3rd/4th March: 2015 Yonex All England: Qualifying and Round 32 discussion
5th March: 2015 Yonex All England: Round 16 discussion
Venue : Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham-ENG
Total prize-money : US$500,000
Tournament website : http://www.allenglandbadminton.com/
Tournament time-table : http://www.allenglandbadminton.com/t…schedule-2015/
tournamentsoftware link : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/s…E-9009DEE332F8
Birmingham time : http://www.worldtimezone.com/time/wt…ma=Find%20Time
2014 WINNERS => http://bwf.tournamentsoftware.com/sp…2D3&d=20140309
MS – Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
WS – Wang Shixian (CHN)
MD – Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA)
WD – Wang Xiaoli/Yu Yang (CHN)
XD – Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA)
The 105th edition of the oldest badminton tournament in the world. The prestigious All England is as usual filled with a starry cast ready to entertain badminton enthusiasts in 6 days ahead. The only drawback is the absence of the 2014 champion, Lee Chong Wei, as his archrival and the best MS in current era, Lin Dan is back after missed 2013 and 2014 editions.
The striking new look Barclaycard Arena in the face lifted of National Indoor Arena presents different atmosphere for spectators and players with modernized architecture including a LCD wonderwall. The All England always spread its charm as every shuttler wants to eagerly to lift the coveted trophy with stiff competition from the very first round.
Men’s singles – Lin Dan is top contender for this year championships along with his younger compatriot, current world #1 and world champion, Chen Long, who will challenge the maestro to deny his 6th All England title. Another names on the fray trying to push the Chinese duo out of their comfort zone are European Champion Jan O Jorgensen, Son Wan Ho, Chou Tien Chen and also Indian rising star Srikanth Kidambi as well. Don’t forget the Japanese players, Kenichi Tago (2010’s runner up), aggressive Kento Momota plus veteran Sho Sasaki who on their day, can beat the best of the best. In last decade, China showed their prowess through Lin Dan (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012), Chen Hong (2005), Chen Jin (2008) and Chen Long (2013). Only Lee Chong Wei could interrupt this run being winner in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Ladies singles – The mighty Chinese trio of Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan have been recently shaken by emerging talents. Carolina Marin, Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying, Nozomi Okuhara, Saina Nehwal and Korean leading players of Sung Ji Hyun and Bae Yeon Ju potentially may bury the China dream to maintain their triumphant here. Since 1997, China has had a fantastic record in this category only interrupted by the Danish ladies, Camilla Martin (2002) and Tine Rasmussen (2008, 2010, 2013).
Men’s Doubles – Two favourite combinations, Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, displayed superb performances in the 2014 season and we’ll see their action to start new Superseries circuit at the Barclaycard Arena. No pair has dominated in last 10 years showing how competitive this discipline is. It is wide open for any of top 10 Men’s Doubles to taste victory on Sunday finale.
Ladies Doubles – This is the most difficult of disciplines for pairings other than that from China. Koreans Lee Hyo Jung/Lee Kyung Won became last WD pair to steal title from China in 2008. 2014 Dubai SS Finalists Matsutomo/Takahashi, 2014 Incheon AG gold medalist Maheswari/Polii and world #4 Pedersen/Juhl will try their best to stop the Chinese domination here.
Mixed Doubles – Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir topped podium in three consecutive years since 2012 and they will eye 4th title, a potential Mixed Doubles record in modern era. China multiple winners Zhang Nan/Zhao Yun Lei, Xu Chen/Ma Jin, European finest J Fischer/C Pedersen are their classic foes. Local hero and heroine, Chris and Gabby Adcock will be the best home opportunity to claim English glory as did Nathan Robertson/Gail Emms in the 2005 All England.
QUALIFICATION (12.00pm local time, 5 courts) => https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/s…2F8&d=20150303
GER Open GPG runner-up, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka and Simon Santoso whose WR dropped significantly will hunt main draw ticket. Kim Hyo Min, Yui Hashimoto, Bellaetrix Manuputty are expected to pass WS qualifying round.
5th March – update
Men’s single – The intensity escalated as several seeded shuttlers tumbled yesterday. Three of top 8 men’s singles seeds failed to go further, Son Wan Ho (3rd seed), Srikanth (4th) and Vittinghus (7th). Two Chinese leading men, Chen Long and Lin Dan were forced to work extra hard to clear their first hurdle whilst Danish #1 Jorgensen sailed to R/16 without too much problem.
Ladies singles – all top-8 seeds prevailed, Wang Yihan and current WC Carolina Marin needed rubber games to eliminate Japanese rising star Okuhara and Irish Chloe Magee respectively. Nothing extraordinary happened in this category so far, minor upset was created by GER Karin Schnaase who eliminated Liu Xin.
Men’s doubles – biggest shock headline of R/32 as hot-fave Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seon was out very early by German GP Gold winner, Mads Conrad/Mads Pieler Kolding in straight sets. Also Indian combo Attri/Reddy who disposed Dubai SS Finals runner-up Chai Biao/Hong Wei.
Ladies Doubles – China scratch pair of Tang Jinhua/Zhong Qianxin ousted second seed Matsutomo/Takahashi who also lost early in GER GP Gold last week. Another setback that INA combo Bernadeth/Pradipta lost to USA pair Lee/Obanana. China still dominates to field 5 pairs in last sixteen.
XD, lackluster performance by third seed Xu Chen/Ma Jin, semifinalist of last year edition. Darkhorse home hero The Adcocks plus three faves have bright prospect to cruise into last eight. China has guaranteed quarterfinal berth through Lu K/Huang YQ v Liu C/Bao YX.
LIVE TV (court 1, 12.00pm) matches :
1) Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) v Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnppa (IND)
2) Mads Conrad Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (DEN) v Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (MAS)
3) Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Greysia Polii (INA) v Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (ENG)
4) Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA) v Carolina Marin (ESP)
5) Boonsak Ponsana (THA) v Jan O Jorgensen (DEN)
Today’s highlights :
– Kento Momota (JPN) v Marc Zwiebler (GER)
– Chou Tien Chen (TPE) v Takuma Ueda (JPN)
– Wang Yihan (CHN) v Minatsu Mitani (JPN)
– Wang Shixian (CHN) v Bae Yeon Ju (KOR)
– Conrad/Kolding (DEN) v Goh VS/Tan WK (MAS)
– Ahsan/Setiawan (INA) v Fu HF/Zhang N (CHN)
– Kamura/Sonoda (JPN) v Kim GJ/Kim SR (KOR)
6th March Update
The quarterfinal round will offer plenty of exciting encounters. Yesterday’s shock defeats saw WS top-seed Li Xuerui succumbed to her fellow countrywoman Sun Yu and defending champion Ahsan/Setiawan eliminated by the aggressive CHN combination of Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan. Also 5th seed Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang added to the Korean failure in this category, losing to JPN #3 pair Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda.
Men’s singles – three title contenders Lin Dan, Chen Long, Jorgensen must pump up their standard of play to deal with the tougher opponents coming their way. The young and dangerous Kento Momota, Viktor Axelsen will perform all out to create their breakthrough here. Also Taipei’s fast improved Chou Tien Chen will deliver strong resistance for current World Champion. One QF clash goes to local favourite Rajiv Ouseph against Japan veteran Sho Sasaki. The Englishman, with heavy supported from home fans, has a slight advantage to book his first ever All England semifinal.
Ladies singles – China’s supremacy depends on the two Wangs – Yihan and last year winner Shixian. They will get really hard test today as resurgent Saina Nehwal and Tai Tzu Ying are high potential rivals to surprise them. In a rematch of last weeks GER Open, Marin v Sung JH, is in the air for Spanish sensation. Maybe it’s blessing for Thai prodigy Ratchanok Intanon to meet Sun Yu than Li Xuerui. It’s interesting to watch how far Sun Yu improvement as she beat Li Xuerui convincingly last night. It’s a big question whether the top-seed is fully recovered from her injury or not.
Men’s singles – several huge upsets happen before last eight round as pre-tournament front-runners Lee/Yoo and Ahsan/Setiawan unexpectedly have been eliminated. The darkhorses Conrad/Kolding also Fu/Zhang will be on high motivation to challenge seeded pairs at lower half of draw. Stiff duel at the stake between Endo/Hayakawa contra Lee SM/Tsia CH. Former champions Boe/Mogensen are favorites to cruise to the semifinals.
Ladies singles – 5 Chinese combinations, 1 ticket has been secured. Who will defy all CHN semifinals? Pedersen/Juhl, Maheswari/Polii have opportunity to overcome two new scratch partnerships, Bao YX/Tang YT and Tang JH/Zhong QX. While Kakiiwa/Maeda has slim chance to stop top-seed Tian Q/Zhao YL.
Mixed doubles – Ahmad/Natsir is Indonesia’s realistic chance to top the podium once again. They will be strongly challenged by home hero The Adcocks and the winner will most likely meet Fischer/Pedersen in last four. On top-half of draw, Zhang/Zhao still manages smooth run en route to quarter and expected to prevail today oppose Ko SH/Kim HN. An intriguing tie follows, giant-killer Jordan/Susanto vs Danish combination Kolding/Juhl.
LIVE TV (Court 1) matches, 5.00pm local time :
1) Sun Yu (CHN) v Ratchanok Intanon (THA)
2) Kento Momota (JPN) v Lin Dan (CHN)
3) Saina Nehwal (IND) v Wang Yihan (CHN)
4) Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock v Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA)
5) Mads Conrad Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (DEN) v Markus Gideon Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA)
Three WS ties should be blockbuster matches today, it’s hard to predict. Former World Champion Intanon is favoured to progress.
7th March Update
Most of thesemifinal clashes are going to the script with some stunners still continue their gallant run here. Two China elite ladies singles players, former champion Wang Yihan and defending champion Wang Shixian, were toppled yesterday. Their performance has been struggling since last November while rest of the world has started to catch up and break their domination.
Men’s Singles, European #1 Jorgensen will be up against darkhorse Sho Sasaki with the Danish player favoured to clinch the final spot. As predicted, both China supremes Chen Long and Lin Dan will face each other; a rematch of the Incheon AG Gold medal match. This clash of the titans will be tough to predict. Lin Dan eyes a 6th title while World Champion aims to regain his crown; who will win today?
Ladies Singles is the most interesting category since we’ll see a new All England Champion on tomorrow’s final. China sole survivor, Sun Yu has a heavy burden in the elimination of her powerful compatriots. Saina, Marin and Tai TY have equal chance to realize their dream to lift the prestigious trophy. It’s been a convincing performance by the Indian en route to the semifinal; all straight-sets winning including knocking out her nemesis Wang Yihan last night. Marin v Tai should be close, both youngsters showing development recently.
Men’s Doubles – two Danish pairs in the final four will meet China’s aggressive combination of Fu/Zhang and last year’s runner-up, Endo/Hayakawa. It’s not easy for Zhang Nan to play two disciplines in this highly competitive tournament. Conrad/Kolding have displayed their superb badminton following GER Open title last week. A tricky test for Boe/Mogensen to meet the Japanese #1 despite the head-to-head record favours to DEN veterans.
Ladies Singles – it’s an unstoppable run for China to continue their domination. Even their new scratch pairs are capable to overcome the established pairs, unbelievable. One of this multichampion pairs, either Tian/Zhao or Wang/Yu will add their victory tomorrow.
Mixed Doubles – the heavyweight rivals are waiting for Indonesia’s last hopes Ahmad/Natsir and Jordan/Susanto. Fischer/Pedersen and Zhang/Zhao beat their opponents in straight games at three previous rounds. It’s steep task for favorites Indonesian #1 pair to extend their All England title honours, whilst Jordan/Susanto have produced breakthrough in their career after nailed Incheon AG bronze medal last September.
LIVE TV matches (court 1, 12.00pm local time) :
1) Sun Yu (CHN) v Saina Nehwal (IND)
2) Sho Sasaki (JPN) v Jan O Jorgensen (DEN)
3) Carolina Marin (ESP) v Tai Tzu Ying (TPE)
4) Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA) v Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
5) Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) v Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN)