Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan & Chen Long are top guns to watch at Badminton Asia Championships

Lee Chong Wei partners Zhang Yawen (the 2009 women's doubles world champion) in an exhibition match.

Wuhan: Badminton Asia Championships (BAC) begins on Tuesday, and the badminton fans in China are starting to get hyped up for badminton’s big three to clash in Wuhan.Lee Chong Wei partners Zhang Yawen (the 2009 women's doubles world champion) in an exhibition match.

World No. 2 Lee Chong Wei who made a special guest appearance at the “Black Mountain Valley” championships that offered the highest ever total prize money in amateur badminton with about $1 million Chinese Yuan ($154,003 USD) in Chongqing on Sunday, is set to kick off his opener against World No. 11 Wang Zhengming in the first round BAC.Lee Chong Wei arrives at Chongqing airport.

Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan who just came off a China Masters victory on Sunday, has also travelled to Wuhan for BAC in the build-up to the Rio Olympics.Fans show up to welcome Lee Chong Wei at Chongqing airport.

If the seeds hold up, Lee Chong Wei would set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Lin Dan at BAC.

World No. 1 Chen Long has to be happy that both Lee and Lin are in the other half. Other than that, Chen who was drawn into the top half of the draw, became the heavy favorite to advance to the finals.Lee Chong Wei waves to the crowd with Zhao Jianhua walks beside him.

In women’s singles, despite her fatigue, defending champion and World No. 1 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand will be eyeing her second gold medal at the Badminton Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. Meanwhile, India’s Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will carry the Indian challenges in the women’s event.Lee Chong Wei and the winners of "Black Mountain Valley" championships.

BAC is the last tournaments for the Asian shuttlers to clinch world ranking points before the deadline for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games qualification ends at the end of April.


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