Meet the Debutants

Of the 64 athletes participating at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2022 in Bangkok next week, 21 are first-timers at a BWF year-end event.

Men’s singles

Fun fact: At 30 years old, India’s Thomas Cup hero Prannoy is the oldest newcomer at this edition. Despite not winning a World Tour title, only Viktor Axelsen and Chou Tien Chen finished above the world No.12 on the Race to Bangkok standings.

Prannoy has had his most consistent season.

Women’s singles

Fun fact: The 2017 world junior champion is the first ever women’s singles shuttler from Indonesia to make a BWF SuperSeries/World Tour Finals.

Tunjung contested her first senior final last month at the Australian Open.

Men’s doubles

Fun fact: Nine years after his international bow, Ou is finally through to a Finals via the help of Liu Yu Chen, himself a veteran of two editions with old partner Li Jun Hui. Ou’s highest World Tour ranking in men’s doubles prior to this year was No.20 with Ren Xiang Yu in 2018.

Women’s doubles

Fun fact: Women’s doubles have five pairs debuting. Lim partners Vivian Hoo, who played in 2020 while Ramadhanti’s senior Apriyani Rahayu featured in four editions alongside Greysia Polii.

Lim and Hoo can look back on a decent first season together.

Mixed doubles

Fun fact: Both pairs came agonisingly close to qualifying last year – they were the ninth and 10th eligible to make the cut.

Paewsampran and Jomkoh have two semifinal finishes to show this season.

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