2017 Sudirman Cup - Victorian Wrap-Up

Badminton Victoria wishes to congratulate Badminton Australia and the Queensland community for hosting the 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup recently. The 15th edition of the Sudirman Cup was held in the Gold Coast during 21 - 28 May, and a first for the event to be hosted outside of Asia and Europe since its establishment in 1989.

While the event was held in Queensland, we are proud of the huge presence of Victorians at the internationally renowned event. Check out what they got up to during the week!

Victorian Players in the Australian Team

Photo of the Australian Team (Source: Badminton Australia)

With the contributions of Victorians Matthew Chau, Ashwant Gobinathan, Joy Lai, Sawan Serasinghe, Eric Vuong and Gronya Somerville, the Australian Team started strong with their highest ranking ever at the Surdirman Cup, and were placed in Group 2 of the competition.

In the Round Robin stages, Australia started in Group 2C, playing against teams from USA, Austria and Singapore. Australia won their ties against USA (4-1) and Austria (5-0) but were defeated by the Singaporeans (1-4). The result lead Australia to a play-off against Canada for 3rd place in Group 2. The thrilling tie put spectators on the edge of their seat, with the teams levelled at 2-2 before heading into the last discipline, Women's Doubles. The final match saw the Australians pull through in 3 games and secured the win against Canada.

On-court, Victorian Men's Doubles pair, Matthew and Sawan took the front line in every tie for the Australian Team, as well as Gronya with Setyana Mapasa in the Women's Doubles, and Sawan with Setyana in Mixed Doubles. Ashwant was tasked with the Men's Singles disciplines for the ties against Austria and Singapore.

As a result, the Australian Team produced their best performance in the history of the country's participation at the Sudirman Cup this year, placing 3rd in Group 2 and 15th overall. The strong performance of the team promises even bigger and better results leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Badminton Victoria congratulates the efforts of the Australian team and the Badminton Australia support staff on their successful Sudirman Cup campaign in 2017.

View full results of the 2017 Sudirman Cup here.

Victorian Event Organisers, Technical Officials and Volunteers

The opportunity to host one of the world's most significant badminton events would not have been possible without the support of the Australian event organisers, technical officials and volunteers. Badminton Victoria is proud of the abundant presence of Victorians working hard behind the scenes, on and off the court and their passion for the sport.

If you are interested in contributing to Badminton Victoria events and the badminton community, there are current opportunities to become a court official, a coach, or manage a Victorian State Team with Badminton Victoria. You can find more information on the BV website, or enquire at the BV office today.