Saturday, 20 Jul 2024

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After overcoming brief injury setbacks, the world’s top-ranked players Viktor Axelsen and An Se Young are ready to make their return to the court at the Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023, a new Super 500 event on the HSBC BWF World Tour.

Axelsen, citing a left foot injury, unfortunately had to give a walkover in the second round of the VICTOR Denmark Open, and then retired after the first game of the first round at the YONEX French Open. However, he is determined to bounce back and will be facing Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the opening round. Axelsen finds himself in the same quarter as French Open champion Jonatan Christie and Ng Tze Yong.

An Se Young, who has had an incredible season with an impressive 10 titles, recently required treatment for a right knee injury during the Asian Games gold medal match which she won. As a result, she missed the European leg. She will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po in her opening round, with a potential second-round match against Gao Fang Jie. In her half, there are two big names to watch out for – Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei and three-time world champion Carolina Marin.

One more player who has been dealing with injury troubles lately is Malaysia’s Pearly Tan. However, she is set to make her comeback alongside Thinaah Muralitharan as they face Lee Yu Lim/Shin Seung Chan.

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In other news, Kento Momota, who emerged victorious at the Korea Masters 2023, has made it into the main draw after winning two qualifying matches. Momota beat Shesar Hiren Rhustavito and Nachakorn Pusri in straight sets and will now face Loh Kean Yew in the opening round.


A new partnership to keep an eye on is Rahmat Hidayat and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, who won their qualifying match against Chiang Chien-Wei/Wu Hsuan-Yi to earn a spot in the main draw. They will be facing Goh Sze Fei/Nur Izzuddin.

The Indonesian contingent in the men’s doubles draw is looking strong, with notable pairs like Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana, Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Rambitan, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, and Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin.

Meanwhile, China has introduced some relatively unknown pairs in the women’s doubles draw, alongside established pairs like Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan, Li Wen Mei/Liu Xuan Xuan, Zhang Shu Xian/Zheng Yu, and rising stars Liu Sheng Shu/Tan Ning. Keep an eye on Keng Shu Liang/Zhang Chi and Li Yi Jing/Luo Xu Min in the main draw.

Francesca Corbett/Allison Lee, World Junior Championships silver medallists, have been promoted to the women’s doubles main draw and will face Korea Masters runners-up Rui Hirokami/Yuna Kato. Allison Lee has also made it into the main draw of the mixed doubles event alongside Presley Smith.


Q: What are the top matches to watch at the Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023?
A: The opening round clashes between Viktor Axelsen and Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, as well as An Se Young and Pai Yu Po, are highly anticipated. Additionally, keep an eye on Kento Momota’s match against Loh Kean Yew.

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Q: Who are the contenders in the men’s doubles draw?
A: The Indonesian pairs, including Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana, Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Rambitan, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan, and Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin, are looking strong and will definitely be contenders to watch.


As the Kumamoto Masters Japan 2023 gets underway, badminton fans around the world eagerly await the return of Viktor Axelsen and An Se Young. With top players from various countries battling it out, this tournament promises to deliver thrilling matches and showcase the incredible talent in the sport.

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