KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion Chen Long of China is set to miss this year’s BWF World Super Series Finals from Dec 11-15 at the KLBA Stadium in Cheras following his decision to skip the ongoing Hong Kong Open in Kowloon.
The world No 2 moved up nine rungs to the eighth spot in the Super Series standings with a total 40,540 points after winning the China Open in Shanghai last week.
He however is expected to drop one spot after missing the Hong Kong Open, which is the final leg of the 12-stop Tour.
Local star Hu Yun, who is currently ranked ninth with 39,580 points is expected to overtake Chen Long in the standings.
Hu Yun has earned 3,600 points for reaching the second round of the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday and that will strengthen his chances of making the Finals as one of the top eight qualifiers.
Only the top eight shuttlers after the 12 legs get to compete in the World Super Series Finals. And a country can have a maximum of two entries if both of them are in the top eight bracket.
With the costly decision made by Chen Long, who also won the All England and Denmark Open this year, China is likely to be represented by only former world junior champion Wang Zhengming in the Finals.
Zhengming is currently lying in the sixth spot of the Super Series standings after the completion of 11 legs.
Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who is the most successful player in the Series after winning five titles, is set to make the cut as the top qualifier and now, he has a great chance of winning the Finals for the fourth time.
World No. 1 Chong Wei was also the winner of the Finals in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Super Series rankings
(only top eight after 11 legs)
Men’s singles: 1. Lee Chong Wei (Mas) 74720, 2. Kenichi Tago (Jpn) 56740, 3. Jan O Jorgensen (Den) 51250, 4. Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 48170, 5. Boonsak Ponsana (Tha) 43990, 6. Wang Zhengming (Chn) 42490, 7. Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina) 42060, 8. Chen Long (Chn) 40540. Selected: 9. Hu Yun (Hkg) 39580, 20. Chong Wei Feng (Mas) 30210, 31. Liew Daren (Mas) 20850.
Men’s doubles: 1. Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa (Jpn) 61850, 2. Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 60970, 3. Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) 58820, 4. Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) 55610, 5. Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata (Jpn) 44830, 6. Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 43190, 7. Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas) 43150, 8. Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong (Mas) 38660. Selected: 18. Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Mas) 20690, 19. Gan Teik Chai-Ong Soon Hock (Mas) 20340.
Women’s singles: 1. Wang Shixian (Chn) 54390, 2. Saina Nehwal (Ind) 50480, 3. Sung Ji-hyun (Kor) 49780, 4. Bae Jeon-yu (Kor) 48830, 5. Li Xuerui (Chn) 47590, 6. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Tha) 47030, 7. Minatsu Mitani (Jpn) 45920, 8. Eriko Hirose (Jpn) 44780. Selected: 54. Sonia Cheah (Mas) 5820, 66. Tee Jing Yi (Mas) 3620.
Women’s doubles: 1. Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi (Jpn) 67030, 2. Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang (Chn) 62640, 3. Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua (Chn) 56440, 4. Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den) 54100, 5. Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Ina) 48480, 6. A. Duanganong-V. Kunchala (Tha) 46030, 7. Jung Kyung-eun-Kim Ha-na (Kor) 39450, 8. Reika Kakiiwa-Miyuki Maeda (Jpn) 38000. Selected: 41. Ng Hui Ern-Ng Hui Lin (Mas) 8480, 43. Vivian Hoo-Woon Khe Wei (Mas) 8270.
Mixed doubles: 1. Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) 81250, 2. Tantowi Ahmad-Lilyana Natsir (Ina) 68540, 3. Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 54600, 4. Xu Chen-Ma Jin (Chn) 52450, 5. Chris Adcock-Gabrille White (Eng) 46610, 6. Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 46540, 7. Markis Kido-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth (Ina) 46210, 8. Praveen Jordan-Vita Marissa (Ina) 42920. Selected: 30. Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo (Mas) 12800, 53. Tan Aik Quan-Lai Pei Jing (Mas) 5040.