Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk creates history by winning his first Superseries Premier Title in Denmark!

Dear All,

Recently concluded Denmark open has new men’s singles champion this time. Relatively unknown player from Thailand Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk took the world by storm to enter into his maiden Superseries Premier final. He became the Thailand’s first player to win a Superseries title in men’s singles category. It was a nice gesture from him when he dedicated the victory to Thai king who passed away recently.

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Japanese young sensation Akane Yamaguchi won the women’s singles title this time. Having won the Korea open, this is her second consecutive title of the year. In coming years she is THE player to look out for. What a temperament this girl has!

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Winners are:

Women’s doubles – Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi

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Mixed doubles – Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen

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Indians at Denmark open

In the history of Danish open till now, only two Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Prakash Padukone have won this title.

As far as 2016 Danish open Indian performance is concerned H.S. Prannoy fought bravely in the second set of the second round against world number 1 Lee Chong Wei.  Ajay Jayaram too lost in the second round of the tournament. P.V. Sindhu produced the similar result.

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Third straight SuperSeries Title for Ratchanok Intanon!!

This girl is on a roll…

Ratchanok Intanon won the Singapore Open title. Having won India Open and Malaysia Open recently, Singapore Open is her third SuperSeries title of this year.

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Read more about her in my earlier post here.

If you want to know more about Badminton world Federation and SuperSeries, do read my earlier post here.

In the final she beat Sun Yu of China by 18 – 21, 21 -11, 21 -14

For me, there was one more star at the Singapore Open. It was none other than 18 years old Japanese girl Akane Yamaguchi. In the quarterfinal match she showed the way out to Carolina Marin in a hard fought tough 3 games. I think Akane Yamaguchi is the player to watch in the coming years. She already has all good qualities that a well-balanced and a mature player can have.

The winners of this SuperSeries are

  • Men’s Singles – Sony Dwi Kuncoro
  • Women’s Singles – Ratchanok Intanon
  • Mixed doubles – Ko S. H. and Kim H. N.
  • Men’s doubles – Nan Zhang and Haifeng Fu
  • Women’s doubles – Maheswari N. K. and Polii G.

overall I am enjoying Badminton more than Tennis. 🙂

No Indian to hold the Siri Fort at Delhi, India Open 2016!

Well… Last year around this time at Delhi we had our very own men and women’s Champions. Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal were fell short to defend their respective titles this year.

This edition of India open had quite a few upsets. Star players Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei bowed out during the initial stage of the tournament. Women’s doubles pair from Denmark Christiana Pedersen and her partner Kamillia lost in tough 3 game match to the eventual champions.

The regaining Destination Dubai masters winner Japanese Kento Momota was happy to clinch the men’s single title performing better than Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen in the final. The score was 21-15, 21-18

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Thai sensation Ratchanok Intanon won the title for the record 2nd time by out casting Chinese Li Xuerui. Ratchanok’s play was superb and yet simple. With great confidence and skills Ratchanok beat Xuerui in two straight but tough games in the women’s final.

It was Li Xuerui the former world number one and Olympic gold winner, who showed the way out to Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinal. It was brutal match for Saina. It was heart breaking to watch the match which lasted more than 80 minutes. Saina lost in a tough 3 games by 20-22, 21-17, 19-21.

Recent All England Women’s Champions from Japan Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi got hold of the title by beating their own country women Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao.

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It was quite interesting to see that this Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi beat the Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (she is my favorite doubles playerJ) by 18-21, 21-19, 21-23 in a hard fought semifinal match which lasted over 90 minutes.

Indonesian men’s doubles pair of Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo clinched the title with easy win over pair from their own country. On their way to the championship they managed to beat the Chinese world number one pair Chai Biao and Hong Wei.

kai Lu and Huang Yaqiong of China managed to bag the mixed doubles title.

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Overall, it was great event not dominated by single country.

Thai sensation Ratchanok Intanon – my one of the favorite player from the Badminton world!

There are some players who are so humble and modest on and off court. Ratchanok Intanon is one of them. I have seen her play. She carries herself very well even when she is losing the match. I do feel this is the one distinct characteristic of a great sports player that distinguishes her/him from the rest of the pack. Mind you… it is not easy to hold your nerves, your emotions particularly at the crucial moments of the match. After all we are humans and we have feelings and emotions. Ratchanok seems to have this quality since quite an early age.

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She started playing badminton at the age of 6-7 years. Her parents used to work in a factory and they wanted to keep this hyper active child busy and thus badminton was found. During one of her interview she said that she wanted to work hard, play good so that she can raise the standard of living of the family. She has done it already at her teen years. Isn’t it incredible? Her parents no more work at the factory. Thanks to Ratchanok!

She has been awarded the promising player of the year by Badminton World Federation. She won her first SuperSeries title India open in 2014. She again reached to the final in 2015 but lost to Saina Nehwal. (I enjoyed that match.) Well… I am not an expert in the technicalities of the sports. Initially when I used to watch her playing I always felt like she has more of defensive play than the attacking. Now a days you got to be attacking. The game is becoming fast paced and sometimes physical as well. It drains you when it comes to playing long matches especially when the opponent is giving you counter punches. She is going to improve for sure. I feel if she continues to focus on physical aspect she will emerge stronger and be world number 1.

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I think she is the only player who is having a great one on one record against the world number 1 player from Spain Carolina Marin. That simply shows that this Thai sensation has no fear facing best of the best in the world.

I wish her to do best in 2016 and will look forward to her upcoming matches.

 

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