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Women’s Singles at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 is shaping up to be an intensely competitive category. The draw is filled with top players from around the world, making it a thrilling tournament for badminton enthusiasts.

Akane Yamaguchi’s Path to Success

Akane Yamaguchi, the top seed in the tournament, faces formidable opponents on her journey to the podium. In the second round, she will be up against Line Kjaersfeldt from Denmark, hailed as one of Europe’s best, or Maria Ulitina from Ukraine. The potential third round is set to be a battle against World Junior champion Chen Yufei from China. If Yamaguchi survives that challenge, she could potentially face former World champion Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand, or other strong contenders like Chen Xiaoxin from China or Michelle Li from Canada in the quarter-finals.

With such high-caliber competitors in the mix, claiming the top spot will require not only exceptional skills and fitness but also a strong temperament. Yamaguchi, although she possesses these qualities, has yet to secure a major title. However, she has had an impressive year, reaching the semi-finals in England and India, the quarter-finals in Malaysia and Singapore, and making her first final of the year in Australia. Her journey to the World Championships final was an arduous one, with a hard-fought semi-final victory over Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, only to be defeated by her compatriot Nozomi Okuhara in the final.

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Ratchanok Intanon: A Contender with Renewed Confidence

Ratchanok Intanon, the 2013 World champion, enters the tournament without the weight of expectations. Although her Superseries season was hindered by injury, she bounced back by winning two Grand Prix Golds – the SCG Thailand Open and the Skycity New Zealand Open. However, Intanon will face tough opponents like Chen Yufei, Chen Xiaoxin, and Michelle Li in the top quarter, making it a challenging path for her to emerge victorious.

Promising Contenders in Other Quarters

The second quarter sees Pusarla V Sindhu from India as the top contender. However, she will have to be cautious in her second-round match against the up-and-coming Kim Hyo Min from Korea. Another potential threat awaits her in the third round in the form of Cheung Ngan Yi from Hong Kong. If she advances further, a match against China’s Sun Yu will determine the semi-finalist from the second quarter. Pusarla has been improving her game since winning the silver medal in the Rio Olympics, with notable victories in the Thaihot China Open and the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.

The third quarter of the draw is filled with Japanese players, including Nozomi Okuhara, Aya Ohori, and Sayaka Sato, along with Carolina Marin from Spain. Okuhara, who recently made a successful comeback after a shoulder problem, won the Crown Group Australian Open. She is expected to be a strong contender, but she will face a tough test against Aya Ohori in the third round before potentially meeting Marin or Sato. The unexpected winner of the Indonesia Open, Sayaka Sato, could also pose a threat to Marin in the third round.

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Defending champion Carolina Marin is set to face Yip Pui Yin from Hong Kong or Natalia Perminova from Russia in the second round. Assuming no major upsets occur, Marin should progress to the third round. Marin has already achieved great success in her career, securing two World titles and an Olympic gold medal, and she has the chance to etch her name in the history books with a third consecutive World title.

The fourth quarter is likely to be led by Sung Ji Hyun from Korea. Sung has been consistently strong in the Superseries, reaching four consecutive semi-finals and finishing as a runner-up in Indonesia. She also played a crucial role in leading Korea to victory in the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup. Sung’s primary challengers in this quarter will be India’s Saina Nehwal in the third round, and either He Bingjiao from China or Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland in the quarter-finals.

Saina Nehwal, known as the dark horse of the tournament, will be a threat to the top players as she enters the event in the shadow of her compatriot Pusarla. With the pressure off her, Nehwal has the potential to cause upsets and go far in the competition. She has already defeated Sung in Australia, giving her confidence for the matches in Glasgow. He Bingjiao, although inconsistent this season, should not be underestimated, and Gilmour will surely be motivated playing on her home turf after her successes in the Canada Open and the US Open.

FAQs

Q: When is the Women’s Singles final?
A: The Women’s Singles final will take place on [date] at [time].

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Q: Who are the top contenders for the Women’s Singles title?
A: The top contenders for the Women’s Singles title include Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara, Carolina Marin, and Sung Ji Hyun.

Q: How can I buy tickets for the BWF World Championships?
A: Tickets for the BWF World Championships can be purchased through the official website of Carnegiecentre.

Conclusion

The Women’s Singles category at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 promises to be an exciting and fiercely contested event. With top players from around the world vying for the title, fans can expect thrilling matches and remarkable displays of skill and athleticism. Follow the action closely to witness badminton at its finest.

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