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London Grand Prix 2013

Discussion in 'Russia / London / Dutch Open 2013' started by LdonGrandPrx, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. LdonGrandPrx

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    Hi,

    I wanted to contact you and let you know about our newly launched and highly anticipated London Grand Prix event, which is taking place at the Copper Box on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 1-6 October 2013.

    This event is very much part of the Olympic Legacy and it will see some of the world’s best player’s return to London as part of the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Grand Prix Gold event series, giving spectators a different badminton experience altogether.

    The Copper Box will be transformed into an impressive badminton arena showcasing six rounds and 243 matches over six days of competition and it promises to showcase the athleticism, speed and power of badminton, whilst giving the spectator real entertainment value.

    The trailer for the event can be found here and the official website is www.LondonGrandPrixGold.com where spectators can find further information and purchase tickets.

    It would be great if this can be listed on your website along with the web address and video. I have also attached some artwork to go with the listing where possible.
     
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    do we know which big names have entered?
     
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    Venue : Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

    Total prize-money : US$120,000

    Tournament website : http://www.londongrandprixgold.co.uk/

    Tournamentsoftware link : http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/matches.aspx?id=8F919726-8CA0-416B-B84C-D1895410EC71

    London time : http://www.worldtimezone.com/time/wtzresult.php?CiID=12008&forma=Find Time

    Today's programme will consist of WS qualification and MS R/64, started on 10.00am local time. Some notable names like Wang Xin, Sayaka Sato and Zhang Beiwen are expected to book main draw ticket.

    The tournament logo is so artistic, like it :)

    Who will be out as the champion of this first ever London GP Gold? We'll know on Sunday ;)
     
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    Is there a live-stream available?
     
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    the long awaited!
    Wang Xin is back!
     
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    Hope she has learnt from WL's mistakes and won't rush into things in rebuilding her game. If she can regain her LO2012 form, China will still have a formidable trio comprising LXR , LX and herself for next year's UC, now that WYH and WSX have, IMHO, more or less stagnated
     
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    well, she is also in the qualification round of the DEN SS with a week's break between them!
     
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    and Wang Xin just won her first comeback match with ease;

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    She is through to the main draw, beating GB's young Georgina B in two sets.
    OOps! Second-hand news.
     
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    Keep it up, Wang Xin ! With determination and perseverance, slow and steady wins the race. I really miss her beautiful attacking badminton.
     
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    I thought there's a livestream at kakibara.com, now it's gone.
     
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    I like the way she covers the court, so fleet-footed. Lefties' games are always pleasant to watch.
     
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    Oh yeah! Henri Hurskaininen is on to the next round! I'm not sure what happens in his next match though.
     
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    Carolina Marin will play tomorrow at 2pm.
     
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    Day 1 report.

    So to the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park in East London for the first day of the first London GP Gold tournament. The venue is the Copperbox – if you walk there from Stratford International station you'll see the famous Olympic stadium:
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    and if you're late...:
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    or go by bus:
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    The exterior is like...a copper box!:
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    and inside:
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    First up was Wang Xin with left leg heavily strapped, although this did not impede her as she easily breazed past Georgina Bland of England 21 - 6, 21 – 13:
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    Anup Sridhar, fresh from his success in the Czech Open on Sunday was forced to retire against Tian Houwei:
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    and it was good to see Sayaka Sato back on court, again with heavy strapping:
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    Clearly still finding her form, she overcame a plucky Victoria Williams from England, 21 – 7, 21 -11.


    In fact, if you're a supporter of English Badminton, it wasn't a great day:
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    Match of the day – Lucas Corvee (FRA) vs.Hsu Jui Ting (TPE)
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    Corvee is a player to watch in my opinion, and should be able to challenge the leading European men's singles players soon. He has a good net game, is quick and lithe around court and seems to have a cool temperament.


    The inventive Joe Wu from New Zealand was up against Dmitri Zavadavsky from Ukraine, but Dmitri was wise to Joe's creativity, and won out 21 – 8, 21 – 10.
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    The nerve centre...
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    Dieter Domke clearly in awesome form as Milan Ludic retires after only three points:
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    Finally, nice to Joachim Perrson back on the scene and looking relaxed and confident against one of the three Sams playing men's singles for England (Dobson, the others being Parsons and Phillips):
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    He won out 21 – 10, 21 – 16, but credit to Dobson for sticking with Joachim for much of the second game. Let's also mention Alex Lane (ENG) who put up a spirited display against Kuei Chun Shih (TPE) and Beiwen Zhang (USA) who seems to have come in under the radar and could well make an impact here, having seen off promising English newcomer, Lynette Aung 21- 5, 21 – 12.


    It's a great venue, but if you're planning to come along and don't like burgers and fries, bring your own food.
     
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    no offence but the colour of the seats are a bit distracting for the players.
     
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    Indeed, too many colours. If they are all of one colour, it should be all right; I suppose the Copper Box arena isn't meant for badminton only,obviously, but multi-sport.

    Wonder if the lighting is suitable for badminton. However, from the look of it, the whole place looks welcoming. Let's hope the London GPG gets elevated to SS status in good time.
     
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    i have been wondering where the chinese mens team B players (such as tian houwei and xue song) have gone. they were doing well some 6 months ago, but then we don't see them in tournaments anymore.
     
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    Part of LYB/CBA's strategy not to burn out their young players or, worse still, kill their badminton careers prematurely, I suppose.
     
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    Lest I'm misunderstood,let me explain that my query on the lighting in the arena is not targeted at the Copper Box. It's just that once in a blue moon in various tournaments,we see players looking up at the lighting when they mishit an overhead shot as if it's the lighting affecting them. As I understand it, besides the drift, the other environmental condition affecting the player is the lighting in the venue.
     

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