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The upcoming TOTAL BWF World Championships promises to be a highly competitive and thrilling event, with all the top-eight qualifiers in both singles categories being World Superseries winners. The Badminton World Federation has recently published the qualifying list, revealing a draw that will undoubtedly test and showcase the skills of the eventual champions.

Men’s Singles: A Battle of Titans

The Men’s Singles category features a stellar lineup of both seasoned veterans and ambitious young players, all eager to seize their moment of glory. Headlining the list is China’s Chen Long, looking to defend his title after a successful year so far. The legendary Lin Dan, who missed the last BWF World Championships, is determined to prove that he still possesses the skills to compete at the highest level. Jan O Jorgensen from Denmark, Kidambi Srikanth from India, Son Wan Ho from Korea, Wang Zhengming from China, Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei, and Kento Momota from Japan are among the impressive contenders, each boasting at least one World Superseries title. Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who has come agonizingly close to winning the world title before, is ranked 45th on the list, while Zulfadli Zulkiffli takes Malaysia’s second spot at No. 41.

Apart from these front-runners, other notable names on the list include Kevin Cordon from Guatemala (No. 49), Edwin Ekiring from Uganda (No. 159), and Daniel Guda from Australia (No. 202), representing the Continental Confederations of Pan Am, Africa, and Oceania respectively.

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China’s dominance in Men’s Singles is evident as they have secured three automatic qualifications with Chen Long, Lin Dan, and Wang Zhengming ranked within the top eight. They also have Tian Houwei (No. 10) as the first reserve, ready to step in if needed.

Women’s Singles: A Battle Royale

In the Women’s Singles category, China also stands strong with three direct entries through Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian, and Wang Yihan, all ranking within the top eight. Sun Yu, ranked No. 9, serves as the first reserve. However, despite the formidable presence of the Chinese players, there are several strong contenders from around the world. Saina Nehwal from India, defending champion Carolina Marin from Spain, and Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand are all vying for the title. Other notable players expected to make their mark in the tournament are Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei, Sung Ji Hyun from Korea, Nozomi Okuhara from Japan, PV Sindhu from India, and Michelle Li from Canada.

Regrettably, World Junior champion Akane Yamaguchi will not be participating as she has chosen to play in a high-school team championship. Japan will be represented by Okuhara, Sayaka Takahashi, and Minatsu Mitani. Thailand will have Ratchanok Intanon, Busanan Ongbumrungpan, and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk as their representatives. Indonesia has chosen Maria Febe Kusumastuti and Lindaweni Fanetri instead of the higher-ranked Adrianti Firdasari. Denmark’s sole representative will be Line Kjaersfeldt, as they have declined the entry of European Championships runner-up Anna Thea Madsen.

FAQs

1. How are the players selected for the BWF World Championships?

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Eligible players from Phase I and Phase II are included in the list, along with the reserves. Member associations have until July 24 to decline or withdraw the entry of their players. Any player withdrawn will be replaced by a player from the reserves’ list. Seedings will be determined on July 23 based on the world rankings, and the draw will take place four days later, on July 27, 2015.

2. How many entries are allowed per country in each category?

Each country is permitted a maximum of four entries in every category. Under Phase I and Phase II of the eligibility lists, a country can have a maximum quota of four players/pairs if they are ranked within the top eight, three if they are within the top 24, or two if they are within the top 150.

Conclusion

The upcoming TOTAL BWF World Championships is set to be a spectacle of skill, determination, and fierce competition. With top players from around the world vying for the coveted title, badminton enthusiasts can expect nothing short of exceptional performances. Stay tuned as the world’s best badminton players battle it out on the court for glory.

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