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After a well-deserved post-Olympics break, the world’s top badminton players are ready to make their return at the Yonex Japan Open 2012, which kicks off tomorrow. This highly anticipated event is part of the BWF World Superseries, and fans can expect intense on-court battles as the sport’s biggest names take the stage once again.

In the Men’s Singles category, seasoned competitors like Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade, and Taufik Hidayat will be looking to make a strong comeback. However, they need to be prepared for tough challenges right from the start. Hidayat, in particular, faces a challenging opening round against the talented Parupalli Kashyap from India. While Hidayat has a clear head-to-head advantage, Kashyap has recently shown great improvement and has come close to defeating the Indonesian star in their previous encounters.

Lee Chong Wei will be up against Anand Pawar from India, while Peter Gade has a tough task ahead as he takes on Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, who is riding high on confidence after an impressive performance in the Li-Ning China Masters.

In the Women’s Singles category, Tine Baun, ranked seventh in the world, leads the field. The draw also features strong contenders such as Bae Yeon Ju from Korea, Sung Ji Hyun from Korea, Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand, and Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei. Fans should also keep an eye on the promising Japanese talent, Sayaka Takahashi.

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However, all eyes will be on the rising stars PV Sindhu from India and Minatsu Mitani from Japan, who caused major upsets in the previous tournament. Mitani defeated former world champion Wang Lin and Asian Games gold medallist Wang Shixian, while Sindhu emerged victorious against Olympic champion Li Xuerui. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain their impressive form in this tournament.

The qualifiers for the main draw include local talents Kazumasa Sakai and Akira Koga, as well as Sai Praneeth from India and Derek Wong from Singapore. These players have shown incredible determination and skill to secure their spots in the tournament. Sakai will face off against the sixth seed Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, while Koga will go up against Jorgensen’s teammate Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. Sai Praneeth will take on Malaysian youngster Liew Daren, and Derek Wong will square off against Ajay Jayaram, the semifinalist of the China Masters.

In the Women’s Singles qualifying rounds, Yui Hashimoto, Yuki Fukushima, Akane Yamaguchi, and Eriko Tamaki of Japan have all advanced to the main draw, adding to the excitement of the tournament.

With such an incredible lineup of players and thrilling matchups, the Yonex Japan Open 2012 promises to be a badminton spectacle that fans won’t want to miss.

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FAQs

Q: Who are the top contenders in the Men’s Singles category at the Yonex Japan Open 2012?

A: Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade, and Taufik Hidayat are among the top contenders in the Men’s Singles category at the Yonex Japan Open 2012.

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Q: Which players caused major upsets in the previous tournament?

A: PV Sindhu from India and Minatsu Mitani from Japan were the players who caused major upsets in the previous tournament.

Summary

The BWF World Superseries action is set to resume with the Yonex Japan Open 2012. Top badminton players from around the world will compete fiercely in both the Men’s and Women’s Singles categories. Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade, and Taufik Hidayat are among the players making their comeback, but they face challenging opponents right from the start. The Women’s Singles category features Tine Baun and promising talents like PV Sindhu and Minatsu Mitani. Exciting matchups and potential upsets await as the tournament unfolds. Don’t miss out on the thrilling badminton action at the Yonex Japan Open 2012!

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