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News | BWF World Championships

Having come close to victory in previous editions of the BWF World Championships, Lee Yong Dae is hopeful that this year will be his time to shine. As one of the top Men’s Doubles qualifiers, alongside Yoo Yeon Seong, Lee is determined to secure his first world title at the upcoming tournament in Jakarta.

The Korean duo currently leads the Phase II list of qualifiers with an impressive 97188 points, ahead of the second-placed Danes, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, who are also vying for their first world championship title. Other contenders in the Men’s Doubles category include Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia, who are in third place and aiming to reclaim the title they won in 2013.

The eligibility lists for the tournament allow countries to have a maximum quota of entries based on their rankings. Traditional badminton powerhouses such as China, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea dominate the top 20 places of Men’s Doubles qualifiers, with a few exceptions such as Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin of Chinese Taipei and Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov of Russia.

China’s hopes rest on pairs like Chai Biao/Hong Wei, Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan, and Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan, while Japan will be counting on Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa, Noriyasu Hirata/Hirokatsu Hashimoto, Keigo Sonoda/Takeshi Kamura, and Kenta Kazuno/Kazushi Yamada. Besides Lee/Yoo, Korea has another strong pair, Shin Baek Choel/Ko Sung Hyun, who recently won the BCA Indonesia Open.

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Denmark’s contenders include Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, Mads Pieler Kolding/Mads Conrad-Petersen, and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Kim Astrup. Other notable pairs in the competition are Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei from Malaysia, Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa from India, and Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter-Juhl from Denmark.

In the Women’s Doubles category, China has been able to field four pairs due to their depth in talent. Prominent pairs from other countries include Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi from Japan and Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari from Indonesia. Korea will be represented by Go Ah Ra/Yoo Hae Won and Shin Seung Chan/Lee So Hee.

The competition in Mixed Doubles is fierce, with former champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia and pairs from Denmark, England, Russia, and Hong Kong all vying for the top spot. Thailand will be represented by Nipitphon Puangpuapech/Puttita Supajirakul, while South Africa and Australia have their continental representatives in Andries Malan/Jennifer Fry and Robin Middleton/Leanne Choo, respectively.

The BWF World Championships promises intense competition from some of the best badminton players in the world. Fans can expect thrilling matches and outstanding performances throughout the tournament.

FAQs

Q: Who are the top contenders in the Men’s Doubles category at the BWF World Championships?
A: Some top contenders in the Men’s Doubles category include Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong from Korea, Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen from Denmark, and Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia.

Q: Which countries dominate the top 20 places in Men’s Doubles qualifiers?
A: Traditional badminton powerhouses such as China, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea dominate the top 20 places in Men’s Doubles qualifiers.

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Q: Who are the top contenders in the Women’s Doubles category at the BWF World Championships?
A: Some top contenders in the Women’s Doubles category include pairs from China, Japan, and Indonesia, such as Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi and Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari.

Q: Who are the strong contenders in the Mixed Doubles category at the BWF World Championships?
A: Strong contenders in the Mixed Doubles category include former champions Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir from Indonesia and pairs from Denmark, England, Russia, and Hong Kong.