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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conclusion of BWF World Championship 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

This witness a historic event in Spain's badminton.

For the first time, a Spanish player wins the World Championship title.

Spaniard Carolina Marin defeated Li Xuerui of China in a thrilling 3 sets 17-21 21-17 & 21-18.

On the other front, Lee Chong Wei failed in his bid to win the world championship losing to Chen Long in a closed 2 set games, 21-19 21-19.

Lee Chong Wei was trailing most of the time and manage to level the score many times, but an aggressive Chen Long held on to nail his 1st world title.

The other 3 disciplines are domestic affairs:

Mixed doubles and Women's doubles are: China vs. China


Men's doubles is South Korea vs South Korea.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sports specific equipment-tennis

Recently, I have been picking up tennis again, after stopping for a while.

I got my two tennis racquets restrung @ 55lbs with Yonex strings.

In addition to a tennis racquet, I got myself a pair of tennis shoes.
Asics Gel Dedicate 3. I tried it out, and bought it owing to its lightness and relatively cheap price.

A brief review of this shoe.
Pros: cheap, light weight and good cushioning (Asics is famous for its Gel cushion)
Cons: The ventilation is poor compared to higher end models (feet heats up easily).

The reason I didn't buy a more expensive pair of shoes is the amount of Time I will spend playing tennis is not much, as badminton I play more frequently.

For clothing and socks, tennis is pretty similar to badminton.

Differences and similarities. 

Both are racquet sports, hitting a projective to the opponent's court and scoring points when landed in.

Tennis is very different from badminton in terms of biomechanics and movement on court.

In tennis, majority of strokes (contact point) are at waist level, with the racquet lifting the ball above the net and adding spin. 

Badminton, the majority of strokes in the overhead stroke, using wrist movement or pronation.

In terms of overhead like serve or smash, it is similar to badminton.

For movement on court, badminton's base is center court, whereas in tennis, it is at the baseline of the court (for singles).

More to come when I get better in Tennis...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Commonwealth Games-Badminton fix

The recent completed badminton games at the 2014 Commonwealth games saw some new winners.

Notably absent was Men's singles former champion, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

His absence opened some opportunity for up and coming shuttlers to win the gold medal at Badminton's men's singles.

 India's Kashyap Parupalli won the gold medal by beating Singapore's Derek Wong 14-21, 21-11, 19-21.

While Canada's Michelle Li won the Women's singles by beating local Scot, Kristy Gilmour.

Last but not least, The Adcocks won the Mixed doubles by beating their compatriots Langridge/Olver.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Lack of major badminton tournament in the month of July and August

There is a noticeably a lack of super series games in this two months.

Owing to major sporting events like the FIFA world cup and the coming Commonwealth games in Glasgow Scotland, badminton may struggle to compete for viewers and TV ratings.

The next major badminton competition is the World Championship held in Copenhagen Denmark, looking forward to it.

Should I plan a badminton holiday to Denmark? I never visited Denmark before...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Badminton Holiday in Jakarta: Outside the entrance of the Istora Senayan Stadium 2014.

The scene outside the entrance, there's live band, cut-outs of famous Indonesian players for photo taking and various booths.
                                           Ticket touts/scalpers waiting outside the entrance to sell to those last minute fans who wanted to watch the games.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Badminton Holiday in Indonesia - BCA Indonesia Open 2014 at Istora Senayan, Jakarta Indonesia

Just came back from Jakarta after watching the BCA Indonesia Open 2014 live in Istora Senayan Indoor Stadium.
Istora is a huge complex of sporting facilities, including the Bung Karno football stadium.

That day, there's a huge political rally in the stadium, here are the buses bringing the political party supporters to the stadium.

It is my first time in Jakarta, although I visited Indonesia before, particularly Bali.

Now, I can say that I have watch Indonesia Open at Jakarta.

There any many festivities outside the stadium, felt like a carnival.
This year, the Indonesia Open is sponsored by BCA or Bank Central Asia instead of Djarum.

The courts are blacked out, just like the All-England.
It was raining heavily on the 21st June 2014, a mini flood occurs at the main entrance.

Managed to stay a hotel very near Istora Senayan, which is within walking distance.

The crowd support is very partisan, bordering on nationalistic fervor.
The crowd support to the local players is much stronger than those of Malaysia or Singapore, places where I watched live badminton before.
The crowds began singing and chanting some Indonesian songs.
There were some famous Indonesian actresses in the stadium, and the cameramen kept zooming in on them.

Below a match between Wang Shixian vs Ratchanok Inthanon, with the crowd behind Inthanon.

Below is the match between Cheng Xu/Ma Jin vs Local favourites Tantowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir aka Butet. Unfortunately for the vocal crowd, Ahmad succumb to the pressure of expectations and lost to the Chinese pair.
After the game, I managed to sample some of the local Indonesian food.

Tried the Indonesian Nasi Goreng (Fried rice) from their kaki lima (hawker) stalls.
And the Indonesia Sate (BBQ skewered meat) with lontong in a restaurant near the FX mall, Senayan.
I didn't managed to buy a lot of stuff at the booth. Managed to get a Djarum shirt...

I didn't watch the finals live, but watched in the hotel Tv channel Trans 7.

Overall, it was an eye opening experience watching live in Indonesia.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Badminton Holiday

Watching badminton live in another country is a very different experience.

This week is the Japan Open which will be held in the Tokyo's metropolitan gymnasium at 1-17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051 Japan.

Owing to lack of planning, I would not be watching Japan Open live, but will be going to Indonesia to watch the Djarum Open.

Looking forward to my badminton holiday in Jakarta.