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OUE SINGAPORE OPEN 2016 12 - 17 April 2016

Discussion in 'Malaysia Open/ Singapore Open/ China Masters 2016' started by Loh, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Loh

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    Singapore Open Past Winners

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Open_(badminton)

    Previous winners


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    [TR]
    [TH]Year
    [/TH]
    [TH]Men's singles
    [/TH]
    [TH]Women's singles
    [/TH]
    [TH]Men's doubles
    [/TH]
    [TH]Women's doubles
    [/TH]
    [TH]Mixed doubles
    [/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2015
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Kento Momota
    [/TD]
    [TD] Sun Yu

    [/TD]
    [TD] Angga Pratama
    Ricky Karanda Suwardi

    [/TD]
    [TD] Ou Dongni
    Yu Xiaohan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Nan
    Zhao Yunlei

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2014
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Simon Santoso
    [/TD]
    [TD]Wang Yihan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Cai Yun
    Lu Kai

    [/TD]
    [TD] Bao Yixin
    Tang Jinhua

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tontowi Ahmad
    Lilyana Natsir

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2013
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Tommy Sugiarto
    [/TD]
    [TD] Mohammad Ahsan
    Hendra Setiawan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tian Qing
    Zhao Yunlei

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2012
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Boonsak Ponsana
    [/TD]
    [TD] Juliane Schenk

    [/TD]
    [TD] Markis Kido
    Hendra Setiawan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Bao Yixin
    Zhong Qianxin

    [/TD]
    [TD] Chen Hung-ling
    Cheng Wen-hsing

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2011
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Chen Jin
    [/TD]
    [TD]Wang Xin

    [/TD]
    [TD] Cai Yun
    Fu Haifeng

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tian Qing
    Zhao Yunlei

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tontowi Ahmad
    Liliyana Natsir

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2010
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Sony Dwi Kuncoro
    [/TD]
    [TD] Saina Nehwal

    [/TD]
    [TD] Fang Chieh-min
    Lee Sheng-mu

    [/TD]
    [TD] Shinta Mulia Sari
    Yao Lei

    [/TD]
    [TD] Thomas Laybourn
    Kamilla Rytter Juhl

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2009
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Bao Chunlai
    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhou Mi

    [/TD]
    [TD] Anthony Clark
    Nathan Robertson

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Yawen
    Zhao Tingting

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zheng Bo
    Ma Jin

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2008
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Lee Chong Wei
    [/TD]
    [TD] Tine Rasmussen

    [/TD]
    [TD] Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif
    Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari

    [/TD]
    [TD] Du Jing
    Yu Yang

    [/TD]
    [TD] Nova Widianto
    Liliyana Natsir

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2007
    [/TD]
    [TD] Boonsak Ponsana

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Ning

    [/TD]
    [TD] Fu Haifeng
    Cai Yun

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Yawen
    Wei Yili

    [/TD]
    [TD] Flandy Limpele
    Vita Marissa

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2006
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Peter Gade
    [/TD]
    [TD] Pi Hongyan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Flandy Limpele
    Sigit Budiarto

    [/TD]
    [TD] Yang Wei
    Zhang Jiewen

    [/TD]
    [TD] Nova Widianto
    Liliyana Natsir

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2005
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Taufik Hidayat
    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Ning

    [/TD]
    [TD] Candra Wijaya
    Sigit Budiarto

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Dan
    Zhang Yawen

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Jun
    Gao Ling

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2004
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Kenneth Jonassen
    [/TD]
    [TD] Luluk Hadiyanto
    Alvent Yulianto

    [/TD]
    [TD] Yang Wei
    Zhang Jiewen

    [/TD]
    [TD] Nova Widianto
    Liliyana Natsir

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2003
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Chen Hong
    [/TD]
    [TD] Jens Eriksen
    Martin Lundgaard Hansen

    [/TD]
    [TD] Kim Dong-moon
    Ra Kyung-min

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2002
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Zhou Mi
    [/TD]
    [TD]Flandy Limpele
    Eng Hian

    [/TD]
    [TD] Huang Nanyan
    Yang Wei

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2001
    [/TD]
    [TD] Taufik Hidayat

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Ning

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tony Gunawan
    Halim Haryanto

    [/TD]
    [TD] Zhang Jiewen
    Wei Yili

    [/TD]
    [TD] Jens Eriksen
    Mette Schjoldager

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2000
    [/TD]
    [TD="colspan: 5, align: center"]Not available
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1999
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Heryanto Arbi
    [/TD]
    [TD] Ye Zhaoying

    [/TD]
    [TD] Choong Tan Fook
    Lee Wan Wah

    [/TD]
    [TD] Huang Nanyan
    Yang Wei

    [/TD]
    [TD] Kim Dong-moon
    Ra Kyung-min

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1998
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Hendrawan
    [/TD]
    [TD] Candra Wijaya
    Sigit Budiarto

    [/TD]
    [TD] Ge Fei
    Gu Jun

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tri Kusharjanto
    Minarti Timur

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1997
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Heryanto Arbi
    [/TD]
    [TD] Mia Audina

    [/TD]
    [TD] Bambang Suprianto
    Risyeu Rosalina

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1996
    [/TD]
    [TD="colspan: 5, align: center"]Not available
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1995
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Joko Suprianto
    [/TD]
    [TD] Lim Xiaoqing

    [/TD]
    [TD] Rexy Mainaky
    Ricky Subagja

    [/TD]
    [TD] Ge Fei
    Gu Jun

    [/TD]
    [TD] Tri Kusharjanto
    Minarti Timur

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1994
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Ardy Wiranata
    [/TD]
    [TD] Ra Kyung-min

    [/TD]
    [TD] Thomas Lund
    Marlene Thomsen

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1993
    [/TD]
    [TD="colspan: 5, align: center"]Not available
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1992
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Zhao Jianhua
    [/TD]
    [TD] Ye Zhaoying

    [/TD]
    [TD] Chen Kang
    Chen Hongyong

    [/TD]
    [TD] Gillian Clark
    Gillian Gowers

    [/TD]
    [TD] Pär-Gunnar Jonsson
    Maria Bengtsson

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1991
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Bambang Suprianto
    [/TD]
    [TD] Huang Hua

    [/TD]
    [TD] Park Joo-bong
    Kim Moon-soo

    [/TD]
    [TD] Chung Myung-hee
    Chung Soo-young

    [/TD]
    [TD] Thomas Lund
    Pernille Dupont

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1990
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Foo Kok Keong
    [/TD]
    [TD] Tang Jiuhong

    [/TD]
    [TD] Eddy Hartono
    Rudy Gunawan

    [/TD]
    [TD] Gillian Clark
    Gillian Gowers

    [/TD]
    [TD] Jan Erik Antonsson
    Maria Bengtsson

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1989
    [/TD]
    [TD="colspan: 5, align: center"]Not available
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1988
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Yang Yang
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1987
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG] Misbun Sidek
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [TD] Liem Swee King
    Bobby Ertanto

    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [TD][​IMG]
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    Performances by nation[edit]

    [TABLE="class: wikitable"]
    [TR]
    [TH][/TH]
    [TH]Nation
    [/TH]
    [TH]MS
    [/TH]
    [TH]WS
    [/TH]
    [TH]MD
    [/TH]
    [TH]WD
    [/TH]
    [TH]XD
    [/TH]
    [TH]Total
    [/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] China

    [/TD]
    [TD]6
    [/TD]
    [TD]14
    [/TD]
    [TD]4
    [/TD]
    [TD]18
    [/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD]44
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Indonesia

    [/TD]
    [TD]11
    [/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]13
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]10
    [/TD]
    [TD]35
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]3
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Denmark

    [/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]4
    [/TD]
    [TD]7
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]4
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Korea

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]3
    [/TD]
    [TD]6
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]5
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Malaysia

    [/TD]
    [TD]3
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]5
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]6
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"]England

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]3
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"][/TD]
    [TD]Sweden
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]7
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Chinese Taipei

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"][/TD]
    [TD]Thailand
    [/TD]
    [TD]2
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]8
    [/TD]
    [TD="align: left"] Singapore

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"] Germany

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"] India

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"] Hong Kong

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"] France

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: left"] Japan

    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD]1
    [/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [TD][/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    Isn't it a surprise that Superstar Lin Dan has not won the Singapore Open even at his peak and despite so many appearances?

    Of course his best chance was in 2011 against his compatriot, Chen Jin. But he chose to give his opponent a walkover in the final and greatly disappointed his fans.

    This year, he can try to redeem himself by taking the MS title and have his name recorded permanently in Singapore Open history. But it may prove harder for him than before if the top singles players decided to join him to amass the last available valuable Olympic points. Players that include the top 10 like CL, LCW, JOJ, KM et all.

    It is therefore a great tribute to Boonsak Ponsana and Taufik Hidayat who both won the title twice.
     
    #21 Loh, Feb 5, 2016
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  2. Nine Tailed Fox

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    It is because of the schedule(in which part of the calendar year) that he hasn't won the Singapore Open and also because he had to carry his teammates on his shoulder for London Olympics.
     
  3. Justin L

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    No big deal why Lin Dan never won certain tournaments/titles, nothing to worry about, nothing to detract from his true greatness - it all boils down to Lin Dan not featuring certain tournaments in his master strategic plan of peaking at the right time to achieve set goals and win specific majors. In other words, he chooses what tournaments are important enough and when or whether to go for it with the ultimate aim in mind, i.e. the Olympics, the World Championships, the Thomas Cup, the Sudirman Cup, and the Asian Games; of course, apart from unforeseen circumstances, such as injury, illness (genuine discomfort), or perhaps personal matter.

    It is different from actually wanting to win a particular tournament, say All England, and trying hard for it and yet not succeeding time and again, such as in Taufik Hidayat's or Zhang Ning's case. Even so, in such cases, sometimes it could be attributed in no small measure to pure coincidence and/or unforeseen circumstances (eg illness, injury issues,etc). It's not as if the particular tournament is so strong that no other tournament is comparable; in fact, since the inception of the Superseries, there are five at the premier level and seven at the regular level where practically all the (same) best players in the year compete one after the other.

    Well, some people would want to cite the specific, unusual tournament conditions and even home crowd support or supposed home ground advantage that seem to favour a certain host nation player but that , to me, is a not too convincing argument as there are obviously examples for and against it, say, for example, LCW dominating the MAS Open, Taufik the INA Open but then what about the JPN Open, the Korea Open, the Denmark Open, just to mention three. I'd argue that the reasons lie more with the players concerned than with the tournament itself. I mean, if the MAS Open and the INA Open are major titles, for sure the narrative just won't be the same, no way.

    That said, for this edition of the OUE SG Open, I am not the least bit surprised that Lin Dan has his work cut out for him simply because he is no longer at his prime,if his lackluster form last year is any indication. Nevertheless, Lin Dan being Lin Dan, we may never know. I daresay, if anyone can do it, he can. Who knows, with the Rio Olympics, his ultimate aim, just months away, he might very well just surprise us once again.
     
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    To Super Dan, a SS title doesn't mean much since he had already won 2 Olympic and several WC titles But it would be important for him if he needs the points for qualification purposes or to improve his seeding. We have seen lately how LCW put up a tremendous effort to secure even GP Gold titles after his suspension
    to ensure he qualifies for Rio with a high world ranking.

    In any case professional players should enter competitions to win, for the prize money and an Improved world ranking. Their fans will expect and urge them to do so.

    So for someone so special as LD, not winning the SO in 6 appearances as reported, is an unbelievable disappointment to his fans and the badminton fraternity as a whole.
     
    #24 Loh, Feb 6, 2016
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    Parade of world champs for OUE Singapore Open

    [​IMG] Spain's Carolina Marin, the two-time world champion and current world No. 1, is due to compete in the Singapore Open for the first time. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE


    Published
    Feb 11, 2016, 5:00 am SGT

    3 women's singles champions due for S'pore Open, other stars to play in Olympic tune-up

    May Chen
    maychen@sph.com.sg

    This year's OUE Singapore Open will be a gathering of world champions, adding more star power to an already stellar cast pencilled in for the badminton event.

    The Straits Times understands that two-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain and 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand have confirmed their participation, joining their 2011 predecessor, China's Wang Yihan, in the 32-woman field.

    The trio have won the last four editions of the World Championships, which are not held in Olympic years.

    This will be the first time that world No. 1 Marin, who retained her world title last year, will be competing in the Singapore Open.

    The left-handed Spaniard, who stamped her authority in the sport after picking up five Superseries titles last season, was scheduled to play at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last year but pulled out about a month before the event.

    But, with the April 12-17 tournament acting as the last Superseries stop before the Olympics kick off in August, top players gunning for glory in Rio de Janeiro are viewing the event as crucial to their final tune-up.

    Just last week, China announced a 31-strong squad for Singapore that boasted two-time Olympic and five-time world champion Lin Dan, who is widely regarded as the greatest badminton player of all time.

    World No. 1 Chen Long, Olympic mixed doubles champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei and defending women's singles champion Sun Yu are also slated to compete in the US$350,000 (S$488,240) event.

    Catch them at the Singapore Open

    MEN'S SINGLES

    • Lin Dan (Chn): Two-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion
    • Chen Long (Chn): World No. 1, two-time defending world champion
    • Derek Wong (Sin): 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist WOMEN'S SINGLES
    • Carolina Marin (Esp): World No. 1, two-time defending world champion
    • Ratchanok Intanon (Tha): 2013 world champion
    • Wang Yihan (Chn): 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medallist
    • Sun Yu (Chn): Title holder

    MIXED DOUBLES

    • Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (Chn): 2012 Olympic champions
    • Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (Gbr): Badminton World Federation Superseries Finals winners

    Tickets (from $5 to $180, excluding booking fees) for the OUE Singapore Open are on sale at Sports Hub Tix.

    And, while Ratchanok has never ventured past the quarter-finals in three previous attempts (2011, 2014, 2015), the world No. 7 knows the Singapore stop can act as both preparation and a test.

    Said the 21-year-old: "The Olympics are really important to me and I don't want to miss any chances. I think it will be a challenge to see what I can do, to challenge my feelings and mentality too."

    England's world No. 7 husband and wife pair of Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock, newly crowned mixed doubles champions at the Badminton World Federation Superseries Finals, will also be here.

    With the registration deadline still some three weeks away, more shuttlers are expected to sign up.

    Also at stake are ranking points for those who need to move up the standings before the qualifying window for the Olympics closes on May 5. Only the top 34 men's and women's singles players and the top 16 pairs in each doubles event will qualify for the Games.

    Said Ng Yoke Weng, the tournament's organising chairman: "We are expecting a stellar turnout of players. As each country can have up to two entries per event (at the Olympics), there will be keen competition even among players from the same country.

    Spectators and participants alike can look forward to competition of the highest calibre."
     
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    Since I bought those mighty expensive early bird season tickets for the first time ever, might as well use 'em from Round of 32.

    So, Mr Loh, you have a lot more time to err, claim your rebate .....
     
  8. Loh

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    Good that you're coming early. I'm sure many Singapore BC friends will like to meet up.
    For me makan cukup lah!
     
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    Only 30 per cent of tickets left for star-studded Singapore Open

    [​IMG]CONFIRMED: Thailand's 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon (above). 

    PHOTO 
COURTESY OF OUE SINGAPORE OPEN


    Feb 18, 2016 6:00am
    By LIM SAY HENG

    The final two days of the OUE Singapore Open at the Indoor Stadium will coincide with the HSBC Sevens World Series rugby tournament at the National Stadium, but the clash has not hurt ticket sales for the marquee badminton tournament.

    Organisers of the Singapore Open said yesterday that 70 per cent of the tickets for the general public have already been sold, with two months to go before the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Superseries tournament.

    The badminton showpiece will take place at the Sports Hub's Indoor Stadium from April 12 to 17, while rugby's Singapore Sevens will be at the National Stadium on April 16 and 17.

    "We are very pleased with the sales so far and thank our fans for their support. The sales this year have been boosted by big-name participants confirming their entries for the OUE Singapore Open," said Singapore Open organising chairman Ng Yoke Weng.

    "We are confident that ticket sales will reach or surpass last year's figure.

    "We originally blocked out some seats to enhance the spectator experience. We can release more seats as demand builds up."

    The news can be partly attributed to the fact that organisers started selling tickets earlier this year - early bird sales started on Jan 11, compared to Feb 26 for last year's tournament.

    But Ng also pointed out that a host of stars have signed up to do battle at the Indoor Stadium.

    In a statement yesterday, the organisers confirmed that top shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, England and Malaysia will be on show here.

    The players includ the Indonesian women's doubles world No. 2 tandem of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii, Thailand's two-time Singapore Open men's singles champion and perennial crowd favourite Boonsak Ponsana, as well as his countrywoman, 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon.

    This is in addition to a strong Chinese team - including two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan and men's singles world No. 1 Chen Long - who confirmed their attendance earlier.
    Entries for this year's tournament will close on March 1.

    The Singapore Open is the final major tournament for players to earn ranking points in the Olympic qualification window, with the BWF using the world rankings on May 5 to allocate Olympic spots.

    Malaysia's men's doubles pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, ranked 17th in the world, are aiming to get a good result to propel themselves ahead of compatriots Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, ranked a place higher, to secure their Olympic berths.

    Tan said: "We resumed our partnership last May and we've got a good dynamic.


    "Every qualifying point to the Rio Olympics matters to us right now, and we will definitely go all out for the Singapore Open this April."


    (However no mention yet of the participation of Japan, Korea, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Russia and even LCW! Still early days I suppose.)



    - See more at: http://www.tnp.sg/sports/all-other-...r-studded-singapore-open#sthash.bYebTzHe.dpuf
     
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    Comparing ticket prices of AE and SO

    All England Ticket Prices:

    [TABLE="width: 500"]
    [TR]
    [TH="width: 150, align: center"]Event Day [/TH]
    [TH="width: 150, align: center"]Adult Premium Ticket*[/TH]
    [TH="width: 150, align: center"]Adult Standard Ticket*[/TH]
    [TH="width: 150, align: center"]Adult Value Ticket*[/TH]
    [TH="width: 150, align: center"]Child (16 & Under) Ticket**[/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]TUES [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£16.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£5.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]WED [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£19.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£5.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]THURS[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£21.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]N/A[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£5.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]FRI [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£36.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£30.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£24.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£10.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]SAT [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£43.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£37.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£31.00[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£10.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]SUN [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£48.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£42.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£36.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£10.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]Wkend Season [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£91.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£79.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£67.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£20.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]Full Season [/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£127.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£109.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£91.50[/TD]
    [TD="width: 150, align: center"]£30.00[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]


    The above are the ticket prices for the forthcoming All England to be held in Birmingham from 8-13 March. Compared with the Singapore Open, they are more expensive, especially when converted to Singapore Dollars, even at the weakened English pound of S$2.


    SINGAPORE OPEN TICKET PRICES:

    EARLY BIRD PERIOD (11[SUP]th[/SUP] Jan - 12[SUP]th[/SUP] Feb)
    [TABLE="class: listing"]
    [TR]
    [TH]Category[/TH]
    [TH]Adult[/TH]
    [TH="width: 30%"]Senior Citizen /
    Student (13-18 yrs)
    [/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Premium[/TD]
    [TD]
    $150​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    N.A.​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Regular[/TD]
    [TD]
    $60​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $30​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    NORMAL PERIOD (13[SUP]th[/SUP] Feb - 17[SUP]th[/SUP] Apr)
    [TABLE="class: listing"]
    [TR]
    [TH]Category[/TH]
    [TH]Adult[/TH]
    [TH="width: 25%"]Senior Citizen /
    Student (13-18 yrs)
    [/TH]
    [TH="width: 25%"]Child
    (2-12 yrs)
    [/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Premium[/TD]
    [TD]
    $180​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    N.A.​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    N.A.​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Regular[/TD]
    [TD]
    $80​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $40​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $20​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    INDIVIDUAL TICKET - REGULAR (11[SUP]th[/SUP] Jan - 17[SUP]th[/SUP] Apr)
    [TABLE="class: listing"]
    [TR]
    [TH]Category[/TH]
    [TH]Adult Premium[/TH]
    [TH="width: 25%"]Senior Citizen /
    Student (13-18 yrs)
    [/TH]
    [TH="width: 25%"]Child
    (2-12 yrs)
    [/TH]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]Qualifying Rounds
    (12 April)[/TD]
    [TD]
    $20 $40​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $10​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $5​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]Preliminary Rounds
    (13 & 14 April )[/TD]
    [TD]
    $20 $40​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $10​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $5​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]Quarter Finals
    (15 April)[/TD]
    [TD]
    $40 $80​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $20​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $10​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]Semi Finals
    (16 April)[/TD]
    [TD]
    $50 $100​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $25​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $12​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]Finals
    (17 April)[/TD]
    [TD]
    $60 $120
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $30​
    [/TD]
    [TD]
    $15​
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    The difference is that the AE is a SS Premier event while the SO is a SS.

    However, the quality of both events should be more or less similar as the world's top players are expected to participate to gain more ranking points for the Rio Olympics, the SO being the last opportunity to do so.

    Thankfully, Singapore has not caught up with the higher cost of living in England. :)
     
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    Momota to defend Singapore Open title

    [​IMG] Japan's Kento Momota will be looking to defend his title at the OUE Singapore Open on April 12-17. PHOTO: AFP


    Published
    Mar 3, 2016, 5:00 am SGT


    Alvin Chia
    chiazya@sph.com.sg


    Japanese world No. 3 shuttler Kento Momota will return to defend his crown at the OUE Singapore Open next month.
    The Republic holds a significant memory for the 21-year-old left-hander, who became the first player from Japan to win a Superseries men's singles title last year.
    That victory also made Momota the youngest Superseries champion at 20, and he has since captured two more titles, the Indonesia Open and the season-ending Superseries Finals.

    "Last year's Singapore Open was a turning point in my career and I am looking forward to coming back to defend my title," said Momota.
    The Japanese will join a star-studded line-up at the April 12-17 event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Nine of the world's top 10 players will be making their appearance at the final Superseries event before the qualifying window for the Olympic Games closes on May 5.

    Denmark's world No. 4 Jan Jorgensen also confirmed his participation at the tournament, joining double Olympic champion Lin Dan and world No. 1 Chen Long.
    Meanwhile, South Korea will field men's doubles world No. 1 pair of Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong and women's world No. 4 Sung Ji Hyun at the US$350,000 (S$488,240) event.
    Women's singles world No. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain and No. 2 Saina Nehwal of India also headline a stellar women's field.
    Hosts Singapore will be represented by 24 players, led by the Republic's top men's and women's singles shuttlers, Derek Wong and Liang Xiaoyu, and the mixed doubles pair of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo.
    Local badminton fan Mark Wong said: "I don't care if nobody follows me to go (for the event). I will go this time because there are so many top players here."
     
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    Trust me, the cost of living in England is cheaper overall if you compared the means available to the average joe in England against the average joe in SIN City ...... no need for expensive ERP/ARF/COEs for cars, and leasehold HDB flats too.
     
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    Of course, owning a car in Singapore is the most expensive in the world, because you need to pay for a COE (Certificate of Entitlement) to drive around in first-class roads for 10 years in a city state which is less than 715 sq km in area! One way to tax the well-to-do to continue to maintain good infrastructure for their convenience and enjoyment, say compared to driving around congested and polluted streets elsewhere. But I understand that the parking fees in Singapore is much cheaper than most cities. I'm sure London's not cheap!

    "Leasehold" HDB (Housing and Development Board) flats are wonderful investments and a very good option for simple folks to make a small fortune when they sell them. HDB has enabled about 80% Singaporeans and PRs to own their homes.

    The opposition will say the flats are not freehold, yes indeed in tiny Singapore, it will not be possible to have a majority of freeholds, but they are owned and can be sold for a profit. And this is a chance for making some good money for retirement and downgrade to a much cheaper and smaller flat. In this sense the HDB story is unique and even the UN has taken note and awarded them a number of accolades through the years.

    If you live long enough in Singapore or elsewhere, you will be able to reduce your cost of living, seeking out cheaper alternatives and not behaving like a lord. Although we do have occasional hiccups with our public transportation system, in general the buses and trains are relatively new and comfortable and provide adequate service. And they keep on improving! So you need not own a car and pay a princely price.
     
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    No idea. Maybe he wants a good rest and brush up his skills before Rio. His juniors may not be able to qualify if there are too many entries and chances are they will not make much impact against a top-class field.
     
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    maybe he calculated he will have enough points or ranking to qualify for Rio, even without coming for the singapore superseries........might also that he wants to keep whatever gameplan he has for the chinese players (esp lin dan and chen long) til Rio?
     
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    Friends living in Malaysia say that there is no sponsor for BAM. Maybe no one to cover the cost of flight tickets.
     
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    Yes he will surely qualify. But will his ranking change for the worse if some of his nearest rivals overtake him? Haven't seen the points yet. He will then have to battle the better ones before the final.

    His game plan may not be able to change that much during the interim period, but he has to maintain his condition at its peak if possible. The top players can't afford to sustain even minor injuries at this stage before Rio.
     
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    No, this can't be the case. Even he can pay for his cost out of pocket if he really wants to win more points.
     

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