2017 Sudirman Cup Day 5 - Afternoon

Group 2B: Singapore top their group to match Vietnam's achievement in 2A

Host nation Australia met a higher seed in their last pool tie and found out how their earlier opponents must have felt afterwards. Nonetheless, they can be proud of hard fought leads in several games of the four matches they conceded.

Doubles

Australia's Setyana Mapasa / Sawan Serasinghe sprinted towards the first interval against world #18 Tan Wei Han / Terry Hee Yong Kai in the mixed doubles. Thereafter, the potency of Hee's smash and drive shots cut a wedge in his opponent's defences. Australia reacted with a change in game plan as they ought to but hesitation in the execution was perilous and Singapore triumphed, 21-16, 21-6.

In men's doubles, Australia's Matthew Chau / Sawan Serasinghe put forward a studious performance against the scratch pairing of former mixed world #9 Danny Bawa Chrisnanta with current mixed #18 Terry Hee Yong Kai, to earn 14-21, 21-23. The Singaporeans whose individual credentials also includes higher men's doubles world rankings than the Aussies.

Australia's opponents were cautious at the same time as clearly used to the pressure of higher speeds so their baseline capabilities eventually saw them through the deuce situation. All this goes to show that the locals are close to graduating to the next level were they to play frequently at this standard.

In a reversal of fortunes, the Setyana Mapasa / Gronya Somerville who have been ranked inside the world's top 20 this year struck too many shuttles for Ong Ren-Ne / Crystal Wong Jia Ying to get a racquet and won women's doubles, 21-11, 21-15. Pace, delicacy and lack of unforced errors were displayed by the Aussies. After the match, their joy at fulfilling a goal of taking it in straight games was obvious. 

Singles

Singapore's Ryan Ng Zin Rei outlasted Ashwant Gobinathan in men's singles, 21-16, 21-14. Gobinathan had sufficient fitness and strength with the difference between them coming down to his tactical awareness of how to manage the tail end of the longer rallies. Singapore also took women's singles in similar fashion, 21-11, 21-17, through Yeo Jia Min.

“The shuttle here is pretty slow. I am usually much more of an aggressive player so today I was patient and didn't rush my shots. I've seen him (Ashwant) play before and (knew that) he's is a good player”, remarked Ng. 

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 4 - Evening

Group 1D: Denmark fall down eventually

In mixed doubles, Debby Susanto / Praveen Jordan of Indonesia were too inspired to handle for the Danes Christinna Pedersen / Joachim Fischer Nielsen, 21-12, 21-13. It wasn't for want of effort, Fischer Nielsen was simply caught in a jam by shuttles his opponents kept hitting at his body. Susanto served and intercepted net play exceptionally to set up those situations.

The full house was sent into a frenzy when one game down in the men's singles Anthony Ginting clawed back to win it 13-21, 21-17, 21-14. The hallmark of the amazing comeback was anticipating what appeared to be the Dane's sure kills at the net and the composed racquet skills to keep the rally going.

In men's doubles, the world #1 Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon lost to the world #2 Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen, 16-21, 24-22, 23-21. The Indonesian's second consecutive defeat to the pair that ended their three SuperSeries winning streak may well have been averted as it their flamboyant choice of shots was a double edge sword that caused them to lead as well as fail to cross the finish line because gamesmanship was involved.

Fitriani repaid Denmark by dealing a consecutive three games defeat to Mia Blichfeldt 22-24, 21-15, 21-14. Blichfeldt was on the receiving end of more than a few smashes she had to dive for.

Former world #2 Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu were tossed together to deal a pair of Rio Olympic silver medallists. Although this never before seen Indonesian combination possessed a natural chemistry, the Danes Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl felt out the situation quickly. In the first game Rahayu was being forced deep in court to elicit loose exploitable defence.

Indonesia had solved this problem just before conceding the first game score so they continued this momentum till the end of the second game. Rahayu made a concerted effort to defend deep henceforth if she wasn't able to hit downwards which now made the valuable player.

Polii's easy run of errors in tandem with Rytter Juhl's forced power play gave Denmark a five points buffer from which Indonesia could not ultimately recover, 18-21, 21-13, 13-21.

International badminton stars enjoy a slice of iconic beach culture in Gold Coast today while in town for the 2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup

Some of the world’s best badminton players took in a slice of Australian beach culture on the Gold Coast today, soaking up the sunshine on iconic beautiful Surfers Paradise beach.

Players included:

  • Jonatan Christie (Indonesia & World Ranked #28 Men’s Doubles)
  • PV Sindhu (India & World Ranked (#4 Women’s Singles)
  • Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan & World Ranked #1 Women’s Doubles team)
  • Zheng Siwei (China & World Ranked #48 Men’s Doubles team)
  • Chen Qingchen (China & World Ranked #5 Women’s Doubles)
  • Sung Ji Hyun (Korea & World Ranked #5 Women’s Singles)
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Also joining them was Australian surf lifesaver and Ironwoman Kirsty Higgison, who is a patrolling member of the Surfers Paradise SLSC, and dual Australian Olympic swimmer and 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete Cameron McEvoy.

China's badminton young gun Shi Yuqi climbs SkyPoint while in Gold Coast for the 2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup

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Badminton champion SHI Yuqi (China), who is on the Gold Coast to compete in the 2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships, took in the 360 degree views of Surfers Paradise beaches and the surrounding this morning, enjoying a SkyPoint Climb off the side of the Q1 building.

SHI Yuqi said “The view is very beautiful and very natural and the air was so clean.  I am enjoying the Gold Coast very much.  I have never done anything like that climb before, it was really thrilling.”

Ranked #5 in the world, SHI Yuqi is China’s top ranked player and part of the national team defending their world title at the Total BWF Sudirman Cup this week.  The tournament runs until May 28 at the new Commonwealth Games venue the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre.

In March this year 21 year-old SHI Yuqi rose up through the world rankings when he dethroned three-time Olympic gold medallist ‘Super Dan’ Lin Dan as All England Open Champion.

Joining Yuqi at Skypoint were Gold Coast local couple Ricky Yu and He Tian (Rosy) Tang, who also played for the Chinese national team in the 1990’s. 

Rosy was a Chinese Olympic medallist and has since represented Australia at two Commonwealth Games, while Ricky coached both the Malaysian and Australian teams after his retirement from competitive badminton.

The SkyPoint Observation deck is always top of their list to take visitors to the Gold Coast but this morning’s SkyPoint Climb was also a first for Ricky and Rosy.  They said, “It was so beautiful, we love the beach views.  And anything from SkyPoint is such a different perspective from each side.  It was fascinating to see, and definitely something we would like to do again.”

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 4 - Afternoon

Group 1B: Mixed makes the difference for Chinese Taipei

Kim Duk Young / Park Kyung Hoon of Korea felt the heat of Wang Chi-Lin's smashing which was rendered all the more effective by his partner Chen Hung Ling's subtle changes of pace both from the front and the rear. The plan of Chinese Taipei to constantly garner short replies paid the ultimate dividend, taking men's doubles 21-19, 21-13.

Women's singles world #1 Tai Tzu Ying's met Korea's Sung Ji Hyun for the third time this year and once again it required three games to come up on top, this time 21-15, 15-21, 21-14. For the first two games, Tai's net shots and smashes were average but no matter there were other weapons up her sleeve. The flat dropshots on the backhand retrievals and floating forehand ones demonstrated how unthreatened she felt on court. Sung's inch perfect depth on clears secured the second game. Tai's full repertoire came to bear in the rubber and then there were too many options and changes of balance for Sung's footwork to deal with .

Currently enjoying his highest world ranking of #2, Son Wan Ho was put under pressure even before he stepped on court for men's singles as Korea were already down 0-2 in the tie against Chinese Taipei. Playing catch up to Chou Tien Chen after the first game interval didn't help either. True to the way he normally plays, Son had simply been warming up both his shots and instincts and taking a look at Chou's game plan. Out came the signature Son smash in the nick of time which usually propped up an easy second shuttle to be put away.

It was no surprise that reigning All England champions Lee So Hee / Chang Ye Na picked up the women's doubles over Hsu Ya Ching / Wu Ti Jing, 21-13, 21-18,

Unheralded Lee Chia Hsin / Wang Chi-Lin produced a career boosting performance to beat Chae Yoo Jung / Choi Solgyu in the mixed doubles, 11-21, 21-18, 21-16, and take the tie 3-2 for Chinese Taipei. Wang's smash alone wouldn't be sufficient, this time his role also included keeping his partner Lee's emotions in check because the rallies were tight.

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 3 - Evening

Group 1D: India convincingly defy Indonesia

The first Group 1 upset happened when India triumphed 4-1 in the tie over Indonesia.

Rio Olympic gold medallist Tontowi Ahmad in a two tournaments old temporary partnership with Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja fell to a pair with only one competitive international match under their belt, Ashwini Ponnappa / Satwicksairaj Rankireddy. Interestingly, this scratch Indian pairing played with more flow and sense of plan to give their country a positive headstart, 22-20, 17-21, 21-19.

Former world #3 Srikanth Kidambi followed the trend in men's singles, taking down Jonatan Christie 21-15, 21-16, with a barrage of unbelievably close to the line smashes from multiple angles.

Men's doubles belonged to Indonesia when world #1s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo sped up shuttles beyond the comfort zone of Satwicksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty, 21-9, 21-17. Rankireddy saved the first match point in a crowd pleasing consecutive straight smashing battle with only Sukamuljo defending high and refusing to back off until the shuttle clipped his racquet frame.

Diminutive Indonesian Fitriani almost leveled up on a first game deficit with PV Sindhu but the latter forced one too many frame errors from her to take matters, 21-8, 21-19.

Buoyed by the confidence of her victory in the opener, Ponnappa returned for the fifth match hitting crisp and heftier than earlier and infected her partner N Sikki Reddy with the same enthusiasm. India overturned the expectations of a world rankings difference of 13 places to win the women's doubles too, 21-12, 21-19.

Group 2B: Australia clean sweep Austria

Australia went one better than its previous tie score, this time fielding Ashwant Gobinathan in men's singles and keeping the rest of the line up the same as played the USA. All matches were won straight through and the most points any of the host's opponents earned in a single game was 13.

Gobinathan adjusted to court conditions immediately and stayed totally in command throughout his encounter with Vilson Vattanirappel to conclude it 21-11, 21-10. The Austrian was especially vulnerable to the cross smashes and his reactions slowed down whenever a rally lengthened.

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 3 - Afternoon

Group 1C: Three top 10s seal the deal for Malaysia

Current men's singles world #1 Lee Chong Wei and recent men's doubles world #1 Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong, both Rio Olympic silver medallists, provided the star power of the afternoon session. Germany, however, weren't able to recapture the adrenalin they found against Japan two days prior.

Malaysia's three world top 10 disciplines in succession delivered the business end of the tie. Lai Pei Jing / Tan Kian Meng were tested sporadically by Isabel Herttrich / Mark Lamsfuss before nailing down mixed doubles 21-17, 21-13, with less unforced errors.

Fabian Roth had the impossible task of taking on Lee in men's singles. The German increasingly managed to extend the rallies until Lee finished off the points, more than a couple of times with a signature dazzling cross court smash which only those who've played him can truly appreciate the artistry of.

Under the guidance of former world #11 Ingo Kindervater, Jones Ralfy Jansen / Josche Zurwonne of Germany kept the scores neck to neck up to three quarters of both the first game and led 19-all in the second game. Goh/Tan were happy to depend on natural reflexes to see how far it can take them on their first time playing in a new space.   

Group 2A: Canada couldn't on Tuesday

None of Canada's majority new line up today could stop Vietnam from taking all five matches in straight games.

After his previous quietly admirable outings against New Zealand, it was no surprise Do Tuan Doc steered the ship to safe harbours in mixed and men's doubles against Canada too. Once more, it was Do's men's partner Pham Hong Nam who benefited the most from his calm composure and guidance. Today they chalked up their first victory of the tournament, 21-13, 21-18.

Nguyen Tien Minh won the men's singles, 21-19, 21-11, but Jason Anthony Ho-Shue made the process difficult. The former top 10 player praised the young Canadian's preparation and early attacking initiative to reporters. Ho-Shue had performed well above his current highest world ranking of #187 to lead at first interval and for most of that game until a little inexperience crept in and stop short of a full reward for his efforts.

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 2 - Evening

Group 1A: Thai birthday boy's present to his country

Based on the playing style of Bodin Isara / Nipitphon Phuangphuapet, Hong Kong fielding Or Chin Chung / Tang Chun Man for men's doubles instead of the pair from yesterday was the right choice and they also started off with the right ploy in mind.

Or/Tang promptly forced shuttles to be lifted and then rained offensive shots from a high elevation and deep in the court. The preferred Thai onslaught were flatter exchanges requiring Phuangphuapet to move forward and his contribution was felt most in winning the first game. Isara dug a gulf between the pairs in the rubber game with his phenomenal smash to capture the opening match, 22-20, 17-21, 21-11.

The singles matches were one side affairs and offered one victory each to either side so it was Tse Ying Suet / Poon Lok Yan who kept the tie alive for Hong Kong by surviving a thoroughly energy sapping women's doubles encounter with Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Rawinda Prajongjai, 21-15, 18-21, 21-14. Tse's flair for defending from sitting on the ground and picking dropshots just in the nick of time entertained the crowd and saved many a crucial point to frustrate the Thais.

Late night fans screamed a belated happy 20th birthday to Dechapol Puavaranukroh and his gift was delivered in the form of the first game of mixed doubles owing to mis-timed smashes and drops from Reginald Lee Chun Hei on the other side of the net. Hong Kong bounced back ahead for most of the second game but four unforced errors from them at 15-15 cost them the match and tie. Taerattanachai/Puavaranukroh won 21-16, 21-16, with the most exciting rally turning up on match point.

Group 1B: Chinese Taipei trip up in men's doubles

Two giants went on court so heavy defending was a given for the women involved. Lee Chia Hsin / Wang Chi-Lin of Chinese Taipei took advantage of Ekaterina Bolotova to go ahead one point in the tie, 21-19, 21-11. Vladimir Ivanov was in dependable form and took on the role of reassurer in both mixed and men's doubles.

With the aid of Ivan Sozonov, they scored a victory for their country once again, 19-21, 21-19, 21-17, over Lee Jhe-Huei / Lee Yang. Unlike earlier in the match, the final game was made up of truncated rallies precisely because of the skill and intensity both sides were injecting. Each pair was forcing the other to produce something new.

The quality of shot making in the women's doubles was far superior from all concerned in the second game which was unfortunate for the Russian ladies who had to settle for second best at deuce after fixing their deficient skill departments, 13-21, 22-24.

Sergey Sirant bettered his performance from the previous night when he snatched the second game off world #6 Chou Tien Chen in the men's singles. Cross court forehand smashes from the Russian were lethal whereas the straight smashes were wild unforced errors. In women's singles, the world #1 Tai Tzu Ying had little need to be her usual tricky self as Evgeniya Kosetskaya was vulnerable to cross court smashes on her backhand side.  

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 2 - Afternoon

Group 1D: Four Olympic medallists finish ahead

India and Denmark staked out one singles match each as the world rankings suggested would occur. Doubles categories were where the opportunities to cause an upset lay.

Viktor Axelsen's clinical dismantling of Ajay Jayaram's game plan, 21-12, 21-7, resulted in the shortest match at under half an hour. Line Kjaersfeldt's was well prepared for women's singles but Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu proved quicker in two departments, recovering after saving shuttles and following in on weak replies. The highest world ranked Indian across all disciplines acquitted herself 21-18, 21-6.

Both nations were equally fired up for mixed doubles which started afternoon proceedings on a high note. The scratch pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwicksairaj Rankireddy was a fantastic decision to face the very established Danes Christinna Pedersen / Joachim Fischer Nielsen. The threatening posturing and wealth of experience from the world #5 showed that their London Olympic bronze reputation was not a quality of the past and prevented an upset from happening, 21-15, 16-21, 21-17.

India were left to savour a bittersweet outing and ponder “What ifs”. Their women's doubles N Sikki Reddy / Ashwini Ponnappa reached match point first in another three games thriller but conceded the deuce to Rio silver medallists Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl, 18-21, 21-15, 23-21. In men's doubles, London silver medallists Boe/Mogensen had an easier time dealing with Attri/Reddy, 21-17, 21-15. Nevertheless, the performance produced today bodes well for India in their next battles against Indonesia.

Group 2B: Australia too practiced for USA

The host nation prevailed 4-1 and, importantly, adjusted to conditions in the hall ahead of future battles against Austria and Singapore.

Australia advanced trouble free in the opening mixed doubles, 21-10, 21-12. Setyana Mapasa / Sawan Serasinghe played freely and delighted the crowd with their lovely creativity left handed stroke making that proved slightly too powerful for Americans Jamie Subhandhi / Vinson Chiu.

The two Australians split up and reappeared later as part of their respective level doubles formations. Sawan Serasinghe / Matthew Chau made the most of their men's doubles time on court by testing various out of the ordinary tactics such as routine flick serving. Serasinghe was successful at the net area in closing out rallies on his own with multiple drives targeted at an isolated player. Men's doubles was won 21-19, 21-17, and Gronya Somerville / Setyana Mapasa continued the straight games trend, 21-15, 21-18.

As a result of patiently evaluating the weaponry and level of threat in men's singles, Timothy Lam came through as the American hero of the day winning 21-14, 21-18, over Anthony Joe. Queenslander Wendy Chen overcame a terribly nervous start in front of her home crowd as well as being on a TV court to outpace Jennie Gai, 21-18, 21-9, in women's singles.  

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 1 - Evening

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Group 1B: Russia's short reign

Ivan Sozonov / Vladimir Ivanov were the only Russians to get the better of Koreans. The straightforward penetration of Ivanov's heavy smash helped the 2016 All England champions take care of men's doubles, 21-18, 21-18.

Russian singles proponents Evgenia Kosetskaya and especially Sergey Sirant can be proud of the personal flair with which they played their shots. Playing on the television court, they would have been responsible for overturning any presumptions of casual spectators that Russia is unknown in badminton.

One of the other pleasures of the evening was the reuniting of former world top 5 Korean pair Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na in the women's doubles. Their racquet skills were too formidable for Ekaterina Bolotova / Alina Davletova, winning 21-7, 21-17.

In the mixed doubles, a healthy first game lead by Evgenia Dimova / Evgenij Dremin evaporated against Chae Yoo Jung / Choi Solgyu and it was another straight games affair for the tournament's second seeds. 21-14, 21-12.

Group 1C: Japan stumble mid-way through

Japan expectedly won the first two and last two matches but of these their German opponents impressed nevertheless in men's doubles and women's singles. As the second game wore on, Marvin Emil Seidel became the most outstanding smasher. It was almost good enough to level the match against men's world #6 Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda. 12-21, 19-21.

The score of 10-21, 5-21, does not do justice to Yvonne Li's undaunted performance. In a match showcasing the best from both ladies, the German displayed a wide range of shot making while world #10, Nozomi Okuhara's exceptional astuteness translated into fine reading of the shots of a first time opponent and therefore often being in good balance to address them.

Marc Zwiebler took back one point in the tie by beating an inconsistent Kenta Nishimoto, 21-8, 21-18. Having studied the Japanese well enough to know how dangerous he can be the former European champion admitted, “I was very very happy I was in charge of the game”.

Mark Lamsfuss returned later with Isabel Herttrich in mixed doubles and grabbed the second game this time around. Kenta Kazuno's still vibrant offence after 16-16 in the rubber game was the key to victory in the last as well as loudest match of the night in the stadium.

Group 3: Success starts with an S

Success followed expectations and went to the countries from the continents where badminton is more popular. Oceania's third and fourth representations on Day 1, Fiji and French Polynesia (Tahiti), could not prevent their more seasoned Sri Lankan and Slovakian opponents from clean sweeps in their respective ties.

2017 Sudirman Cup Day 1 - Afternoon

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Group 1A: Hong Kong foil Chinese plot

Defending champions China came close to being troubled by Hong Kong in the opening men's doubles match featuring Rio Olympic gold medallists Fu Haifeng / Zhang Nan.

They've only spent one hour and nine minutes or two matches together this year so it was evident that the famous Chinese pair were keeping their strategy simple, seldom deviating from Fu looking after the rear court. The majority of the time was spent finding back the sweet timing that brought them gold medals at Rio.

The Hong Kong men wasted a game trying to find a good length on their defence. Once mixed doubles specialist Reginald Lee Chun Hei settled after swapping sides the match developed on more equal footing. However, the second game's extended deuce ended when Fu / Zhang took advantage of the least experienced Law Cheuk Him by hitting the final shuttles in his direction to win it, 21-15, 26-24.

Things were delightfully going all China's way as 4-0 lead in the tie as world #1 mixed pair Chen Qingchen / Zheng Siwei opened their account by giving their opponents the worst game score of the afternoon 21-10. Astonishingly, the undeterred Tse Ying Suet / Tang Chun Man of Hong Kong managed to turn the tables with their rare dual left-handers proposition, 21-16, 21-18.

Tse/Tang employed a succession of cross court drives of less than full blooded power whenever Chen/Zheng were in perfect tandem, such untouchable winners had the added benefit of not needing to summon continual courage to receive the brunt of Zheng's terrifying smashes which made the difference in the opener.

Groups 2 & 3: Canada's close call

Group 2A's tussle between Canada and Scotland was a guessing game up until a weak women's doubles side handed the tie over to the land of maple trees.

Kieran Merrilees paid tribute to the talents of his younger opponent Jason Anthony Ho-Shue after securing their encounter, 21-18, 21-12. “It's a nice stadium although there is a little bit of wind. This is where my experience could have helped me.”

Ho-Shue began to look lost for ideas as Merrilees confidently plugged every gap. Their men's singles match was characterised by long flat rallies in stark contrast to the aerial antics being fought out on the adjacent court by Vietnam's Nguyen Tien Minh and New Zealand's Dylan Soedjasa.

The titanic match up of former top 20 women's singles players Michelle Li and Kirsty Gilmour lived up to expectations by reaching 17-17 in the rubber game. This rematch of the 2014 Commonwealth Games final again went to the Canadian care of Gilmour sending a flat clear conveniently into the hitting zone of her taller adversary and the late deadlock was broken.

Like Hong Kong, Guam were able to salvage one match in the afternoon. Grace Cai / Sarah Cai defeated Dgenyva Matauli / Cecelia Moussy 21-18, 22-20. Elsewhere the New Caledonian side looked to have the edge because of more match and domestic practice.

Public bus transport confirmed for the Sudirman Cup, 21st-28th May 2017

With the 2017 Gold Coast Sudirman Cup just over a month away the public transport route via bus has been confirmed as the easiest way to access the venue for attendees.

Public transport via bus will operate throughout the 8-day tournament from the 21st-28th of May. The route to access the venue will be the 745 bus, operating between Nerang Station (alight from Brisbane rail) and Broadbeach South station, located opposite Pacific Fair Shopping Center. Additional public and private transportation options are also available from both Nerang Station and Broadbeach South station for attendees continuing their journey.

To gain access to the venue, attendees must exit the bus at the Riverside Home Caravan Park, this is the 1st stop from Nerang Station. The Carrarra sports and Leisure precinct is then just a short 10-15-minute walk across the road at the lights and along a flat footpath that takes you directly to the stadium.

Buses will run every 30 minutes until 12:00am during the week. The timetable can be located on the Translink bus timetable for route 745 found at https://translink.com.au/ 

Additionally, all buses are wheelchair and access friendly.

England withdraws; Germany Promoted

The English national team has officially announced their withdrawal from the 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup, allowing Germany the opportunity to compete vie for the prestigious Sudirman Cup Trophy.

England has officially withdrawn from competing in the 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup, with the sudden change allowing Germany to now compete in the coveted Group 1C. Germany will face tough competitors Japan and Malaysia, with Japan taking on Germany on Day One.

Vietnam, Scotland and Canada will now all move up, promoting New Zealand from Group3A and filling the final spot of Group2A. Vietnam will be the first to take on New Zealand on Day One of competition. New Caledonia, Macau and Guam will not be affected and all will remain in their current Group3A positions.

The match schedule has been revised to ensure all 27 teams competing in the Gold Coast 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup are given the best-possible presentation for the international event.

Match Schedule is Out!

The match schedule for the 28 teams competing in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 is out. Click here.

  • The 8 days competition commences Sunday 21st May will have two sessions everyday except for the finals on Sunday 28th May. Sessions commencing times are 12pm and 6pm daily.
  • The 28 teams are placed in 3 Groups based on the team respective world rankings. Group 1 has 12 teams (4 groups of 3 teams per group), Group 2 has 8 teams (2 groups of 4 teams per group) including Australia and Group 3 has 8 teams (2 groups of 4 teams per group).
  • Teams in Groups 2 & 3 will generally complete their 3 round robin ties on Day 5 and will have play offs on Day 6.
  • Teams in Group 1 will complete their 2 round robin ties on Day 4 with the two top teams from each group progressing to a quarter-finals playoff on Day 5 & 6.
  • Day 7 has two sessions for semi-finals and Day 8 is the Final.

 

Ticketing

For Ticketing go to: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=SUDIRMAN17

The ticketing packages available are:

  •  All sessions (all 8 days)
  •  Finals sessions (Day 7 & 8: Semi-finals & Finals)
  •  Daily Tickets
  •  Group Stage (Day 1-6)
  •  Group 1 Country Specific (2 round robin ties between Day 1-4)

 

Group 1 Country Specific

  1. China                     (Day 1 & Day 4)
  2. Denmark               (Day 2 & Day 4)
  3. Korea                    (Day 1 & Day 4)
  4. Japan                    (Day 1 & Day 4)
  5. Malaysia                (Day 3 & Day 4)
  6. Indonesia              (Day 3 & Day 4)
  7. Thailand                (Day 2 & Day 4)
  8. Chinese Taipei       (Day 2 & Day 4)
  9. India                      (Day 2 & Day 3)
  10. England                 (Day 1 & Day 3)
  11. Hong Kong            (Day 1 & Day 2)
  12. Russia                    (Day 1 & Day 2)

2017 Total BWF Sudirman Cup Team Draw Announced

Host city, Gold Coast, Australia announces global team draw for the prestigious 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup.

Host city the Gold Coast, Australia has been given the top honour of announcing the global draw for the prestigious 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup at a special event which took place at Jupiter’s Casino on March 17th.

In the presence of hundreds of TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup ambassadors the seeding of all 28 teams competing in the May 21st-28th event were announced.

Host nation Australia, has entered the tough Group 2 competition, going up against Singapore, the USA and Austria in their draw. Defending champions China, have already begun planning their title defence, finding themselves in position one of Group 1A against Thailand and Hong Kong, China.

 The mile stone announcement was the first to take place within Australia, with the Gold Coast 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup being the first non-European or Asian destination to host the global event since its founding in 1989.

Total BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 Group 3 will consist of –

Group 3A

  1. New Zealand
  2. New Caledonia
  3. Macau
  4. Guam

Group 3B

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Slovakia
  3. Tahiti
  4. Fiji

Total BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 Group 2 will consist of –

Group 2A

  1. Germany
  2. Vietnam
  3. Scotland
  4. Canada

Group 2B

  1. Singapore
  2. Australia
  3. United States of America
  4. Austria

Total BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 Group 1 will consist of –

Group 1A

  1. China
  2. Thailand
  3. Hong Kong

Group 1B

  1. Korea
  2. Chinese Taipei  
  3. Russia

Group 1C

  1. Japan
  2. Malaysia
  3. England

Group 1D

  1. Denmark
  2. Indonesia
  3. India

Seeding (Groupings) and Match Schedule

BWF have seeded the 32 teams competing in the 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup.

Group 1 comprises the 12 top seeded teams with Russia taking the last spot over Germany.

Group 2 has 8 teams and Australia for the first time in its Sudirman Cup history are in this group being seeded 16th seed.

Group 3 has 8 teams whose seeding are 21st to 28th.

Group 4 has 4 teams and include countries like Macau, Tahiti, Fiji and Guam.

 

A draft outline schedule showing the proposed group play for each day.

The official draw will be conducted on Friday 17 March in Kuala Lumpur by BWF following which the outline schedule will show the head to head of each country.

Sudirman Cup a Smash in China Town

The Gold Coast Sudirman Cup team hosts event information booth at China Town – Southport to inspire locals to join the 2017 Sudirman Cup action.

The 2017 Sudirman Cup team encouraged locals to join them on the 4th of March for an activation event held at Little China Town, Southport on the Gold Coast. The event provided a taste of the excitement and action that is to be expected when 32 countries descend on the Gold Coast from the 21st-28th of May 2017 to compete in the international badminton tournament hosted at the newly built Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre located in Carrara. The successful activation booth gave locals the chance to show off their badminton skills on a mini net, sign up for giveaways and exclusive event information and meet the team personally.

 

ASIAN & EUROPEAN BADMINTON POWERHOUSES GOLD COAST BOUND FOR SUDIRMAN CUP

500 million households globally set to watch broadcast of world’s second most popular sport

 

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Mayor of the City of Gold Coast Tom Tate, Consular Dignitaries and Community Leaders representing seven countries and Badminton Australia officials today came together at Southport Broadwater Parklands to announce the 32 countries that will compete for top honours at the globally-celebrated Total BWF Sudirman Cup 2017.

Children in traditional dress – representing some of the biggest badminton nations globally – were also on hand to celebrate the world team championships of badminton coming to Australia for the first time in the Sudirman Cup’s 25 year history.

The TV broadcast for the Sudirman Cup will see the hugely popular event watched by more than 500 million households globally, with badminton ranking as the world’s second most popular sport – just behind soccer.

Minister Jones said the event would deliver a significant economic boost and international exposure for the Gold Coast.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Sudirman Cup 2017 and the BWF annual general meeting on the Gold Coast in May,” Ms Jones said.

“Together, these two events are expected to inject around $10 million into the local economy – which is good news for Gold Coast businesses and jobs.

“Hosting world-renowned events like this also allow us to showcase Queensland to a global audience, drive international and interstate visitor nights and grow the State’s economy.

“With many of the world’s top badminton countries travelling to the City to compete in this championship event, it will be an excellent prelude to the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

“Through Tourism and Events Queensland, our Government is continuing to work hard to attract world-class events which deliver the best tourism outcomes and exceptional value for the people of Queensland.”

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and Gold Coast MP, Steven Ciobo, said the event would help drive visitors to the Gold Coast.

“Thirteen of the 32 countries playing in the Sudirman Cup are Australia’s top tourism markets. These countries make up 78 per cent of total international visitor spend and 79 per cent of international arrivals to Australia.

“This event will attract more than 1,500 competitors from over 30 countries and a global television audience of more than 500 million, cementing the Gold Coast’s reputation as a premier destination for hosting sporting events.

 “This is the first time the Sudirman Cup has been held in Australia. It's an opportunity to showcase to the world that the Gold Coast has it all – stunning beaches, unique nature and wildlife, a vibrant food and wine scene and, of course, world class events.”

Official guests had the opportunity to get an up-close look at the one-of-a-kind Sudirman Cup trophy. The replica shuttlecock gold-platted trophy stands at an impressive 80cms tall and is located on the Gold Coast as the countdown to the week-long event swings into motion.

The Sudirman Cup will be staged from May 21-28 at the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre, the new sporting precinct for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018). It will be the first major event held at the Centre before GC2018.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he hoped locals and interstate visitors would support the event and create an exciting atmosphere at the new sports centre.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to show our community spirit and our enthusiasm for sports – to a television audience of 500 million - so let’s all become badminton fans and put the Gold Coast on the map,” he said.

“Tickets to the Sudirman Cup 2017 are on-sale and already selling fast. And with this announcement of all the countries participating, we’re expecting another surge in ticket sales and for the finals event days to sell out quickly. The Sudirman Cup is the premier badminton team event globally and we’re very proud that Australia – which is not generally considered to be one of the world powerhouses of the sport – is set to host it. It says a lot about the calibre of our facilities and the draw of the Gold Coast as a desirable destination that we’re hosting the tournament in Australia for the first time ever,” added Geraldine Brown, President, Badminton Australia.

Tickets for the Total BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 are on-sale now and available at: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SUDIRMAN17

 

The full list of 32 countries who will compete at the 2017 Total Sudirman Cup on the Gold Coast are:

Country (Continent)

China (Asia)

Hong Kong (Asia)

India (Asia)

Indonesia (Asia)

Japan (Asia)

Korea (Asia)

Malaysia (Asia)

Singapore (Asia)

Sri Lanka (Asia)

Thailand (Asia)

Vietnam (Asia)

Chinese Taipei (Asia)

Macau (Asia)

Austria (Europe)

Denmark (Europe)

Germany (Europe)

Netherlands (Europe)

England (Europe)

Spain (Europe)

Sweden (Europe)

Scotland (Europe)

Slovakia (Europe)

Russia (Europe)

Australia (Oceania)

Tahiti (Oceania)

New Zealand (Oceania)

Guam (Oceania)

Fiji (Oceania)

New Caledonia (Oceania)

Canada (Pan Am)

Mexico (Pan Am)

USA (Pan Am)