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Badminton: Wang Yihan in Dubai Finals after Li Xuerui withdraws

World No. 3 Wang Yihan will compete at the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals after No. 1 Li Xuerui withdrew due to injury. Photo: AFP.

World No. 3 Wang Yihan will compete at the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals after No. 1 Li Xuerui withdrew due to injury. Photo: AFP.

December 3, 2014: Asian Games champion Wang Yihan will compete in this month’s BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals after Chinese compatriot Li Xuerui, the World No. 1, withdrew due to injury.

 

Li joined men’s No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia on the absentee list. Lee, who has won four of the six editions of the season-ending event, is provisionally suspended for an apparent anti-doping violation. Chinese superstar Lin Dan, winner in 2011 and a two-time Olympic champion, is another notable absentee after failing to qualify despite impressing in a handful of events since April and rising to World No. 7.

 

Li, who won the Finals in 2012 and 2013, was the only one of the qualifiers across the five categories not to confirm her participation in the US$1 million event, which will be held in Dubai from December 17-21.

 

Along with World No. 2 Wang Shixian, Wang Yihan will now represent China in the women’s singles, as each country is only allowed two players or teams in each category. Wang, 26, won the Finals in 2011 and was runner-up to Li at the 2012 Olympics, but looked unlikely to compete in Dubai as she was ranked third behind Li and Wang Shixian in the BWF Destination Dubai Rankings.

 

Other strong contenders include World No. 4 Saina Nehwal (India), Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun (No. 5) and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-ying (No. 6), winner of the recent Hong Kong Open, the last event in this year’s Metlife BWF World Superseries.

 

World No. 2 Chen Long of China will be the favourite in the men’s singles, while other contenders include Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen (No. 3), Korea’s Son Wan-ho (No. 4) and Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto (No.5) and Japan’s Kenichi Tago (No. 6).

 

Players confirmed for BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals

Note: Players/pairs listed according to the BWF Destination Dubai Rankings.

 

Men’s Singles: Chen Long (China), Jan O Jorgensen (Denmark), Son Wan-ho (Korea), Kidambi Srikanth (India), Kento Momota (Japan), Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark), Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia), Kenichi Tago (Japan)

 

Women’s Singles: Wang Shixian (China), Wang Yihan (China), Saina Nehwal (India), Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand), Sung Ji-hyun (Korea), Tai Tzu-ying (Chinese Taipei), Bae Yeon-ju (Korea), Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)

 

Men’s Doubles: Lee Yong-dae/Yoo Yeon-seong (Korea); Lee Sheng-mu/Tsai Chia-hsin (Chinese Taipei); Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa (Japan); Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia); Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (China); Chai Biao/Hong Wei (China); Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark); Ko Sung-hyun/Shin Baek-choel (Korea)

 

Women’s Doubles: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan); Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda (Japan); Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (China); Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark); Luo Ying/Luo Yu (China); Chang Ye-na/Kim So-yeong (Korea); Jung Kyung-eun/Kim Ha-na (Korea); Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (Indonesia)

 

Mixed Doubles: Xu Chen/Ma Jin (China); Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (China); Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia); Ko Sung-hyun/Kim Ha-na (Korea); Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thoungthongkam (Thailand); Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (England); Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (Denmark); Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels (Germany)

 

Source: BWF (www.bwfbadminton.org); Editing by SportAsia

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