Admittedly I haven't run down every angle of the badminton story, but what I'm failing to understand is how losing gave you better position in the tournament. In most tournaments, a higher seed has an easier run to the finals as they draw all the lowest seeds in the bracket - it's why Nadal doesn't play Djokovic until the final. Am I missing something, or was there a particular team all four of these teams were trying to avoid drawing who had already lost in a fluke and had an artificially low seed as a result? I can't believe I'm putting this much thought into badminton. Shuttlecocks.