Singapore Badminton Open 2013: Draw, Dates, Full Schedule and Favorites

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Singapore Badminton Open 2013: Draw, Dates, Full Schedule and Favorites
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The Li-Ning Singapore Open got its start in 1987 as a large-scale tournament for some of badminton’s greatest players.

Since the inaugural event, the Singapore Open has continued to grow, now representing one of the biggest and most prestigious badminton tournaments of the year.

As noted on the tournament’s official website, the Singapore Open is a terrific event for promoting the sport, and it’s also a tremendous opportunity for both sponsors and players to gain exposure.

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This year’s tournament will take place in the Singapore Indoor Stadium—a venue perfectly suited for a major badminton event.

The venue has played host to a number of entertainment and sporting events, and has been the home of the Singapore Open since 2004.

Juliane Schenk and Boonsak Ponsana enter the tournament as defending champions, but there’s plenty of tough competition standing in the way of a repeat performance.

With full fields of 32 players in each draw, winning the Singapore Open will require a lot of skill and a little luck.

Let’s take a look at the draws from the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, as well as the full schedule and a few players to keep an eye on as the tournament starts up on June 18.

 

Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore City

When: June 17 (qualification) to June 22 (finals)

 

Draws

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Men’s Singles

Pengyu Du (1)
Anand Pawar
Chen Yueken
Marc Zwiebler
Tien Minh Nguyen
Lin Dan (Withdrawn)*
Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 
Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 
Kenichi Tago (4)
Ajay Jayaram 
Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif 
Rajiv Ouseph 
Zhengming Wang (8)
Daren Liew 
Qualification Player TBD
Tommy Sugiarto 
Kazumasa Sakai 
Simon Santoso 
Takuma Ueda 
Kashyap Parupalli (7)
Sho Sasaki 
Qualification Player TBD
Chun Seang Tan 
Sony Dwi Kuncoro (3)
Sourabh Varma 
Wing Ki Wong 
Qualification Player TBD
Boonsak Ponsana (5)
Wei Feng Chong 
Gurusaidutt R. M. V. 
Qualification Player TBD
Yun Hu (2)


Women’s Singles

Xuerui Li (1) 
Sashina Vignes Waran 
Nichaon Jindapon 
Belaetrix Manuputi 
Ji Hyun Sung (6)
Sindhu P. V. 
Pui Yin Yip 
Sapsiree Taerattanachai 
Juliane Schenk (3)
Tsz Ka Chan 
Qualification Player TBD
Yui Hashimoto 
Minatsu Mitani (8)
Adrianti Firdasari 
Tzu Ying Tai 
Aprilla Yuswandari 
Qualification Player TBD
Petya Nedelcheva 
Yeon Ju Bae 
Shixian Wang (7)
Sayaka Takahashi 
Carolina Marin 
Busanan Ongbumrungpan
Yihan Wang (4)
Qualification Player TBD
Lindaweni Fanetri 
Qualification Player TBD
Ratchanok Intanon (5)
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 
Eriko Hirose 
Juan Gu 
Saina Nehwal (2)

 

*Full draw information can also be found here.

 

Schedule

Monday, June 17  9 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET Qualifying Rounds
Tuesday, June 18 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. ET Preliminary Rounds
Wednesday, June 19 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET Round of 16
Thursday, June 20  3 a.m. to 10Ca.m. ET Quarterfinals
Friday, June 21 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET Semifinals
Saturday, June 22 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. ET Finals

 

*For full schedule with local times, visit SingaporeBadmintonOpen.sg

 

Players to Watch

Juliane Schenk

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Schenk took down the 2012 Singapore Open with an impressive run that culminated in a 21-11, 26-24 victory over Cheng Shao-Chieh in the finals. This year, the German will set her sights on defending her title against a strong field of competitors.

Last year's win is the only Super Series title of Schenk's career to date, but she's been playing extremely well of late.

On Saturday, she defeated three-time Indonesia Open winner Saina Nehwal in the tournament's semifinals to secure a berth in the finals and a chance to build significant momentum heading into the Singapore Open.

The No. 3 seed in the tournament, Schenk may find herself facing No. 2 Nehwal again this week, though she'll likely have to get past top-ranked Xuerui Li to set up that rematch.

 

Boonsak Ponsana

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The second half of the returning champions duo, Ponsana, enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed, with a first-round matchup yet to be determined.

Following the qualifying round, Ponsana's tournament path will become clearer, though several top-ranked opponents litter his half of the draw.

The Thailand native continues to find success at the Singapore Open, winning in 2007 before recapturing the title last year. In 2009 and 2010, the 31-year-old posted runner-up finishes, and stands to make another big splash this year. 

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