China’s Lin Dan is the top seed in Bangkok this week. © BWFSports News
Date : 09 Jan 2019
Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2019: The second season of the HSBC Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour is up and running with the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters in Bangkok.
A host of promising players have arrived in Thailand for the World Tour opener, which is being held from January 8-13, kicking off a season that has a number of major events lined up.
The Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters is the first of 27 HSBC BWF World Tour events. The year will also feature continental championships (individual and team), the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup in May in Nanning, China and the TOTAL BWF World Championships in August in Basel, Switzerland.
Among the high-profile players who will be in action in Bangkok are China’s two-time Olympic champion and 2010 Asian Games MVP Lin Dan and Malaysia’s newly-independent pairs Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (men’s doubles top seeds) and Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (mixed doubles).
Canada’s Michelle Li, winner of the Macau Open last year, is seeded third in women’s singles behind Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol and China’s Gao Fangjie.
As with other World Tour Super 300 events, the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters provides a stage for those knocking on the doors of elite badminton.
The very next week, at the PERODUA Malaysia Masters – a World Tour Super 500 event – the big guns will roll in. Kento Momota, Shi Yuqi, Tai Tzu Ying, Nozomi Okuhara, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and most of the other top stars will begin their 2019 season hoping to hit the high notes in their first event.
The Malaysia Masters will be followed by the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters, which will also feature many of the top players.
With these star-studded line-ups at three events in January, the 2019 season is all set for a flying start in South East Asia.
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