Nick Hope and Gail Emms with highlights from the Badminton World Championships at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
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Welcome to Glasgow, the 20 17th Badminton championships. This then
you behind me posted badminton for the Commonwealth Games. Will it be a
happy hunting ground again. We will find out if Britain can end a barren
run. Kirsty Gilmore won Commonwealth silver here in 2014 and has pushed
for podium places. We will follow markers Ellis and Chris Langridge.
Chris Adcock and Gabby Adcock have regularly mixed with the best in the
world and bounce back with European gold and silver. All that to come.
He won a silver medal with the next event at the Commonwealth Games. But
this was about chasing individual success.
He made a strong start. In round two, Samir Verma was his opponent
but Rajiy Ouseph progressed with relative ease. That put him into
round three but it was a rather dubious reward for his success
because he was drawn against the Chinese legend Lin Dan. I'm joined
by Gail Emms. Lin Dan is pretty amazing, isn't he? Just a little
bit. The greatest of all time. Two Olympic titles, five World
Championship titles. He's the man to beat but he's 34 years old. Now is
the time to beat him. He has European gold, Rajiy Ouseph. He has
a chance. He has a chance. When he brings out his best game it is
beautiful to watch and many players struggle with that. Fingers crossed.
He also got married this year so will the -- will there be another
reason to celebrate? I would not have said that ten years
ago. At the age of 23, he is probably much quicker than at the
age of 33. Got to see a Ouseph and get off to a
good start and get some confidence. It is quite interesting that the
last time they met was five years ago and I think Ouseph has improved
considerably since then. Not only that, he's in the form of his life.
Winning that gold-medal at the European Championships, the first
engagement to do so, for 27 years. Since Darren Hall? Stephen Bagley.
In Moscow in 1990. He beat Darren Hall in the final. In my opinion, it
defines his career. If he doesn't win another match he still became
the European champion. This is the bonus, so to speak. Can go for the
big wins. Very good win yesterday. It was not an easy matter.
Men's singles is the only discipline in which they've not medals. They
wondered if he was able to please the British fans in Scotland. There
are a lot of fans that would love to see Lin Dan achieve even more. From
a Danish perspective, a lot of people cheering for Lin Dan. We saw
him stand on this side of the court. Proving he was controlling the
drift. I still need to take that as a wrong
call because I was thinking it would be much more in.
I suspect it is a little bit dangerous to lift to the forehand
side. It is his strongest point of attack, Lin Dan, it is also really
difficult to see what he's selecting when he's not attacking.
You can play it but you need to put pressure on Lin Dan. Like that, when
he's not able to leap in the air. I still think that one is dangerous.
One of the things I look for is the opponents's feet reacting. If they
are compensating then his deception has been effective.
There's another challenge here. So he doesn't have any challengers
left. Do you remember the Olympic bronze medal match? He was also out
of challengers there. A couple of occasions, he wanted a second
opinion. Good shot. Been covering the court well until
now, Ouseph. That was going out! Both players,
the indecision on the net short, but the anticipation, as soon as Lin Dan
turned, Ouseph was waiting for the drop shot. Look at his movement. A
solid start from Ouseph put him six points ahead and form would
continue. We pick up the action at game point.
Lin Dan found his form in the second and even though Ouseph was moving
well, the Olympic champion levelled the match. The momentum had firmly
shifted by the decider. Although Ouseph gave it his all, it was Lin
Dan who progressed and remained on course for a sixth world title.
It was 2003 the last time he lost prior to a quarterfinal stage. What
a brave fight by the European champion. I think I played the best
I've played for a long time but I could not sustain it so when you let
those guys have a sniff they take advantage of it. He got hold of the
game in the second set and imposed his game on the match. It was a
little bit too much. I mounted a comeback but I probably relax a
little bit. Quite difficult but there are still positives. Still
positives to gain from that. It was so close. That first set was
brilliant but he could not keep the momentum going. Lin Dan stepped it
up and he is a true champion. He's not going to want to finish, and
with the Commonwealth, is that a chance? He is going to give it a
great shot but it will be about the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast.
Winning through to the final, he secured his first medal since 2013.
He was up against Denmark's Viktor Axelsen, a man in career-best form.
Lin Dan had the experience but Viktor Axelsen had youth on his
site. He secured his first world title of his career by taking the
second set 21-16. I'm Marcus Ellis. And Chris Langridge. It is one of
the fastest sports in the world. Reaction speed is one of the biggest
assets. Officially it is faster than a Formula 1 car. Check shots are
part of any player's repertoire. Some players use them more than
others. Others do not use them at all. It is something I love to do to
get myself out of trouble. Last-ditch defence. It doesn't
always pay off. It is similar to tennis, when you
see them hitting the ball between their legs, you create check shots
yourself just to get back in the rally. We don't give names to them
but some people create special shots of their own. Chris Langridge and
Marcus Ellis. We will have more from them. Next it is the women's
singles. Kirsty Gilmour has many skills herself. She eased past Das.
It put her up against her Chinese opponent. Somebody who has made
massive improvements but it is not easy. You're always greater harm --
going to come up against a higher ranked opponent. It is really hard
to break into the world rankings. Impressive work. Bingjao in the next
round. She just needs to be consistent. She's just got to go for
it. Gilmour may have been the underdog but she would control the
opening game against Bingjao. It was a complete reversal in the second.
The world junior champion battled back and levelled the match. Decider
would be needed. There was little to separate the pair. Neither made a
convincing case for victory. It was definitely not the most
difficult shot she has played in that rally but sometimes when you
start to get tired, you forget focus on the simpler shots and you make a
mistake. Great finish from Kirsty Gilmour.
She seemed to slice across it, almost. I've noticed in past matches
she hit this and that was exactly what the coaches were asking her to
do, a variety of shots. She's followed that plan very well. I like
how she looks confident hitting crosscourt. It opens up. She works
so hard out of that. She was unrelenting from then on and
showed no signs of discomfort. We rejoin the action with the Scot in a
commanding position. Now six points behind and facing match point.
Incredible result, this should be from Kirsty Gilmour. The home crowds
clapping in anticipation of what might be.
Four match to save... It is not to be. Look at what it means for Kirsty
Gilmour. Tears from the Scottish number one. What a performance.
Tears of joy, of course. Incredible for Kirsty Gilmour. She takes a spot
in the quarterfinals at the World Championships. Speechless, doesn't
happen very often. This is so positive for me, I stuck to the
plan, I'm so happy. A tough draw meant it would be Nehwal. Does it
surprise you, because she has had her injury problems? That was the
best I've ever seen her play. I was gobsmacked. It was really deserved.
I was really proud of her. Fingers crossed that she can maintain it. It
doesn't get any easier, this is a tough draw. It is. She is up against
Nehwal, India's superstar. She must be so confident. To have that result
behind her, to go into this match, she's got nothing to lose. She will
have a home support. Let's see how she gets on. Good variation. She has
game point. Former world number one. She's come
through the opening game. Gilmour produced some of the best player of
the tournament in the second. We rejoin with the Scot 14-11 up.
Perfect from Gilmour. Really opening up the court.
Great shot again. Kirsty Gilmour knows it as she opens up the court.
That did the damage. She is playing relaxed and using softer shots in
addition to that, she's making use of it.
She's a powerful player, Kirsty Gilmour, and covers the court so
well. No reason why she cannot get the attack straight from the
beginning. She's found her range. She's not using full power. She
plays it may be 80% or something like that.
It is tough for Nehwal, needing six of the next eight points to stay
with Gilmour. Really making Nehwal move in all
four corners of the court. It has gone wrong. She lost that point but
a very well constructive rally from Gilmour.
Good drop shot from town-3-mac. Gilmour on her knees but recovers
quickly. Great rally from Nehwal. Gives her the confidence to maintain
the pressure on Nehwal. Taking Nehwal by surprise. It is
game point for Gilmour. That might have been going wide. Nehwal taking
no chances. Great net shot. Good technique.
Gilmour really needs to stay composed and finish this game off. I
fear for her if she allows Nehwal to get back. Her experience might shine
through. She has done it. Sadly, fatigue began to have an impact.
Six points away from a medal. The margins are so fine. If I had just
found the extroverts. Overall, disappointment tinged with some
happiness, I guess. You must take so much from pushing a quality player
like that. Did the crowd lift you as well? 100%. When you've had a
mammoth rally, and they are like, you can do it, a little bit of
reinforcement that I saw seldom get. To hear these voices in the crowd,
so on your side, it is the best feeling. Understandably, mixed
feelings. And truly gutted. Especially after her last 16 win,
which was amazing. She was so confident going into this match but
it wasn't happening. She's made massive progress. It is important
for Scotland to have a player like her to get behind. Kirsty is
Scotland's Golden player at the moment. She really is. She's
embracing everything, learning all the time, improving all the time.
She can keep going. She's on the track. The singles final would be
historic, Pusarla was chasing her first ever gold. Okuhara was looking
to enter Japan's 40-year run without a world title in the sport. It
turned into an epic encounter with both players left exhausted as the
match went into a third game. Okuhara had the greater stamina,
urging her arrival -- getting her rival. The doubles event featured
Walker and Smith. They made it through the first round but lost in
the second. The final was contested between
china's world junior champions, and the surprise package Fukushima and
Hirota of Japan. It went to three, but it was China who took the title.
History was made at Rio 2016 as Langridge and relish delivered the
first UK badminton medal in a number of years. But then came the Deva
tasting news -- devastating news that funding was going to be cut.
After Rio there was a big hype for a while. I didn't know how the dust
was going to settle. I wasn't expecting to be driving around in
Ferraris and my life to change significantly. We got to Christmas
and it was a kick in the teeth. We felt we were not going to get an
increase in funding or anything, but it feels like everyone else has
suffered as well. It has been hard to take, so it's taken us and some
of the other players a while to adjust. It's disappointing but we
are just about at the point now where we are adjusting to the way
things are now running, and the new setup we have. If I am brutally
honest, I think even if we won four golds, UK sport would say,
congratulations but we are not interested. That's because their
mindset, I feel, is that they look at certain sports that are pen and
paper with regards how quick you can do this. That are quick to analyse.
You cannot analyse badminton. You just can't. I have stopped thinking
about UK Sport. I don't think they will help us at all. I want to enjoy
playing and give my best and perform. If I perform well, I know
success will follow. I want to play and enjoy it, and obviously I want
to win. If we are playing well, literally anything is possible. This
must have been so tough to take, because it was your success with
Nick Robertson in 2004 that brought in a lot of UK Sport in the first
place. It does hurt, especially as an ex-player. Something you love and
you put so much time and energy into, your heart and soul. It is
like a punch in the stomach when the powers above don't believe in the
same things you did. We are going to keep fighting and hopefully bring in
some more results and convince UK Sport otherwise. What more can they
do? The players felt they had done everything possible. We have to keep
putting our case in and hope that a few more results here or dare, a
successful World Championships, might put the case a bit higher for
them. A medal from Langridge and Ellis would certainly help. Let's
see how they got on. They had a bye in an opening round and an energetic
performance in the second. They overcame the Danish duo. That put
them into the third round, and a tie with the unseeded South Korean pair.
Langridge and Ellis made a sluggish start to this one, and found
themselves a game down, with the Koreans taking the opening. They
were much better in the second, though. We join them with Langridge
and Ellis serving. COMMENTATOR: England get away with
the miscommunication. A little help from the net cord. They have been
making their own luck by trying to take them at the net more in this
second game. They have earned themselves a game point. Marcus
Ellis still with the serve. What a shame for Langridge. They are
looking more confident. It was a perfect change of pace, the soft
shot here. Almost a winner, very, very good. I think maybe he loses
focus because he thinks it's a winner and forgets to keep on
playing. Well retrieved. Chris Langridge can't forget round 16 of
the World Championships. It's not over until that shuttle hits the
floor. Confident defending from Marcus
Ellis. The Koreans still on the attack. Another miss from Chris
Langridge at the net. Much better movement and aggression
from the Koreans now that they are facing a game point and there's
nothing to be worried about any more, not because I think they are
running around being worried, but they seem to release some energy
when you know you have almost lost the game. A terrific forehand drive
from Chung a sock. Two game saved. Ellis and Langridge need to try to
stay calm. Keep playing the way they've been playing.
Little to choose between them in the early stages of the decider, we join
at 4-4, with Ellis serving. COMMENTATOR: A diving defence from
Chris Langridge. Disappointing, but surely you can't complain. Ellis
almost caught with the slower drop. Out of position, and that almost
came over. This time, Chris Langridge stranded
at net. Taking one of the tapes. Choosing not to get involved and
hope his partner Marcus Ellis was able to get back into a neutral
position. Not to be. Some very fine attacking once more from this Korean
pair. This time, the forecourt play from
Marcus Ellis is effective. Good in stick to block to the net off the
body from Marcus Ellis. England under some pressure at the
moment. The momentum with the Koreans. Getting quite a lot of
winners over the last five points. Chung and Kim maintained their
dominance in the decider from that point. We rejoin at match point,
with Langridge and Ellis 20-15 down. Look what it means to the pair from
career! They really did play with nothing to lose. What a performance
from them. We made too many mistakes, unforced errors, forced
it. The return of serve quite poor. You can't sum it up, to be honest.
No disrespect to them. They are a good pair, but we shouldn't lose,
really. We know how to play, and at times, we were playing the right
way. At times, we got drawn in. They are solid, but you put all that work
in, you give it all you can and you don't perform on the day... It's
tough to take. Credit to them, maybe, as well. Far, far from the
result that Langridge and Ellis were hoping for in that. What went wrong?
Is they're just too much pressure and too much going on in their
minds? There was a lot of pressure on Chris Langridge. He is a new dad
as well, of twins, so not getting much sleep. But they want it so
well. Their bronze medal in Rio was not a fluke. They haven't had a good
year so confidence levels are bit low, but a win here would have
elevated them. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. How important are the
Commonwealth Games going to be next year for their partnership? They
want to get more medals and go to Tokyo as well. They need a really
good six months in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, and if they
can get that title, that will set them up. Realistically, the way
things are looking, can they get that funding back? It's not looking
great, to be sure. It's one of those situations where all the players can
do is go out there and try their best. When the medals come in, they
can put their case. What else can they do? The men's doubles final saw
the Chinese pairing take on the Indonesians. The Chinese were
unrelenting. Their attacking play saw them take the first and the
second game. Gold for the Chinese duo. One more medals chance for
England in this championship, and it comes in the form of Chris and Gabby
Adcock. Super excited to get back to
Glasgow. We went to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and we have a good
record there. We've been training really, really hard and we feel in
good shape. Hopefully, that can transform on the court. It's really
exciting. We are currently fifth in the world and we have been in the
semis of most competitions this year. Hopefully we can get into the
medal places in Glasgow. UK Sport are not funding us any more. We
still want world and Olympic medals and we believe we can achieve them.
If we can do that without the backing of UK Sport, fantastic. We
want recognition for the sport, and we are on the way to doing that. It
was a massive kick in the teeth, but as athlete and support staff, we
will bounce back. We keep in touch with a lot of them still, which is
nice. We still want to perform. We still want medals, and that is not
going to change. We believe we can achieve that with or without the
help of UK Sport. The sport of badminton is growing hugely
worldwide. The prize money is going up, so it is really positive in
terms of world badminton. If you are performing to a good level at
tournaments, you will achieve decent prize money. We are not in it for
the prize money. If we were, we would have tried tennis along time
ago! The fifth seed had a buyer for the first round, and began their
campaign with a strong showing, beating the French pair. Although
not at their best in round three, they still had enough to ease past
the Japanese pair of Kazuno and Kurihara. They're in press of form
continued in the all-important quarterfinals. They secured at least
world bronze. The Adcocks didn't want to finish there. Standing in
their way of a place in the mixed double finals was the pairing of
Zeng and Chen of China. So a bronze medal at least secured. How
impressed were you with the way they performed? I was impressed with the
way they came back. The Hong Kong pair played really well in the first
set. To come back and refocus and think, we are better than this, that
is what I am impressed with. With the way the rankings were, we
expected them to come through this, but that first set did not throw
them. Every match is different, and sometimes sport doesn't go as
expected. If something doesn't go your way, it can really throw you,
nerds and pressure. But their experience is showing in every
single match. You have been in the situation where you have secured a
medal but you want to push it on further. How do you do that in the
semis? You know you can relax because you have a medal, but myself
and Nick Robinson, we always wanted more. We did our homework, went over
our tactics. They will be ready. As expected, the Chinese were strong
from the off, and the Adcocks had few answers as Zheng and Chen are
dominated. The English pair returned the fight in the second, though.
That's where we pick up the action. Chris' net shot allowed Chen
Qingchen to get her racket to the shot. Unable to control it over the
net. A great punch clear from Gabby
Adcock. Well played. That was out all day long.
The Adcocks with absolutely nothing to lose. They can afford to give
this everything. Don't hold anything back. It's great to see them playing
with confidence. They are still down in the second.
Gabby with the mess on the backhand. Chris Boufal with the easy push
mid-court. A big space. Zheng Siwei spotted it
and filled the gap quickly. Big smashes from Tianjin Chen as well.
-- Chen Qingchen. Very well played, Gabby. Much better
rally from the English. Adcock again taking on Chen at the
net. Chen Qingchen working so hard. Variation from Chris. He's looking
confident once more. The two very good short variations
from Chris Adcock. Great cross smash, Zheng Siwei
across the body. Great return from Gabby Adcock.
Found the backhand corner. Big, high lift again from Gabby
Adcock. A confident leave. Watched it all
the way. The Adcocks have got a chance in this match if they can
take them to three. I know that sounds obvious. Chris Adcock serving
18-19. He's gone wide! Chris, what are you doing?
Oh, my God. The umpire has called it in. That serve was wide, wasn't it?
Are clearly wide! UMPIRE: They called in. You didn't
challenge. Sorry, he confirmed that he calls out. He didn't say it,
but... Good umpiring in the end. In the meantime, it's match point
China. Chris might have just saved their
chances of making this third game. Well, Gabby Adcock with the flick
serve hide to Chen. Into the body. Chris Adcock has done it!
For the first time since very early in this third game, the Adcocks of
England have drawn level. Zheng Siwei doesn't look calm at all. Good
return of serve, Zheng Siwei. His partner Chen is followed up well,
straight down at Gabby Adcock. Huge amount of tension, and that's
just in the commentary box! Good technique, Zheng Siwei. The
backhand drives. Defence standing up so far. And he's done it again,
Chris Adcock! Amazing speed in this rally. Great entertainment. Well,
the English coaching staff needs to calm down. The Adcocks need to calm
down. I need to calm down! Gold and silver medal opportunity at stake.
Adcock's serve is punished by Chen Qingchen.
It's called out. Heartbreak for the English pair. It was the game we
were a bit disappointed by. We didn't go at them the way we should
have done. They were putting the pressure on. When we did, it was
successful. They really put the pressure on. Even though we were
coming off a loss... Its defeat today, but it's a World Championship
bronze medal, which is an incredible achievement. Definitely. We are
super proud of the medal. It's tough to talk because we believe we can do
more and we will come back next year trying to do more. The mixed doubles
final would be a true heavyweight battle, with the Adcocks' conquerors
against Lilliyana Natsir and Muhammad Ahmad from Indonesia. The
Indonesians forced a decider, and they swept to victory and their
first world gold together since 2013. There are a couple of other
BBC Sport programmes to let you know about this week. Full all focus
deadline day special is on Thursday. Confirmation it is a brilliant
bronze medal at the World Championships for the Adcocks. That
match was always going to be tough against the number one seeds. It was
always going to be tough, but that Chinese pair were world-class. I
always knew it was going to be very, very hard for the Adcocks to get
into that game. The Chinese pair dominated, and though it was a very
good second set, it wasn't enough. Is there anything more they could
have done? It's always easy to say after, and they could have attacked
better, but the Chinese pair didn't allow the Adcocks to attack. If you
can't do that, you will never get into the game. Bronze is still a
brilliant results, and the first medal at the championship since
2011. Is it going to give them a chance in terms of funding reprieve
and UK Sport? The reason badminton didn't get a title tarmac -- get
funding was because it was deemed that a lack of hope of a medal. We
have just got a medal. We will be keeping fingers and everything
crossed over the next few months. The next big event will be the
Commonwealth Games next year in the Gold Coast, Australia. But from us
in Glasgow, it's goodbye. The only one who could mess it up
was her. Success doesn't change you -
fame does. Her favourite saying was -
can I be me?
Nick Hope and Gail Emms present highlights from the Badminton World Championships at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
British medal hopes include Rio Olympic bronze medallists Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis in the men's doubles, English Commonwealth champions Chris and Gabby Adcock and Scotland's European silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour.