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Badminton | Gear up for Denmark Open 2020, Asian leg moved to 2021

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The badminton fraternity has seen no competitive action internationally since the All England Open in March 2020. But there is some cheer for  badminton fans across the world as finally Denmark Open I is all set to go ahead as planned between 13th to 18th October 2020. The Thomas and Uber Cups stand postponed to the next year and Denmark Open II has been cancelled all together.

The Asian Leg has also been postponed to January 2021 in Thailand.

“We had planned the European leg which included the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals and two Denmark Opens in October. At the same time we announced we would plan an Asian leg. Setting up that level of events is a complex and big exercise. Simply due to time constraints, we are not able to conduct it before January, which was found to be the best time to get the logistical arrangements in place”, said BWF secretary in a virtual press conference.

“The challenges are not as big if you don’t have to cross so many national borders. In our normal tournament structure, we have 300 to 400 players coming from 40 to 60 countries. The big challenge here is that we need them getting out of their countries, and then getting in to the host countries, with quarantine restrictions and so on, which are being dealt differently in different places. That creates a complexity in getting that many people together in one location. That’s what we are trying to bridge by creating this cluster in Thailand, where we can play a number of tournaments in the same location”, said BWF secretary Thomas Lund.

Denmark Open seeding and preview

Men’s Singles

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  1. Kento Momota
  2. Chou Tien Chen
  3. Anders Antonsen
  4. Kanta Tsuneyama

Kento Momota will surely be the top player eyeing to clinch the title. Behind him are Chou Tien Chen and Anders Antonsen. Several junior players like Lakshya Sen, Christo Popov, who are creating ripples will also look to make a mark in the international circuit. The Indian, Kidambi Srikanth is seeded number 6. Parupalli Kashyap has a tough draw as he is in the same half as Kento Momota. Other Indians participating are Ajay Jayaram, Shubhankar Dey and HS Prannoy.

Women’s Singles

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  1. Akane Yamaguchi
  2. Nozomi Okuhara
  3. Carolina Marin
  4. Michelle Li

Saina Nehwal is the lone Indian in the women’s singles category. Denmark’s young women like Line Christophersen and Line Kjaersfeldt have a great opportunity to perform on their home ground and shine. The top three seeds, Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin will all be fighting hard for the title.

Men’s Doubles

  1. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda
  2. Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe
  3. Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi
  4. Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen

Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen will no doubt be the home favourite to win the title. However the Japanese pairs have performed extremely well in the past. Three of the top four seeds are Japanese and it is more likely to see a Japanese pair win the title in this category.

Women’s Doubles

  1. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota
  2. Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara
  3. Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida
  4. Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva

The women’s doubles category too is dominated by the Japanese in the seedings. The Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva lead the European challenge in the women’s doubles category.

Mixed Doubles

  1. Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino
  2. Marcus Ellis/ Lauren Smith
  3. Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock
  4. Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich

The mixed doubles category sees much European presence in the top four seeding. Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith head the European challenge. They face good competition to the pair of Arisa Higashino and Yuta Watanabe. The husband- wife duo of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock will also be in strong pursuit of the title with powerful and fast paced play.

Badminton is finally returning on 13th of October 2020 with the Denmark Open, after a seven month hiatus. It indeed is a moment of cheer for badminton fans across the world.

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