China Open 2017 Kicks Off, Lin VS. Lee Fortieth Encounter to Unfold
China Open 2017 kicked off in Fuzhou on November 14. As a major part of the BWF Super Series, this world level event has attracted 242 badminton players from 20 countries and regions, with 52 players representing China which is the home court.
At the preliminaries, top seeds from different countries have not made public appearance. Formal competitions of individual events will start with the first round.
According to the selection draw, Viktor Axelsen, Lin Dan, Chou Tien-chen, Lee Chong Wei will compete at the upper half. Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei will have a counter at the quarter-finals, a fortieth competition between Lin and Lee as long as they pass the two rounds of formal competitions.
Lee Chong Wei will spare no effort if he has the chance to rival for the top eight titles with Lin Dan. “The priority is to have a good play”, said Lee.
Chen Long champion at Rio Olympics and Chinese young player Shi Yuqi will have a competition at the bottom half.
Having lost the semi-finals at World Championships, failed to claim the third consecutive championship title, eliminated after the first round at China National Badminton Games and Denmark Open, defeated during the second round at France Open, Chen Long has been in a bad state. During the pre-competition interview, he suggested that he would make a plan for his winter training to solve the problems he faced this year and to better prepare himself for next competition after China Open and Hong Kong Open the last two competitions this year.
Whether He Bingjiao and Chen Yufei will defeat strong opponents in women’s singles remains to be seen.
It is the first time that China national mixed doubles players who experienced reshuffle make its debut in Super Series at China Open. A fresh pair of Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong who claimed Macao Grand Prix Gold title will face more powerful competitors.
China failed to claimed Chin Open title for 15 years in men’s doubles. The fresh world champions Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng and Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo winners in men’s double at last Open are all assigned to the upper half and whether they can have an encounter at the semi-finals deserves attention.
Chen Qingchen who is dedicated herself to women’s doubles is partnered with Jia Yifan in this event and will embrace the challenge from China’s Taiwan players Hsu Ya-ching/Wu Ti-jung.