The entry list shows Lin Dan is registered here after 8 months absence, overall lack of participants even WS category only consist of 12 players.
WS has 12 player! What? This china GPG should downgrade to GP or Maybe future serise if not has LD and WZM participate in this event.
China IC WS has 32 player.
Hope to Gu Juan will take her 1st GPG here.
Not only do the two tournament schedules clash, the prize money for the CHN Masters GPG is much higher at USD250K and the NZ GP is merely USD50K. Then why do many players from the ROW 'prefer' to participate in the latter event to the former? I'd hazard a guess - maybe only the brave dare to play at the CHN Masters because the risk of getting unceremoniously bundled out by any CHN 'nobodies' or lesser known players in the early rounds is considerably higher than normal.Just saying.
In the WS, who would think Liu Xin, Yao Xue,Chen Xiaojia and Hui Xirui as easy meat? Actually, before the closing date there's no way of knowing which top CHN WS might be competing. In the MS, obviously, Lin Dan, Wang Zhengming and Tian Houwei are the main stumbling block. For the MD,WD and XD, CHN fielded only their 2nd tier and junior pairs - not that difficult to deal with , generally speaking, but since the ROW are giving the MS and WS a miss, it is unlikely as well as awkward for them to send contestants accompanied by coaches and support staff to the said three doubles disciplines only. Just speculating,I may not be right.
Furthermore, to have both these two tournaments immediately following the two SS events back-to-back, namely the IND Open and the SIN Open, is a bad idea. How many of the players from the said two SS tourneys would go on to play in either the CHN Masters or NZ GP? In the end, such a disappointing turnout for the WS category with the non-CHN participants grossly under-represented.
Let's hope this time it's just an isolated case and that BWF won't let it happen again. Moreover,note that there is also the Badminton Asia Championships from 22-27th April, two days later; another fairly important consideration, particularly for Asian competitors.
I hope to see the MS draw pit Lin Dan in the early rounds up to QF at least against the non-CHN players like Wei Nan, Ng Ka Long, Chan Yan Kit, Tam Chun Hei, Suppanyu, Thammasin, Goh Soon Huat, Zainuddin, and Derek Wong, rather than his fellow teammates whose game he's quite familiar with - that'll be a reasonably good test for him.
Why doesn't CBA at least just fill out the tournament with their 2nd team.
Good question. But the 2nd Team is probably busy with the World Junior.
However, CBA could easily put in very competitive players from the local teams. The host province JiangSu is a hot bed for badminton talents. JiangSu and neighbouring provinces can supply plenty of good players. The travelling cost is minimal.
The organizer recently announced that the tickets before the quarter-finals are free. Looking back, they probably already knew that there would almost be no games played before the quarter-final stage.
even when china master had super series status
foreign player % and participation was still the lowest(in super series)
so when china master lost super series status(which is reasonable),the foreign player % and participation decreases become inevitable
So that is GPG/SS/SS/GPG&GP/Continental Championship (GPG) five weeks in a row.
Plus, the World Juniors takes place from April 7 to April 18. Many top juniors would be great candidates for GPG/GP and even SS competitions.
And then for the rest of year, already cancelled are 2 GPG, 1 GP, 4 International Challenge and 2 Futures Series.
What is BWF thinking? Or is BWF thinking or smoking?
A major problem is caused by the Asian Games this year and, to a lesser degree, the Commonwealth and Youth Olympics. Originally, the June/July string was arguably worse. It had GPG/SS/SSP/SS/GP/GPG/GPG and only the cancelled Thai Open has been dropped off the front so there are still 6 in a row, though one is a GP.
We've seen similar things in the past, too. At the end of 2011, There were 9 of 10 weeks with GPG or above and that one week off, between Bitburger and Macau, was the SEA Games. The 9 were 2 SSP, 2 SS, one SSF, and 4 GPG.
But it's true that it seems the China Masters just can't win. Last autumn it was near the beginning of a 15-week stretch of GP to SSF events.