Super Series Finals points up for grabs in Denmark
The ninth leg of the Super Series, the Denmark Open, has attracted a big number of entries as the race to win valuable points to qualify for the season ending VICTOR BWF Super Series Finals gains momentum.
Although some big names have skipped the tournament, the large number of entries means qualifying rounds will held for every event bar the women’s doubles.
After Denmark, there are only three Super Series tournaments left – the French Open, China Open and Hong Kong Open.
The Denmark Open begins in Odense on Oct 26 with World No 2 Peter Gade the top seed in the men’s singles followed by World Championships silver medallist Taufik Hidayat as the No 2 seed.
Gade will open his campaign with a match against Hong Kong’s Wong Wi Ki while Taufik plays a qualifier in the first round with the latter, especially, eager to get as many points on the board as possible in his bid to qualify for the season ending Finals which will be played in Chinese Taipei on 5-9 January 2011.
Taufik is currently ranked No 15 in the Super Series Standings but only the top eight will qualify for the Finals.
Many of Asia’s big names, including players from China, have given the tournament a miss due to the Asian Games, the biggest multi sport event in the region, which will be held in Guangzhou from 13 to 21 November.
However, the men’s singles field is not short of world class players with All England runner up Kenichi Tago and Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana in the line up. Other notable players are Denmark;s Jan Jorgensen, Joachim Persson and Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.
In the men’s doubles, Danes Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen are the top seed and will play Malaysia’s Goh Wei Shem-Teo Kok Siang in the first round.
Former world champions and reigning Olympic champions Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia, who are the No 2 seeds, play their first match against Japan’s Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato.
Markis-Hendra are expected to play compatriots Alvent Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan in the semi-finals while Boe-Mogensen are expected to face England’s Nathan Robertson-Anthony Clark in the semis.
In the women’s singles, World No 2 Wang Yihan is the top seed and will take on Switzerland’s Jeanine Cicognini in the first round while local hope Tine Baun, formerly Tine Rasmussen, will play Thai youngster Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.
France’s pi Hongyan, the No 3 seed, has a tough opener against Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva and if she wins, Yao Jie from the Netherlands should be her quarter-final opponent.
In the women’s doubles, the only event not to have a qualifying round, Japanese pairs dominate the seeding with Miyuki Maeda-Satoko Suetsuna, ranked fifth in the Super Series standings, will be looking to get some important ranking points to qualify for the VICTOR BWF Super Series Finals.
Also looking to consolidate their place in the VICTOR BWF Super Series Finals will be teammates Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa, who are ranked No 2 in the Super Series standings.
In the mixed doubles, the Danes are prominent in the draw with Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Joachim Fischer-Christinna Pedersen capable of finishing with medals.
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