Jonatan Christie - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ

CHRISTIE GLAD TO MAKE FINAL

Jonatan Christie was a hugely impressive winner over Sai Praneeth in the first men’s semifinal at the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open, the number two seed lifting himself up off the canvass to eventually win with ease over a tiring third seed. Praneeth took the first game 21-14 and led…

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Wang Chi-Lin & Lee Chia-Hsin (TPE) - Badminton NZ

MARATHON DOUBLES MATCHES OPEN ON SEMI-FINALS DAY

Womens Doubles Cao Tong Wei and Yu Zheng won their way through to the women’s doubles final, in a marathon three game encounter with Kim and Kong (KOR) that took 83 minutes to decide.  The Koreans took the first game 21-15, but a change in approach from the Chinese pair…

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Yukiko Takahata, Ayako Sakuramoto - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ

TOP SEEDS LIN AND TAKAHASHI LEAD MARCH THROUGH QUARTERFINALS

Top seeds in the men’s and women’s singles Lin Dan (CHN) and Sayaka Takahashi (JPN) led the way on quarterfinals night at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open. Two-time Olympic Games gold medalist Lin appeared to toy with his opponent at times as he used all his 18…

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Sai Praneeth B - Luke Lee for Badminton NZ

CHRISTIE AND PRANEETH INTO MEN’S SINGLES SEMI’S IN DIFFERENT FASHION

One of the most impressive performances early on quarterfinals night came from Sai Praneeth (IND), the third seed was a class above Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne in a one sided 21-7, 21-9 romp in the men’s singles, booking a semifinal against second seed Jonatan Christie (INA).  “I think today everything…

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WANG Chi-Lin, LEE Chia Hsin	- Luke Lee for Badminton NZ

FIRST SEMFINAL SORTED IN MIXED DOUBLES

Second seeds He Jiting and Du Yue (CHN) were comfortable winners in the first match of the night at the North Shore Events Centre on quarterfinals night at the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open, easily dispatching Go and Pham (VIE) in the mixed doubles, in the process booking a spot…

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Dechapol Puavaranukroh - Badminton NZ

STARS TAKE OVER AS KIWI’S BOW OUT AT NZ BADMINTON OPEN

The New Zealanders bowed out on day three of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open as the stars took control heading into Friday’s quarterfinals, setting up some fascinating matches on quarterfinal Friday, starting at 5pm at the North Shore Events Centre. Tournament drawcard Lin Dan (CHN) showed his class again but the world…

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Sai Praneeth B - Badminton NZ

NZ BADMINTON OPEN HEADS BACK TO SCHOOL

With Badminton being one of the fastest growing sports in New Zealand Schools, it is perfect timing during the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open to take the sport into one of the fastest growing areas. Badminton New Zealand, along with event partner ACG Education, will host a visit…

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Abhinav Manota - Badminton NZ

MANI WINS HEARTS BUT BOWS OUT OF NZ OPEN 

Abhinav (Mani) Manota (NZL) bowed out of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open today, losing in straight games to Niluka Karunaratne (SRI), after the North Harbour player had thrilled the crowd with his stunning first round upset last night. The quietly spoken Manota offered no excuses, paying tribute…

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Tommy SUGIARTO  - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ

FORMER WORLD NUMBER THREE ADVANCES TO QUARTER FINALS

A regular visitor to Auckland, former world number 3 Tommy Sugiarto has advanced safely into the quarterfinals at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open. The likeable Indonesian defeated countryman Panji Maulana in straight games at a tournament and city he enjoys returning to. “I always enjoy the NZ…

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Lin Dan - Badminton NZ

CHINESE STAR AND RISING KIWI LIGHT UP NORTH SHORE EVENTS CENTRE

The match the tournament has been waiting for ever since his entry was confirmed did not disappoint, with Lin Dan (CHN) thrilling a huge second day crowd at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open as he disposed of Takuma Ueda (JPN) in straight games, but he was almost…

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