Final Four – die Playoff der NLA

An diesem Wochenende finden die beiden Playoff-Halbfinale sowie das Finale der Nationalliga A statt. Die besten vier Teams nach der verkürzten Saison (es wurden nur die Matches der Hinrunde absolviert) treffen im Sportcenter Blue Point in Uster aufeinander. Das sind: das Team Argovia, der BC Uzwil, der BC Zürich sowie der BC Yverdon-les-Bains.


Einen Favoriten auf den Meistertitel zu benennen, ist schwierig. Zwar haben sich alle Teams mit SpielerInnen aus dem Ausland verstärkt, wer aber schlussendlich an diesem Wochenende spielen wird, ist offen. Aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie sind keine Zuschauer zugelassen, man kann aber die Matches auf youtube live verfolgen.


Um 14.00 Uhr spielen das Team Argovia und der BC Zürich gegeneinander und frühestens um 17.30 Uhr folgte das andere Halbfinale zwischen Uzwil und Yverdon. Die beiden Siegerteams spielen dann am Sonntag um 11.00 Uhr um den Meistertitel.

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Badminton v Corona 3:2

Final day in Kiev at the European Badminton Championships. Out of five finals, only three will take place. The reason: two players tested positive for the Corona virus after their semi-final matches. As the second test on Sunday morning was also positive, Viktor Axelsen (DEN, finalist in singles) as well as Mark Lamsfuss (GER, finalist in doubles) had to stay in the hotel room instead of playing their finals. And probably for another 13 days, unless another solution for the athletes is found on a diplomatic level.

Similar to the Indonesian players at the All England Championships in March, who were flown back to Jakarta after a few days in quarantine. Their bad luck had been that another passenger on their flight to Birmingham had tested positive.


Back to the European Championships. So the title in the men's singles went without a fight to Anders Antonsen from Denmark and in the doubles to the two Russians Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov.
In the women's singles, Spain's Carolina Marin won for the fifth time in a row (2-set victory over 21-year-old Dane Line Christophersen). In the women's doubles, Bulgarian number one seeds Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva won in two sets against Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith (ENG) with 21:14 and 21:19. There was a surprise in the mixed. The 6th seeded Russians Rodion Alimov/Alina Davletova won the title after defeating Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (ENG) 2:1.

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Aline and Jenjira in the 1/4 final

After 2017, Swiss players once again have a chance to win a medal at a European Badminton Championship. Aline Müller/ Jenjira Stadelmann narrowly beat French pair Emilie Lefel/ Anne Tran in three sets 21-16/ 7-21/ 21-19 yesterday evening to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. With the victory of the two Swiss players (BWF 151) against the favoured French players (BWF 24), the reigning Swiss champions achieved a small sensation. Tonight, Friday, they will play for a medal. They will play the 5th match after 5 pm against the number three seeded Danes Sara Thygesen/ Maiken Fruergaard (BWF 16).

National juniors championship in Arlesheim

Due to the Corona pandemic, the Swiss Junior Championship has been postponed from December 2020 to this weekend. More than 200 kids and juniors in the age groups U13 to U19 will play for championship titles and cups. The best junior players will be at the start - but unfortunately there will be no spectators in the hall this weekend. The hygiene and safety concept of the tournament organizer in Arlesheim does not allow this. Lucie Amiguet (photo) is one of the favorites in the U17 age group and is the number one seed there in all disciplines.

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New point system after Tokyo?

The time seems ripe for a renewal.

Three years ago, at the annual general meeting of the world federation BWF, the proposal to introduce the counting method 5 x 11 (three winning sets to 11 points in all disciplines) was rejected by the majority of the assembled delegates. Only 129 votes were in favour - 168 votes would have been necessary.


But this year there could be a change. The Indonesian federation PBSI will officially make the proposal to change to 5 x 11. The federation is confident of the support of the continental federation Badminton Asia certainly after the Chinese federation had also gained good experience at the national championships in November 2020. However, 7 x 11 was played there (four winning sets to 11 points).

So it may well be that the 3 x 21 counting method in operation since 1 August 2006 will soon be a thing of the past. The decision will be made on 22 May at the BWF Assembly of Delegates, which, like last year, will only be held virtually.  

The Swiss National League A will be played again this weekend. There, 5 x 11 is already a reality. No spectators are allowed at the matches - but for some games there is live streaming on youtube.com. Check it out!

Friday, 09 April 2021

19:00  Badminton Lausanne Association – BC La Chaux-de-Fonds (Live-Stream)

Saturday, 10 April 2021
14:00  Badminton Lausanne Association – BC Yverdon-les-Bains (Live-Stream)
15:00  Union Tafers-Fribourg – Team Argovia
15:00  BC La Chaux-de-Fonds – BC Uzwil
15:30  BV St.Gallen-Appenzell – BC Zürich

Sunday, 11 April 2021
12:00  BC Uzwil – Union Tafers-Fribourg (Live-Stream)
12:00  BC Yverdon-les-Bains – BV St.Gallen-Appenzell
14:00  Team Argovia – BC La Chaux-de-Fonds (Live-Stream)
14:00  BC Zürich – Badminton Lausanne Association

Play AirBadminton!

Spring is here! Enjoy the fresh air, warm up in the sun's rays and play AirBadminton. The AirShuttles are more wind resistant and durable than normal shuttles. An inexpensive badminton racket with a not too hard stringing is enough to have a lot of fun. You can buy the AirShuttles in almost every sports shop. Have fun!

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All England: Japan 4 – Malaysia 1

The players from Japan dominated the tournament in Birmingham this year. The outstanding player was Yuta Watanabe, who was successful in the doubles with Hiroyuki Endo and in the mixed with Arisa Higashino. The women's doubles title went to the pairing of Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara. Japan's Nozomi Okuhara won her second singles title at the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships after 2016. This failed the Danish Viktor Axelsen. The defending champion had to go three times over three sets until the final and was then exhausted in the third set in the final against Lee Zii Jia from Malaysia. He lost 29-30/22-20/9-21 after an hour and 14 minutes. Lee proved he is a medal candidate at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning the All England title.

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All Japan – Games in Birmingham

The male and female players from Japan dominated this year's YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.
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In the doubles finals it is Japan against Japan three times. Japan's Yuta Watabane is in the doubles and mixed finals. And in the women's singles, Japan's Nozomi Okuhara will meet Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong. 

Only in the men's singles final will two non-Japanese players meet: defending champion Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) and Lee Zii Jia (Malaysia).For Viktor it is the third consecutive final appearance, while Lee can succeed Malaysian national hero Lee Chong Wei, who won the tournament in 2017, if he wins. A year ago, the two played each other in the semi-finals and Axelsen won 21-19 in the third set. 

The match starts at 11 a.m. Swiss time. Watch live on www.bwf.tv

Semi-Final Day in Birmingham

This Saturday, starting at 11:00 am Swiss time, the semi-finals of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships on the programme.

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After the turbulent start on Wednesday with the Corona-related withdrawal of the Indonesian team, the attention was again on the great matches. In the fourth final, a big surprise with the defeat of world champion Kento Momota (JAP) against the Malaysian Lee Wii Jia. The latter will now meet Dutchman Mark Caljouw, who is in the semi-finals of a Super 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. In the other final, defending champion Viktor Axelsen will meet his compatriot Anders Antonsen. The direct comparison is 3:3. 

In the other semi-finals, defending champion Viktor Axelsen will meet his compatriot Anders Antonsen. The direct comparison is 3:3. In the women's event, two Thai women have made it to the last four. Pornpawee Chochuwong will meet Indian World Champion Sindhu Pusarla V. and Ratchanok Intanon will play Japanese Nozomi Okuhara (re-match from the 2019 World Championships in Basel). 2019 in Basel).


You can watch the tournament live on www.bwf.tv verfolgen.

Corona virus disrupts All England

Difficult start in Birmingham. First, seven players/supervisors tested positive - later the tests were repeated and all were negative. This delayed the start of the tournament by several hours. Then the shock for the Indonesian team: on their flight from Istanbul to Birmingham, one person had tested positive after arrival. Due to the regulations of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, all other passengers have to be quarantined for 10 days. The BWF reacted and took all Indonesian players directly out of the tournament. On Thursday morning, Yigit from Turkey, who had been on the same plane, was also taken out of the tournament. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) 
The Indonesian federation was appalled by the decision, as all players and coaches had previously been vaccinated in Jakarta.

Due to the late start of the tournament on Wednesday afternoon, Sabrina Jaquet did not play until midnight against Linda Zetchiri. The match went 21:19/21:9 to the Bulgarian.