LI XUERUI – WITHDRAWS DUE TO INJURY

DESTINATION DUBAI – BWF SUPER SERIES FINALS

Four days ahead of deadline, all but one of the eligible qualifiers across the five traditional categories yesterday confirmed their participation in the US$1 million finale of the MetLife BWF World Super series, to be held in Dubai from 17 to 21 December.

Fans will be disappointed to learn that China’s Li Xuerui – the two-time World Super series Finals  defending Women’s Singles champion – will not be vying for a historic three-peat. The resilient world No. 1 player is the only qualifier not going to Dubai; withdrawing due to injury. Luckily for her country, she will be replaced by seasoned compatriot YIHAN WANG who was 3rd in line on the BWF destination DUBAI rankings.

Each member association can have a maximum two players/pairs per category and Wang Shixian also finished ahead of her team-mate, Wang Yihan, on the rankings.

Players Confirmed for the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals:

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); Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (above); 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); Engand’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (above); Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (Denmark); Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels (Germany).

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