The All England Open 2022 Badminton Championships took place between the 16th – 20th March 2022, in Birmingham. It’s fair to say the quality of the badminton didn’t disappoint. In fact it was a great tournament especially for Japan with their players picking up three of the five titles up for grabs.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great All England Open 2022 for the English and Scottish badminton players with the last them exiting on day two.
Let’s take a look at which players took home the All England titles plus a couple of noteworthy performances.
All England Open 2022 Results
|Men’s Singles||Viktor Axelsen (DEN)|
|Women’s Singles||Akane Yamaguchi (JPN)|
|Men’s Doubles||Muhammad Shohibul Fikr / Bagas Maulana (INA)|
|Women’s Doubles||Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida (JPN)|
|Mixed Doubles||Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino (JPN)|
The final saw Viktor Axelsen against Indian player Lakshya Sen, the two met in the semi-finals of the German Open 2022 the previous week with Lakshya Sen wining on that occasion. However it was a different story at the All England Open 2022 final with Axelsen winning reasonably comfortably 21-10, 21-15.
Lakshya Sen had battled past Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in tough 3 game semi-final, 21-13, 12-21 & 21-19. Meanwhile Viktor Axelsen had dispatched Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen 21-13, 21-15 in his semi-final.
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The women’s final was contested by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and South Korean’s An Se-young. It was Yamaguchi that came out victorious at the All England winning 21-15, 21-15.
Yamaguchi had defeated Chen Yu Fei 21-11, 21-13 in the semis whilst Se-young beat Tai Tzu Ying over two games 21-19, 21-13 in her semi-final.
Meanwhile Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour was unable to get past An Se-young losing 21-17, 21-16 on the second day of the tournament.
It was an all Indonesian affair in the men’s doubles title at the All England 2022 with Muhammad Shohibul Fikr / Bagas Maulana beating Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan 21-19, 21-13.
There was disappointment for England’s Ben Lane / Sean Vendy as they exited the tournament on day 2 following a tough encounter with Japan’s Takuro Hoki / Yugo Kobayashi which went to three games, 21-11, 21-19 & 24-22.
Scotland had two pairs in the Men’s Doubles, Alexander Dunn / Adam Hall lost to India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy /Chirag Shetty 21-17, 21-19 whilst the Christopher and Matthew Grimley lost to Malaysia’s Aaron Chia / Soh Wooi Yik 21-14, 21-19. Both pair went out on day one of the All England 2022.
The women’s doubles final saw a comfortable victory for Japan’s Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida winning 21-13, 21-9 against China’s Zhang Shu Xian / Zheng Yu.
Meanwhile England’s new pairing of Chloe Birch / Jessica Pugh showed lots of potential for the future despite losing on day 2 to China’s Zhang Shu Xian / Zheng Yu who did make it to the final. Birch / Pugh lost 21-16, 21-15.
Finally the mixed doubles saw victory for Japan’s Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino, winning 21-19, 21-19 in a close match against China’s Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping.
England’s highest ranked badminton players Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith were involved in a highly competitive match against the Japanese pairing of Yuki Kaneko / Misaki Matsutomo on day two. The English pair eventually lost 21-15, 21-23, 22-20.
Meanwhile Scotland’s Adam Hall / Julie Macpherson went out at the same stage losing 21-11, 21-11 to the Chinese pair Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping.
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