The 2015 BWF World Senior Championships takes place in Helsingborg, Sweden this week. The tournament already kicked off on Sunday. There are over 1300 badminton players competing at this year’s Championships from 48 countries all over the world - including many former world class players.
Worth mentioning are Tony Gunawan, who was a world champion in 1997, 2005 and Olympic gold medalist in 2000. Peter Rasmussen of Denmark, World Champion in 1997 will be playing in the men’s singles category +40. Other players worth mentioning are Jesper Helledie, men’s doubles world champion in 1983, Flandy Limpele of Indonesia, Nick Ponting of England, former world champion (1995) Heryanto Arbi of Indonesia, Anders Boesen of Denmark and his compatriot Jens Eriksen, a former world number one and Olympic bronze medalist in the mixed doubles.
The number one seed in the +40 category, Peter Rasmussen had two easy victories to move into round four. The Dane, who is also playing in the men’s doubles with former world class player Thomas Stavngaard, will take on Sweden's Frederik Bohlin in the singles' last 16 round on Wednesday.
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Former Russian number one shuttler Stanislav Pukhov is seeded 2 in the +35 category and progressed to round 3 with two comfortable victories. Anders Boesen of Denmark, a former world number 5 player, joins Pukhov in the last 16 stage thanks to two easy wins over Ewoud Tan of The Netherlands and Iiro Kokko of Finland. Other big names in this age category are Indonesia’s Jeffer Rosobin, Norway’s Jim Ronny Andersen and Dutch player Tjitte Weistra.
Gitte Sommer (Denmark), world champion of the +40 category in 2013, is through to the third round in Helsingborg. Sommer is now up against Germany’s Marika Wippich, who had a straight opening victory over Elisabeth Mohler of Switzerland. The best European women in this age group will face a tough competition from Japanese and Indian shuttlers.
The BWF World Senior Championships will close with the finals on Saturday, 26 September.
From tomorrow, Wednesday, the tournament in Sweden can be followed via YouTube live streaming
All results and draws of all age groups can be found here
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos by Fredrixzon (Organizer).