Monday, August 8, 2011

World badminton championships 2011 results

(Note: latest important results of day2 and day3 are updated in the comments below)

The results of the first day were relatively good for India at the Yonex BWF World badminton championships 2011 being held at the Wembley Arena hall in London, UK.

Ajay Jayaram,who is one of India's top men's singles badminton player, played one of the best games of his career today, winning his first round match upsetting 15th seeded Kenichi Tago of Japan by a score of 21-12, 21-19.
The astounding fact is not only that Ajay upset Kenichi Tago, a player who is currently ranked no.18 in the world, but also the surprising ease with which he achieved this result.

In the first game, both the players were going to neck to neck till the score read 8-7 in Ajay's favour. From this point onwards Ajay broke away to take a lead winning a lot of points in succession, and maintained the momentum to pocket the first game comfortably at 21-12.

In the second game also Ajay continued in the same vein and at one stage was leading 11-2, and then later on by 18-12. However Kenichi fought back bravely after this, scoring a lot of quick points, and reduced the lead as much as 19-20. However Ajay Jayaram held on to his nerve to win the final remaining point to take the second game at 21-19, and progress further to the next round.

Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa also opened their World badminton championship 2011 campaign on a positive note, by winning their first round match comfortably defeating the pair of Eva Lee & Paula Lynn Obanana of the USA, by a score of 21-9, 21-18, in just 23 minutes of play.

Undoubtedly inspired by these two wins, India's top men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar & Sanave Thomas then went on to defeat the German pair of Michael Fuchs and Oliver Roth by 9-21, 21-18, 21-17 in three tough sets, to progress to round 2 of the world badminton championships 2011.

The other Indian men's doubles pair of Pranav Chopra & Tarun Kona, however could not successfully meet the challenge of the Taiwanese pair of Hung Ling Chen/ Yu Lang Lin and were defeated 17-21, 13-21.

The other Indian players in the fray at the badminton world championships 2011 are India's top hope Saina Nehwal, P. Kashyap, and the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta & V.Diju who will be playing competitive badminton after quite a long gap.

Amongst other important results of the day, men's singles top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia & Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia cruised through comfortably to the next round.
Malaysian badminton fans must be undoubtedly hoping that with the current form of Lee Chong Wei, he will finally end Malaysia's wait, and go on to become the first ever Malaysian world badminton champion.

A major upset result was seen in the men's singles on day1, as Kevin Cordon of Guatemala dashed 5th seeded Chinese player Chen Long's world championship title hopes, defeating him in a nailbiting finish 21-19 8-21 27-25.



  1. another good result for india on day2 of the world badminton championship tournament.

    P. Kashyap defeated Dieter Domke of Germany 21-13 23-25 21-11 in 55 minutes, to progress to the 2nd round.
    Kashyap will now play against world no.7 Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in the round 2.

    In the men's doubles, the Indian pair of Rupesh Kumar & Sanave Thomas started very well against the world no.8 Indonesian pair of Alvent Yulianto Chandra & Hendra Aprida Gunawan winning the first set, however they could not maintain the momentum losing the next 2 sets and the match.
    Rupesh/Sanave finally lost by a score of 19-21 21-11 21-12.

    India's top women's singles badminton player Saina Nehwal will be in action tomorrow.

  2. Exciting results continued on day3 of the world badminton championships 2011.

    6th seed Saina Nehwal moved to the 3rd round comfortably defeating Chloe Magee of Ireland 21-10, 21-7.

    Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa stunned the 2nd seeded Taiwanese pair of Wen Hsing CHENG & Yu Chin CHIEN by a score of 21-18, 21-18. One of the best results of their career so far, defeating the world no.3 ranked pair.

    P.Kashyap nearly managed to pull off a major upset, but 7th seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam finally managed to defeat Kashyap 24-22, 17-21, 22-20. The engrossing match lasted for a marathon 1 hour and 21 minutes.

  3. More good results at the world badminton championships 2011 kept flowing in for India on day3.

    Ajay Jayaram, who had defeated 15th seed Kenichi Tago in the first round, pulled off yet another good win over Vladimir Ivanov of Russia 21-19, 21-17 to enter the 3rd round. He has a very tough opponent in the next round, world no.6 Chen Jing of China.

    Jwala Gutta combined with V.Diju in the mixed doubles to comfortably defeat the Malaysian pair of Jien Guo Ong and Sook Chin Chong 21-11, 21-15, and enter round 3.

    Amongst other important results at the 2011 world championships, the men's top seed Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Peter Gade have progressed to the next round without having to exert much effort.

    The women's singles results are also mostly on expected lines so far, with the top 7 seeds having progressed to the 3rd round.

    Saina Nehwal is up against 14th seed Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong in the next round.

  4. Ajay Jayaram's fine run at the world badminton championship 2011 being held at Wembley Arena Hall in London UK, was finally brought to an end in the 3rd round by 5th seeded Chen Jin of China who defeated Ajay in 3 sets, 18-21, 21-12, 21-11.

    Ajay was leading in the final game of the match by 11-10 but then lost 11 points in a row to lose the match.

    His English coach, Tom John who has been instrumental in Ajay Jayaram's recent meteoric rise in world badminton, must have been disappointed with the way Ajay lost after getting into a winning position.

    Nevertheless these results that Ajay has got in his first ever attempt at the world championships are significant, having defeated the 15th seed in the 1st round, and stretching the 5th seed Chen Jin to 3 sets in the 3rd round.

    Hopefully these results will help to further improve his confidence and to help imbibe in him the belief that he belongs to the world's top 10.

  5. Jwala Gutta & V.Diju's march to the quarterfinals of the world badminton championships 2011 was halted by the 5th seeded pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen & Christinna Pedersen of Denmark who defeated them 21-9, 21-15 in straight sets.

    Jwala-Diju had not played in any competitive badminton tournament since Dec-2010, as Diju was recovering from a back injury.

  6. India's top badminton player SAINA NEHWAL did not have to struggle to enter the quarterfinals getting past 14th seed Pui Yin Yip of Hong Kong 21-3, 13-5 (retired).

    Pui Yin Yip who was troubled with a knee injury could not offer any resistance in the first set, and finally decided to retire in the second, when the score read 13-5.

    SAINA now faces sterner tests ahead as she will be playing against 3rd seed Xin Wang of China in the quarterfinal match. If she overcomes this challenge she could potentially play against 2nd seed Yihan Wang in the semi-finals and then top seed Shixian Wang in the finals.

    Saina's best ever performance at the badminton world championships has been to reach the quarterfinals having done so in the last 2 editions. This time round Indian fans are hoping that she will go all the way to win the crown.

  7. India's top women's doubles combination of JWALA GUTTA & ASHWINI PONNAPPA have also reached the quarterfinals of the tournament.

    They defeated the 11th seeds Lok Yan POON & Ying Suet TSE of Hong Kong in three tough sets, 19-21 21-17 21-19.

    Jwala-Ashwini are having a great run having defeated the 2nd seeds earlier. They now face the challenge of 12th seeded pair of Vita MARISSA & Nadya MELATI of Indonesia.

  8. Hopes of SAINA NEHWAL becoming the badminton world champion this year were dashed as she lost in the quarter-finals.
    3rd seeded Xin Wang of China defeated her 21-15, 21-10.

    In an upset win in the women's singles top seed Shixian Wang of China was defeated by 7th seeded Taiwanese player Shao Chieh Cheng.

  9. JWALA GUTTA & ASHWINI PONNAPPA, India's top women's doubles pair have moved one step closer to the world title.

    They reached the semi-finals defeating 12th seeded pair of Vita MARISSA & Nadya MELATI of Indonesia by a score of 17-21 21-10 21-17 in 3 tough sets.

    This is turning out to be Jwala-Ashwini's best ever performance in a world badminton event.

    They will now play against 5th seeded Chinese pair of Qing TIAN & Yunlei ZHAO.

  10. JWALA GUTTA & ASHWINI PONNAPPA's dream run at the badminton world championship 2011 came to an end as the 5th seeded Chinese pair of Qing Tian & Yunlei Zhao defeated them 21-14, 21-16.

    In the first set, the score was tied at 8-8 after which the Chinese pair scored points in succession to take a lead and maintained it throughout the game.

    In the second set, the Chinese pair led all throughout the game, however Jwala & Ashwini did fight back hard at one stage and had reduced the lead by 17-16.

    Though Jwala-Ashwini's fine run in the tournament has come to an end, they do deserve a lot of accolades for reaching the last 4 stage of the badminton world's toughest and most prestigious event.
    Hats off!

  11. CHINA made a clean sweep of all the 5 world championship titles that were at stake.


    Men's Singles:
    Gold Medal Winner: Lin Dan (China)
    Silver Medal: Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
    Dan LIN (China) bt. Chong Wei LEE (Malaysia) - 20-22 21-14 23-21 in a marathon match that lasted for 1:21 minutes.

    Women's Singles:
    Winner -Gold Medal: Yihan Wang (China)
    Runners-up-Silver Medal: Shao Chieh Cheng (Taiwan)
    Yihan WANG (China) bt. Shao Chieh CHENG (Taiwan) - 21-15 21-10

    Mens Doubles:
    Yun CAI & Haifeng FU (China) bt. Sung Hyun KO & Yeon Seong YOO (Korea) - 24-22 21-16

    Women's Doubles:
    Winner-Gold Medal: Xiaoli WANG & Yang YU (China)
    Runner-ups Silver Medal: Qing TIAN & Yunlei ZHAO
    Wang & Yu won by a score of 22-20 21-11

    Mixed Doubles:
    Nan ZHANG & Yunlei ZHAO (China) bt. the pair of Chris ADCOCK (England ) & Imogen BANKIER (Scotland) by a score of 21-15 21-7