The 2013 BWF World Championships is the premier badminton event besides the Olympics, and this year’s edition is being hosted in Guangzhou, China.
The tournaments run from August 5-11 and feature competitors facing off in men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles classifications.
With the World Championships being held in the TianHe Indoor Gymnasium (10,000 spectator capacity, per BWFBadminton.org), the anticipation from around 400 competitors and diehard fans will make this a special event.
As the tournament progresses, we’ll have updates on each day’s results, how the next day's schedule is shaping up and all the brackets you'll need to follow the action at home.
Brackets (via BWF’s official website)
Updated men’s singles brackets can be found here.
Updated women’s singles brackets can be found here.
Updated mixed doubles, women's doubles and men's doubles brackets can be found here.
UPDATE: Sunday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Day 7 Results
Dan Lin Stuns No. 1 seed Chong Wei Lee (16-21, 21-13, 20-17 Retired)
Malaysian superstar Chong Wei Lee came into the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, but was beaten in the finals by badminton legend Dan Lin. In a fierce battle that went to three sets, Lee was forced to retire and Lin walked away with one of the biggest wins of his career.
This is Dan Lin’s fifth BWF World Championship in his career, adding to his already impressive resume that also boasts two Olympic gold medals. While Lee is still one of the greatest players in the world, Lin proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with.
Ratchanok Intanon Upsets Xuerui Li (22-20, 18-21, 21-14)
Just as the No. 1 seed on the men’s side was stunned in the finals, the same can be said for Xuerui Li on the women’s side. The Chinese star was playing inspired badminton throughout the tournament, but was unable to stop Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand in the finals.
While Li’s path to the championship round was tougher—the Chinese star faced three ranked players as opposed to Intanon only facing two lower seeds—the Thai champion was able to hold on for a thrilling three-set victory.
This was a wild finish to an amazing tournament.
Full Day 7 Results
Women's Championship: Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu defeated Hye Won Eom and Ye Na Jang (21-14, 18-21, 21-8)
Women's Singles Championship: Ratchanok Intanon defeated Xuerui Li (22-20, 18-21, 21-14)
Mixed Doubles Championship: Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir defeated Chen Xu and Jin Ma (21-13, 16-21, 22-20)
Men's Doubles Championship: Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan defeated Mathias Boe andCarsten Mogensen (21-13, 23-21)
Men's Singles Championship: Dan Lin defeated Chong Wei Lee (16-21, 21-13, 20-17 Retired)
Full Day 7 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
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UPDATE: Saturday, Aug. 10 at 12:15 p.m. ET by Mike Chiari
Day 6 Results
|Dan Lin def. No. 7 Tien Minh Nguyen (21-17, 21-15)||Men's Singles|
|No. 1 Chong Wei Lee def. No. 3 Pengyu Du (20-22, 21-12, 21-15)||Men's Singles|
|No. 1 Xuerui Li def. No. 13 Yeon Ju Bae (21-5, 21-11)||Women's Singles|
|No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon def. No. 10 Sindhu P.V. (21-10, 21-13)||Women's Singles|
|No. 6 Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan def. No. 8 Yun Cai and Haifeng Fu (21-19, 21-17)||Men's Doubles|
|No. 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen def. No. 5 Ki Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim (21-23, 21-18, 21-18)||Men's Doubles|
|No. 8 Hye Won Eom and Ye Na Jang def. No. 5 Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao (21-16, 21-19)||Women's Doubles|
|No. 1 Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu def. No. 4 Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl (21-14, 14-21, 21-15)||Women's Doubles|
|No. 1 Chen Xu and Jin Ma def. Baek Choel Shin and Hye Won Eom (21-15, 21-17)||Mixed Doubles|
|No. 3 Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir def. No. 2 Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao (15-21, 21-18, 21-13)||Mixed Doubles|
Chong Wei Lee Outlasts Pengyu Du
No. 1 rated male player Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia made the men's singles final by virtue of a victory over No. 3 Pengyu Du on Saturday, but he was pushed to the limit. Lee entered the match having lost only once in seven matches against Du, but the Chinese underdog got off to a hit start by capturing the first set.
Lee settled in after that, though, as he cruised to a 21-12 win in the second set, and then put Du away in the third. The match statistics paint a very even picture, but Lee got the better of Du in smash winners by a 29-11 margin. The smash is the toughest shot in badminton to return, and Lee's proficiency led him directly to the final where he will meet upstart Dan Lin on Sunday.
Xuerui Li Destroys Yeon Ju Bae
Xuerui Li entered the BWF World Championships as the odds-on favorite to win it all in the women's draw, and she did nothing to change that notion on Saturday as she steamrolled past No. 13 Yeon Ju Bae. It was viewed as a very difficult match for Li going in as Bae had already defeated her twice before. Although Bae's ranking was significantly lower, she was looked upon as the top dark-horse candidate to end Li's dominant run.
Li was the far more aggressive player as Bae was consistently back on her heels. That is reflected by the amount of winners that Li hit as she racked up 42 to Bae's 16. Li will face her toughest test yet in the final as No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon easily reached the final as well. There will be plenty of pressure on Li to perform well in the final, but she is head and shoulders above most other players in the world, and she should be able to come away victorious.
Day 7 Schedule (Times TBD)
Mixed Doubles Final: No. 1 Chen Xu and Jin Ma vs. No. 3 Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir
Women's Doubles Final: No. 8 Hye Won Eom and Ye Na Jang vs. No. 1 Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu
Men's Doubles Final: No. 6 Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan vs. No. 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen
Women's Singles Final: No. 1 Xuerui Li vs. No. 4 Ratchanok Intanon
Men's Singles Final: Dan Lin vs. No. 1 Chong Wei Lee
UPDATE: Friday, August 9 at 3:45 p.m. ET by Benjamin Klein
Day 5 Results
Dan Lin Takes Down Long Chen (21-13, 22-20)
Dan Lin continued his impressive run at the BWF World Championships with another victory on Friday. He was flawless in his quarterfinal matchup against Long Chen, the No. 2 seed in the men’s singles bracket. He still has yet to drop a set and has rarely been tested through this point in the tournament.
It will be interesting to see if he can continue his hot streak in the semifinals when he’ll be taking on Tien Minh Nguyen, the No. 7 seed in the bracket. His next opponent barely made it out of the quarterfinals alive. He won the first set, dropped the second and escaped an upset in the third.
Chen Xu and Jin Ma Crush Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba (21-4, 21-4)
Chen Xu and Jin Ma have had a couple of close calls in the mixed doubles classification—most notably a three-set victory in the third round after dropping the opening set—but were flawless on Friday. Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba really played poorly against the top-seeded duo.
Xu and Ma will be looking to advance to the finals on Saturday when they take on two of the more surprising pairs in the bracket, Baek Choei Shin and Hye Won Eom. Those two aren’t ranked, but have managed to take out the No. 4, No. 6 and No. 14 doubles teams thus far. A win Saturday make for a massive upset.
Full Day 5 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
Day 6 Schedule
Xuerui Li vs. Yeon Ju Bae (Main Location at Time TBD)
Xuerui Li nearly lost her first set of the tournament on Thursday when she won 27-25 against Tzu Ying Tai. She took care of her opponent much quicker in the second set, winning 21-13. The No. 1 seed in the women’s singles bracket has been strong and needs two more victories to win the championship.
But she’ll have a tough time doing so when she faces Yeon Ju Bae in the semifinals. She’s the No. 13 seed in the bracket and is coming off an impressive victory over the No. 3 seed, Saina Nehwal. She could really make a statement on Saturday if she’s able clinch a spot in the title match.
Chong Wei Lee vs. Pengyu Du (Main Location at Time TBD)
Buckle your seat belts because on Saturday, two of the top three seeds in the men’s singles bracket are going to fight for a spot in the championship. Top-seeded Chong Wei Lee nearly didn’t get out of the second round after dropping the first set, but battled back to win that match and hasn’t dropped a set since.
Pengyu Du is luckily to have made it this far as well. He dropped the first set in his most recent matchup against No. 13 Pashyap Parupalli. It’s taken three sets for Du to win all of his matches in the bracket thus far. If he drops one in the semifinals, it’s going to be very tough to come away with a victory.
For full Day 6 schedule, check out BWF’s official website.
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UPDATE: Thursday, August 8, 11:35 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Day 4 Results
Sheng Mu Lee and Chia Hsin Tsai Stun Sung Hyun Ko and Yong Dae Lee (14-21, 21-14, 21-19)
South Korean stars Sung Hyun Ko and Yong Dae Lee came into the quarterfinals as the No. 1 overall seed and one of the hottest men's doubles teams in the tournament. After dominating the first set, the pair dropped the next two and lost the matchup.
As much as Ko and Lee blew their own opportunity at a world championship, Sheng Mu Lee and Chia Hsin Tsai from Chinese Taipei proved they had the physical tools to beat the No. 1 seeds and the mental ability to overcome losing the first set decisively.
Watch out for Lee and Tsai moving forward; momentum is on their side.
Xuerui Li Proves Her Dominance Against Lindaweni Fanetri (21-10, 21-12)
While Indonesian superstar Lindaweni Fanetri came into this tournament as the No. 9 seed, she was no match for Chinese No. 1 seed Xuerui Li. It took just two sets and a lop-sided 21-10, 21-12 score to prove just how hot Li is in the women’s bracket.
Li is right back to work on Day 5 as she prepares to square off with Chinese Taipei superstar and No. 6 seed Tzu Ying Tai. While Tai is a great player, she doesn’t have the speed or power to hang with Li in this tournament.
Full Day 4 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
Day 5 Schedule
Dan Lin vs. Long Chen (Main Location at Time TBD)
Dan Lin is one of the most underrated players in the 2013 world championships, and after upsetting Wei Feng Chong in Round 3, the test only gets tougher as he is forced to face fellow Chinese star and No. 2 overall seed Long Chen.
Chen has been playing unbelievable thus far, and with a dominating performance in each of the first three rounds—has not dropped a set yet—the No. 2 seed looks poised to send Lin home early and advance to the semifinals.
Chong Wei Lee vs. Tommy Sugiarto (Main Location at Time TBD)
The men’s singles bracket is shaping up to be flat-out amazing on Day 5, as No. 1 seed Chong Wei Lee from Malaysia squares off with No. 8 seed Tommy Sugiarto from Indonesia in what should be an utter war on the court.
Lee has the upper hand in experience, but with Sugiarto playing great badminton through the first three rounds, this should be one of the most dramatic meetings of the day.
For full Day 5 schedule, check out BWF’s official website.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, August 7, 10:50 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Day 3 Results
Long Chen Defeated Sho Sasaki (21-15, 21-12)
After coming into the tournament as the No. 2 ranked player, Chinese badminton superstar Long Chen has utterly dominated his competition and carried that momentum into the second round against Japan’s Sho Sasaki by winning 21-15, 21-12.
Chen destroyed Luka Wraber in the opening round, and while Sasaki was able to mount some steady offense against the Chinese favorite, there was no chance that Chen was even going to drop a set this round.
Chong Wei Lee Holds on to Beat Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (14-21, 21-18, 21-11)
While No. 2 seed Long Chen thrives in the bottom half of the bracket, Malaysian No. 1 seed Chong Wei Lee has not been playing his best badminton thus far.
After Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka beat Lee in the first set, it took a spectacular comeback to earn a place in the next round with a 14-21, 21-18, 21-11 win. Lee must gather himself quickly if he wants to win the world championship.
Full Day 3 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
Day 4 Schedule
Chen Xu and Jin Ma vs. Jiaming Tao and Jinhua Tang (Location 4 at 1 p.m. local, 1 a.m. ET)
The No. 1 ranked mixed doubles team of Chen Xu and Jin Ma will take on their toughest test of the tournament thus far as fellow Chinese superstars Jiaming Tao and Jinhua Tang in the second round.
This is an incredibly tough matchup for Xu and Ma to face this early, but as long as they don’t underestimate their opponents, there is little doubt that the talented duo has the power and speed to pull of the win.
Xuerui Li vs. Lindaweni Fanetri (Main location at TBD)
In what will be the most exciting women’s singles match of the day, No. 1 overall seed Xuerui Li from China takes on No. 9 seed Lindaweni Fanetri from Indonesia in the most high-profile matchup in the tournament to this point.
Li is an incredibly talented player, but she will be pushed to her limit by the lateral speed and power of Fanetri. If there was ever a matchup that could send Li home early, it would be this Round 2 bout.
For full Day 4 schedule, check out BWF’s official website.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 6, 11:55 a.m. ET by Donald Wood
Day 2 Results
Chen Xu and Jin Ma Beat Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl (18-21, 21-17, 21-13)
As the No. 1 overall seed in the mixed doubles rankings, China’s Chen Xu and Jin Ma have an immense amount of pressure on their shoulders, and it showed on Tuesday.
Against the team of Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl from Denmark, Xu and Ma were able to hold on for a hard-fought 18-21, 21-17, 21-13 victory.
The competition only gets tougher as fellow Chinese pairing Jiaming Tao and Jinhua Tang are the next matchup on the schedule for the top stars in the classification. This third-round battle could be an instant classic.
Ki Jung Kim and Kyung Eun Jung Upset No. 5 Seeded Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh (21-18, 21-19)
The No. 5 seeded Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh from Malaysia were serious contenders to challenger Xu and Ma for the championship, but instead of glory, the duo was handed a devastating 21-18, 21-19 loss to South Korea’s Ki Jung Kim and Kyung Eun Jung.
Chan and Goh have to be utterly disappointed by their performance, but the excellent play of the Korean team deserves emphasis. Kim and Jung will need to keep that momentum going as they face the Japanese team of Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo in the next round.
Full day 2 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
Day 3 Schedule
Sho Sasaki vs. Long Chen (Main Location at Time TBD)
While the focus has been on No. 1 seed Chong Wei Lee, it is No. 2 seed Long Chen that is playing the best badminton right now. Chen destroyed Luka Wraber in the first round, but will face a true test in Round 2 against Japan’s Sho Sasaki.
Chen is playing some of the best badminton of his life right now, and while Sasaki deserves immense respect for his play coming into this tournament, it will be the Chinese star that walks into Round 3 with another decisive win.
Chong Wei Lee vs. Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (Main Location at Time TBD)
After beating Scott Evans in the first round, No. 1 overall seed in the men’s singles bracket and Malaysian superstar Chong Wei Lee will now take on Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia in what should be a much tougher matchup.
Rumbaka is a veteran player that has the strength and speed to give Lee a real test, but the top seed will advance once again. Lee’s run to a championship will not hit a roadblock in Round 2.
For full Day 2 schedule, check out BWF’s official website.
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Day 1 Results
Chong Wei Lee beats Scott Evans 21-14, 21-15
As the No. 1 overall seed, Malaysian star Chong Wei Lee comes into the 2013 world championships with high expectations. Anything less than coming in first place would be an utter disappointment.
Lee’s bid to take home the world title started off on the right foot Monday, as the veteran was able to knock off Irish star Scott Evans by a score of 21-14, 21-15. With Lee already playing at a high level, the field of 64 has been put on notice.
Long Chen Destroys Luka Wraber 21-3, 21-5
While Lee gets much of the attention, Long Chen comes into the BWF tournament as the No. 2 seed and a serious threat to walk away with the championship.
The Chinese superstar destroyed Luka Wraber by a score of 21-3, 21-5, and if Lee or any other competitor felt that this would be an easy win, Chen has other plans.
Fans are hoping for the dream matchup of Chen and Lee in the finals.
Full Men's Singles Results
Lin Dan (CHN) defeated Sattawat Pongnairat (USA) 21-6, 21-9
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) defeated Scott Evans (IRL) 21-11, 21-15
Chen Long (CHN) defeated Luka Wraber (AUT) 21-2, 21-5
Du Pengyu (CHN) defeated Shon Wan-Ho (KOR) 21-17, 16-21, 21-13
Boonsak Ponsana (THA) defeated Matthieu Lo Ying Ping (FRA) 21-13, 21-12
Hu Yun(HKG) defeated Niluka Karunaratne (SRI) 21-13, 21-16
Nguyen Tien Minh (VIE) defeated Joe Wu (NZL) 21-8, 21-11
Tommy Sugiarto (INA) defeated Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) 21-18, 15-21, 21-17
Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) defeated Lee Dong-Keun (KOR) 21-16, 17-21, 21-15
Derek Wong Zi Liang (SIN) defeated Sony Dwi Kuncoro (INA) 24-22, 21-16
Marc Zweibler (GER) defeated Valeriy Atrashchenkov (UKR) 21-15, 18-21, 21-14
Ajay Jayaram (IND) defeated Wing Ki Wong (HKG) 22-20, 17-21, 21-15
Parupalli Kashyap (IND) defeated Raul Must (EST) 19-21, 21-14, 21-9
Wang Zhengming (CHN) defeated Yuhan Tan (BEL) 21-17, 21-14
Chong Wei Feng (MAS) defeated Rajiv Ouseph (ENG) 21-11, 21-15
Takuma Ueda (JAP) defeated Ashton Chen Yong Zhao (SIN) 16-21, 21-11, 21-13
Kenichi Tago (JAP) withdrew without playing, conceding a walkover to Eric Pang (NED)
Full day 1 results can be found via BWF’s official website.
Day 2 Preview and Schedule
Sayaka Takahashi vs. Jing Yi Tee (Main Location at 1 p.m. local, 1 a.m. ET)
While most of the top draws on the women’s side have byes in the first round, the best potential matchup on Day 2 will be the battle between Japanese star Sayaka Takahashi and Malaysian sensation Jing Yi Tee.
Add in the fact that this will be the first match of the day and featured on local television, and there is little doubt that these two women will prove that they are just as entertaining as most matchups we'll see on the men’s side.
Chen Xu and Jin Ma vs. Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Main Location at TBD)
The No. 1 mixed doubles team in the tournament is China’s Chen Xu and Jin Ma, and the duo’s first test comes early against the talented pair of Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl from Denmark.
It is a long tournament and Xu and Ma have been here before. With the lack of pressure and the sheer talent of the mixed doubles team, the Chinese pair should have no problem moving past Round 1 and deep into the bracket.
For full Day 2 schedule, check out BWF’s official website.