The first round of the BWF Superseries Japan Open will get underway at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday, with several intriguing matches on the menu, including VICTOR Korea No.1 Son Wan Ho
taking on Lin Dan. Latest top 10 entrants Ashwini Ponnappa
and Jwala Gutta will also open their bid against Olympic champion Zhao Yunlei, with her new partner Zhong Qianxin.
If the world no.1s and 2014 champs Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong
are to retain their title, they will have to pick up their best form as early in the quarterfinals, where their compatriots Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Choel
could potentially stand in the way. In their only meeting this year in June at the Indonesia Open, Ko
blasted away in straights and finally lifted the trophy.
Never having failed prior to the semis in the Japanese capital, 2012 winner Tai Tzu Ying
as the fourth seed in women’s singles this year, will be up against a qualifier in the opening round. She could meet fellow Team VICTOR player Bae Yeon Ju
in the second rounds. The other seed in her quarter sits China’s Wang Yihan.
Now dropping to No.10 in the world and unseeded this week, Korean No.1 Son
is given a tough first-round draw against Lin Dan.