London Grand Prix Gold
01 - 06 October 2013 , London
Organizer is the Federation Badminton England .Venue - The Copper Box Arena,Category: GP Gold.Prize Money:$ 120,000. Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph will lead the home challenge when the inaugural London Grand Prix takes place at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from October 1-6.
Londoner Ouseph is one of four reigning English National champions competing in this Gold category tournament on the BWF’s Grand Prix circuit .
The London Grand Prix has attracted more than 170 top-class players from 25 nations, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand as well as European badminton strongholds like Denmark and Germany.
Doubles champion Chris Langridge and partners Peter Mills and Heather Olver will also be in action along with women’s singles hope Sarah Walker.
Ouseph and rising star Toby Penty will be up against three top Danes in Jan O Jorgensen, 19-year-old adidas ambassador Viktor Axelsen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus among the men’s singles challengers.
In the women’s singles Walker will be joined in the line-up by Thailand’s world top 20 players Busanan Ongbumrungpan and Porntip Buranaprasertuk as well as Spain’s 20-year-old talent Carolina Marin and 19-year-old Scottish No.1 Kirsty Gilmour, who is already in the world’s top 35.
But it’s in the doubles where the big overseas challenge comes. Olympic silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, last month’s world runners-up, will be the men to beat.
Langridge and Mills and Marcus Ellis and Scotland’s Paul Van Rietvelde will be relishing the prospect of facing the former world No.1s while Andrew Ellis will get the chance to partner emerging doubles talent Chris Coles. Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan and Ricky Suwardi can also expect to be among the seeds when they are announced next Thursday.
In the women’s doubles Denmark’s world No.4 pair Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl , the world bronze medallists, will start title favourites while Olver and Kate Robertshaw will also be among the leading contenders along with Germany’s Birgit Michels and Johanna Goliszewski and Singapore’s Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari.Olver will also be in contention in the mixed doubles with Langridge but the main threat will come from Singapore’s world No. 15 pair Danny Bawa Chisnata and Yu Yan Vanessa Neo and German pair Michels and Michael Fuchs.
London Grand Prix Gold 2013 - start!
A total of 169 players have entered the London Grand Prix Gold which started at 10am today .Houwei Tian of China moved into the second round on day one in The Copper Box Arena .There he will face Petr Koukal , who is currently ranked 60th in the World .The Chinese player is ranked 49 places bellow.
Top seeded in WS - Qualification Georgina Bland crashed out of the first round in match that lasted just 20 minutes.She was beaten 6-21 13-21 by Xin Wang , recently back from a long term injury to her cruciate ligament. In the opener Georgina won the first two points,but Xin Wang pesponded with four points in a row and never look back. She led in the second game ,racing up to a 4-1 advantage .Georgina Bland won two consecutive points to close to 4-3 but that was the closest she came as Xin Wang led all the way as earned places in main draw .Georgina Bland was
the first of the England players to take to the court and she faced a daunting task, coming up against China’s Olympic bronze medallist Xin Wang.
Chloe Birch repeated her success in the qualifying rounds at the Czech International last week by earning a place in tomorrow’s main draw at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Park.Birch defeated Slovakia’s Jana Ciznarova 21-9 21-4 to earn a clash in first-round match against her compatriot Sarah Milne.She is also playing women’s doubles with Lauren Smith for the first time. Tomorrow They face Indonesia’s Anggia Shitta Awanda and Della Destiara Haris at 12:20 pm tomorrow .England began the day with four players fighting for a place in the main
draw .Victoria Williams also fell in the qualifying, beaten 21-7 21-11 by Sayaka Sato of Japan while Lynnlette Aung went down 21-5 21-12 to Beiwen Zhang of the USA.Kieran Merrilees moved into the second round with a 21-16 21-16 win over England’s Ben Muir. That earned a second-round clash with Finnish seventh seed Ville Lang, a former Scottish Open champion. In the today's first round men's singles action European Vice Champion Henri Hurskainen (Sweden) beats Jan Fröhlich from Czech Republic in two close games. Denmark's Joachim Persson is through to the next round as she overcame local hope Sam Dobson in two straight games.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Fine start for Nico Ruponen and Amanda Hogstrom
It was good day for Nico Ruponen - Amanda Hogstrom at the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 which got underway at the Copper Box Arena on Wednesday. The Sweden pair took the match with a fast 21-15 21-13 win over Joe Wu of New Zealand and Ya Lan Chang of Chinese Taipei.Nico Ruponen - Amanda Hogstromled set the place in the opening,racing up to a 4-1 and 6-4,but Joe Wu - Ya Lan Chang took three point in a row recovered to move 7-6 ,after that they added a point to 8-7.Nico & Amanda responded with five unanswered points to lead 11-8 and after time -out continued their power play and finished a winning margin . In the second game Joe Wu -Ya Lan Chang hold their much higher ranked opponent up to 3-3 before World No42 edged away to take it 21-13 and place to second round.
In the men's doubles second round , Denmark's pair top seeds Mathias Boe -Carsten Mogensen,who had a first round bye,were given a walkover. Lucas Corvee- Brice Leverdez also recieved a walkover from Gary Fox -Matthew Nottingham and Niclas Nohr -Nikolaj Overgaard from Ingo Kindervater - Max Schwenger .
In women's singles top seeded Busanan Ongbumrungpan secured a confortable 21-17 21-16 win over Fontaine Mica Chapman. In the begining of the opening unseeded home hope won the first two points,but Tailand's took sevent points in quick succession to lead 7-2 before taking the game of her first match point .In the second game Busanan Ongbumrungpan started strongly with three consecutive points,but her rival hit back to lead 10-8 . World No 20 went into the break leading 11-10. After minute pause she continued her power play and then surged to a 18-12 lead .Taking an aggresive approach Fontaine Mica Chapman, who is ranked 68 places below seed No1,reeled off four straight points to close to 18-16,but that was closest she came before Busanan Ongbumrungpan taking the match at her first opportunity.
Rajiv Ouseph gave the England squad their first win in the main draw today when he defeated Ukraine's Vitaly Konov 21-12 21-12 to book his place in the third round of the men's singles.He will now face Taipei's Hsu Jui Ting tomorrow.
Unseeded Hera Desi overcame 7th seed Karin Schnaase 14-21 14-21 in a exciting match . She got off a good start leading 4-2 but Germany's pulled away from 4-4 and saw both players looked a close battle until 8-8 before Hera Desi asserted control to run away and finished a big margin .In the second game it was level pegging up to 5-5 then Karin added few points,but a crucial moment in the match was as Indonesia's found herself 8-6 down. It was a similar story and she made most of her second chance and a run of six straight points then gave her a 11-8 lead before regained control to take match after 35 minutes.
Fifth seed Kirsty Gilmour warmed to the atmosphere at the London Grand Prix today as she booked her place in the women's singles second round.The GB squad member from Scotland, who successfully defended her Czech title at the weekend, defeated Austrian Simone Prutsch in straight games in the first round. She will now face Maria Kusumastuti in the next round tomorrow.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Salakjit Ponsana was stopped in the second round !
In women's singles unseeded from Thailand , Salakjit Ponsana, was stopped in the second round at the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 after she lost to Chinese Xuan Deng . She never let the Thailand have any chance, beating in straight games 21-14, 21-13. It was easy going for the world #42 in the first game, which she took 21-14 against her much lower ranked rival. At the very outset Xuan Deng took three point in a row,but Salakjit Ponsana leveled at 4-4. China's led again ,racing up to a 8-6 advantage then Thailand's added one point and that was the closest her came .Seeded No8 went into the break leading 11-9 and never look back. In the second game Salakjit Ponsana tried to exert pressure on her opponent, keeping the score close but the threat became after score 8-8 ,when Xuan Deng won six points in quick succession and finished a huge gap.
Salakjit Ponsana (Thai: ??????? ?????, born 14 February 1984) is a female badminton player from Thailand. Ponsana's brother Boonsak Ponsana is also a member of the Thai badminton team, and she speaks Thai, English and Chinese.Ponsana played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics, defeating Miho Tanaka of Japan in the first round but losing to Gong Ruina of China in the round of 16. Currently ranked in the top 80s(Best: 12), she is a Law student.
World No 36 Chun Seang Tan was forced to bow to his much lower ranked opponent Xue Song .Seeded No5 won the first game easily but then youngster eventually took away the second and third games .Tan was always ahead in opening. He briefly held the upper hand when led 5-1 and 12-10. The Chinese pulled level at 12-12 but Malaysia's won seven unanswered points and managed to place a winning margin of 21-14.Xue Song led again in the second game ,racing up to a 8-4 advantage .World No36 leveled ,but the Chinese player responded with seven consecutive points and then surged to a 15-8 lead before took game of his first opportunity. The third saw both players looked in a close battle until 5-5 before Xue Song asserted control to run away with the win 14-21 21-12 21-12 and a place in the next round.
Chris Langridge and Heather Olver overcame fellow English pair Andy Ellis and Lauren Smith in the mixed doubles last 16 at the London Grand Prix today. The duo, seeded third for this event, took the victory, 21-19, 21-17, at the Copper Box Arena on day three of the inaugural Grand Prix Gold tournament.Commonwealth silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph is through to the quarter-finals .The six-times English National champion beat Taipei’s Hsu Jui Ting 21-14 21-12 in 34 minutes.He was never behind in the opening game and, after dropping the first point of the second game, moved steadily ahead with a confident display.
The fourth seed will face Zulfadi Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the last eight tomorrow night at the tournament which is being presented by BADMINTON England in partnership with adidas.
Denmark’s third seed Viktor Axelsen (pictured below), the 19-year-old European Junior Champion from 2011, who took a coaching clinic earlier in the day, also moved into the last eight with a 21-10 21-12 win over Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen. Axelsen now meets China’s Song Xue.
But his team-mate, top seed Jan Ø Jørgensen, suffered a suprise defeat, going down 18-21 21-14 21-13 to China’s unseeded Australian Open winner Tian Houwei, who now plays eighth seed Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore in the same half as Ouseph.
But the world No. 25 pair were pushed all the way before winning 21-19 21-17 in 49 minutes. Ellis and Smith had led 19-18 in the first game before Langridge and Olver, the more experienced mixed pair, reeled off three points in a row. The English National champions now face Germany’s Max Schwenger and Carla Nelte.
But in the men’s doubles second seeds Langridge and Peter Mills suffered disappointment against Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan and Ricky Karanda Suwardi of Indonesia. In the last match of the night the England pair were forced to quit at 1-1 in the first game because of Mills’ ankle injury.
Young England pair Peter Briggs and Harley Towler were left to fly the flag by reaching the last eight with a 21-16 21-11 win over Denmark’s Niclas Nohr and Nicolaj Overgaard.
The big surprise in the women’s doubles came from Scottish pair Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmour. The unseeded pair knocked out world No 21s and second seeds Birgit Michels and Johanna Goliszewski 22-20 21-11 to reach the quarter-finals.
Olver and Kate Robertshaw, the No. 4 seeds, gave England fans something to shoud about at the end of the night when they defeated Thai pair Portntip Buranaprasertsuk and Busanan Ongbumrungpan with a crucial eight-point burst in the deciding game to come back from 11-13 to lead 19-13 on the way to a 62-minute 16-21 21-16 21-18 victory in the last match of the night. They now face Singapore pair Mingtian Fu and Yu Yan Vanessa Neo.
Fifth seed Gilmour, who retained her Czech International title last weekend, booked her second quarter-final place with a 21-9 21-14 win over Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia in the women’s singles.
Carolina Marin, the number three seed in the London Grand Prix continued her fine start to the tournament with a 21-16, 21-15 win over Millicent Wiranto of Indonesia today. The Spaniard’s win moves her into the quarter finals where she will play Hera Desi who yesterday eliminated the number seven seed, Karin Schnaase of Germany.
London Grand Prix Gold 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Busanan Ongbamrungphan -the last survivor !
Yesterday,Salajkit Ponsana, Amitrapai/Lam and Buranaprasertsuk & Ongbamrungphan all lost out,with only top seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan , the last survivor, left in the women’s singles today. The 17-year-old,Busanan is among Thailand's players of a new generation who have shone on the international stage along with Porntip Buranaprasertsuk and Ratchanok Intanon . After good performance against host representative Fontaine Mica Chapman and Sarah Milne, she earned Quarter- Final duel with China'sXuan Deng. It is first meeting between Busanan Ongbamrungphan and 8th seed ranked 23 places below Thailand's World No 19. In the beginning of match neither players was able to get more than a point ahead until 4-4.Busanan Ongbumrungpan went into the break leading 11-6 and with the China's giving away point ,she was up 19-12 and went on almost unchallenged to take the opening.The second game was a similar story,but then Xuan Deng led in the first part of second game,racing up to a 7-5 lead,but her rival responded and raced to a 16-12 lead.Xuan Deng won three consecutive point before Thailand's regained control to take game 21-17 and she progressed to semis.
Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland made it two out of two in getting to both the women’s singles and women’s doubles quarter finals ,the latter with his team-mate Jillie Cooper, on what was a good day for home fans. The last week she defending her title at the Yonex Czech International 2013 in the singles against Taipei'sChi Ya Cheng in City Sports Hall Vodova- Brno,but lose in the final with Cooper against former women's singles World No10 Petya Nedelcheva from Bulgaria and Imogen Bankier .Today,in women's singles match against Sayaka Sato she started strongly with five points in a row,then briefly held the upper hand when she led 14-6 and managed to place a winning margin at 21-17,although Sayaka Sato saved three game-points. In the second game Japanese player held her much higher opponent up to 6-6 before Gilmour edged away to take it a huge margin 21-10 and secured place in semi-final.
Commonwealth silver medallist Ouseph defeated Malaysia’s Zulfadi Zulkiffli 21-14 21-13 to earn a clash tomorrow with China’s Australian Open champion Tian Houwei, who defeated Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore 14-21 21-14 21-10.
Quarter-finals night at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park got off to a fine start for England with third seeds Chris Langridge and Heather Olver reaching the semi-finals of the mixed doubles with a determined 21-17 21-19 win over Germany’s Max Schwenger and Carla Nelte.
London Grand Prix Gold 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Disappointment for Busanan Ongbumrungpan!
In the second match of the day at the London Grand Prix Gold 2013 in the Copper Box Arena Carolina Marin became the first Spanish player to reach the final of a Badminton World Federation Grand Prix Gold event when she won a impressive contest with World No19 Busanan Ongbumrungpan, 20-22 21-18 21-19 in 72 minutes.
Top seed Busanan Ongbumrungpan is currently ranked 19th in the World in comparison to the 20th ranking of Carolina Marin. She now hold a 2-0 win against her opponent and won their last meeting with the BWF World Championships 2013 in Tianhe Indoor Stadium second round. In the opening Carolina won the first two point,but top seed leveled to 4-4 . She led ,racing up to a 9-5,but Spain No1 took four points in a row to 9-all. After pause Carolina led 13-10 and Busanan Ongbumrungpan hit back to move ahead 17-15. Seeded No3 won four consecutive points ,but Thailand's kept her power not only to level at 19-19 but also to take a one point lead .Carolina Marin saved first game point before top seed took game at her second opportunity. In the second game Carolina went into the break leading 11-8,then Thailand's return blow for blow to lead 16-12. Taking an aggresive approach her rival reeled of eight straight points and then surged to a 20-16 lead. Busanan Ongbumrungpan saved two game points,but Carolina managed to place a winning margin of 21-18. In decider Carolina got off a great start leading 11-5 and 16-13,but World No19 pulled level at 16-all and it was the turning point in the match Carolina Marin regained control to take decider 21-19 although Busanan Ongbumrungpan saved two match-points.
It was a mix day for Englahd's squad .England number one Rajiv Ouseph’s hopes of reaching the men’s singles final in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, were dashed tonight when he lost a close semi-final encounter with China’s Tian Houwei,Yonex Australian Badminton Open 2013 winner, at the Copper Box Arena.
But Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour kept on hopes for her second title in a week in Brno as she reached the women’s singles final ,with a 21-13, 20-22, 21-16 win over Czech Republic’s Kristina Gavnholt despite wasting two match points at 20-18 in the second game. Tomorow she face Carolina Marin
Home favorites Chris Langridge - Heather Olver book their place in the mixed doubles .England's third seeds, who are ranked 8 places beloow Singapore's World No17 , defeated seeds No1 Danny Bawa Chrisnanta & Yu Yan Vanessa Neo 21-15 21-15 in just 41 minutes in the last semi-final. It meant a second semi-final defeat for Neo after losing her women's doubles semi-final earlier in the day with her partnership Mingtian Fu against Christinna Pedersen - Kamilla Rytter Juhl from Denmark.
Sunday, October 06, 2013
London Grand Prix Gold 2013
It was a day of Danish domination !
The Danish pair of Christina Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl became the first medalists of the inaugural London Grand Prix, as they became the women‚Äôs doubles champions today.They secured a 12-21, 21-17, 21-15 victory over their fellow countrymen Line Damkjaer Kruse and Marie Roepke.The Danish pair walk away with the top prize of $9480 and the title of London Grand Prix Women‚Äôs Doubles Champions.
Tian Houwei, the unseeded Chinese star who stopped England‚Äôs fourth seed Rajiv Ouseph‚Äôs London glory bid in last night‚Äôs semi-finals, was celebrating today after lifting the men‚Äôs singles title at the inaugural London Grand Prix at the Copper Box Arena.The Australian Open winner added the London crown to his 2013 successes by defeating Danish second seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 22-20 21-16.On the way to the title he also knocked out top seeded Dane Jan O Jorgensen in the third round and eighth seed Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore.In knocking out four seeds this week he repeated the same achievement on the way to his Australian title when he toppled world No 1 Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals.In today‚Äôs final he looked to be in control in the first game as he led 16-12 and 20-17 but Vittinghus, who is desperate to climb the world rankings to qualify for the World Championships in Copenhagen next August, levelled the score at 20-20.But Tian held his nerve to take the opening game then took control of the match from 12-12 in the second game and eased to a 54-minute victory.The victory will boost his world ranking.
England had to settle for second best in the mixed doubles on finals day at the London Grand Prix.National champions and third seeds Chris Langridge and Heather Olver went down 21-19 21-14 in the mixed doubles against German second seeds Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier.Langridge and Olver were at their aggressive best in their semi-final win over top seeds Chrisnanta and Yu Yan Vanessa Neo last night when they prevailed 21-15 21-15.But they could not find the same authority today despite turning an 11-8 deficit into an 18-15 lead in the first game before the Germans hit back.In the second game the Germans dominated and Langridge and Olver simply could not turn the tables.
Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour suffered a shock defeat in the battle of the 20-year-olds in the women’s singles final at the London Grand Prix today.The Scottish No. 1 and highest ranked GB player at No. 34 in the world, roared out of the blocks to open up a 15-8 lead over Carolina Marin before the third seed launched a devastating fightback to secure the first Grand Prix title by a Spanish player - and on the day when team-mate Beatriz Corrales won the Bulgarian women’s singles title.Marin won 21-19 21-9 in match that lasted 49 minutes.
It was a day of Danish domination as Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen took home Denmark’s second gold medal of the London Grand Prix after their team-mates’ women’s doubles success.The World Championship silver medalists defeated Indonesian pair Berry Angriawan and Ricky Karanda Suriwardi 21-13 21-16 and Boe felt their experience made all the difference. The duo won a silver medal at last year’s Olympic Games.
Tian Houwei (Chn) bt (2) Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 22-20 21-16 (54mins)
(3) Carolina Marin (Spa) bt (5) Kirsty Gilmour (Sco) 21-19 21-9
(1) Mathias Boe & Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt Berry Angriawan & Ricky Karanda Suwardi (Ina) 21-13 21-16
(1) Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) bt Line Damkjaer Kruse & Marie Roepke (Den) 12-21 21-17 21-15 (57mins)
(2) Michael Fuchs & Birgit Michels (Ger) bt (3) Chris Langridge & Heather Olver (Eng) 21-19 21-14