Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

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A few unexpected circumstances have led to the Men’s Doubles category becoming the most open and unpredictable in 2014. It is worth noting that powerhouse China only has one representative in the top ten, which highlights the dynamic nature of this category and suggests that there will be several surprises throughout the year.

In the past year, there have been significant changes in Men’s Doubles. The four-time World champions from China, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, have dropped down the rankings to No. 31. Despite winning the Hong Kong Open in late 2012, the Olympic champions have been unable to secure a single title since then. The pair was split up and various experiments were tried with other partners, such as Chai Biao, Hong Wei, and Zhang Nan, but none of these new combinations have been successful. It is worth noting that Men’s Doubles is the only category where China does not have a dominant presence.

A generational shift can also be observed in Malaysia, with the emergence of new pairs overshadowing the previous No. 1 pair, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. The duo of Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong, as well as Goh V Shem and Lim Khim Wah, have had remarkable performances, including winning the Malaysia Open Superseries Premier earlier this year. This success has given Malaysia a lot of optimism for future big events.

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In the past year, two pairs have dominated the Men’s Doubles category: Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia, and Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong from Korea. Ahsan and Setiawan’s combination of experience and energy resulted in them winning the BWF World Championships and five Superseries titles in 2013. Lee and Yoo also had a remarkable start as a pair, winning their first Superseries tournament together. However, Lee faced a one-year ban for failing to provide whereabouts information and missing doping tests, which has put their future success in doubt. Another Korean player, Kim Ki Jung, is also facing a similar sanction. If these sanctions are upheld, it means that two of Korea’s established Men’s Doubles pairs will be unable to compete in major tournaments in 2014.

In the absence of Lee and Kim, the competition is expected to revolve mainly around Ahsan/Setiawan, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen from Denmark, Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa from Japan, and Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan from China. Other pairs like Chai Biao/Hong Wei from China, Angga Pratama/Ryan Agung Saputra from Indonesia, Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis from England, Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin from Chinese Taipei, Lim Khim Wah/Goh V Shem and Hoon Thien How/Tan Wee Kiong from Malaysia are also likely to provide stiff competition.

Japan’s Endo/Hayakawa and their compatriots Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda and Hirokatsu Hashimoto/Noriyasu Hirata have shown impressive performances and can mount a strong challenge, particularly in team events such as the Thomas Cup and Asian Games.

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Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen had an uneven campaign in 2013, but they managed to clinch their first Superseries title in over a year by winning the Korea Open 2014. Chris Adcock/Andrew Ellis from England also performed strongly and are expected to push their limits in the upcoming season.

Will the established stars continue to shine this year, or will we see the rise of unexpected pairs? While Ahsan and Setiawan might be the favorites to dominate once again, there is a possibility of surprises in store for us. Stay tuned to witness the excitement of the Men’s Doubles category.

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Conclusion

The Men’s Doubles category in badminton has seen a shift in power dynamics, with China losing its dominant presence and other countries stepping up their game. The absence of certain established pairs due to bans has added an element of unpredictability to the competition. Fans of this exciting category can look forward to intense battles between top-ranked pairs as well as the potential for new and unexpected partnerships to make their mark on the badminton world. Stay tuned for an exhilarating season of Men’s Doubles action!