The other pair that the hosts will look up to are defending champions Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi. Having won the event twice (in 2018 with Li Jun Hui), Liu Yu Chen can bank on his rich experience at the season finale.
The only other pair to have won this title are Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi, winners in 2021, the year that they won the BWF World Championships.
Of the other five pairs in contention, there are two world champions (reigning champions Seo Seung Jae/Kang Min Hyuk and 2022 winners Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik); two All England champions (2023 winners Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto and 2022 champions Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana) and this year’s World Championships silver medallists Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
Here is an overview of this season’s performances of the eight pairs:
Their surge into the top eight, vaulting over other strong Indonesian pairs, was helped by two peaks in the year, when they made successive finals in Orleans and Bangkok, and later in Denmark and France.
YONEX French Open 2023: Runners-up
VICTOR Denmark Open 2023: Runners-up
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING Thailand Open 2023: Runners-up
Orléans Masters Badminton 2023 presented by VICTOR: Runners-up