Monday, 22 Jul 2024

NEWS

Defending YONEX All England Championship men’s singles champion Li Shifeng is ready to defend his crown against Frenchman Toma Popov in Birmingham. Last year, the 24-year-old secured his first Super 1000 level victory and is now seeded third, just behind his compatriot Shi Yuqi, whom he defeated in the 2023 final.

Shi will begin his campaign against Rasmus Gemke in Round 1, while top seed Viktor Axelsen, aiming for his third men’s singles crown at this event, will face India’s Kidambi Srikanth.

In the women’s singles draw, reigning champion and top seed An Se-young will kick things off against Hsu Wen-chi from Chinese Taipei. Olympic champion Chen Yufei, last year’s runner-up, will face Vietnam’s Nguyen Thuy Linh, while three-time winner Tai Tzu-ying will take on Nozomi Okuhara.

Although there are no English representatives in either singles draw, Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour will be competing against Pornpawee Chochuwong, hoping to give the British crowd something to cheer about.

In the men’s doubles draw, Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, runners-up at the Malaysia Open and India Open in 2024, are the top seeds and are vying for their first championship title. They will face the 2019 champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in an exciting first-round clash. Reigning champions Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, seeded seventh, will face Lee Fang-chih and Lee Fang-jen.

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The mixed doubles draw will feature an all-English clash that promises to be electrifying as Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith go up against Greg and Jenny Mairs. Meanwhile, top seeds and defending champions Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong will face Vinson Chiu and Jennie Gai. Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, winners in 2021 and 2022, have been drawn against Kyohei Yamashita and Naru Shinoya.

Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong, last year’s triumphant sixth seeds in the women’s doubles, are now third seeds and will start their campaign against Luo Xumin and Li Yijing. Top seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan are aiming to win their first Birmingham title since 2019 and will face Hsu Ya Ching and Lin Wan Ching in their opening match.

To view the complete draw for all five disciplines, click here. To purchase tickets for the 2024 YONEX All England Championship, click here.

FAQs

Q: Who is the defending men’s singles champion at the YONEX All England Championship?
A: Li Shifeng is the defending men’s singles champion at the YONEX All England Championship.

Q: Who is Li Shifeng’s first-round opponent in the defense of his crown?
A: Li Shifeng will face Frenchman Toma Popov in the first round of his title defense.

Q: Who is the top seed in the men’s singles draw?
A: Viktor Axelsen is the top seed in the men’s singles draw.

Summary

The YONEX All England Championship is set to begin, and excitement is building as defending champions prepare to defend their titles. Li Shifeng, last year’s men’s singles champion, will face off against Toma Popov in his opening match. Other top contenders, such as Shi Yuqi and Viktor Axelsen, will also be vying for the crown. In the women’s singles draw, An Se-young, the reigning champion, is set to take on Hsu Wen-chi. With intense competition expected across all disciplines, fans can look forward to thrilling matches and impressive performances. To catch all the action, purchase your tickets for the 2024 YONEX All England Championship now.

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