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Thread: Grand Slam winner
07-02-2005, 07:34 AM #1
Grand Slam winner
In tennis, to be recognized as a Grand Slam winner, u hav to win the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open
In golf, u hav to win the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA Championship
In table tennis, u hav to win the OG, WC and World Cup
I wonder whether we have one for badminton??
If we don't have, maybe I will just suggest some definition of badminton Grand Slam, just for own pleasure :
winner of Olympic Games and
World Championship and
All England and
World Grand Prix Final and
respective continental games (for example, Asiad ie Asian Games)
p/s: this is posted here before before it seems more like a BC grand slam http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ght=grand+slam
Last edited by weeyet; 07-02-2005 at 07:48 AM.
02-07-2006, 09:17 AM #2
IMHO, to be considered true grand slam winner, you must win these events
a) Olympic Gold
b) Thomas/Uber Cup
c) World Championships
02-07-2006, 10:15 AM #3
Originally Posted by hector
But Thomas/Uber Cup is a team event; and Olympic Games takes place just once every four years.
World Championships used to be once every two years but i think it has been changed to become an annual competition now.
IMHO badminton still lacks the kind of strong tradition as we see in tennis.
All-England is perhaps the only tournament qualified but it seems like it has failed to attract some big names at times (taufik being the notable absentee).
So to me... badminton still needs a lot of hard work to catch up with tennis. Perhaps in another 5 to 10 years to come we will have our own elite tournaments and a grand slam of our own... hopefully!
02-07-2006, 01:33 PM #4
With the current set of tournaments available, I'd say:
- All England
- China Open
- Denmark Open
- Malaysia/Indonesia Open (up for a debate)
Thomas/Uber Cups are equivalent to Davis/Federation Cups. The Olympics is, well, the Olympics. Don't know what would be the equivalent of the World Championship in tennis is. May be the traditionally season ending Masters tournament. Which is, BTW, why I don't include the WC in the 4 above, because it's not an open tournament.
02-07-2006, 11:35 PM #5
didn't there use to be some tournaments classified as 'majors'?
All England (unofficial World championships until 1977)
World Championships (prev run only every other year)
World Cup (revived this year but little glitz or glamor)
World Grand Prix Finals (only the top 16 ranked players by GP points accumulated).
Unfortunately now it seems only the WC maintains the status of an elite event.
02-08-2006, 12:05 AM #6
2 things are vital to be considered a 'grand slam event'
02-08-2006, 09:41 AM #7
Originally Posted by tamages
a) If you can maintain high standards over 4 years to qualify and win the Olympic gold, who can doubt ur consistency and class?
b) if you are part of Tomas/Uber cup winning team, who can doubt you are not in a World Champion badminton country?
It means, Grand Slam winner can be best individually and also best in team.
Will doubt that badminton can ever match tennis in terms of sponsorship and worldwide audience. Frankly, a sport dominated by Asians can never hope to achieve that, unless Asia can lead the world. In tennis, the champions are most caucasians and since caucasian countries dominate world economy, that's why tennis is so well sponsored.
IMHO, badminton is most complete sport bcos it involves movements of the entire body e.g. jumps, skips, lunges, forward movements, backwards movements, sideways movements, wristwork, arm strength, lighting-quick reflexes. From the most powerful of smashes to the most delicate deceptive net touch. It also requires extreme physical conditioning and mental toughness.
badminton covers all aspects of human athletic movement. no other sports come close.
its the complete sport.
02-08-2006, 09:15 PM #8
Originally Posted by hector
02-16-2008, 07:54 AM #9
02-16-2008, 10:03 AM #10
Many will think that winning the following events will be considered a Grand Slam:
1. Olympics (once every four years)
2. World Championships (held twice a year previously, now annually except in the Olympic years, like this year)
3. All England (prestige)
4. Asian Games individual event (once every four years for Asian players) or European championships (once every two years for European players)
02-16-2008, 12:13 PM #11
Commonwealth Games & BAC??..
- The Commonwealth Games, similar to Asian Games (which is held every 4 yrs)?
- And the annual Badminton Asia Championships (used to be called Asian Badminton Championships), which is probably the same as the European Championships sans the team event??..
Also note, only the first 3 events, along with EC & BAC, are IBF/BWF sanctioned events; whilst the AG, along with the CG, are not.
If only they have the European Games...hmm..
Oh, btw, the first 2 on your list, that's considered Pemuda's 2 highest badminton tourneys/events.
Last edited by ctjcad; 02-16-2008 at 12:18 PM.
02-16-2008, 01:46 PM #12
Slam, Grand Slam, Super Grand Slam
For now, I would go with just three:
The Olympic Games
The World Championships
The All England Open
If a better line-judging system were in place , I'd include five more:
The China Open
The Malaysia Open
The Indonesia Open
The Denmark Open
The Japan Open
Win any two to make a Slam
Win any five to make a Grand Slam
Win all eight to make a Super Grand Slam
Hinging a 'Grand Slam' on either the Asian Games or the Commonwealth Games (or on both) wouldn't make for an ideal rating.
Without Denmark, England and the US, the Asian Games can't be accepted as a fair acknowledgement of supremacy in competition.
And without China, the Commonwealth Games is a heavily degraded field. For instance, Li Li of Singapore was a gold medallist.
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