The HSBC BWF World Tour continues today with the Super 300 YONEX Swiss Open 2023.
Enjoy reading these absorbing stats about the 68-year-old tournament.
- Denmark are the most successful with 55 titles across all disciplines.
- China, on 51, can overtake them by acing the five categories in Basel.
- Swiss women’s singles icon Liselotte Blumer is the last home champion.
- She also has the highest number of first place finishes with six victories (1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984).
- Camilla Martin, joint second with Swede Par-Gunnar Jonsson and Korean Ra Kyung Min on five triumphs, holds the record for most consecutive championships (1994-1998).
- Germany remain the sole country to complete a sweep, doing so at the third edition in 1957.
- India are without doubles titlists but have strong candidates in the men’s (second seeds Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty) and women’s (All England semifinalists Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela) disciplines.
- Three of their five winners – Kidambi Srikanth (2015), Prannoy H. S. (2016) and Pusarla V. Sindhu (2022) – are in the draw this year.
- Eleven other previous podium toppers returning are Viktor Axelsen, Shi Yu Qi, Tan Pearly, Thinaah Muralitharan, Gabriela–Stefani Stoeva, Dechapol Puavaranukroh, Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Mark Lamsfuss, Isabel Lohau and Ayako Sakuramoto.
- Sakuramoto, however, is back alongside a new women’s doubles partner (Rena Miyaura) after winning with Yukiko Takahata in 2018.
- Axelsen and Lamsfuss/Lohau could win their third title. Lin Dan and Chai Biao/Hong Wei were the most recent to seal a treble in 2017.
- Chai/Hong were also the last to win successive times in 2014. Pusarla, the Stoeva sisters and Lamsfuss/Lohau stand to emulate them.
- If they attain glory, Lamsfuss/Lohau will be the first Germans since Rolf RÜsseler/Volker Eiber in 1985 to be winners twice in a row.
- A Pusarla victory will make her the second Indian after Saina Nehwal (2011-2012) to achieve back-to-back successes.
- Axelsen (2014, 2021) and Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai are the only top seeds to have won their events.
- Ratchanok Intanon, Pornpawee Chochuwong, Lalinrat Chaiwan and Busanan Ongbamrungphan could become the second Thai women’s singles champion in 64 years. Thailand’s solitary title came via Pratuang Pattabongs (1959).
- In the SuperSeries/World Tour era (starting 2007) however, only players from four countries have won women’s singles – China, India, Japan and Spain.
- With three seeded entries – Intanon (3), Chochuwong (6) and Ongbamrungphan (7), Thailand are well-positioned to end the quartet’s dominance.
- Ongbamrungphan went close last year but fell to Pusarla in the final.
- The Thais are going through a mini-drought, with their last crown coming in 2017 via Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai.
- Malaysia are on a 14-year barren spell in men’s singles and doubles, having not celebrated titlists since Lee Chong Wei–Kien Keat Koo/Tan Boon Heong’s 2009 triumphs.
- Seeds Lee Zii Jia (2), Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik (1) and Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi (3) have the potential to break that duck. Chia/Soh are yet to win a World Tour event.
- There are also five Malaysian pairs, including third seeds Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing and sixth seeds Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie, in mixed doubles, a category they have never won.
Standout Stat: Men’s singles players Roslin (2001) and Hafiz Hashim (2005) are the only siblings with an individual crown each.