Tuesday 15 August 2017
With three BWF Superseries titles already to their name this year, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo look set for another shot at the silverware as they launch their TOTAL BWF World Championships campaign.
The Indonesians, taking part in their first World Championships, are seeded third in Glasgow and have received a bye in the first round, but face a possible last 16 tie with 2016 YONEX All England champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov.
There is no doubt that 2017 has been one to remember so far for Gideon and Sukamuljo, having triumphed at the All England as well as the India and Malaysia Opens in the first four months of the year.
They face stiff competition, however, in the form of current World no.1 pair and top seeds Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, who they beat to win the All England crown.
But, having become Asian champions in April, the Chinese duo have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the standings, reaching the final of the Singapore Open where they lost to Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, before defeating the Danes to win the Indonesia Open.
Boe and Mogensen are themselves seeded second in Glasgow, and will be looking to complete their World Championships medal set having won silver in 2013 and bronze a year later.
But one pair that can never be written off is Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, who won Olympic silver before ending 2016 on a high with the BWF Super Series Masters Finals.
The fifth seeds have enjoyed a less than successful 2017 though, not progressing past the quarter-final stage at any tournament this year.
In that final in Dubai, they defeated Japanese duo Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, who are seeded fourth in Scotland.
After a string of quarter and semi-final finishes, they won the Australian Open in June - their final tournament before the World Championships - and will enter the event in red-hot form.
Elsewhere, British favourites Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis will be hoping to benefit from home advantage as they look to be among the medals once more following their bronze in Rio last summer.
Earlier this year, they reached the last four of the Swiss and Thailand Opens and the quarter-finals of the European Championships, but following a short break away from the court, in which Ellis got married and Langridge became a father to twin daughters, they will be looking to show they are back to their very best.
The TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 will be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August. Book your ticket today!
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