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The Road to Glasgow: Who’s Leading the Pack?

Jan O Jorgensen is currently leading the Race to Glasgow rankings in Men’s Singles, with the TOTAL BWF World Championships just around the corner. With nine weeks left in the qualifying period, let’s take a closer look at the top contenders and their chances of making it to the prestigious tournament.

The Qualifying Period

The Race to Glasgow tracks the ranking status of players from the start of the qualifying period in week 17 of 2016 until the last Thursday of April 2017. The world rankings on April 27, 2017, will determine the eligibility of players for the TOTAL BWF World Championships.

During this period, the BWF ranking list will be used to determine eligibility for 64 places in Men’s Singles, 48 places in Women’s Singles, and 48 pairs in each of the three doubles categories. Each Member Association can field a maximum of four players/pairs in each category if they are ranked within the top 8, three if they are ranked within 24, and two if they are ranked within 150.

The Top Contenders

Leading the way in Men’s Singles is Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, who has accumulated 69,274 points from playing 11 tournaments in the qualifying period. Hot on his heels is Son Wan Ho from Korea, with 62,963 points from 13 tournaments. Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who has played only seven tournaments, is not far behind with 61,353 points. Lee’s World Superseries title wins in Indonesia and Japan, along with his runner-up place in the Rio Olympics, have contributed to his high ranking.

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Surprisingly, world and Olympic champion Chen Long from China is currently ranked No. 15 in the Race to Glasgow rankings. Chen’s limited participation since winning the gold in Rio has affected his ranking. However, he is expected to catch up as he gets going in 2017.

Other notable contenders in the top ten include Viktor Axelsen from Denmark, who won the Dubai World Superseries Finals, China’s Tian Houwei, and Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long. It’s an intense battle among these talented players to secure their spots in the prestigious tournament.

Women’s Singles

In the Women’s Singles category, Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei is the leading player in the Race to Glasgow rankings. With an impressive performance in the latter half of 2016, Tai has accumulated 77,641 points from 13 tournaments. Following closely behind are Sung Ji Hyun from Korea, Akane Yamaguchi from Japan, and Pusarla V Sindhu from India.

Men’s Doubles

In the Men’s Doubles category, Denmark duo Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen are currently leading with 69,140 points. Their Superseries win in France and runner-up places in China and Hong Kong have contributed to their high ranking. Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong from Malaysia are in second place, followed by Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open champions Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda from Japan.

Women’s Doubles

Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi from Japan are comfortably perched at the top of the Women’s Doubles rankings with 85,926 points. Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, runners-up in Rio, are at No. 2, followed by Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan from Korea.

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Mixed Doubles

In the Mixed Doubles category, Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen from China are leading the pack. Their recent victories in Dubai, Japan, and France have given them a commanding 82,282 points. Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na are in second place, closely followed by Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen from Denmark.

FAQs

Q: How are the rankings determined for the TOTAL BWF World Championships?
A: The rankings are determined based on the players’ performance during the qualifying period. The top-ranked players in each category will secure their spots in the tournament.

Q: Can a Member Association field more than one player/pair in each category?
A: Yes, a Member Association can field up to four players/pairs in each category, depending on their rankings.

Q: Who are the current leaders in each category?
A: Jan O Jorgensen is leading in Men’s Singles, Tai Tzu Ying in Women’s Singles, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in Men’s Doubles, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in Women’s Doubles, and Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in Mixed Doubles.

Conclusion

The Race to Glasgow is heating up as players from around the world compete for their spots in the TOTAL BWF World Championships. With just a few weeks left in the qualifying period, every match counts. Stay tuned to see who will come out on top and secure their place in this prestigious tournament.

For more information on the Race to Glasgow rankings, visit the Carnegiecentre.