Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

BWF News

After an eventful year, the 2013 Superseries circuit is coming to a close with the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2013, which began today. This tournament holds the final opportunity for players to qualify for the BWF Superseries Finals next month in Kuala Lumpur.

Exciting Matches on Day One

Day One started auspiciously for home fans, as local player Wei Nan made it through two tough rounds to qualify for the Men’s Singles main draw. Despite being ranked lower than his opponents, Wei defeated No. 30 Anand Pawar from India and No. 38 Lee Dong Keun from Korea. Wei, who previously won the Dutch Open in October, will face his compatriot Wong Wing Ki in the first round. Hong Kong also had two other Men’s Singles qualifiers, Ng Ka Long and Chan Yan Kit, along with Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai.

Players to Watch

The Men’s Singles draw is particularly interesting due to the return of No. 1 ranked Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. Lee had skipped the Victor China Open the previous week due to injury, so his comeback is eagerly awaited by fans who anticipate another title clash with defending champion Chen Long from China. However, Lee’s first challenge will be K Srikanth from India, who has proven to be a formidable opponent in the past.

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Other players to watch in the Men’s Singles draw include China’s Wang Zhengming, who fell short in the title round at the China Open, Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, winner of the French Open, and Japan’s Kenichi Tago and Du Pengyu. Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng, who reached the semi-finals at the China Open, will also aim for a strong performance.

In the Women’s Singles draw, defending champion Li Xuerui, along with Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian, are the favorites. Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who has struggled against Chinese players since her victory at the BWF World Championships in August, faces a tough match against India’s PV Sindhu.

Exciting Doubles Matches

The Men’s Doubles event will see the return of four-time world champions Cai Yu and Fu Haifeng, who will be playing together again after unsuccessful experiments with different partners. The Women’s Doubles event features strong Chinese teams, including Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, who have each won three titles.

Overall, the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open promises to be an exciting tournament, showcasing top-tier badminton talent from around the world. Stay tuned for more updates and thrilling matches!

FAQs

Q: Who are the favorites in the Women’s Singles event?

A: The favorites in the Women’s Singles event are the Chinese players Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan, and Wang Shixian.

Q: Which players should we keep an eye on in the Men’s Singles event?

A: Some players to watch in the Men’s Singles event include No. 1 ranked Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, defending champion Chen Long from China, and players like Wang Zhengming, Jan O Jorgensen, Kenichi Tago, and Du Pengyu.

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Summary

The Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2013 is the final chance for players to qualify for the BWF Superseries Finals. Exciting matches have already taken place, with local player Wei Nan overcoming tough opponents to qualify for the Men’s Singles main draw. The return of top-ranked Lee Chong Wei adds further anticipation to the event. In the Women’s Singles event, Chinese players Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan, and Wang Shixian are the favorites. The doubles events also promise thrilling matches, with strong teams from China and other countries competing. Stay updated with the latest results and enjoy the world-class badminton action at the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open!

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