Kuala Lumpur: After a season in which he had some ups and downs, bit of a rollercoaster ride, Lee Chong Wei’s final goal of 2017 is to walk away as the winner of the BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai.
Lee who had won the event in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013, was forced to withdraw from the 2014 edition because he needed to serve an eight month suspension for doping violation. Lee returned to compete in May 2015 but did not accumulate enough points to qualify for the 2015 edition. A year later, although Lee was able to make the Dubai event, but the failed to advance further by losing to Son Wan-Ho of Korea 10-21, 16-21 and Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14, 14-21, 19-21 during the group stage.
Lee, who is already the most successful player in the event, having won it four times since the first edition that was held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia in 2008, will again compete in the 2017 edition held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from December 13 to December 17.
“I hope to enjoy and play my best in Dubai this time,” said Lee.
“This year’s BWF Superseries Finals will be the last time this event to be hosted in Dubai, this is my good chance to reclaim the title,” added Lee.
However, Lee has some major hurdles standing in his way of winning his fifth BWF Superseries Finals title. The other players who will be competing in Dubai include South Korea’s Son Wan-ho, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, Shi Yuqi and Chen Long of China, Chou Tien-Chen of Taiwan and Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong.
“I am familiar with these players because we’ve met each other regularly at international tournaments. It really depends on who can play better during the match.”
“Winning the Hong Kong Open gave me a timely confidence boost and I hope to end the year on a high note.”
The tournament offered a total prize money of US$1 million, and only the top eight players or pairs in the Super Series rankings are eligible for the event.
Below are qualifiers for the 2017 BWF Superseries Finals:
1. Son Wan Ho (Kor)
2. Kidambi Srikanth (Ind)
3. Shi Yuqi (Chn)
4. Lee Chong Wei (Mas)
5. Chou Tien Chen (Tpe)
6. Ng Ka Long (Hkg)
7. Chen Long (Chn)
8. Viktor Axelsen (Den).
1. Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn)
2. Tai Tzu-ying (Tpe)
3. Sung Ji Hyun (Kor)
4. P.V. Sindhu (Ind)
5. Ratchanok Intanon (Tha)
6. Sayaka Sato (Jpn)
7. He Bingjiao (Chn)
8. Chen Yufei (Chn).
1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina)
2. Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den)
3. Li Junhui-Liu Yuchen (Chn)
4. Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn)
5. Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn)
6. Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding (Den)
7. Lee Jhe-huei-Lee Yang (Tpe)
8. Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn).
1. Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn)
2. Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn)
3. Chen Qingchen- Jia Yifan (Chn)
4. Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den)
5. Chang Ye-na-Lee So-hee (Kor)
6. Jung Kyung-eun-Seung-chan (Kor)
7. Yu Xiaohan-Huang Yaqiong (Chn)
8. Hsu Ya-hing-Wu Ti-ung (Tpe).
1. Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn)
2. Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn)
3. Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir (Ina)
4. Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg)
5. Praveen Jordan-Debby Susanto (Ina)
6. Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock (Eng)
7. Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing (Mas)
8. Kenta Kazuno-Ayane Kurihara (Jpn)