HSBC-BWF WORLD Tour Finals 2020 : Group Stage-Final (27-31 January 2021)

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  1. CLELY

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    Total Prize-Money : US$1,500,000

    Daily Schedule/Result/Live Score : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament?id=6927761E-0F66-40EB-9DE2-549DD88A58A2

    Tournament time-table
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    DRAW (GROUP-STAGE)

    MEN'S SINGLES
    Group A
    Viktor Axelsen (DEN)
    Chou Tien Chen (TPE)
    Lee Zii Jia (MAS)
    Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (INA)


    Group B
    Anders Antonsen (DEN)
    Wang Tzu Wei (TPE)
    Kidambi Srikanth (IND)
    Ng Ka Long (HKG)


    WOMEN'S SINGLES
    Group A
    Carolina Marin (ESP)
    An Se Young (KOR)
    Michelle Li (CAN)
    Evgeniya Kosetskaya (RUS)


    Group B
    Tai Tzu Ying (TPE)
    Ratchanok Intanon (THA)
    Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA
    Pusarla V. SIndhu (IND)


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    2019 WINNERS => https://bwfworldtourfinals.bwfbadminton.com/results/3754/hsbc-bwf-world-tour-finals-2019/2019-12-15

    MS - Kento Momota (JPN)
    WS - Chen Yufei (CHN)
    MD - Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA)
    WD - Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN)
    XD - Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (CHN)


    WORLD' BEST ACTION?

    The closing curtain of erratic season, such kind of formalized event to end 2020 rather than "the real" Final which reflecting truly strength in five categories. Consisting just 9 tournament, the reason sounds quite ridiculous as BWF still insists to push World Tour Finals make it happen. Anyway, it's influential tournament for players to earn point and lucrative prize money here.

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    Looking at qualifiers pool, doubles categories have many lower-ranked pair fill the list as an impact of some elite players are being absence from last three top tier tournaments (DEN Open, THA Open). An Se Young, Michelle Li, Evgeniya Kosetskaya, Pornpawee Chochuwong, Lee Zii Jia make their debut in singles category.

    Most likely the competition is expected between familiar faces who produced inspiring result prior to The Finals. Four back to back winners are strong contenders to create hat-trick in Bangkok but group stages draw sometimes offer more complicating plot and unexpected outcome. Only two players, winner and runner-up of each group progress into knock-out phase (semifinal) where fresh draw will be conducted after last tie is completed.
    • Viktor Axelsen becomes the man to beat following his fantastic feat in last two weeks. His main rival none but Anthony Ginting depsite the Indonesian star still has serious problem to deal, inconsistency. Axelsen has heavyweight draw alongside Ginting, Chou and Lee ZJ. Out of top-10 BWF World Ranking, Wang Tzu Wei and Kidambi Srikanth sneak out and possibly could derail scenario for the favourite in group B.
    • Women's singles area will be limited to several names who potentially to top podium on Sunday's finale. The front-runners Carolina Marin, Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon, An Se Young might cross-sword in semifinal stage unless 2018 Champion Pusarla Sindhu or the underdogs Michelle Li or Chocuwong would perform beyond expectation.
    • Group B has intriguing scenario to predict, pretty equal chance for all participants. Big smile for top-seed Lee/Wang who drawn in mild group.
    • Easy and predictable plot for women's doubles draw, Polii/Rahayu, Lee SH/Shin SC plus Kim/Kong and home hopefuls to compete first and second position in their respective groups.
    • Mixed doubles Group A is definitely is group of death where potential winners drawn in same pool, Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai and Jordan/Oktavianti plus the tricky Korean southpaws Seo SJ/Chae YJ.
    LIVE TV COVERAGE
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    Thanks for making the tournament thread, also love your summaries after each day of competition in past threads.

    As for the WTF, I'm liking the post draw commentary by Gill and Morton. Kind of weird to see them without masks but they need to convey their thoughts clearly and I guess they are already in their own bubble presumably tested negative.

    Also, every match to be broadcast live on all networks, is that a guarantee? No geo blocking on Youtube?

    Also...not the "best" of the world when there are many notable absences, but I guess Gill and Morton are bound by their jobs to say so.
     
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    Mixed doubles group A, mens singles group A... killer groups! Interesting to see who will progress.
     
  4. terrynguyen121988

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    In XD, group B, it looks like the first round of a certain Tour 300
     
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    so no female and male player of the year 2020
     
  6. CLELY

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    No Gala Dinner and those BWF Awards due to COVID-19 pandemic, the simplified BWF World Tour Finals.
     
  7. CLELY

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    As we mentioned earlier in this forum, BWF should calculate points from BWF top-tier tournaments (500, 750, 1000) for WTF to "reflect" the real strength of world badminton players.
     
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    Yes, BWF Youtube channel has region restriction.
     
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    use VPN, that’s the only way...
     
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    I've heard that Viktor has 28 consecutive wins, so that if he will win 3 next match, will he break the record.

    I remember Lin Dan has a chain of 31 matches
     
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    Tan Boon Heong's FB page got livestream...
     
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    I count 25. And that includes the European Team Championships. Last loss was to Ginting in Indonesia Masters SF last year. But the results are listed "upside down" per tournament on bwfbadminton.org, so I can see how one could include his three victories in that tournament by mistake (but of course they happened before the loss).
     
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    Why ?
    Why? Then this year the WTF due to covid would only consist of six qualifying tournaments and the result would have been about the same as now. Since no qualification is played in the higher-quality tournaments, e.g. the no. 40 of the world rankings never had the chance to qualify for the WTF because he normally does not slip into the tournament with only 32 players. For example Ellis/Smith seeded no. 1 in Mixed and we all know that they would not win the WTF. But they were just no.1 in the World Tour Ranking after the All England , the sixth tournament of nine for the WTF. And until All England the tournament were played by all good nations. So they get more points than the pairs from China and Japan until that time.
    BTW - HSBC paid for such a large number of tournaments ;-)
     
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    Sad not to see Japan, China and the Minions playing. Sob sob... ;)

    Damn clely over too my number of messsages. lol
     
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    SeoSJ should decide in which discipline to play. Playing double double maybe he can play until 25 (/26 like ZhangNan before the efficacy fades). Even so, ZN is a front player in MD. Same for Yuta W

    He looked really jaded in the 1st tournament in MD SF against TPE in the 3rd game and again, in the Final against THA XD. 3 semifinals and he didnt bag a title. Focusing in XD, 2 SF likely he will win at least 1.

    and also earlier today, not much Zip against Malaysia MD. they can yet win tomorrow against AhsanHendra but i think by 3rd day, Ivanov Sozonov can pick him off. Close to 20 matches he play.

    I think he can focus in XD, its where his ranking is higher.
     
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    I thought the same. I haven't been following his MD matches. Did Seo/Choi lose in early rounds because Choi played badly, or because Seo didn't put in as much effort as in XD?
     
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    When Endo retired, I think Watanabe will focus on XD.
     
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    I've heard the same. In my opinion Viktor has only 25 consecutive wins in a row. Ok 26 since today ... Did'nt find the missing three wins.
     
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    Can someone please tell me the name of the commentator on court 2 today?



    And: Is there generally a place where I can find the name of the commentators? Sometimes it is in the description of the stream, but not right now. Thanks!
     

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