Sudirman Cup 2013: Draw, Dates, Full Schedule and Teams

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16:  Tom Wolfenden of Team GB prepares to serve during the mens doubles badminton teams event on day one of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in the Sports Halls at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on January 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Craig Golding/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Sudirman Cup is the biggest team tournament on the badminton schedule this year, and the 13th edition of the storied event is one of the most anticipated in the history of the competition.

With 31 teams from 31 nations represented at the event (12 teams made the official tourney), this is truly one of the biggest international sporting events of the year and should be celebrated as the grand spectacle it has become.

The Sudirman Cup is only held every two years, and with so much pride amongst competing nations in the sport of badminton, the action on the courts inside Putra Stadium in Malaysia will be the fiercest we’ve seen since the 2012 Summer Olympics from London.

If you Love badminton, you won’t want to miss a second of this amazing action!

 

Where: Putra Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When: May 19-26

Full Tournament Information: BWF's Official Website

Groups 2 and 3 Seedings: BWF's Official Bracket

 

Team Draw Results

Group 1A

Team
China
Indonesia
India

Group 1B

Team
Thailand
Korea
Hong Kong

Group 1C

Team
Malaysia
Germany
Chinese Taipei

Group 1D

Team
Denmark
Japan
Singapore

 

Full Schedule

May 19, 2013: China vs. India (Group 1A)

May 19, 2013: Thailand vs. Hong Kong (Group 1B)

May 19, 2013: Malaysia vs. Chinese Taipei (Group 1C)

May 19, 2013: Denmark vs. Singapore (Group 1D)

May 20, 2013: Indonesia vs. India (Group 1A)

May 20, 2013: Korea vs. Hong Kong (Group 1B)

May 20, 2013: Germany vs. Chinese Taipei (Group 1C)

May 20, 2013: Japan vs. Singapore (Group 1D)

May 21, 2013: China vs. Indonesia (Group 1A)

May 21, 2013: Thailand vs. Korea (Group 1B)

May 21, 2013: Malaysia vs. Germany (Group 1C)

May 21, 2013: Denmark vs. Japan (Group 1D)

Tournament re-seeded using world rankings after group rounds.

 

Predicted Winner: China

There is no better nation on Earth at badminton than China, and the nation will look to further its dominance of the sport by utterly demolishing the 2013 Sudirman Cup.

China is going for its ninth team championship in 13 attempts.

The Chinese team is stacked with talented players like 2012 Olympic gold medalists Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng on the men’s side, and defending world singles champion Wang Yihan and London Olympic champion Li Xuerui on the women’s side.

With that much raw firepower, Team China is the clear favorite.

The Chinese team won’t have it easy, though, as both badminton superpowers Indonesia and India have been grouped with China and will be looking to make a mark on the tournament by beating the top nation in the opening matches.

While every team would like to dethrone the perennial championship threats, Team China is too good to be eliminated before the next round. Expect the Chinese team to make it to the finals and eventually win the entire tournament.