old incident. but i stumbled into this podcast recently (when I was googling for badminton related podcast, in vain, obviously) https://archive.org/details/PalsPodcastEpisode38-Badminton_MoreLikeRadminton so the dude at the podcast was pretty vocal criticizing BWF's system, which we all agree is dumb. but what he suggested is quite interesting: let the winner decide whether they actually WON. ie. they winner can choose to lose and go into the loser bracket. i thought it is quite brilliant. as they would've want to go to the loser bracket, but to do that they need to win the match.