Draw Separates Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan


World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) and four-time World champion Lin Dan (China) have been involved in the keenest rivalry of recent times. Lin Dan’s qualification on a wild card meant he might have run into Lee before the final, but the draw has kept them in separate halves. Barring major surprises, a repeat of the last World Championships and Olympic finals could be on the cards. Lee’s biggest early test could be Wang Zhengming (China, 14) in the third round, followed by Du Pengyu (China, 3) in the semi-finals, while Lin Dan might have to contend with No. 2 seed Chen Long (also China) in the quarter-finals. Before he plans the quarter-final meeting, however, Lin Dan will have to get past Sattawat Pongnairat (Thailand) in the first round and possibly Kenichi Tago (Japan, 5) in the second. The others likely to make an impact at the championships are Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia, 8), winner of his first Superseries in Singapore recently, and Marc Zwiebler (Germany, 11), both of whom are drawn in the same quarter as the world No. 1.


Tianhe Indoor Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China, will host the Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 from 5-11 August.

The Women’s Singles appears an open contest. Li Xuerui (China, 1) and Wang Yihan (China, 2) head the opposite ends of the draw, but there are several players capable of preventing an all-China final. Wang Yihan – eager to defend her crown – will be wary of a possible third-round clash with either PV Sindhu (India, 10) or Aprilla Yuswandari (Indonesia), while Olympic champion, Li Xuerui, cannot take Lindaweni Fanetri (Indonesia, 9) for granted in her third round. With several other contenders, such as Saina Nehwal (India, 3), Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei, 6), Sung Ji Hyun (Korea, 5) and Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand, 4) in the draw, the Women’s Singles winner will be hard to predict.

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