Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF News: China Dominates at the Li-Ning China Masters 2012

China showcased its dominance in the Men’s Singles qualifying matches at the Li-Ning China Masters 2012, marking the first post-Olympics Superseries event. Chen Yuekun, Zhou Wenlong, Qiao Bin, and Gao Huan secured the four qualification spots for the main draw. Although this tournament is known for its tough competition, this year’s event is experiencing a reduced field. Qualification rounds are only being held for the Men’s Singles category. As a result, the Women’s Doubles starts at the quarter-final stage, while the Mixed Doubles commences from the round of 16.

Exciting matches unfolded today, attracting attention to Japan’s rising star, Kento Momota. With an impressive track record this season, including a semi-final finish at the World Junior Championships, Momota had high hopes of making it to the main draw. Despite a strong performance in the first qualification round against local favorite Tian Houwei, winning 24-22 21-19, Momota fell short of victory against Qiao Bin, losing 21-13 21-17.

Qiao Bin, who defeated Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen in the first qualification round, will face fellow qualifier Chen Yuekun in the opening round of the main draw. Gao Huan, a former World Junior finalist, obtained a spot in the main draw after a hard-fought battle against India’s Sai Praneeth, winning 21-13 18-21 22-20. He then had an easier time dispatching Thailand’s Sattawat Pongnairat, triumphing with a score of 21-12 21-10. Chen Yuekun also claimed his place in the main draw by defeating France’s Matthieu Lo Ying Ping 21-17 21-14 and Malaysia’s Chan Kwong Beng 21-14 21-14.

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Although the world’s top two players, Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, are not participating in this event, world No. 3 Chen Long has been top-seeded, with Chen Jin as the second seed. The presence of eight Chinese players among the 32 draw contestants indicates a strong Chinese representation. A highly anticipated match in the first round features Chen Long against former World Junior champion Viktor Axelsen from Denmark.

In the Women’s Singles category, spectators can look forward to seeing world No. 1 Wang Yihan in action. She received a bye into the second round and will face Fu Mingtian from Singapore. With a formidable lineup of Chinese players, including Olympic champion Li Xuerui, No. 3 seed Wang Shixian, No. 6 seed Liu Xin, Chen Xiao Jia, and No. 4 seed Jiang Yanjiao, it is expected that the gold medal for Women’s Singles will go to the hosts. However, non-Chinese players like India’s PV Sindhu should not be overlooked.

This update on the Li-Ning China Masters 2012 is brought to you by Carnegiecentre.com, your source for the latest badminton news.


FAQs

Q: What is the Li-Ning China Masters 2012?
A: The Li-Ning China Masters 2012 is a Superseries badminton event held in China. It features top players from around the world competing in various categories.

Q: How many qualification spots are there for the Men’s Singles category?
A: There are four qualification spots available for the Men’s Singles category at the Li-Ning China Masters 2012.

Q: Who are the top-seeded players in the Men’s Singles category?
A: The top-seeded player in the Men’s Singles category is Chen Long, followed by Chen Jin as the second seed.

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Q: Who are the notable players to watch in the Women’s Singles category?
A: The Women’s Singles category boasts several notable players, including world No. 1 Wang Yihan, Olympic champion Li Xuerui, and Indian player PV Sindhu.

Q: Is there a strong Chinese presence in the tournament?
A: Yes, there is a strong Chinese presence in the Li-Ning China Masters 2012, with multiple Chinese players competing in various categories.


Summary

The Li-Ning China Masters 2012 kicked off with China dominating the Men’s Singles qualification matches. Chen Yuekun, Zhou Wenlong, Qiao Bin, and Gao Huan secured their spots in the main draw of this prestigious tournament. Although the field is smaller this year, with only Men’s Singles qualification rounds being held, the competition promises to be exciting. In the Women’s Singles category, the presence of top-ranked Chinese players, including Olympic champion Li Xuerui, indicates a strong chance of Chinese success. Stay tuned to Carnegiecentre.com for the latest updates on this thrilling badminton event.