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https://bwfworldtour.bwfbadminton.com/news-single/2020/03/13/all-england-russians-find-form-at-favourite-venue/

 

ALL ENGLAND: RUSSIANS FIND FORM AT FAVOURITE VENUE
  
Having reached the quarterfinals of the lone major tournament that they’ve won previously, Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov couldn’t avoid the inevitable question. What was the feeling like to find form once again at the scene of their most famous triumph?

 

The Russians had pulled off a terrific win over familiar rivals Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in today’s second round match at the YONEX All England 2020.

 

Their entry into the quarterfinals marked a welcome break from their sequence of modest results over the last two years.

 

“We didn’t have a good couple of years,” acknowledged Sozonov. “Of course once you play the top level and make the top 10, it’s very difficult mentally to stay there. But now we’ve reached the quarterfinals of the best tournament in the world, and that will give us confidence. And maybe we will find our best game.


The winning moment – Ivanov and Sozonov celebrate.
Ivanov/Sozonov and Kamura/Sonoda have been involved in some close contests over the last six years; the Russians had won the first three and the Japanese the last two.

 

It was another crackling match today, with high-intensity attack and defence from both sides, before the Russians shot past at the very end, 21-14 15-21 21-19. It will be their first top-tier quarterfinal after the French Open in 2018.

 

“Today it was a tough match, we’ve played them six times. Every match has been tough against them. Today we had great defence in the first and third games, and sometimes it was just luck.”

 

The All England triumph of 2016 is the sparkling gem in their resume, but the Russians weren’t in the mood to dwell on the past. Having achieved their biggest result in a while, they are determined to make it count.

 

“We’re not thinking about the past. We want to just think about the next match, our minds will be focussed on tomorrow. We’re just so happy to be in the quarterfinals.

 

“The All England has great atmosphere, it’s a great arena. We love playing here, because we feel the people here like badminton, and we feel the energy and they give us the confidence. It’s a great feeling.”

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I am also beginning to like Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov even more. Both of them won their first ever MD title in All England 2016. Now both of them managed to play so well and reach the semifinals. Will both of them be able to win their second All England MD title? Chances are they but it will be tough. Anyway coming from a country whereby badminton is not the main sport, both of done well and made all the Russians proud by defying all the odds to reach the semifinals. Hope both of them can continue to surprise us by winning the MD title in this All England 2020.

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31 minutes ago, up and down said:

I am beginning to like Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith even more. Coming from a country whereby foot ball is the top priority and no funding not at all for badminton, this England XD pair have certainly proved it that hard work certainly pays off when both of them entered their first ever semifinals in a high tier All England tournament. Now both of them stand a high chance to become the first ever British XD pair to win the All England XD titles. Congratulations. 

 

Football is the most popular sport in the UK but I wouldn't describe as the top "priority". Like badminton it doesn't receive any Olympic funding. And while football is popular there are many other popular sports. 

 

Badminton was invented in the UK  and has long been a popular recreational sport for those who like to keep fit. Apart from Denmark, GB was probably the strongest badminton nation until the emergence of the Far Eastern Countries in the sport. The All England Championships was the de facto world championships until the late 1970s and is still probably the most prestigious title to win apart from the WC and OG.

 

If Ellis & Smith win the mixed doubles they won't be the first British players to win it. British players won every XD title from 1899-1939, and have won a further 20 titles since WW2. The last winners were Olympic medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

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1 minute ago, Nickyc707 said:

 

Football is the most popular sport in the UK but I wouldn't describe as the top "priority". Like badminton it doesn't receive any Olympic funding. And while football is popular there are many other popular sports. 

 

Badminton was invented in the UK  and has long been a popular recreational sport for those who like to keep fit. Apart from Denmark, GB was probably the strongest badminton nation until the emergence of the Far Eastern Countries in the sport. The All England Championships was the de facto world championships until the late 1970s and is still probably the most prestigious title to win apart from the WC and OG.

 

If Ellis & Smith win the mixed doubles they won't be the first British players to win it. British players won every XD title from 1899-1939, and have won a further 20 titles since WW2. The last winners were Olympic medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005.

Thank you very much for your explanation.

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And on the subject of funding: while badminton currently does not currently get funding as an elite sport in the UK, it does get a lot of money as a community sport.  So there are good facilities, coaches, school lessons, local clubs etc etc.

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BWF frozen their rankings, now we will wait for their solution about the qualification periods

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On 14/03/2020 at 11:12, Nickyc707 said:

Badminton was invented in the UK

Badminton was invented in India only to be taken up by the British officers.

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9 hours ago, Fly_like_a_don said:

Badminton was invented in India only to be taken up by the British officers.

It was first called poona.... Then changed its name to badminton


strength does not come from physical capacity but from an indomitable will. - Gandhi

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On 27/03/2020 at 06:39, Fly_like_a_don said:

Badminton was invented in India only to be taken up by the British officers.

There were earlier games which shared elements of what is now Badminton but the game as we know it was invented by the British.

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3 hours ago, Nickyc707 said:

There were earlier games which shared elements of what is now Badminton but the game as we know it was invented by the British.

Invented is a wrong word .Copied by British from India. Go and google if you want. 

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