Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Teenaged Women’s Singles Stars Shine in BWF World Superseries Events

Dubai World Superseries Finals

The two MetLife BWF World Superseries events in Asia following the Rio Olympics saw impressive performances from young Women’s Singles stars. Both 19 years old, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and China’s He Bingjiao showcased their talent and made their mark in the Badminton world.

Rising Stars with Promising Results

Akane Yamaguchi, who had previously won a Superseries event in 2013, showed her prowess once again in the Yonex Open Japan. She demonstrated nerves of steel as she overcame three match points against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the quarter-finals. In an exciting finale, Yamaguchi made a stunning comeback against home favorite Sung Ji Hyun to claim her first Superseries title in three years.

He Bingjiao, the Youth Olympic Games champion in 2014, also had a breakout performance in the Yonex Open Japan. She showed her resilience and defeated her compatriot Sun Yu in the final, clinching her first Superseries triumph.

Both Yamaguchi and He Bingjiao moved up three spots in the Destination Dubai Rankings after their successful campaigns. Yamaguchi now sits in third place, while He Bingjiao climbed to sixth. The top eight players in the rankings at the end of the 12 Superseries will secure a spot in the prestigious Dubai World Superseries Finals at Hamdan Sports Complex from December 14-18.

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Shake-ups in the Rankings

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon maintained her position at the top of the rankings, thanks to her three Superseries wins earlier in the season. Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who had a lackluster performance in Japan and Korea, holds the second spot. India’s Saina Nehwal, recovering from knee surgery, dropped to fourth place. Sun Yu’s runner-up finish in Japan propelled her to fifth place, while Sung Ji Hyun jumped five spots to seventh.

Nozomi Okuhara, the reigning Dubai champion, currently holds the eighth spot, followed by Li Xuerui from China (9th) and Olympic champion Carolina Marin from Spain (10th).

Battling for Spots in Dubai

Japan’s Minatsu Mitani returned to the limelight in Korea after an extended absence. Her semi-final finish, where she defeated He Bingjiao in the second round, propelled her eight places up the rankings to No. 11. Mitani has a strong motivation to maintain her performance, as she aims to overtake her fellow Japanese players in the top 8 to secure a spot in the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

PV Sindhu, the Indian sensation who won a silver medal at the Olympics, is currently ranked No. 16 in the Destination Dubai race. She will be looking to build on her Olympic success and climb up the rankings in the upcoming Superseries events.

Destination Dubai Rankings (Women’s Singles):

  1. Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
  2. Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)
  3. Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
  4. Saina Nehwal (India)
  5. Sun Yu (China)
  6. He Bingjiao (China)
  7. Sung Ji Hyun (Korea)
  8. Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)


1. What is the Destination Dubai Rankings?
The Destination Dubai Rankings determine the top eight players in Women’s Singles who will qualify for the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

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2. How are the rankings calculated?
The rankings are based on the performance of players in the 12 Superseries events. Points are awarded based on their results in each tournament.

3. Can players outside the top eight still participate in the Dubai World Superseries Finals?
No, only the top eight players in the rankings will have the opportunity to compete in the finals.


The BWF World Superseries events in Asia showcased the brilliance of young Women’s Singles players, Akane Yamaguchi and He Bingjiao. Their impressive performances and rise in the rankings are a testament to their talent and dedication. Badminton enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate their future matches and the upcoming Dubai World Superseries Finals. Make sure to stay updated with the latest news and results on