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Review of the 2016 Australian Badminton Open

Danish singles specialist Hans-Kristian Vittinghus claimed his first Superseries title and proved his position amongst the world’s top singles players. Despite not qualifying for a place at the Rio Olympics, his experience and fierce determination helped Denmark establish its domination over rivals China, South Korea and Japan at this year’s Thomas Cup.

India’s top female shuttler Saina Nehwal showed new innovations in her game repertoire  and fierce determination to beat China’s Sun Yu. Eventually she prevailed in three sets to win the Australian Superseries title for a second time. In recent years China’s former dominance in women’s singles has been challenged by rivals from Spain, Japan and Thailand.

Mixed doubles was an all-Chinese affair featuring the spirited youngsters Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen against their more experienced compatriots Huang Yaqiong / Lu Kai. The more experienced pair seemed unphased by the younger pair’s attacking play and eventually claimed the match in straight sets.

The All Indonesian Men’s doubles was disappointing as Angga Pratama/Suwardi had no answers to the fast and powerful pairing of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo / Marcus Fernaldi Gideon. They prevailed in straight sets to round out a strong year for the relatively new pair.

Chen Qingchen/Bao Yixin took home the women’s doubles title thanks to their unhindered attacks pushing aside the top Indonesian pair Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Mahaswari in straight games.

In summary, these wins were well-deserved and we look forward to watching more top-level competition at the Rio Olympic Games!

 

 

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