Where To Watch: YONEX Swiss Open 2024

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Where To Watch: YONEX All England Open 2024

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Where To Watch: Orleans Masters Badminton presented by VICTOR

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Shuttle World 44 is Now Online

The 44th edition of BWF Newsletter Shuttle World is now available for download.

As we enter a new year, all eyes are on the Road To Paris and the final weeks and months of qualifying for our Olympic and Paralympic aspirants.

Edition 44 November 2023 – January 2024

  • President’s Message – Let’s go, it’s 2024
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  • Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Paris dreaming
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Where To Watch: HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023

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Top 8 Qualifiers Confirmed for HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023

The Top 8 qualifiers for the world’s richest badminton tournament have been unveiled with the remaining places in the HSBC Race To Finals rankings sealed over the weekend.

Hangzhou, China plays host to the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023 from 13 to 17 December 2023, with a total prize pool of US$2.5 million on offer.

There are eight qualifying spots in each of the five categories, with a maximum of two players per Member Association, and a spot reserved for the reigning world champion.

Women’s Singles

Korea’s world champion An Se Young had an exceptional season with eight HSBC BWF World Tour titles from 10 finals, securing 119,890 points for first place. Olympic champion and local Hangzhou hero Chen Yu Fei finished second.

“I’m very happy that more and more international tournaments are coming to Hangzhou, and I feel very amiable to play in my hometown. I’ll enjoy the tournament itself and the atmosphere onsite. Compared to the last few times I participated in the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2023, I feel that I am getting more mature. I will do my best to win the championship.” – Chen Yu Fei.

Third-placed qualifier Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi remains in injury doubt. Korea’s Kim Ga Eun is next in line, with her semifinal finish at the LI-NING China Masters 2023 bumping her to 70,650 points and ninth place overall.

Men’s Singles

Kodai Naraoka’s 11,000 points from his title win at the LI-NING China Masters 2023 saw him lead the men’s singles HSBC Race To Finals rankings with 89,520 points.

Denmark’s Anders Antonsen was the last player to sneak in, awaiting the result of the Naraoka versus Kenta Nishimoto all-Japanese final in Shenzhen to determine his fate.

Nishimoto’s runner-up finish gave him a total of 77,570 points, falling just short of Antonsen’s 78,110.

Women’s Doubles

Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan claimed top spot despite playing only 12 HSBC BWF World Tour tournaments. The world champions amassed 101,340 points thanks to five titles in seven finals.

Their young compatriots Liu Sheng Shu/Tan Ning, playing their first HSBC BWF World Tour season, qualified in fifth spot with 89,000 points.

Men’s Doubles

China’s Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chen vaulted into first place in the HSBC Race To Finals rankings on the back of their thrilling final win at the LI-NING China Masters 2023.

World champions Kang Min Hyuk/Seo Seung Jae of Korea qualified in third place.

Mixed Doubles

Hong Kong China’s Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet and Chinese Taipei’s Ye Hong Wei/Lee Chia Hsin were neck-and-neck before the LI-NING China Masters 2023. With Tang/Tse winning their second-round clash and going on to make the semifinals, they secured seventh place, ahead of Malaysia’s Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei.

Three pairs crossed 100,000 points – China’s Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong, and world champions Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yu Jung.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “BWF is excited to promote Hangzhou as the official home of the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, with world-class facilities and infrastructure.

“The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is our signature season-ending finale, and thanks to HSBC we have been able to increase our overall commitment to the sport and players.

“We look forward to welcoming the season’s best players to Hangzhou as they compete for their share of the $US2.5 million – the most in the history of badminton.”

The draw will be held during the annual HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Gala Dinner on Monday 11 December. The winners of the BWF Player of the Year Awards will also be announced.

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HSBC BWF World Tour Finals Finds Home in Hangzhou

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm Hangzhou, China as host city of the season-ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals for the next four years.

Starting 2023, BWF unveiled a 31-event new World Tour calendar, with more Super 1000, Super 750, and Super 500 tournaments, bringing greater prize money opportunities for players.

BWF is now delighted to reveal the prestigious HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will head to Hangzhou for the entire cycle.

Hangzhou is home of the 19th Asian Games and is the perfect location for international badminton’s showpiece event. The 2023 edition will take place from 13-17 December.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund thanked Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) and the Hangzhou City Government for their commitment to the sport.

“It is with great excitement to confirm Hangzhou, China as the host of our flagship HSBC BWF World Tour Finals for this cycle,” Lund said.

“Badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with all-time high participation and fan numbers and Hangzhou with its superb sporting infrastructure and experience in staging elite international events is an ideal host for our finals.

“We look forward to the tour’s top eight players and pairs in each category fighting it out for glory in front of thousands of passionate fans.”

Chinese Badminton Association President, and BWF Chair of Events, Zhang Jun, added: “We are delighted to work with the BWF and Hangzhou City Government to bring the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals to China.

“With its profound history and popularity here, badminton activities are ubiquitous in Hangzhou. It is an honour for the local government to be the host for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals. And all top players around the world are welcomed to gather in the city.”

Further details on the 2023 edition of HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be released in the coming weeks.

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Shuttle World 42 is Online

The 42nd edition of BWF Newsletter Shuttle World is now available for download.

We preview the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2023 as well as introduce key speakers for the upcoming World Coaching Conference.

We also recap World Badminton Day and the BWF AGM and Members’ Forum.

Edition 42 – August 2023

  • Milestones Aplenty – Message from the President
  • Looking to Rewrite History – World Championships
  • Copenhagen 2014 – the Crowning of Carolina
  • BWF Continues CSR Outreach
  • Milestone for Inclusive Badminton
  • World Coaching Conference – 24 & 25 August
  • Eye on the Future – BWF Members’ Forum
  • New Deals for BWF
  • Quarter 2 Updates
  • Dream come True for Refugee Shuttler
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Chen Qing Chen is mobbed by her teammates after the women’s doubles victory gave the title to China.


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Asian Championships: Christie, Wang Zhi Yi Excel

Jonatan Christie’s brilliant form continued to hold as he captured the BANK OF CHINA Badminton Asia Championships 2024 title, following up on his recent YONEX All England crown.

The world No.5 beat Asian Games champion Li Shi Feng 21-15 21-16 to retain Indonesia’s hold on the title, which was won last year by his compatriot Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

“I played well throughout the championships, and I hope I can continue this good form into the Thomas Cup,” said Christie. “It was a very special experience for me to beat Li Shi Feng and Shi Yu Qi on their home court and I hope I can keep up this good form.”

China finished with three titles, through Wang Zhi Yi in women’s singles and Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang in men’s doubles and Feng Yan Zhe/Huang Dong Ping in the mixed.

Wang Zhi Yi

Wang Zhi Yi broke a two-year spell of going without a major title – indeed, her last title win of this level was the Badminton Asia Championships in 2022.

Facing Chen Yu Fei, whom she hadn’t beaten in eight previous meetings, Wang won a close first game after which Chen’s challenge collapsed.

“The moment you get the championship is a feeling of release, because it is indeed very difficult. Also, I never beaten Chen Yu Fei. The breakthrough win is like a release. I feel like I did it, I can do it,” said the winner.

All England champions Baek Ha Na/Lee So Hee stopped home pair Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu 23-21 21-12 to win Korea’s first title in the category since 2005.

“I’m glad that we won the Asian Championships in China beating Chinese players in the semifinals and finals,” said Lee So Hee. “I expected it to be a tough match beforehand, and I’m happy to win this difficult match.


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Pan Am Championships: Ageless Cordon Wins; USA Dominate

Kevin Cordon won his fourth men’s singles title at the Pan Am Championships yesterday – 15 years after he’d won his first.

It was in 2009 that the Guatemalan first surged to the top – both in men’s singles and men’s doubles (with Rodolfo Ramirez). Incidentally, the previous year, he’d won bronze in men’s singles and silver in men’s doubles.

Yesterday, on home turf at the YONEX Pan Am Individual Badminton Championships 2024, the 38-year-old recovered from a game down to beat surprise finalist Uriel Francisco Canjura Artiga 14-21 21-17 21-13 for his fifth Pan Am title overall.

USA’s Beiwen Zhang took the women’s singles title staving off the challenge from Canada’s Michelle Li 21-18 18-21 21-17.

Double for Smith, Lee

Presley Smith & Allison Lee

Presley Smith and Allison Lee achieved a double to help USA dominate the Pan Am Championships with four titles overall.

Smith and Lee overcame the loss of the opening game in the mixed doubles final to beat compatriots Vinson Chiu/Jennie Gai 15-21 21-15 21-14.

Lee returned for the women’s doubles with Francesca Corbett, and the world No.35 duo beat second seeds Annie Xu/Kerry Xu, ranked two places above them, 21-14 21-15.

Smith was on court for the day’s last match with Chen Zhi Yi. The USA world No.60 pair beat world No.35 Adam Dong/Nyl Yakura of Canada 21-14 21-11.


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European Championships: Toma Junior Stuns Axelsen

Toma Junior Popov stunned world No.1 Viktor Axelsen to enter the final of the 2024 European Championships and guarantee himself of a spot at Paris 2024.

Popov stands on the verge of making history as the first Frenchman to win the men’s singles, but he faces 2021 champion Anders Antonsen in the final.

Popov had never taken a game off Axelsen in three previous meetings, and he broke the jinx with a narrow first game win. Axelsen bounced back to force a decider, but fell behind after 7-all, with Popov running away with the match after the interval, 21-19 17-21 21-9.

In the other semifinal, Antonsen stopped surprise semifinalist Joakim Oldorff 21-11 21-11.

Gicquel/Delue Win Gold

Thom Gicquel & Delphine Delrue

In the only final played on Saturday, Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue made history as the first gold medallists from France.

The French duo beat Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje 21-16 21-15.

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France have a shot at the women’s doubles gold as well, with Anne Tran/Margot Lambert making the title round against Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva.

» Men’s doubles saw an upset, with Andreas Sondergaard/Jesper Toft beating second seeds Rasmus Kjaer/Frederik Sogaard.

» In women’s singles, Kirsty Gilmour has the opportunity to make history as the first women’s singles winner from Scotland when she takes on six-time winner Carolina Marin.


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Asian Championships: Goh/Izzuddin’s Great Run Continues

Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin made the biggest final of their career as they beat compatriots Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik to enter the final of the BANK OF NINGBO Badminton Asia Championships 2024.

Until now, their previous best had been finals at the HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 level.

The world No.19 pair, who are yet to win a title this season, continued their great run through the tournament, having earlier beaten world champions Kang Min Hyuk/Seo Seung Jae, He Ji Ting/Ren Xiang Yu and Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin. Nur/Izzuddin had suffered five straight defeats to Chia/Soh before they turned it around today, 21-14 21-18.

Jonatan Christie

In the final they face home pair Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang, who outplayed Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan in straight games.

After winning 13 of 14 matches in the quarterfinals, it was a more down-to-earth day for hosts China, with top seeds Shi Yu Qi and Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong falling.

Shi was taken down in three games by All England champion Jonatan Christie, who made his second straight final.

Zheng/Huang, on a run of six straight wins over world champions Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yu Jung, ran out of steam against the Koreans, 9-21 21-13 21-16.

China still have a chance at sweeping all five titles, and are already assured of the women’s singles, with Chen Yu Fei taking on Wang Zhi Yi.

With He Bing Jiao and Han Yu – who are in a close race in the Race to Paris – both losing the semifinals, He Bing Jiao retained her narrow lead over her compatriot.

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Pan Am Championships: Big Wins for USA

USA’s Annie Xu/Kerry Xu consolidated their status as frontrunners in the Race to Paris after making the women’s doubles final of the XXVII YONEX Pan Am Individual Championships 2024.

With close challengers Catherine Choi/Josephine Wu falling in the other semifinal to Francesca Corbett/Allison Lee, the Xu twins will hold their spot as the top pair from Pan Am when the qualification period ends.

Annie Xu & Kerry Xu

There was a double blow for Josephine Wu, who was also in the running for a mixed doubles spot at the Olympics with Ty Alexander Lindeman. The Canadians were beaten earlier in the day by USA’s Presley Smith/Allison Lee, 21-11 21-16, which enabled another USA pair, Vinson Chiu/Jennie Gai, to overhaul the difference in ranking points and climb ahead as Pan Am’s top mixed doubles pair in the Race to Paris.

Both Presley Smith and Allison Lee earned a shot at a double title, with Smith making the men’s doubles final with Chen Zhi Yi and Corbett/Lee facing off against the Xu sisters in the title round.

Uriel Francisco Canjura

There was a third blow for Canada, with top seed Brian Yang upset 21-16 21-15 by El Salvador’s Uriel Francisco Canjura Artiga for the first time in six encounters. Artigal will become the first Pan Am champion from his country if he beats three-time former champion Kevin Cordon.

There were no surprises in women’s singles, with top seed Beiwen Zhang and second seed Michelle Li taking their spots in the final.

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European Championships: Finland, Turkiye Spring Surprise

Finland’s Joakim Oldorff and Turkiye’s Bengisu Ercetin/Nazlıcan Inci created a sensation in the quarterfinals of the 2024 European Championships by upsetting higher-rated rivals.

World No.69 Oldorff ambushed No.46 Alex Lanier of France 21-12 21-19 in 45 minutes to set up a semifinal against second seed Anders Antonsen, who survived a tenacious challenge from another Frenchman, Arnaud Merkle, 24-22 27-25.

“At the moment, I’m speechless, but I’m happy and excited,” Oldorff told Badminton Europe.

“Of course I knew it will be a tough match. Alex is a good player, and I was nervous, but I handled it well. I just focussed on doing the right things. I thought I didn’t need to change anything. I will prepare the same as before for the semifinals. To me, I feel like I didn’t do anything that I can’t do on court. For some people it might seem like a surprise, but I’m confident this is my level.”

The top half of the draw will see Viktor Axelsen against Toma Junior Popov.

Bengisu Ercetin & Nazlican Inci (right)

Meanwhile, women’s doubles saw Turkiye win a medal, with Ercetin and Inci knocking out top seeds Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen.

After losing the opening game, Ercetin and Inci held their nerve in a tense second before easing home comfortably in the end, 16-21 21-19 21-13.

“This is a historic day for Turkish badminton, as the Danes are very good players and we won, and we are happy with our performance. We just wanted to play, and we didn’t want to think of a loss or the medal,” said Inci.

Turkiye will also feature in the women’s singles semifinals as Neslihan Arin beat France’s Rosy Oktavia Pancasari in straight games to earn a last-four place against Kirsty Gilmour.

Eighth seed Julie Dawall Jakobsen knocked out third seed Line Kjaersfeldt to earn a showdown against Carolina Marin.

Christiansen/Boje in Final

In the only semifinals played on the day, Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje held off Robin Tabeling/Selena Piek in a 71-minute thriller, with the Danes coming through 25-23 21-23 21-18.

They will face Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue, who too were taken the distance by Mathias Thyrri/Amalie Magelund 22-20 16-21 21-13.


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Asian Championships: Dream Day for China

China swamped their opposition in the quarterfinals of the BANK OF NINGBO Badminton Asia Championships 2024, winning 13 of 14 matches.

They particularly dominated the women’s singles, assuring themselves of gold with four home players in the semifinals.

The big result on the day was top seed An Se Young’s upset by He Bing Jiao, preventing the Korean from winning one of the few titles to elude her so far. He Bing Jiao broke a sequence of seven straight losses to An with the 21-17 21-18 result, earning a last-four place against Wang Zhi Yi. The other semifinal will see second seed Chen Yu Fei against sixth seed Han Yue after Chen held off Gregoria Mariska Tunjung and Han scored her first win over Akane Yamaguchi in six career meetings.

“Before the match, I’d done a lot of preparation for the difficulties I would encounter, including the mental challenges,” said He Bing Jiao. “Today, I played quite patient and made few mistakes. I’m very happy to win after so many consecutive losses.”

An Se Young acknowledged she had been outplayed.

“I didn’t get used to the court well today and made a lot of mistakes. He Bing Jiao played so well that it affected my confidence. She was confident today. I must work hard to improve myself.”

Aaron Chia & Soh Wooi Yik

The only match out of 14 that China lost was in men’s doubles, with Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik dismissing Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi 21-14 21-15. With their compatriots Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin edging past Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin 19-21 21-19 21-19, it will be an all-Malaysian semifinal.

The other half will see in-form Chinese Taipei duo Lee Jhe-Huei/Yang Po-Hsuan against home pair Wang Chang/Liang Wei Keng.

Other Highlights

» Top seed Shi Yu Qi beat world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn for the third straight time, 22-20 21-13, to set up a showdown with Jonatan Christie.

» All England champion Christie stopped a sequence of four straight losses to Lee Zii Jia, demolishing his challenge in 34 minutes, 21-11 21-6.

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Defending Champs in Action on Opening Day

India and Korea, defending champions of the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup respectively, will begin their campaigns on the opening day of the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2024 that begin Saturday 27 April.

The defending champions take the court in the evening session (6pm) against Thailand and Mexico respectively.

To be held in Chengdu, the competition will run from 27 April to 05 May 2024.

Opening day’s ties at the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2024

The competition consists of group stage followed by knockout. The group stage will be held over five days, with the first two days having three sessions each (8.30 am, 1pm and 6pm), and the next three days two sessions each (9.30am and 5pm).

After the conclusion of the group stage on the fifth day, there will be a knockout draw featuring the top two teams from every group.

The quarterfinals will be held over two days, on 2 and 3 May, with the Uber Cup quarterfinals in the morning session (9.30am) and the Thomas Cup quarterfinals in the evening session (5pm).

Sunday 5 May will see both team finals, with the Uber Cup final in the morning (9.30am), followed by the Thomas Cup final in the evening (6pm).

Hosts China’s campaign to recapture the Uber Cup kicks off against Singapore in the first session of the opening day, while their Thomas Cup campaign begins in the second session on the same day, against Australia.

The other opening session ties are Malaysia versus Hong Kong China and Korea versus Canada (both Thomas Cup), and Japan versus Uganda (Uber Cup).

Indonesia are the current record holders of the Thomas Cup with 14 titles overall, while China hold the record in Uber Cup with 15 titles.

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Pam Am Championships: Olympic Race Heats Up

The Race to Paris reached a dead heat with a few Olympic contenders making the semifinals of the VVVII Pan Am Individual Championships 2024 in Guatemala.

Mixed doubles contenders Ty Alexander Lindeman/Josephine Wu of Canada, currently the top Pan Am pair at No.31, will face USA’s Presley Smith/Allison Lee in the semifinals.

The Canadians’ closest challengers Vinson Chiu/Jennie Gai, who are just 920 points behind, also made the semifinals, where they take on Brazil’s Fabricio Farias/Jaqueline Lima.

Vinson Chiu & Jennie Gai

Josephine Wu also faces a test in women’s doubles when she and Catherine Choi take on USA’s Francesca Corbett/Allison Lee, while the other semifinal will feature frontrunners Annie Xu/Kerry Xu against Jaqueline Lima/Samia Lima. The Xu sisters currently lead the Pan Am qualifiers at No.32 in the world rankings, but they are ahead of Choi/Wu by just 172 points. Corbett/Lee are further behind the Canadians by 3501 points.

In the quarterfinals yesterday, Lindeman/Wu prevailed over Mexico’s Luis Armando Montoya Navarro/Miriam Jacqueline Rodriguez Perez in straight games, after a morning scare in the second round, where they were taken to three tight games by Guatemala’s Christopher Alexander Martinez Salvador/Mariana Isabel Paiz Quan, 21-16 17-21 21-18.

Chiu/Lai followed them into the semifinals holding off Canada’s Kevin Lee/Eliana Zhang 21-14 21-19.

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Rachel Chan of Canada

» The women’s singles semifinals will feature Canada versus USA, with top seed Beiwen Zhang against Rachel Chan, and second seed Michelle Li against Lauren Lam.

» The men’s singles semifinals will see the top four seeds in action. Top seed Brian Yang faces El Salvador’s Uriel Francisco Canjura Artiga, while second seed Kevin Cordon is up against Ygor Coelho.


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European Championships: Shock Loss for Blichfeldt

World No.85 Rosy Oktavia Pancasari handed second seed Mia Blichfeldt a shock loss in the third round of the 2024 European Championships yesterday, jeopardising the Dane’s chances of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Blichfeldt, who is No.15 in the Race to Paris, was beaten 19-21 21-15 21-12 by France’s Pancasari, winner of the YONEX Estonian International earlier this year.

Line Kjaersfeldt

Blichfeldt’s loss was a setback to her Olympics qualification as compatriot Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt, who trails her by just 1213 points, progressed into the quarterfinals. Kjaersfeldt eased past Turkey’s Ozge Bayrak 21-13 21-15 to set up a quarterfinal against compatriot Julie Dawall Jakobsen.

Pancasari faces Turkey’s Neslihan Arin, while in the same half, sixth seed Line Christophersen takes on fourth seed Kirsty Gilmour.

In men’s singles, Toma Junior Popov did his Olympic chances a world of good as he made the quarterfinals. Toma currently trails his brother Christo by 2805 points; Christo’s second round loss to Alex Lanier gives his brother the opportunity to overtake him in the Race to Paris.

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