Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Striking Developments at the BWF World Championships

The highly anticipated BWF World Championships are just around the corner, and badminton fans are buzzing with excitement. However, there have been some surprising developments in the lineup, as reigning World champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir have decided not to defend their title. This decision has left fans wondering about the reasons behind it.

Mixed Doubles Pairs Opting Out

Ahmad and Natsir are not the only ones to decline their invitation. Last year’s runners-up, Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen from China, as well as other prominent pairs like Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto from Indonesia, Seo Seung Jae and Kim Ha Na from Korea, and Choi SolGyu and Chae YuJung have also chosen not to participate. However, it’s worth noting that some of these players have qualified with different partners. For instance, Zheng Siwei will be playing with Huang Yaqiong, and Praveen Jordan has accepted his qualification with Melati Daeva Oktavianti.

The Reserves

Even with some top-ranked pairs declining their invitations, there are still several capable reserve pairs who can make their mark in the tournament. Among these reserves are England’s Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh, Denmark’s Mikkel Mikkelsen and Mai Surrow, Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao and Chiang Kai Hsin, Denmark’s Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Line Kjaersfeldt, Thailand’s Tinn Isriyanet and Pacharapun Chochuwong, Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Chen Hsiao Huan, and Thailand’s Bodin Issara and Savitree Amitrapai.

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Women’s Doubles Showdown

In the Women’s Doubles category, we can expect an impressive display of talent from Japan. The fast-improving pair of Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto, who soared from World No.45 to No.11 in just a year, have qualified as the first reserves. Joining them will be their compatriots Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, and Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto. Other eligible reserve pairs include Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun and Chang Ye Na, Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan, Malaysia’s Soong Fie Cho and Tee Jing Yi, young Chinese duo Du Yue and Xu Ya, Thailand’s Savitree Amitrapai and Pacharapun Chochuwong, and Denmark’s Julie Finne-Ipsen and Rikke Soby.

Declining Invitations

Unfortunately, some pairs have declined their invitations in the Women’s Doubles category. These include Korean pairs Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee, Kim Hye Rin and Yoo Chae Ran, and Chae YuJung and Kim So Yeong, as well as Russia’s Olga Morozova and Anastasia Chervykova, England’s Lauren Smith and Sarah Walker, Hong Kong’s Poon Lok Yan and Tse Ying Suet, and England’s Chloe Birch and Jessica Pugh.

Men’s Singles and Doubles Drama

In the Men’s Singles category, we have three players from the reserves’ list who have become eligible. Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Yen Hao, Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, and India’s Sameer Verma have secured their spots as reserves.

Chinese Taipei has reason to be pleased, as their No.14 pair, Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng, has qualified as the first reserves in the Men’s Doubles category. They will be joining their compatriots Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin, Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang, and Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han.

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Goodbye to Former Titleholders

Last year’s runners-up, Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Saputro, have declined their invitation, as have Korea’s Kim Won Ho and Seo Seung Jae, and England’s Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden, and Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. However, reserve pairs like Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard, Indonesia’s Berry Angriawan and Hardianto Hardianto, Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Malaysia’s Tan Boon Heong, Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe, China’s Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong, and Thailand’s Bodin Issara and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet have stepped in to fill these vacancies.


Q: Who are the reigning World champions in Mixed Doubles?
A: Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir are the reigning World champions in Mixed Doubles.

Q: Which pairs have declined their invitations in the Women’s Doubles category?
A: Some of the pairs that have declined their invitations in the Women’s Doubles category are Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee, Kim Hye Rin and Yoo Chae Ran, and Chae YuJung and Kim So Yeong.

Q: Which players have become eligible from the reserves’ list in the Men’s Singles category?
A: Hsu Yen Hao from Chinese Taipei, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk from Thailand, and Sameer Verma from India have become eligible from the reserves’ list in the Men’s Singles category.


The BWF World Championships are shaping up to be a thrilling event, with surprising twists and turns in the lineup. While some top-ranked players have chosen not to defend their titles, the stage is set for new talent to shine. As fans eagerly await the tournament, it will be interesting to see how the reserve pairs perform and if any unexpected upsets occur. Stay tuned for more updates on the Carnegiecentre website as we bring you the latest news and analysis of this prestigious badminton event.

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