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.
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
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!
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.
The male and female players from Japan dominated this year's YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.
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
This Saturday, starting at 11:00 am Swiss time, the semi-finals of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships on the programme.
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.
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.
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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.
Starting on Wednesday 17 March, YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships. The most prestigious tournament in the world (first held in 1899) is being held for the 111th time and was considered an unofficial world championship until 1977.
Last year, the tournament was the last to be held before the break against the Corona pandemic. This year, most of the world's elite, including world champion Kento Momota, will be back, although the tournament does not count towards Olympic qualification. The players from China and Korea are missing, however, as they are not allowed to leave their home countries because of the pandemic.
From Switzerland, Sabrina Jaquet (BWF 47) is eligible to compete in Birmingham. She will meet Bulgarian Linda Zetchiri (BWF 64) in the first round. So far, the two have met a total of seven times - six of them with the better end for the Bulgarian.
The tournament will be broadcast live daily on www.bwf.tv only in Switzerland
Viktor Axelsen (DEN) and Carolina Marin (ESP) asserted their position as favourites and each won in two sets. Viktor beat the only 19-year-old Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn (21-16/21-6) and Carolina the Indian Sindhu Pursala V. (21-12/21-5).
While the first sets were still relatively even, the second sets were a show of power.
For Viktor it was the second victory in Basel after 2014.
In the men's doubles, the victory went to the slightly favoured Danes Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (21-16/21-11). Their two German opponents Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel produced too many own errors from halfway through the second set and could not turn the match around.
A surprise in the women's doubles. Not the two athletic Bulgarians Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva but the young pair from Malaysia prevailed (19-21/12-21). Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muratliharan may look like two 15-year-old teenagers, but they are already 20 and 22 years old and won their first major tournament as outsiders. It was the first ever victory by a Malaysian women's doubles team in the history of the Swiss Open.
In the Mixed, the French pair Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue continued their winning run. They already showed a top performance at the tournaments in Thailand in January, which they crowned in Basel with the final victory over the Danish pairing Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje ((21-19/21-19).
Although no spectators were allowed at the tournament, the matches were followed worldwide on the internet and on TV. Eight nations were represented in the five finals - more than ever before.
The next big tournament will take place in Birmingham in 10 days: the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships. Can Viktor defend his title from last year there?
Today, Sunday, the YONEX Swiss Open will see a dream final between reigning world champion Sindhu Pursala V. (IND) and current Olympic champion Carolina Marin (ESP). A rematch of the Rio 2016 final - with slight advantages for Sindhu, who needed 30 minutes less for her victory against Denmark's Blichfeldt in the semi-final than Carolina did against Thailand's Chochuwong.
The first final on Sunday will be contested from 11.00 a.m. in the mixed Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje (DEN) and Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue (FRA). Alexandra Boje has good memories of the St.Jakobshalle. She became European U15 singles and mixed champion here in 2014.
The next match will be played by the two sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva from Bulgaria. They are the best European women's doubles and their opponents are from Asia, as is often the case. This time it's Pearly Tan/Muraliharan Thinaah from Malaysia.
In the third match on Sunday, Viktor Axelsen (DEN) will play 19-year-old Kunlavut Vitisarn from Thailand. For the Dane, success in tournaments in Switzerland is nothing new. Already in 2008 - as a 14-year-old - he won the individual tournament at the eight-nation tournament U15, held in the sports centre Kerenzerberg (photo). And he is the clear favourite in the final today.
In the men's doubles, the two Danes Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and the two Germans Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel will face each other. Although the two Danes lead in the direct comparison with 6:1 - but the last encounter was lost a fortnight ago at the European Mixed Team Championships.
Last but not least, the already mentioned dream final in the women's singles - world champion against Olympic champion.
Great badminton in Basel.
Enjoy watching at home.
Results and schedule: www.tournamentsoftware.com
TV live streaming on SRF: SRF.ch at 11.00 a.m.