MS : Chen Jin (CHN)
WS : Saina Nehwal (IND)
MD : Naoki Kawamae/Shoji Sato (JPN)
WD : Tang Jinhua/Xia Huan (CHN)
XD : Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA)
The tournament will started today with qualifying round (12.00pm local time) and MS R/64 will be played on evening (06.00pm).
Only two defending champions once again taking part here, will Saina and Towi/Liliyana retain their title? WS is the most competitive one, some notable names beside Saina in the line-up are Juliane Schenk, Wang Shixian, Ratchanok Intanon, Sung Ji Hyun, Tai Tzu Ying, Jiang Yanjiao.
Wang Zengming, I'm not so sure with Wong Wing Ki and J O Jorgensen in his half of the draw?! It's true he had a creditable performance against LCW in the AE but so did Wong WK and Tanongsak. For a CHN player, I've to say he's an under-performer though, honestly, I'm hoping he proves me wrong this time.
As for DuPY, he has to face a rising Tanongsak in R2 and there are a few others whom I consider have fighting chances against him, namely, HKV, Hu Yun, Axelsen, Darren Liew, Latif and Ueda - I'm listing so many thanks to what Chou TC did to him in AE R1 last week.
The eventual winner might turn out to be JOJ who acquitted himself well against Chen Long in the AE SF.