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The Battle of Youth vs. Experience at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

The BWF World Championships in 2017 promises an exciting competition between seasoned veterans and talented young players in the Men’s Doubles category. The top two seeds, Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China) and Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark), represent different generations of players, showcasing the clash between experience and youthful exuberance.

The younger generation is well-represented by players like Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) and Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko (Japan), who join Li/Liu in carrying the flag for up-and-coming shuttlers. On the other hand, Boe/Mogensen, along with their compatriots Mads Pieler Kolding/Mads Conrad-Petersen, Chai Biao/Hong Wei of China, and Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia, bring their wealth of experience to the court.

Li/Liu, the number one seeds, have been in outstanding form, with notable performances such as being runners-up in England, reaching the semi-finals in India, and enjoying a 12-match unbeaten run after their loss to Boe/Mogensen in the OUE Singapore Open final. They recently clinched victory at the Badminton Asia Championships and avenged their Singapore Open loss by winning the BCA Indonesia Open title clash against Boe/Mogensen.

However, the road ahead is challenging for the top seeds, with a possible second-round encounter against Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan/Rian Agung Saputro and a potential quarter-final match against Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong. Meanwhile, Goh/Tan will need to navigate past tough opponents like India’s Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy and England’s Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge before reaching the quarter-finals.

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In the second quarter, Japan’s Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda look poised to dominate, with their strongest competition likely to come from Indonesia’s Angga Pratama/Ricky Karandasuwardi in the third round. Kamura/Sonoda have been consistent throughout the season, securing their second Superseries title in Australia. Pratama/Suwardi, however, faced a dip in form after losing to Fernaldi/Sukamuljo for the fourth consecutive time in India.

The winners of this quarter will probably face tough opponents like Kolding/Conrad-Petersen, Or Chin Chung/Tang Chun Man of Hong Kong, or Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han of Chinese Taipei.

Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han have been on a meteoric rise, leaving a lasting impact by defeating Li/Liu in the second round of the Crown Group Australian Open and reaching the semi-finals. Or/Tang from Hong Kong, despite facing four straight first-round losses this year, can still pose a threat on any given day. Kamura/Sonoda will face a tough challenge in their quest to reach the semi-finals from this quarter.

In the third quarter, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are the clear favorites, boasting an impressive streak of three consecutive Superseries titles in England, India, and Malaysia. They may face a challenging third-round match against Russians Ivanov/Sozonov, followed by a showdown against either Chai Biao/Hong Wei or Huang Kaixiang/Wang Yilyu from China.

Chai/Hong have maintained a low profile this season after their victory at the Swiss Open, only reaching the semi-finals in Malaysia and the Badminton Asia Championships in April and participating in just one tournament since then.

The bottom quarter showcases the biggest names in the Men’s Doubles category: Boe/Mogensen. They may face a third-round encounter against Japan’s Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko or Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, followed by a quarter-final match against China’s Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng or Danish compatriots Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. However, the newly-formed Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe could also pose a threat to the more established players.

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For more details and the Men’s Doubles draw, please click here.

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FAQs

Q: Who are the top seeds in the Men’s Doubles category at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017?
A: The top two seeds in the Men’s Doubles category are Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China) and Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark). They represent different generations and will be competing against each other along with a mix of talented young players and experienced veterans.

Q: Who are the favorites to win the Men’s Doubles title?
A: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) are considered the favorites to win the Men’s Doubles title due to their exceptional performances, including three consecutive Superseries titles. However, there are several strong pairs, like Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China) and Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark), who could pose a significant challenge.

Q: Which pairs could potentially face each other in the quarter-finals?
A: Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China) might face a potential quarter-final match against Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong, while Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) could potentially face China’s Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng or Danish compatriots Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the quarter-finals.

Summary

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 Men’s Doubles category promises an intense battle between generations. Talented youngsters like Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, and Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko will go head-to-head with experienced players like Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, Mads Pieler Kolding/Mads Conrad-Petersen, and Chai Biao/Hong Wei. The top seeds, Li/Liu, have been exceptional, but they face tough competition from Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong. Other pairs to watch out for include Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, who have had a stellar season, and Russia’s Ivanov/Sozonov. Exciting matches are on the horizon as these talented pairs battle it out for the Men’s Doubles title. For more information, visit Carnegiecentre.com.

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