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# The BWF World Championships: An Exciting Showcase of Badminton Talent

The BWF World Championships have always been a stage for badminton’s biggest stars to shine. In recent years, players like Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, and Chen Long have dominated the Men’s Singles category. But as we approach the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017, the question arises: Will one of these legends continue their reign, or will a new star emerge?

Chen Long

If we look at this year’s season, none of the three big names have had overwhelming success. However, it’s important to note that pre-event performance doesn’t always indicate how their week will pan out. Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, and Chen Long have achieved so much in their careers, and they tend to peak at major events.

Lee Chong Wei, in particular, needs to be on his guard right from the start. In his opener, he will face Frenchman Brice Leverdez, who defeated him in Denmark last year. Leverdez can be a tough opponent on any given day. If Lee manages to overcome this challenge, he may face either Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or China’s Tian Houwei in the third round. And if he triumphs again, he will meet the man who has defeated him in three major finals – Chen Long.

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Chen Long had a slow start to the year, but he has proven himself by winning the Badminton Asia Championships and leading China into the Sudirman Cup final. In the opening round, he will face Mauritian Georges Paul. Should he progress to the quarter-finals, his likely opponents will be Indonesian veteran Sony Dwi Kuncoro and India’s Ajay Jayaram, both of whom have not troubled him in recent encounters.

In the third quarter of the draw, the likely semi-final contenders are Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long, Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, and India’s Sai Praneeth.

Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen has shown that he has come of age with his titles in Dubai last year and India this year. With bronze medals from the World Championships (2014) and the Olympic Games (2016), he is certainly a title contender if he can navigate through the early rounds unscathed. Sai Praneeth is another emerging player to watch out for. His victory at the OUE Singapore Open proved that he has finally arrived and has the potential to trouble any opponent with his improved physicality and shot-making ability.

According to Danish badminton great Morten Frost, Korea’s Son Wan Ho and India’s Kidambi Srikanth are the ones to watch in the Men’s Singles category. Interestingly, both players are in the top quarter of the draw. Son has relatively easier early rounds, but his real test could come in the third round against Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, the player who defeated him in the Denmark Open final last year. Kidambi Srikanth, who has been in peak form with consecutive successes in Indonesia and Australia, will also be closely watched. His third round could potentially be against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto, or Hong Kong’s Hu Yun.

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Lin Dan, the five-time World champion, starts his campaign against local hopeful Kieran Merrilees. Lin Dan recently demonstrated his hunger for success by defeating Lee Chong Wei in Malaysia, and with his vast experience, he shouldn’t be underestimated. He may face Denmark’s Emil Holst in the second round, followed by England’s Rajiv Ouseph or India’s Sameer Verma in the third round. If he reaches the quarter-finals, he could potentially face his compatriot Shi Yuqi or Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki.

Brazil’s Ygor Coelho de Oliveira, who created waves at home in Rio, is another player worth keeping an eye on. He has had some impressive wins at the Peru International Challenge and the Pan American Championships. In the same quarter as Oliveira is Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama, a 20-year-old who has achieved notable victories over the likes of Tian Houwei, Wong Wing Ki, and Lee Hyun Il.

To stay updated on the Men’s Singles draw, visit Carnegiecentre for more information.

FAQs

  • Q: Who are the top contenders for the Men’s Singles category in the BWF World Championships?
    A: The top contenders for the Men’s Singles category in the BWF World Championships include renowned players such as Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Viktor Axelsen, Sai Praneeth, Son Wan Ho, and Kidambi Srikanth.

  • Q: When and where will the BWF World Championships take place?
    A: The BWF World Championships are scheduled to take place at a venue and date yet to be announced. Stay updated on Carnegiecentre for more details.

Conclusion

The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 promises to be an exciting showcase of badminton talent. While the legendary players have dominated the Men’s Singles category in the past, this year may bring new stars to the forefront. From Lin Dan’s mastery to Lee Chong Wei’s resilience and Chen Long’s resurgence, the competition will be fierce. The emerging talents like Viktor Axelsen, Sai Praneeth, Son Wan Ho, and Kidambi Srikanth also pose a significant challenge to the established champions. Stay tuned for more updates on Carnegiecentre as we witness thrilling matches and witness the crowning of a new World Champion.

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