Smashing Stats: Australian Open 2024

The Australian Open now enters its second year as a Super 500 event following a three-season run as a 300.

We present you some interesting facts about the competition founded in 1989.

  • Fifteen singles shuttlers and four pairs headed to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are in the draw.
  • Post-COVID (starting 2022), just Chinese, Korean and American players have topped the podium across the five categories.
  • Women’s pair Huang Chia Chi/Tang Hetian are the last home representatives to triumph (2009).
  • Hendra Setiawan (2012 with Markis Kido) and Reginald Lee Chun Hei (2015 with Chau Hoi Wah) are the two former winners competing.
  • Indonesia’s longest wait is in women’s singles, where they possess two seeds – No.6 Putri Kusuma Wardani and No.7 Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo. Their previous two gold medallists are Susi Susanti (1990) and Maria Febe Kusumastuti (2009).
  • Malaysia are going through a drought, with their last title coming in 2009 via men’s doubles duo Gan Teik Chai/Tan Bin Shen.
  • It’s a category they have four seeded pairs in this year.
  • Lee Zii Jia (No.3) in men’s singles and Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing (No.5) are their only other seeded hopes.
  • If he attains glory, Lee will end his country’s 16-year wait in his discipline. Lee Tsuen Seng in 2008 was the most recent Malaysian to win.
  • Likewise, the highest remaining men’s singles seed Kodai Naraoka (No.2) can snap Japan’s barren run which started after Sho Sasaki won in 2011.
  • Meanwhile, with sixth seed Chou Tien Chen looking for a pre-Olympic Games title, Chinese Taipei will hope to finally celebrate a men’s singles champion.
  • Hong Kong China have also never won women’s doubles but stand a good chance with Paris 2024-bound third seeds Yeung Nga Ting/Yeung Pui Lam.
  • Success will make top seeds He Ji Ting/Ren Xiang Yu only the second Chinese men’s pair – Liu Yu Chen/Ou Xuan Yi succeeded two years ago – to be victorious.
  • China are also one of two countries to take mixed doubles – Korea being the other – starting 2016.

Standout Stat: China have continuously produced winners at every edition from 2011.

Zheng Si Wei/Chen Qing Chen hoist their mixed doubles trophy in 2017.

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