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Doubles, Women

Date28 July – 4 August 2012
StatusOlympic
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.

PosPlayerNOC
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
ACWang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHNDQ
ACJeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKORDQ
ACGreysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINADQ
ACHa Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKORDQ

Round One (28 – 31 July 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Group A (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS3306 - 0126 - 18Q
2Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN3214 - 2102 - 42Q
ACWang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN3030 - 60 - 126DQ
ACJeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR3030 - 60 - 126DQ

Match #5 1 Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN 2Wang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN 111-21, 7-21 DQ
Match #4 3 Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN 4Jeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR DQ
Match #3 5 Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS 6Wang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN 16-21, 9-21 DQ
Match #6 7 Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS 8Jeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR DQ
Match #2 Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN 21-8, 21-10
Match #1 9 Jeong Gyeong-Eun / Kim Ha-NaKOR 10Wang Xiaoli / Yu YangCHN 121-14, 21-11 DQ

Group B (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE3215 - 3164 - 143Q
2Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN3214 - 3130 - 126Q
3Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND3214 - 3138 - 135
4Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP3032 - 6132 - 160

Match #5 Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 4Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND 21-16, 21-18
Match #6 Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP 18-21, 21-15, 21-15
Match #3 Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 4Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP 16-21, 21-10, 21-19
Match #4 Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE 25-23, 16-21, 21-18
Match #1 Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 421-19, 21-11
Match #2 Jwala Gutta / Ashwini PonnappaIND Shinta Mulia Sari / Yao LeiSGP 21-16, 21-15

Group C (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS3306 - 0126 - 16Q
2Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA3214 - 2100 - 42Q
ACHa Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR3030 - 60 - 126DQ
ACGreysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA3030 - 60 - 126DQ

Match #5 11 Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA 12Ha Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR 3 DQ
Match #6 13 Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS 14Greysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA 11-21, 22-20, 13-21 DQ
Match #2 Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA 21-9, 21-7
Match #4 15 Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA 16Greysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA DQ
Match #3 17 Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS 18Ha Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR 37-21, 19-21 DQ
Match #1 19 Ha Jeong-Eun / Kim Min-JeongKOR 203Greysia Polii / Meiliana JauhariINA 18-21, 21-14, 21-12 DQ

Group D (28 – 31 July 2012)

PosPlayerNOCMPWLGamesPoints
1Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN3215 - 3151 - 144Q
2Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN3214 - 2116 - 99Q
3Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN3214 - 3135 - 128
4Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG3031 - 6109 - 140

Match #6 Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN 18-21, 21-14, 21-17
Match #5 Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 2Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG 21-11, 21-12
Match #4 Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG 21-13, 14-21, 21-18
Match #3 Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 2Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN 21-16, 21-17
Match #1 Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 222-20, 21-12
Match #2 Miyuki Maeda / Satoko SuetsunaJPN Poon Lok Yan / Tse Ying SuetHKG 21-15, 21-19

Quarter-Finals (1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS Michelle Edwards / Annari ViljoenRSA 21-9, 21-7
Match #4 Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 4Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna PedersenDEN 22-20, 21-10
Match #3 Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN Leanne Choo / Renuga VeeranAUS 21-9, 18-21, 21-18
Match #2 Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 2Cheng Wen-Hsing / Chien Yu-ChinTPE 21-10, 21-14

Semi-Finals (2 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match, losers advanced to the bronze medal match.

Match #1 Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 2Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS 21-19, 21-6
Match #2 Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 4Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN 21-12, 19-21, 21-13

Final Round (4 August 2012)

Match 3/4 Valeriya Sorokina / Nina VislovaRUS Alex Bruce / Michelle LiCAN 21-9, 21-10
Match 1/2 Tian Qing / Zhao YunleiCHN 2Mizuki Fujii / Reika KakiiwaJPN 421-10, 25-23