Yonex All England Open 2017: The Stars Assemble
- 09 March 2017
The main draw of the 107th Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships is underway! The first round of the tournament saw many exciting matches unfold with the world’s top players vying for their chance at glory.
Team DUORA Triumphs
2016 BWF Dubai World Superseries Finals champion Viktor Axelsen (DUORA Z-STRIKE, POWER CUSHION 65) made a strong start to his 2017 Superseries campaign, earning a straight win over younger compatriot Anders Antonsen, 21-13 21-9. Taking to the court with the new DUORA Z-STRIKE, Viktor boasted commanding power with every single shot.
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (DUORA 10, POWER CUSHION 03 Z MEN) also impressed in the opening round, defeating French Brice Leverdez 21-15 21-12. The Malaysian national hero dominated the court with the DUORA 10, delivering constant barrages of powerful shots and masterfully navigating the court.
Lee Chong Wei’s New Shoes
Lee Chong Wei is playing at this tournament with the new POWER CUSHION 03 Z shoes. Aimed at advanced players, the POWER CUSHION 03 Z lets them achieve quick, multi-directional footwork while providing a snug fit. The new shoes are the perfect complement to Chong Wei’s swift and complex footwork.
Hometown Favorites into Round 2
Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II, POWER CUSHION AERUS 2 MENS) and Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II, POWER CUSHION AERUS 2 LADIES) made short work of the Singaporean pair Terry Hee Yong Kai and Tan Wei Han. The local heroes seized the first game thanks to Gabrielle’s keen net coverage, forcing their opponents to send the shuttle long. The match was won when Chris made a super-angled return at the net, leaving the opposing pair with no answers. The local favorites won in straight games, 21-9, 21-18.
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Yonex All England Open 2017 Tournament Results
Men’s Singles (Round 1)
Women’s Singles (Round 1)
 Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, Yonex Shoes)(JPN) def. Xiaoyu Liang (CHN) 21-16 21-12
Minatsu Mitani (ARCSABER 11, Yonex Shoes)(JPN) def. Beatriz Corrales (ESP) 21-7 21-11
Men’s Doubles (Round 1)
 Mads Kolding (DUORA 10, POWER CUSHION 65)/Mads Conrad Petersen (DEN) def. Vladimir Ivanov (DUORA 10, POWER CUSHION COMFORT TOUR)/Ivan Sozonov (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, POWER CUSHION 65)(RUS) 21-11 21-15
Women’s Doubles (Round 1)
 Ayaka Takahashi (DUORA 7)/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Della Destiara Haris/Rosyita Eka Putri Sari (INA) 21-15 21-13
Mixed Doubles (Round 1)
Ayane Kurihara (ARCSABER 11)/Kenta Kazuno (JPN) def. Mathias Christiansen/Sara Thygesen (DEN) 21-18 21-18