Halfway Review of the World Superseries 2017

Sneak peek halfway into BWF superseries

Hendra Setiawan and Tan Boon Heong in top form in badminton World Superseries 2017

Hendra Setiawan and Tan Boon Heong’s climb into eighth spot in the Destination Dubai Rankings  with their tough run at the Crown Group Australian Open. They have a lot in minds for the badminton World Superseries 2017

The veteran pair proved that they still have a lot of badminton left in them!

The Indonesian and Malaysian pair proved to be one of the most effective duo in Men’s Doubles Badminton. They are here to delight their fans in their new phase together. Hendra Setiawan and Tan Boon Heong’ came met in January 2017 as a unique trans-national partnership. Whatever hurdles there might have been early on have been taken care of, as the two finally achieved their biggest win in Australia recently in the Australian open.

 

World Superseries Journey till july 2017

Begging from the qualifying rounds, Setiawan and Tan paved their way, scoring three second-round finishes . This was in India, Singapore and then at the Indonesian Badminton courts  which was before their impressive run in Sydney, Australia – which saw them beat the likes of China’s Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan and Japan’s Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko .

Tan Said : “I hope there will be more pairs like us,”  “It will be good for the sport.”  

How the chinese are doing in the badminton world superseries?

The point leaders in the badminton race to Dubai arebadminton world superseries . This pair has a massive total of 44,220 points from a total of six World Superseries. This pair started with a runner-up place at the Yonex All England, reached the semi-finals in India and quarter-finals in Malaysia, before turning up as runners-up again, in Singapore.

They avenged their Singapore Open final loss to Denmark’s Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen . This win was in the very next World Superseries final at Indonesia!

Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang have been part of the resurgence of Chinese Taipei’s Men’s Doubles. The duo are currently at their best ranking, at ie at No.9 spot in the BWF World Rankings. Among their victims were Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (from Denmark) in Indian opens and China’s Chai Biao/Hong Wei in Indonesian opens. Three Superseries quarter-finals which were in India, Singapore and Indonesia .This helped them garner most of the 25,050 points that places them at No.6 in the Destination Dubai Rankings, above compatriots Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han (No.9) and Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin (No.18).

The chinese have another pair in the top ten spots – Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan. They were semi-finalists at three events. They were also rewarded with fourth spot in the rankings for their consistency.

 

Early season domination by the Indonesians

The  badminton doubles pair who dominated early in the season were the Indonesians Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. They are at the No.2 spot. They won three straight Superseries titles in England, India followed by Malaysia . They portrayed that the diminutive Indonesians were in their own league. Their sheer talent has surprised the fans, and the upcoming World Championships will be an early test of whether they can translate their Superseries heroics on to a bigger stage.

Indonesia’s Angga Pratama/Ricky Karandasuwardi ( at the No.5 spot ) had an inconsistent season. They fell in the early round of four Superseries. Their best was in India, where they made the final defeating China’s Li/Liu in the final-four. Having failed to solve the puzzle of their compatriots Gideon/Sukamuljo in their third battle in  finals of worldSuperseries, Pratama/Karandasuwardi veered a bit off course; a quarter-final in Singapore being the only other bright spot.

Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda

Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda badminton world superseries

Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (at the No.3 spot) did enjoy their first Superseries win of the season in Sydney, Australia, beating Setiawan and Tan in the finals. The Japanese doubles pair turned out to be semi-finalists in Malaysia and quarter-finalists in England, Singapore and Indonesia, and they will leave full of confidence having added a Superseries title to the one they claimed in Hong Kong last year.

MetLife BWF World Superseries season will resume in September with the Victor Korea Open

Denmark’s Boe and Mogensen (No.7) became better as the season went through, recovering from their loss in first round in England and second round loss in India to win the Singapore Open and finish  as the runners-up in Indonesian open. The Danes were brilliant in Singapore, beating Kamura/Sonoda and Gideon/Sukamuljo on their path to the final, in which they blew away Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen 21-13 21-14.

They maintained their form in the Indonesia Open, but this time Li/Liu got the better of them in the final in three close games.

Like their compatriots Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang, Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han also had a strong season, achieving their career-best ranking of 13 on the BWF World Rankings. Strong performances at the Grand Prix Gold translated into success at the Superseries as they followed up four straight second round performances with a semi-final finish in Australia, en route to which they upset second seeds Li/Liu. Their exploits in Sydney saw them jump six places up to the No.9 spot on the Destination Dubai Rankings.

In tenth spot are Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding, who went off the rails after a sound start. The Danes were semi-finalists in England and India but then fell to opening round losses in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

The MetLife BWF World Superseries season will resume in September with the Victor Korea Open. Six more Superseries remain to be played, following which the top eight finishers in each of the five categories will be invited to play the Dubai World Superseries Finals in December at Hamdan Sports Complex.

Currently the top 10 rankings in Badminton World Superseries

Top Ten

1.Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China)

2.Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia)

3.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan)

4.Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (China)

5.Angga Pratama/Ricky Karandasuwardi (Indonesia)

6.Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (Chinese Taipei)

7.Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark)

8.Hendra Setiawan/Tan Boon Heong (Indonesia/Malaysia)

9.Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han (Chinese Taipei)

10.Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark)

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