2021 Sudirman Cup
2021 TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Logo.svg
Tournament details
Dates26 September – 3 October 2021
Edition17th
LevelInternational
Competitors222 from 16 nations
VenueEnergia Areena
LocationVantaa, Finland
2019 Nanning 2023 Suzhou →

The 2021 Sudirman Cup (officially known as the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 for sponsorship reasons) was the 17th edition of the Sudirman Cup, the biennial international badminton championship contested by the mixed national teams of the member associations of Badminton World Federation (BWF), since its inception in 1989. The tournament was played in Vantaa, Finland, between 26 September and 3 October 2021.[1] China were the defending champions. They successfully defended their title, lifting the trophy for a record-extending 12th time.

Host city selection

Originally the Badminton World Federation awarded Suzhou, China to host the tournament back in November 2018,[2] but due to the strict restrictions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it was too hard to conduct tournaments in China in 2021. Thus, on 29 June 2021 BWF announced that Vantaa, Finland would be the new host to stage this tournament. [3]

Competition format

Compare to the previous format used previously, this time a new format will be used. 16 teams will be contested instead of 32, they will play in four groups of four teams. As usual the competition starts with a group stage followed by a knockout stage. [4]

Qualifying

Originally, the qualifying process to qualify was through each continental (Asia, Europe, Pan America, Africa, and Oceania) mixed team championships which were planned to take place around February 2021. However, only the European Mixed Team Championships was able to take place due to travel and border restrictions arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic affecting the other planned continental team championships. Therefore, teams from Asia, Pan America, Oceania, and Africa qualified based on the World Rankings.[4]

With the move of hosts from Suzhou, China to Vantaa, Finland it was decided to retain the same qualifying teams as originally qualified in February for the Suzhou hosted tournament which means the quota place for the hosts is temporarily waived. However, if a team withdrew from the competition, the host (Finland) will be invited to participate first.

France and Australia, later on, withdrew from the competition, thus Finland was awarded a quota place as the host. New Zealand was originally to take the place but also declined, in the end, Tahiti was awarded the quota place for Oceania due to their performance at the 2019 Pacific Games. [5]

Seeding

Teams Seeds Notes
 China 1 Assigned to position A1
 Japan 2 Assigned to position D1
 Indonesia 3/4
 Chinese Taipei 3/4
 South Korea 5/8
 Thailand 5/8
 Denmark 5/8
 Malaysia 5/8
 India 9/16
 England 9/16
 Canada 9/16
 Germany 9/16
Russia NBFR 9/16
 Finland 9/16 Host
 Egypt 9/16
 Tahiti 9/16

Tiebreakers

The rankings of teams in each group were determined per BWF Statutes Section 5.1, Article 16.3:[6]

  1. Number of ties won;
  2. Tie result between the teams in question;
  3. Match difference in all group ties;
  4. Game difference in all group ties;
  5. Point difference in all group ties.

Squads

Further information: 2021 Sudirman Cup squads

Group stage

Main article: 2021 Sudirman Cup group stage

All times are Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3)

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  China 3 3 0 13 2 +11 27 4 +23 621 380 +241 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2  Thailand 3 2 1 11 4 +7 22 9 +13 571 461 +110 2
3  India 3 1 2 5 10 −5 10 21 −11 492 580 −88 1
4  Finland (H) 3 0 3 1 14 −13 3 28 −25 380 643 −263 0
Source: TournamentSoftware.com
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
10:00
China  5–0  Finland
Report
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
10:00
Thailand  4–1  India
Report

27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
10:00
China  5–0  India
Report
27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
16:00
Thailand  5–0  Finland
Report

29 September 2021 (2021-09-29)
16:00
India  4–1  Finland
Report
29 September 2021 (2021-09-29)
16:00
China  3–2  Thailand
Report

Group B

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 3 3 0 14 1 +13 28 5 +23 672 422 +250 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2  Chinese Taipei 3 2 1 10 5 +5 22 13 +9 666 502 +164 2
3  Germany 3 1 2 6 9 −3 16 18 −2 612 565 +47 1
4  Tahiti 3 0 3 0 15 −15 0 30 −30 169 630 −461 0
Source: TournamentSoftware.com
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
10:00
Chinese Taipei  5–0  Tahiti
Report
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
16:00
South Korea  4–1  Germany
Report

28 September 2021 (2021-09-28)
10:00
Chinese Taipei  5–0  Germany
Report
28 September 2021 (2021-09-28)
10:00
South Korea  5–0  Tahiti
Report

30 September 2021 (2021-09-30)
10:00
Chinese Taipei  0–5  South Korea
Report
30 September 2021 (2021-09-30)
10:00
Germany  5–0  Tahiti
Report

Group C

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Indonesia 3 3 0 11 4 +7 25 8 +17 647 523 +124 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2  Denmark 3 2 1 11 4 +7 23 10 +13 625 533 +92 2
3 Russia NBFR 3 1 2 6 9 −3 13 20 −7 574 611 −37 1
4  Canada 3 0 3 2 13 −11 5 28 −23 491 670 −179 0
Source: TournamentSoftware.com
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
16:00
Indonesia  5–0 Russia NBFR
Report
26 September 2021 (2021-09-26)
16:00
Denmark  5–0  Canada
Report

27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
16:00
Denmark  4–1 Russia NBFR
Report
27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
16:00
Indonesia  3–2  Canada
Report

29 September 2021 (2021-09-29)
10:00
Indonesia  3–2  Denmark
Report
29 September 2021 (2021-09-29)
10:00
Canada  0–5 Russia NBFR
Report

Group D

Pos Team Pld W L MF MA MD GF GA GD PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 3 3 0 14 1 +13 29 3 +26 665 383 +282 3 Advance to quarter-finals
2  Malaysia 3 2 1 9 6 +3 19 13 +6 593 482 +111 2
3  England 3 1 2 7 8 −1 15 17 −2 570 527 +43 1
4  Egypt 3 0 3 0 15 −15 0 30 −30 194 630 −436 0
Source: TournamentSoftware.com
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
10:00
Malaysia  3–2  England
Report
27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
10:00
Japan  5–0  Egypt
Report

28 September 2021 (2021-09-28)
16:00
Japan  5–0  England
Report
28 September 2021 (2021-09-28)
16:00
Malaysia  5–0  Egypt
Report

30 September 2021 (2021-09-30)
16:00
Japan  4–1  Malaysia
Report
30 September 2021 (2021-09-30)
16:00
England  5–0  Egypt
Report

Knockout stage

Main article: 2021 Sudirman Cup knockout stage

Bracket

The draw was held on 30 September 2021, after the Japan against Malaysia tie. The group runners-up were drawn against the group winners. Teams from the same group cannot be drawn against each other.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
 China3
 
 
 
 Denmark2
 
 China3
 
 
 
 South Korea0
 
 South Korea3
 
 
 
 Thailand2
 
 China3
 
 
 
 Japan1
 
 Malaysia3
 
 
 
 Indonesia2
 
 Malaysia1
 
 
 
 Japan3
 
 Chinese Taipei1
 
 
 Japan3
 

Quarter-finals

1 October 2021 (2021-10-01)
10:00
China  3–2  Denmark
Report
1 October 2021 (2021-10-01)
10:00
South Korea  3–2  Thailand
Report
1 October 2021 (2021-10-01)
16:00
Malaysia  3–2  Indonesia
Report
1 October 2021 (2021-10-01)
16:00
Chinese Taipei  1–3  Japan
Report

Semi-finals

2 October 2021 (2021-10-02)
10:00
China  3–0  South Korea
Report
2 October 2021 (2021-10-02)
16:00
Malaysia  1–3  Japan
Report

Final

3 October 2021 (2021-10-03)
13:00
China  3–1  Japan
Report

Final ranking

References

  1. ^ "Sudirman Cup". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  2. ^ "BWF Major Event Hosts 2019-2025 Awarded". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Sudirman Cup Finals to be held in Finland as BWF announces calendar changes". InsidetheGames.biz. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "TotalEngergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals" (PDF). Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Tahiti to compete in TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals 2021". Badminton Oceania. Retrieved 14 August 2021.
  6. ^ "BWF Statutes, Section 5.1: General Competition Regulations" (PDF). Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 20 March 2019.