YONEX All England Open: Team Yonex Charges into Quarterfinals

March 5th brought more explosive matches from the world’s top shuttlers in round 2 of the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.

English shuttler Rajiv Ouseph (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) continued to dazzle in front his home crowd in men’s singles, earning a ticket to his first All England quarterfinal with a win over India’s H.S. Prannoy (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ). However, it was Prannoy that got the edge over the English shuttler in game 1, collecting points with dynamic smashes and precise net play. Rajiv turned the tables in game 2, retaliating with pin-point smashes and unpredictable play, seizing it without once being led. The Englishman grasped a stunning lead from 2-6 in the decider landing 9 consecutive points, and rode the momentum to a 17-21 21-19 21-18 victory, backed by the cheers of local fans. Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ) came out on top over fellow countryman Tian Houwei, moving closer to his sixth All England crown. The five-time world champion excelled in long rallies, and energized the crown with intricate and stunning moves. Super Dan collected point after point with composure, the pressure growing heavier on his opponent as the clock ticked. In a protracted rally on his 20th point, Lin Dan confidently closed the match with a thunderous smash, 21-15 21-19.

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, SHB-02LX) earned her way into the women’s singles quarterfinals maintaining her strong performance, this time against Karin Schnaase (NANORAY 800). The 20 year old commanded the match with heavy attacks from above, denying her opponent any chances. Charging forward, Ratchanok continued to lob the pressure down on her German opponent, taking the match in a swift 37 minutes, 21-10 21-8.

Round 2 saw many victories for Danish players, among them veteran doubles pair Mathias Boe (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC6iEX)/Carsten Mogensen (ARCSABER 11SHB87LTD) against Indonesia’s Angga Pratama (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD)/Ricky Karanda Suwardi (NANORAY 900SHB-87EX). While the Indonesians closed in with agile plays to take the lead, the Danes remained calm throughout the match, inviting increasing errors on the part of their opponents, gradually overpowering them. By the end of the match the Danes had a good read on their opponents, dominating in the match’s second half, taking it 21-17 21-14.

Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura (ARCSABER 11)/Keigo Sonoda (ARCSABER 11) brought about yet another upset over Korea in the tournament, defeating No. 6 seeds Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang. The two boasted nimble movement, firing potent smashes from both around the net and the very back of the court. Commanding a superb tempo over the match, and impressing spectators, the duo was met with lively applause upon their 21-14 21-19 win.

Off the court, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat made an appearance at the Yonex booth. Met with a large gathering of fans spanning all ages, the two legends of badminton gave autographs and posed for pictures.

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YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2015 Tournament Results

Men’s Singles

[2] Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, SHBSC6iEX)(DEN) def. Boonsak Ponsana (THA) 28-26 21-15

[5] Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)(CHN) def. Tian Houwei (CHN) 21-15 21-19

[8] Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)(DEN) def. Scott Evans (IRL) 21-8 21-7

Rajiv Ouseph (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) def. H.S. Prannoy (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)(IND) 17-21 21-19 21-18

Kento Momota (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)(JPN) def. Marc Zwiebler (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)(GER) 9-21 21-15 21-16

Chou Tien Chen (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, SHB02LTD)(TPE) def. Takuma Ueda (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)(JPN) 14-21 21-9 21-17

Women’s Singles

[3] Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900, SHB-02LX)(IND) def. Kim Hyo Min (KOR) 21-15 21-15

[6] Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHB-02LX)(ESP) def. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA) 21-10 21-16

[8] Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, SHB-02LX)(THA) def. Karin Schnaase (NANORAY 800) 21-10 21-8

Men’s Doubles

[2] Mathias Boe (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC6iEX)/Carsten Mogensen (ARCSABER 11SHB87LTD)(DEN) def. AAngga Pratama (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD)/Ricky Karanda Suwardi (NANORAY 900SHB-87EX)(INA) 21-17 21-14

[3] Tsai Chia Hsin (ARCSABER 11)/Lee Sheng Mu (TPE) def. Andrei Adistia/Hendra Aprida Gunawan (INA) 21-11 21-11

Hiroyuki Endo (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)/Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. Chen Hung Ling/Chi-Lin Wang (TPE) 21-14 21-16

Mads Pieler Kolding (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)/Mads Conrad-Petersen (DEN) def. Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (MAS) 21-5 21-13

Women’s Doubles

[4] Christinna Pedersen (NANORAY 800, SHB-02LX)/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD)(DEN) def. Go Ah Ra/Yoo Hae Won (KOR) 21-15 21-18

[6] Reika Kakiiwa (VOLTRIC 80)/Miyuki Maeda (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) def.  Isabel Herttrich/Birgit Michels (NANORAY 700FX)(GER) 21-8 21-9

Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (NANORAY 800, SHB-02LX)/Greysia Polii (NANORAY 900, SHB-02LX)(INA) def. Yoo Jung Chae/Kim So Yeong (KOR) 21-17 21-19

Mixed Doubles

[2] Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (NANORAY 800, SHB-02LX)(DEN) def. Jorrit De Ruiter (ARCSABER 11)/Samantha Barning (NANORAY 900)(NED) 21-13 21-15

[6] Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, SHB-02MX)/Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ, SHB-02LX) def. Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Greysia Polii (NANORAY 900, SHB-02LX)(INA) 21-12 21-18

Praveen Jordan (VOLTRIC 80 E-tuneSHB87LTD)/Debby Susanto (NANOSPEED 9900SHB87LTD)(INA) def. Chan Alan Yun Lung/Tse Ying Suet (NANORAY Z-SPEED)(HKG) 15-21 21-16 21-15

Mads Pieler Kolding (ARCSABER 11, SHB-87EX)/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD)(DEN) def. Kenichi Hayakawa/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) 21-17 21-11