Total prize-money : US$850,000
Tournament Programme :
LiveScore/Result/Daily Schedule : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament/matches?id=F25CD30E-3F46-4AAF-843A-EBA0677FF99C
Birmingham time : https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/uk/birmingham
2020 WINNERS => https://bwf.tournamentsoftware.com/…A9F3CE-A822-49C8-A58A-BF165D73CB64&d=20200315
MS – Viktor Axelsen (DEN)
WS – Tai Tzu Ying (TPE)
MD – Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe (JPN)
WD – Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN)
XD – Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti (INA)
– MS : Tommy Sugiarto (INA)
– WS : Carolina Marin (ESP), Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (INA), Sayaka Takahashi (JPN)
– MD : Jansen/Kaesbauer (GER), Grimley/Grimley (SCO)
– WD : Efler/Herttrich (GER), Jaeger/Kuspert (GER), Ostermeyer/Volkmann (GER), Heriau/Lambert (FRA), Teoh MX/Yap L (MAS), Macpherson/Torrance (SCO)
– XD : Hall/Macpherson (SCO), Maio/Palermo (FRA), Adcock/Adcock (ENG), Flynn/Pugh (ENG), Jansen/Ostermeyer (GER), Lamsfuss/Herttrich (GER)
– THE ANOMALOUS 111th EDITION –
Being feared to be cancelled previously, the oldest and most prestigious tournament in BWF World Tour installment finally going as planned, 2021 All England will be different, displaying modest atmosphere rather than glamorous style with thunderous crowd as this event will be held behind closed doors and total prize money has been reduced significantly, no thanks to global COVID-19 pandemic that still wreaking havoc in human life. Early drama occurs when there’s delayed kick-off hour due to restest of COVID-19 due to inconslusive result. CHN, TPE and KOR players skip this event but fortunately Bird Japan brings their star-studded squad to Birmingham. Massive withdrawals coloring women’s doubles and mixed doubles draw, rare occasion in “normal” All England.
ALL EYES ON MOMOTA
It’s long-awaited moment for badminton fans to witness current world’s best men singles player Kento Momota comeback action after MAS Masters conclusion, mid January 2021. Then the series of unfortunate events had delayed Momota return to international scene, latest one he was tested positive prior to departure into Bangkok last January. The highly anticipated match if everything goes to the prediction, final clash will pit Momota versus the in-form Viktor Axelsen who has seized momentum in the absence of Japanese star. Axelsen displays incredible feat during pandemic era, cruising into last round in six consecutive tournaments, captures 5 titles including just concluded SUI Open recently. Before the titanic duel, Momota might face his arch-rival Anthony Ginting in semis, the Indonesian has All England poor record, never passing last sixteen round in last five editions. Meanwhile possible all Danish affair may fulfill last four scenario as Axelsen is slated to meet compatriot Anders Antonsen who stole the limelight in BWF World Tour Finals, outwitted the former in three games of Bangkok conclusion.
NEW CHAMPION PERHAPS?
Unfortunately Carolina Marin who rules women’s singles landscape lately decides to miss All England due to injury that she suffered in Basel and joining title-holder Tai Tzu Ying and Chen Yufei, last year winner and beaten finalist as notable absentees that delivering huge blow for this prestigious event.2016 Champion Nozomi Okuhara and her teammate Akane Yamaguchi are considered to occupy pre tournament favourite position, no impossible to create All Japan Finals on Sunday conclusion. Regular faces Ratchanok Intanon and Pusarla Sindhu have not found their stunning performance yet, still trying to recalibrate their good old form and eye maiden All England crown in this weak battlefield. Some names who could disrupt the plot for the top guns, Pornpawee Chochuwong who pushed Marin into the limit in Basel semifinal meet, Zhang Beiwen and Mia Blichfeldt.
MINIONS ARE BACK
Former champions Gideon/Sukamuljo start their new chapter in Birmingham and big expectation will rely on them as INA unable to scoop any title in their superior category during Bangkok journey. The Minions, The Daddies and 2018 Asian Games silver medalists FajRi will face difficult resistance from Japanese squad spearheaded by Endo/Watanabe who displayed magnificent performance to beat those top two Indonesians en route to score spectacular show last year. The Minions should be wary of possible quarters opponent Rankireddy/Shetty, the rejuvenated Indian indicating positive trend lately.
JAPAN CLEAR FAVE
Japan and Korea alternately skip S1000 tours plus China who still waiting the “right time” to take part international tournaments. Japan brings primary pairs to Birmingham, Fukushima/Hirota and Matsumoto/Nagahara who’ll be strong contender to continue Japan domination in this department. Who possibly can stop them in the vacuum of regular opposition? The resurgents Polii/Rahayu are considered to be major test for the Japanese plus perhaps Thailand number one combination Kititharakul/Prajongjai who showed slight improvement and gritty determination in Bangkok tour.
EUROPE CATCHING UP
Mixed doubles current top-three pairs decide to skip All England this year edition, automatically the competition will dip and lacklustre little bit, defending champion Jordan/Oktavianti alongside second seed Watanabe/Higashino will be pre-tournament favourite. But they should be watch out for the revive of European challengers, most notably is French rapid-rise trailblazers Gicquel/Delrue who often troubling elite pairs and won SUI Open gold medal couple of weeks ago that spurring confidence to do well in bigger stage and challenge the Asians also home hopefuls Ellis/Smith. Other contestants to follow, Malaysia independent combination, Goh SH/Shevon Lai and 2017 beaten finalists Chan PS/Goh LY.
ROUND OF 32 (01.30pm) => https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament/matches?id=F25CD30E-3F46-4AAF-843A-EBA0677FF99C
– Kento Momota (JPN) v Kashyap Parupalli (IND)
– Kenta Nishimoto (JPN) v Rasmus Gemke (DEN)
– Brice Leverdez (FRA) v Anders Antonsen (DEN)
– Kunlavut Vitidsarn (THA) v Jonatan Christie (INA)
– Pusarla V.Sindhu (IND) v Sonia Cheah (MAS)
– Saina Nehwal (IND) v Mia Blichfeldt (DEN)
– Lamsfuss/Seidel (GER) v Goh VS/Tan WK (MAS)
– Lane/Vendy (ENG) v Ahsan/Setiawan (INA)
– Pearly Tan/Thinaah (MAS) v Kititharakul/Prajongjai (THA)
– Hoki/Matsuyama (JPN) v Tan KM/Lai PJ (MAS)
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