30 October, 2017


With just two qualification events to go before the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, the competition is on in earnest as the world’s best players strive to earn the right to compete in the lucrative season-ending event. Tickets are now on sale for the badminton blockbuster which will take place from 13-17 December at the Hamdan Sports Complex.


To compete for a share of the US$1million prize pool, the players must finish in the top eight at the end of the twelve-event Metlife Superseries, and with the 2017 World Champions guaranteed a spot in the final eight, the battle is on for the remaining seven qualification places in each of the men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories.


Along with World Champion and Dubai World Superseries Finals defending champion Viktor Axelsen, India’s Kidambi Srikanth is one of the few players guaranteed a spot in the men’s singles in Dubai after a stellar season which has seen him appear in five finals so far, taking four titles including this week’s Yonex French Open.


Korea’s Son Wan Ho and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen also look fairly certain to qualify, but the remaining places are still up for grabs in the final two events, the China Open and the Hong Kong Open. China’s Shi Yuqi and Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei lead the chase pack but only hold a narrow points margin over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki and Ng Ka Long, setting up an exciting finish to the season.


In the women’s singles it has been a tussle between Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying for top spot in the rankings. Two-time Dubai winner Tai took her fourth title for the year at the French Open, and while Yamaguchi is yet to claim one she has made at least the quarter finals in every event this year and has been runner-up three times, including at the French Open, keeping her at the top of the leaderboard.


India’s Olympic and World Championships silver medallist Pusarla V Sindhu is on track to join World champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon and Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin in the final eight.


Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo hold a comfortable lead in the men’s doubles ranking, and sat out the French Open. They will join World Champions Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng, while last year’s runners-up in Dubai, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda should also make the cut.


The women’s doubles field is dominated by Japanese pairs, but with only two entries per country permitted, at least two of the four pairs in the top eight will miss out. China’s World Champions and Dubai defending champions Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan will automatically qualify, with Korea’s Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee and Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl also guaranteed a place.


China holds the top three positions in the mixed doubles rankings, but with several recent changes in established teams only the World Champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir are sure of a place, with their victory in the French Open icing on the cake.


With the final qualification places on the line in all categories, the last two events of the season, the Tahoe China Open on 14-19 November, and the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Open on 21-26 November, are set to serve up some titanic battles.


The Dubai World Superseries Finals will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council. The competition is being staged in Dubai each December until 2017 as part of a four-year partnership, facilitated by Falcon and Associates in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council and the Badminton World Federation (BWF).


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