Senin, 17 Januari 2011

BWF Calendar 2011 published – No major changes

There has been no official announcement yet from the governing body, but the 2011 page of its calendar has now been filled with the major events, including the Super Series and Premier Super Series. The Super Series Finals for 2010 will be played early 2011 in a place yet to be confirmed.

By Raphaël Sachetat.
The travel plans can now be started again for 2011: the BWF has published its calendar for 2011, including the top 12 events – its Super Series circuit amongst which the 5 big tournaments. There will be little changes however in the set up of the year, with all Super Series going by pair except for the All England which now stands all alone between two Grand Prix Gold – German and Swiss, while the newly upgraded Indian Open is now set to be staged at the end of April, right after the Asian Badminton Championships

The Sudirman Cup will be held in Qingdao, China – a new city to the badminton world, while the World Junior Championships (in Taipei) will once again clash with the French Super Series in October – a shame for the youngsters who often get to play during one of the major events of the senior tour, yet the calendar, once again, next year is so tight that other options must have been ruled out for good reasons – 2011 will see no less than 12 Super Series, 9 Grand Prix Gold, 2 World Championships (indiv and Sudirman) along with a lot of other lower graded tournaments and continental championships.

Here is how the calendar stands, the way it was published today:

January 2011
5-9: Super Series Finals (TBC)
18-23: Malaysia Open SS (Kuala Lumpur)
25-30: Korea Open Premier SS (Seoul)

February
15 – 20: European Mixed team championships

March
1-6: German Open GP Gold
8-13: All England Premier SS (Birmingham)
15-20: Swiss Open GP Gold (Basel)
29-30: New Zealand GP

April
1-3: New Zealand GP (TBC)
5-10: Australian GP (TBC)
19-24: Badminton Asia Championships (TBC)
26-30: India Open SS (TBC)

May
3-8: Malaysia Open GP Gold (TBC)
22-29: Sudirman Cup (Qingdao)

June
7-12: Thailand Open GP Gold (Bangkok)
14-19: Singapore Open SS (Singapore)
21-26: Indonesia Open Premier SS (Jakarta)
28-30: Russia Open GP (Vladivostok)

July :
1-3: Russia Open GP (Vladivostok)
12-17: US Open GP Gold (Los Angeles)
19-24: Canada Open GP(TBC)

August :
8-14: BWF World Champs (London)
23-28: Vietnam Open GP(Ho Chi Minh City)

September :
6-11: Chinese Taipei GP Gold (Taipei)
13-18: China Masters SS (TBC)
20-25: Japan Open SS (Tokyo)
27-30: Indonesia Open GP Gold (TBC)

October
1-2: Indonesia Open GP Gold (TBC)
02-09: World Senior Champs (Vancouver)
11-16: Dutch Open Grand Prix (TBC)
15-20: Pan Am Games (Guadalajara)
18-23: Denmark Open Premier SS (Odense)
25-30: French Open SS (Paris)
28-30: World Juniors (Taipei)

November
01-06: World Juniors (Taipei)
01-06: Bitburger GP Gold (TBC)
15-20: Hong Kong Open SS (Hong Kong)
22-27: China Open Premier SS (TBC)
29-30: Macau Open GP (Macau)

December
01-04: Macau Open GP (Macau)
14-18: Super Series Finals (TBC)

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