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Doubles, Women

Date28 July – 4 August 2012
LocationWembley Arena, Wembley, London
Participants32 from 13 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China were the number one ranked badminton women’s doubles team going into the 2012 Olympics and the favorites to win gold. Yu was one of the defending Olympic champions and a two-time reigning World Champion; in 2008 and 2010 her partner had been Du Jing but, for the 2011 World Championships, she had joined with Wang, a runner-up from the 2010 edition. China also had the number two seed of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei, who had been the runners-up in 2011. South Korea’s Ha Jeong-Eun and Kim Min-Jeong and Japan’s Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa, who ranked third and fourth in the world respectively, were also top prospects to challenge for the podium.

In perhaps the most publicized controversy of the 2012 Games, Wang and Yu were booed off the court after what appeared to be an intentional loss to Jeong Gyeong-Eun and Kim Ha-Na of South Korea during the group stage. Losing the match ensured that Wang and Yu would avoid meeting their compatriots Tian and Zhao until the final and guaranteed China the top two podium spots should each team win their quarter and semi-finals. In the ranking-deciding match of another pool, both Ha and Kim and their Indonesian opponents Greysia Polii and Meiliana Jauhari also seemed to be intentionally losing points in an effort to fix the match. Following a review by the Badminton World Federation, all eight players were disqualified from the Games for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport” and were replaced in the final brackets by the third and fourth-place finishers of their pools. Some felt that this decision was overly harsh, considering that the competitors’ strategy had been a long-term one, seeking to place themselves in the best position to win the tournament at the cost of a single match. Others argued that the players were punished for a faulty rule system that incentivized such behavior and questioned the decision to allow teams that had not yet won a single match to compete for a medal. Most, however, agreed that, above all, the match-fixing went against the competitive spirit of sport and had sullied badminton’s reputation on the international scene. With further punishment left to the national governing bodies of the sport, the South Koreans were banned from all national and international competition for two years (later reduced to six months) while their coaches received a lifetime ban (later reduced to two years). Polii and Jauhari received four month bans while Yu Yang retired mere hours after being disqualified.

With two of the best teams out of contention, Tian and Zhao and Fuijii and Kakiiwa easily survived to the finals, where the Chinese squad emerged victorious 21-10, 25-23. The bronze medal match was fought between the Russian duo of Valeriya Sorokina and Nina Vislova and the Canadians Alex Bruce and Michele Li, who had been the third and fourth-place finishers respectively in the pool originally won by Jeong and Kim. Having lost to the Russians in the group stage 8-21, 10-21, Bruce and Li made a surprising comeback by defeating the Australian duo of Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran 21-9, 18-21, 21-18 and putting up a valiant effort against the Japanese team in a 12-21, 21-19, 13-21 loss. They were only able to improve their performance against the Russians marginally in the bronze medal match, however, losing 9-21, 10-21.

1Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHNGold
2Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPNSilver
3Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUSBronze
4Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN
=5Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA
=5Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE
=5Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS
=5Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN
=8Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND
=8Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN
=10Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP
=10Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG
DQWang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN
DQJeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR
DQGreysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA
DQHa Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR

Round One

Date28 – 31 July 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group A

Date28 – 31 July 2012
1Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS3306-0126-18Q
2Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN3214-2102-42Q
DQ1Wang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN[3][0][3][0]-[6][0]-[126]
DQJeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR[3][0][3][0]-[6][0]-[126]
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #528 Jul 18:30Court 2Bruce / LiCAN11-[21], 7-[21]Wang / Yu (1)CHN
Match #429 Jul 9:40Court 1Bruce / LiCANJeong / KimKOR
Match #329 Jul 18:30Court 2Sorokina / VislovaRUS6-[21], 9-[21]Wang / Yu (1)CHN
Match #630 Jul 9:40Court 1Sorokina / VislovaRUSJeong / KimKOR
Match #231 Jul 8:30Court 3Sorokina / VislovaRUS21-8, 21-10Bruce / LiCAN
Match #131 Jul 19:07Court 2Jeong / KimKOR[21]-[14], [21]-[11]Wang / Yu (1)CHN

Group B

Date28 – 31 July 2012
1Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE3215-3164-143Q
24Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN3214-3130-126Q
3Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND3214-3138-135
4Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP3032-6132-160
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #528 Jul 15:20Court 1Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN21-16, 21-18Gutta / PonnappaIND
Match #628 Jul 20:15Court 1Cheng / ChienTPE18-21, 21-15, 21-15Sari / YaoSGP
Match #329 Jul 14:17Court 2Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN16-21, 21-10, 21-19Sari / YaoSGP
Match #430 Jul 19:05Court 1Gutta / PonnappaIND25-23, 16-21, 21-18Cheng / ChienTPE
Match #131 Jul 13:09Court 3Cheng / ChienTPE21-19, 21-11Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN
Match #231 Jul 18:30Court 3Gutta / PonnappaIND21-16, 21-15Sari / YaoSGP

Group C

Date28 – 31 July 2012
1Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS3306-0126-16Q
2Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA3214-2100-42Q
DQ3Ha Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR[3][0][3][0]-[6][0]-[126]
DQGreysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA[3][0][3][0]-[6][0]-[126]
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #528 Jul 14:17Court 2Edwards / ViljoenRSAHa / Kim (3)KOR
Match #628 Jul 19:42Court 2Choo / VeeranAUS11-[21], 22-[20], 13-[21]Polii / JauhariINA
Match #229 Jul 20:52Court 2Choo / VeeranAUS21-9, 21-7Edwards / ViljoenRSA
Match #430 Jul 15:20Court 1Edwards / ViljoenRSAPolii / JauhariINA
Match #330 Jul 19:09Court 3Choo / VeeranAUS7-[21], 19-[21]Ha / Kim (3)KOR
Match #131 Jul 20:19Court 3Ha / Kim (3)KOR[18]-[21], [21]-[14], [21]-[12]Polii / JauhariINA

Group D

Date28 – 31 July 2012
1Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN3215-3151-144Q
22Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN3214-2116-99Q
3Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN3214-3135-128
4Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG3031-6109-140
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #628 Jul 9:07Court 2Maeda / SuetsunaJPN18-21, 21-14, 21-17Juhl / PedersenDEN
Match #528 Jul 9:44Court 3Tian / Zhao (2)CHN21-11, 21-12Poon / TseHKG
Match #429 Jul 19:42Court 2Juhl / PedersenDEN21-13, 14-21, 21-18Poon / TseHKG
Match #330 Jul 9:44Court 3Tian / Zhao (2)CHN21-16, 21-17Maeda / SuetsunaJPN
Match #131 Jul 9:40Court 1Juhl / PedersenDEN22-20, 21-12Tian / Zhao (2)CHN
Match #231 Jul 14:15Court 1Maeda / SuetsunaJPN21-15, 21-19Poon / TseHKG


Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #101 Aug 17:02Court 2Sorokina / VislovaRUS21-9, 21-7Edwards / ViljoenRSA
Match #401 Aug 17:45Court 1Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN22-20, 21-10Juhl / PedersenDEN
Match #301 Aug 17:49Court 3Bruce / LiCAN21-9, 18-21, 21-18Choo / VeeranAUS
Match #201 Aug 18:32Court 2Tian / Zhao (2)CHN21-10, 21-14Cheng / ChienTPE


Date2 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match, losers advanced to the bronze medal match.
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match #102 Aug 17:47Court 2Tian / Zhao (2)CHN21-19, 21-6Sorokina / VislovaRUS
Match #202 Aug 18:30Court 1Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN21-12, 19-21, 21-13Bruce / LiCAN

Final Round

Date4 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeLocationPair (Seed)NOCResultPair (Seed)NOC
Match 3/404 Aug 10:30Court 1Sorokina / VislovaRUS21-9, 21-10Bruce / LiCAN
Match 1/204 Aug 15:45Court 1Tian / Zhao (2)CHN21-10, 25-23Fujii / Kakiiwa (4)JPN