Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

Former Women’s Singles World No. 2 Wang Xin Shows Strong Return at Adidas China Masters


Former Women’s Singles world No. 2, Wang Xin, has made a significant stride towards resurrecting her career by securing a spot in the main draw of the Adidas China Masters. This achievement marks a positive comeback for Wang, who suffered a leg injury during the London Olympics bronze-medal match against Saina Nehwal (India).

A Promising Start

In an interesting twist, Wang Xin faced Sayaka Sato (Japan) in her first qualifying fixture. Coincidentally, Sato also retired injured during the London Olympics. Wang showcased her determination and emerged victorious from a hard-fought match, winning 21-18, 20-22, 21-14. She continued her winning streak by defeating Sarita Suwannakitborihan (Thailand) in the second round with a score of 21-14, 21-12.

Wang now prepares to face her compatriot, Xuan Deng, in the first round of the main draw. The Women’s Singles qualifiers also include Fan Mengyan and Yaying Shen, both from China. With thirteen representatives in the 32-player draw, the home team is well-represented. Top seed and crowd favorite, Li Xuerui, will face Belaetrix Manuputi (Indonesia), while second seed Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) has withdrawn and has been replaced by qualifier Suo Di in the bottom half of the draw.

Resurgence in Men’s Singles

In Men’s Singles, Son Wan Ho from Korea, who was once ranked No. 12, faced a decline to No. 233 due to injuries and military service. However, he made a comeback by triumphing over Zheng Si Wei of China with a score of 19-21, 21-12, 21-3 in the qualifying rounds. Son had his career highlight with a win at the India Open Superseries last season. After missing from the international circuit since the Olympics, he returned to the Thailand Open in June 2013 with a commendable quarter-final performance. Son’s participation in the Adidas China Masters marks his first Superseries tournament in over a year. He is set to face eighth seed Takuma Ueda (Japan) in the first round.

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The remaining three Men’s Singles qualifiers are all from China: Tang Jincheng, Gao Tianyu, and Zhou Wenlong. Jincheng will face Gao Huan in an all-China contest, while Tianyu will battle fifth seed Kenichi Tago (Japan). Wenlong will take on Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka. The top seed Chen Long and second seed Du Pengyu, both from China, will compete against Anand Pawar (India) and Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) respectively. Notable opening battles to look out for include Ajay Jayaram (India) versus Chen Yuekun (China) and Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark) against Tian Houwei (China).

Exciting Matches in Other Categories

Men’s Doubles:

China’s Li Junyang/Li Rui secured a win against fellow Chinese duo Wan Zitian/Zhang Wen with a score of 22-20, 21-12. They advanced to face second seeds Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan. Another Chinese pair, Cheng Luo/Ju Fangpengyu, also qualified and will go head-to-head with Gan Teik Chai/Ong Soon Hock from Malaysia.

Women’s Doubles:

All the Chinese pairs in the Women’s Doubles category successfully qualified for the main draw. Notably, Liu Linlin/Wang Qindanqing will face Indonesians Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari. Additionally, Jiang Binbin/Tang Pingyang and Fu Xue/Zheng Xuhui will compete against each other for a place in the second round.

Mixed Doubles:

Lee Yong Dae (Korea), the 2008 Olympic champion, formed a new partnership with Shin Seung Chan. However, their Chinese opponents, Cheng Luo/Jia Xiao, advanced without having to step on the court. Another qualifying pair, Junjie Guo/Luo Jiaxin, will face Chinese compatriots and top seeds, Xu Chen/Ma Jin, in the first round.

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  • Q: Where is the Adidas China Masters taking place?
    A: The tournament is taking place in China.

  • Q: Who are the top seeds in the Women’s Singles category?
    A: The top seed is Li Xuerui from China.

  • Q: Who won the Men’s Doubles match between Li Junyang/Li Rui and Wan Zitian/Zhang Wen?
    A: Li Junyang/Li Rui emerged victorious with a score of 22-20, 21-12.


The Adidas China Masters is an exciting badminton tournament filled with captivating matches. Former Women’s Singles world No. 2, Wang Xin, has made a remarkable return to the sport, securing a place in the main draw. Additionally, players from various countries, including China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia, are showcasing their skills and battling for victory. Stay tuned for more updates and thrilling badminton action at the Adidas China Masters.

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