Wang Chi-Lin & Lee Chia-Hsin - Evan Xiao for Badminton NZ

MIXED DOUBLES THRILLER TO START FINALS DAY AT NZ BADMINTON OPEN

The opening match of the day on finals day at the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open set a high standard for others to follow, with Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin (TPE) taking out the mixed doubles title in thrilling fashion over Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yujung…

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Lin Dan - Badminton NZ

DAN GOES UP A LEVEL IN FRONT OF SEMI FINALS FULL HOUSE

Lin Dan (CHN) put on his best showing of the week in a total dismantling of qualifier Heo Kwang Hee (KOR) in today’s semifinals of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open. A capacity crowd loved every minute of the 21-16, 21-16 match, although perhaps no moment more so…

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Yukiko Takahata, Ayako Sakuramoto - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ

JAPAN ADVANCE INTO DOUBLES AND SINGLES FINALS

The number one seed Sayaka Takahashi (JPN) took a while to kick into gear in her semifinal at the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open, but when the 25 year old found her groove, her game was too strong for number four seed and compatriot Minatsu Mitani. The underdog took the…

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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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