Winners Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo sharing a laugh with compatriots Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara on the podium in 2018.
Smashing Stats: China Open 2023
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
VICTOR China Open 2023 marks the return of the HSBC BWF World Tour to China after four years due to a break caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. These are some interesting facts about the season’s final Super 1000.
China Open is one of the very few competitions, and the last among the current Super 1000s fourth seed Tai Tzu Ying is yet to win.
A Marin victory on the other hand, will make her the first European to be champion thrice on the bounce. Jiang Yanjiao (2008-2010) is the lone women’s singles player to accomplish feat.
China are going through amini-drought in the discipline, with Li Xue Rui’s 2015 success their latest. Seeds Chen Yu Fei (3) and He Bing Jiao (5) carry their hopes this edition.
However, their longest wait is in men’s doubles; China have not triumphed since Zhang Jun/Zhang Wei won at the start of the century in 2001.
It is also the only category theydon’t have the most titles in, Indonesia lead on 10.
No more than three countries have produced winning men’s pairs starting 2003 – Denmark, Indonesia and Korea.
Korean Lee Yong Dae was the last to excel in two departments at the same edition (men’s and mixed doubles in 2009).
Compatriot Seo Seung Jae (seeded sixth in men’s doubles with Kang Min Hyuk and fifth in mixed doubles with Chae Yu Jung) is the strongest candidate to emulate him in Changzhou. The two pairings just emerged world champions in both categories two weeks ago.