Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

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The China Open 2013 in Shanghai is not short on drama, even without the presence of Men’s Singles top seed Lee Chong Wei. Lee is taking some time off to recover from an injury after recent losses in the Denmark and French Open tournaments. However, the absence of Lee opens up opportunities for other players to make their mark in the tournament.

Exciting Matchups to Look Forward to

While fans may be disappointed by the absence of a clash between Lee Chong Wei and second seed Chen Long, there are still plenty of intriguing scenarios to unfold throughout the week. Denmark Open winner Chen Long will undoubtedly be one of the closely-watched players, along with China’s Du Pengyu, Japan’s Kenichi Tago, and Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, who has been in excellent form lately.

A Rising Generation of Players

In addition to the established players, there is a young generation of up-and-coming talents ready to make their mark. Chinese players Chen Yuekun, Wang Zhengming, and Tian Houwei, along with Kento Momota from Japan, Son Wan Ho from Korea, and Viktor Axelsen from Denmark, are all nipping at the heels of their seniors. Don’t be surprised if there are a few upsets along the way.

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Intense Competition in Women’s Singles

The Women’s Singles category will be just as fiercely contested. The draw sees Olympic champion Li Xuerui from China and World champion Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand at opposite ends. However, there are other contenders who could disrupt a potential showdown between these two. Third seed Wang Yihan from China, who performed exceptionally well at the Denmark Open, is favored to win on home turf.

Indian Hopes and Young Talent

Indian player Saina Nehwal, sixth seed in the tournament, is hoping for a strong performance to salvage a disappointing 2013. She will face tough competition from Denmark Open finalist Sung Ji Hyun from Korea, Bae Yeon Ju from Korea, Germany’s Juliane Schenk, and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk from Thailand. Additionally, a group of young Chinese players, including Deng Xuan, Yu Sun, Suo Di, Yao Xue, Han Li, Yaying Shen, and Chen Xiao Jia, are eager to burst onto the scene and surprise the seeded players.

The Road to the Main Draw

There have been some exciting developments in the qualifying rounds. Last year’s world junior champion Nozomi Okuhara secured her spot in the Women’s Singles main draw after a hard-fought match against local player Qin Jinjing. Other qualifiers include Xirui Hui, Yaying Shen, He Bing Jiao, and Chen Xiao Jia, all from China. In Men’s Singles, Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Korea’s Son Wan Ho claimed qualifying spots with straight-games victories. Song Xue and Tian Houwei from China also secured their places. In Men’s Doubles, three pairs qualified without hitting a shuttle, including Sumeeth Reddy/Manu Attri from India, Andreas Heinz/Max Schwenger from Germany, and Kang Jun/Liu Cheng from China. Chen Zhuofu/Kai Lu from China dominated their opponents, Erdenebayar Enkhbold/Zolzaya Munkhbaatar from Mongolia, with an impressive scoreline of 21-3 21-2.

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Q: When is the China Open 2013 taking place?
A: The China Open 2013 is currently underway in Shanghai.

Q: Who are the top contenders in Men’s Singles?
A: While top seed Lee Chong Wei is absent, players to watch out for include Chen Long, Du Pengyu, Kenichi Tago, and Jan O Jorgensen.

Q: Who are the favorites in Women’s Singles?
A: Olympic champion Li Xuerui, World champion Ratchanok Intanon, and third seed Wang Yihan are among the top contenders.

Q: Are there any young talents to watch out for?
A: Yes, there is a rising generation of players, including Chen Yuekun, Wang Zhengming, Tian Houwei, Kento Momota, Son Wan Ho, and Viktor Axelsen.

The China Open 2013 promises to be an exciting tournament, with intense competition in both Men’s and Women’s Singles categories. With top players missing and a rising generation of young talents eager to make their mark, fans can expect thrilling matches and potential upsets. Stay tuned for more updates on the tournament at Carnegiecentre.