BADMINTON Preview: World Tour Finals ready in Guangzhou

The biggest prize purse of the year – $1,500,000 – is at stake in the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou (CHN). The top eight players or teams from this season will play in groups, with the top two in each advancing to semifinals. The top seeds:

Men’s Singles:
1. Tien-chen Chou (TPE) ~ Group A
2. Kento Momota (JPN) ~ Group B
3. Tommy Sugiarto (INA) ~ Group B
4. Yuqi Shi (CHN) ~ Group A

Men’s Doubles:
1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) ~ Group A
2. Hung-ling Chen/Chi-lin Wang (TPE) ~ Group B
3. Min-chun Liao/Ching-heng Su (TPE) ~ Group B
4. Chengkai Han/Haodong Zhou (CHN) ~ Group A

Women’s Singles:
1. Tzu-ying Tai (TPE) ~ Group A
2. Nozomi Okuhara (JPN) ~ Group B
3. Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) ~ Group A
4. Yufei Chen (CHN) ~ Group B

Women’s Doubles:
1. Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (JPN) ~ Group A
2. Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagihara (JPN) ~ Group B
3. Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (INA) ~ Group A
4. Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai (THA) ~ Group B

Mixed Doubles:
1. Siwei Zhang/Yaqiong Huang (CHN) ~ Group A
2. Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino (JPN) ~ Group B
3. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA) ~ Group A
4. Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (MAS) ~ Group B

The U.S. obtained an entrant in the women’s Singles event due to injuries, with Beiwen Zhang assigned to Group A.

The prize money has $120,000-60,000 for the Singles finalists, then $30,000 for the losing semifinalists, $16,500-9,000 for places 3-4 in the groups. In Doubles, the top two places get $126,000-60,000, then $30,000 for semis losers and $19,500-10,500 for the 3-4 placers in the groups. Look for results here.

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