks redemption on home soil. The likes of Carolina Marin (Spain), He Bing Jiao (China), An Se Young (Korea), and recent Commonwealth Games champion Pusarla V. Sindhu (India) will try and block her path to the final.

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英联邦运动会:许永凯/陈薇涵为新加坡创造历史

周一,许永凯和陈薇涵为新加坡赢得了20年来英联邦运动会羽毛球项目的首枚金牌,东道主选手埃利斯和史密斯获得亚军。

自从2002年李莉在曼彻斯特英联邦运动会上取得冠军以来,新加坡球员再也没有登上过冠军的领奖台,但在第一局比赛中,许永凯和陈薇涵就早早地取得了巨大的领先优势,混双决赛的结果很快就没有悬念了。

“我们非常自豪,我们很高兴我们为新加坡创造了历史,”许永凯在以21-16 21-15的比分赢得比赛后不久说,他们是新加坡第一个获得金牌的混双组合。

“比分看起来很轻松,但我可以告诉你,这对我们来说真的非常非常困难,因为临近比赛结束时,我开始紧张起来,很难集中注意力。

“谢天谢地,我的妻子和我一起战斗,她一直提醒我要保持冷静,说:‘一切还没有结束,我们不要想着赢。’”我们很高兴能获得胜利。”

Lauren Smith lost both her finals.

这对夫妻在伯明翰的主场面对的是喧闹的主场球迷,但在混双的比赛中,他们在心理上占据了上风,还是战胜了埃利斯/史密斯。

但当这对英格兰组合在第二场比赛中奋起反击并在中场休息时以11比10领先时,陈薇涵担心许永凯短暂注意力不集中的情况会重演,在周日进行的半决赛中,他们几乎为此付出了代价。

“我能看出来,因为他开始急着出手,而且他对自己的进攻不那么有耐心,”陈薇涵说。“今天也有这样的情况发生,但他比昨天处理得更好,所以我必须表扬他。

明天(星期二)是新加坡的国庆日,所以我很高兴我们获得了一枚金牌,这是给我们祖国最好的生日礼物。”

许永凯说,这一胜利也是纪念他们订婚两周年的完美礼物,尽管他承诺给他妻子的蜜月迟到了10个月。

他开玩笑说:“我们现在没有时间,她非常理解。”

印度双雄的里程碑式胜利

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.

在周一举行的男子双打决赛中,兰基雷迪和谢提在对阵本土组合莱恩和文迪时本就胜算很大,但在辛杜和拉克什亚森在单打比赛中取得胜利后,他们又面临着拿下印度队第三枚金牌的压力。

“辛杜和拉克什亚森在我们之前获胜,这太棒了,”兰基雷迪在以21-15 21-13的比分获胜后说,这也是印度在英联邦运动会羽毛球项目上取得的最好成绩。“比赛前,当我走进场地时,国歌正在奏响,我起了鸡皮疙瘩。我们真的很想拿下第三场比赛。”

英格兰队度过了一个痛苦的早晨,史密斯和比尔切一起回到了女双决赛,但她们不幸遇到了马来西亚一号种子陈康乐和蒂娜。

“在过去的6、7个月里,她们一直在跟世界上一些最顶尖的组合过招,”比尔切在以21-5 21-8的比分惨败后说。“她们今天的表现太棒了——她们比我们更好,她们实至名归。”

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Commonwealth Games: Hee/Tan Make History for SIngapore

Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han Jessica won Singapore’s first Commonwealth Games badminton gold medal in 20 years on Monday with a routine dispatch of host nation hopefuls Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

Not since Li Li at the Manchester Games in 2002 has a Singapore player stood atop the Commonwealth podium, but the mixed doubles final never looked in doubt once Hee and Tan opened up a big lead early in the first game.

“We are extremely proud today and we are happy that we made history for Singapore,” Hee said shortly after closing out the match 21-16 21-15 as they became the first pair from their country to win gold.

“It looked comfortable from the score but I can tell you that it was really, really hard for us because towards the end the nerves were creeping in and I was finding it hard to focus.

“Thankfully I have my wife here fighting alongside me and she kept reminding me to stay calm, saying ‘It’s not over yet, let’s not think about winning’. We are really happy to come out on the winning side.”

Lauren Smith lost both her finals.

The husband-and-wife pair faced a raucous early morning home crowd in Birmingham but held the psychological upper hand having triumphed in straight games over Ellis/Smith during the mixed team event.

But when the English duo fought back to lead the second game 11-10 at the break, Tan feared a repeat of Hee’s momentary lapses in concentration which almost proved costly during Sunday’s surprise semifinal defeat of No.1 seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia.

“I can tell because he starts to rush his shots and he’s not so patient with the set-up of his attack,” Tan said. “It happened in some instances today as well, but he managed to handle himself better than yesterday so I need to give him credit for that.

“It’s Singapore’s national day tomorrow (Tuesday) so I’m really happy that we managed to get a gold medal – it is the best birthday present for our country.”

Hee said the win was also a perfect gift to mark the two-year anniversary of their engagement – although he stopped short of promising his wife of ten months a long overdue honeymoon.

“We don’t have time for that right now – she is very understanding,” he joked.

Landmark Win for Indian Duo

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.

In the men’s doubles final on Monday, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty started as hot favourites against home duo Ben Lane and Sean Vendy but faced the added pressure of making it three Indian gold medals in a row, following earlier victories in the singles events for Pusarla V Sindhu and Lakshya Sen.

“It was amazing having Sindhu and Lakshya win before us,” Rankireddy said following the 21-15 21-13 win, which confirmed a best-ever Commonwealth Games return for India in badminton. “When I came inside the hall before our match the national anthem was playing, and I had goosebumps. We really wanted to do the three in a row.”

A miserable morning on court for England was rounded out when Lauren Smith returned with Chloe Birch for the women’s doubles final, but ran into Malaysian No.1 seeds Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan in irrepressible form.

“They’ve been pushing some of the top pairs in the world these past six, seven months,” Birch said in response to the crushing 21-5 21-8 defeat. “They played amazing today – they were better than us and all credit to them.”

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英联邦运动会:印度队夺得男女单冠军

在周一举行的2022年伯明翰英联邦运动会上,拉克什亚森在他年轻的职业生涯中再次取得好成绩,他逆转击败了另一名新星、马来西亚选手黄智勇。

在两局激烈的比赛后,黄志勇在第三局比赛中倒在赛点上,拉克什亚森干脆利落地拿下,将球拍抛向看台高处,并在座无人席的NEC内,在人数众多的印度球迷的疯狂欢呼中即兴绕场一圈。

拉克什亚森说:“这是一种梦想成真的感觉,我对自己今天的表现很满意。”拉克什亚森在2021年世锦赛上获得铜牌,在今年3月在伯明翰举行的全英公开赛上获得银牌。

“我没有给自己太多的压力,总是一场一场地参加比赛,但同时我有信念,我可以一路走下去。”

Ng Tze Yong.

在比赛中,拉克什亚森一开始就掌握了主动权,但黄智勇奋力反击,第一局末尾,森误判了对方的一个局点球,痛失首局。

第二局的前期比较胶着,拉克什亚森抓住机会,连得11分拿下次局,将比赛带入第三局。

在以19-21 21-9 21-16的比分赢得比赛后,拉克什亚森说:“换边后情况有了很大的变化。”“我认为我在球场的另一端保持了一个很好的手感,在第二局比赛中我控制了局面。

“我打得很好,也更有耐心了,这给了我很大的信心。然后在第三局我领先了三分,这就足够了。”

黄志勇在四分之一决赛中淘汰了来自新加坡的世界冠军骆建佑,但他在失去冠军后依然保持了良好的风度。

黄志勇说:“我已经尽力了,但是每一分我都想得太多了。”

“他非常棒,比我打得好。我很高兴能在我参加的第一次英联邦运动会中为我的国家获得一枚奖牌,我只是希望这种状态能继续下去。”

辛杜击败李文珊

Pusarla Sindhu finally won the Commonwealth Gold on her third attempt.

这是辛杜的第三次英联邦运动会决赛,她在2014年格拉斯哥英联邦运动会中遗憾落败,并在2018年黄金海岸的英联邦运动会决赛中输给队友内维尔,赢得了女单决赛的胜利,对手是加拿大的李文珊。

辛杜在以21-15 21-13的比分赢得英联邦运动会金牌后说:“我非常高兴,我已经等了很长时间了,我终于做到了。”

“我认为集中注意力和保持节奏是非常重要的。我们知道对方的球路。没有简单的要点,所以即使我领先,我也要确保自己非常专注。”

尽管八年前在格拉斯哥赢得了该项目的冠军,但沮丧的李文珊说,关键时刻缺乏自信导致了她的失败。

“我顺利面对了很多的困难,但我有了很多失误,轻易丢了很多分,”李文珊说。“这和我的自信有很大关系,我太相信自己了。

“很多时候我都能掌握局面,但最终是我犯了错。”

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