All England Badminton championship was held between 8– 13 March 2016 at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, UK.
This is one of the Superseries Premier event listed by BWF. You can know more about BWF and Superseries events in my earlier post here.
Well… All England Championship has a huge history as this event is over a century old held in the Badminton world. Also the fact is that there are only five events which are given the status of Premier Superseries and All England championship is one of them.
Till the early eighties England was quite dominating in the field and there along came Chinese dominance. 🙂
As far as Indian performance is concerned there are only 2 players who have the privilege of winning the All England championship trophy. Prakash Padukone (1980) and P. Gopichand (2001). Saina Nehwal came closer to achieve this feat in the year 2015 but lost to ultimate champion Carolina Marin of Spain.
The year 2016 there were some great records made and broken.
Men’s singles Champion from China Lin Dan won the Championship for the record 6th time.
Women’s Doubles Champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi became Japan’s first women’s doubles winner since 1978.
Unseeded Men’s Doubles pair of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov from Russia won the All England Championship for the first time for the country.
What a brilliant way to celebrate the 21st birthday for Japanese girl Nozomi Okuhara. She became this years All England Women’s Champion. On her way to the Championship she beat world number 1 Carolina Marin in semifinal and Wang Shixian in the Final. It was a tough 3 game match.
Some of the great Winning reactions from the players.
“In Japan badminton is slowly but surely getting more attention so we’re glad we can win this for them,” “To win this we knew we had to put pressure on our opponents and that’s how we got the win. It’s a great result
“We have lost in the first round five times here. Sometimes there is a joke in Russia that if we win the first match then we will win the tournament – this is a miracle! We can’t believe it.”
Image source: Official All England Championship site