STORYLINES TO EMBARK: Destination Dubai, The Grand Finale
The last tournament for this season in the Superseries circuit is about to start, this time in Dubai for the Superseries Finals. Players have been fighting throughout the year to qualify for this grand finale.
The race in women’s singles is close and the current world no. 1 at BWF and Dubai ranking Tai Tzu Ying has to fight hard in order to keep the other women behind.
Tai showed great form in the two last events at China and Hong Kong, she had previously won the Superseries Finals back in 2014. Hopefully Tai can continue with her various attacks and tricky trick shots to shake her opponents.
The hard working Sung Ji Hyun is one of the women looking to shake the trees in Dubai in order to get her first Superseries title this season. Sung is currently world no. 5 and ended no. 4 on the Dubai rankings.
Winning emotions from Tai Tzu Ying at Denmark Open. (Photocredit: Badminton Photo)
Korean men’s singles player Son Wan Ho qualified for the Superseries Finals by finishing 2nd on the Dubai ranking, just after Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen. Son Wan Ho has shown a great stability and finishing as runner-up in 3 Superseries this season.
Son just scooped a title at JEJU VICTOR Korea Masters without dropping a set in any of his games, he will surely enter Dubai with good confidence.
Son Wan Ho at Singapore Open earlier this season. (Photocredit: Badminton Photo)
Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong and Kevin Sukamuljo/Marcus Gideon all had a remarkable season. Goh/Tan won their Olympic silver medal and added Denmark Open as their first Superseries win, while Sukamuljo/Gideon has won 3 Superseries titles this season with their good attacking game, alternative solutions and solid defense.
Goh/Tan and Sukamuljo/Gideon are going to Dubai with the mission to end their best season on top of the podium at Dubai Superseries Finals.
Goh/Tan winning Denmark Open Superseries in October. (Photocredit: Badminton Photo)
Korean pairs Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan and Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee qualified for Dubai Superseries Finals finishing no. 3 and 4 at the Dubai ranking.
The Korean women are all tough to play with a very solid game, making their opponents work hard at all times.
Jung/Shin won Korea Open while Chang/Lee won China Open this season.
The Indonesian pair Nitya Maheswari/Greysia Polii were forced to withdraw from the Finals, which have given a spot for the Malaysian Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei to join the event for the first time Hoo/Woon has challenged many of the top pairs into long and tough games and Dubai will hopefully not be an exception of this.
Chang/Lee took the title at China Open. (Photocredit: Badminton Photo)
Ko Sung Hyun/Kim Ha Na have performed at a high level throughout the season. That is the reason they are the current world no. 1 both on the BWF and Dubai rankings. Ko/Kim have captured two Superseries titles and three runner-ups at this year Superseries tournaments.
Olympic gold wines Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir made a strong appearance at the last two tournaments with a back-to-back win. In total they have won three Superseries this season Malaysia Open, China Open and Hong Kong Open
Ahmad/Natsir surely got a high moral and big confidence, and they are going to Dubai to take home another title to their impressive list of results.
Ahmad/Natsir taking the title at Malaysia Open. (Photocredit: Badminton Photo)