The BWF World Championships is the most prestigious tournament in badminton, with players from across the globe competing to make their mark in this illustrious competition.
It’ll be the 22nd time the championships have been hosted, and the Jakarta venue is likely to be packed out with fanatical followers of the sport. The BWF have released the following trailer to stir up excitement ahead of the competition getting underway on Monday, August 10:
Here’s a closer look at the full tournament schedule and what to expect from the players in attendance during what should be an engrossing few days for badminton fans.
|BWF World Championships: Schedule|
For the full draw and team lineups, check out the competition's official website.
Plenty Up For Grabs in Jakarta
The format of the BWF World Championships means there is plenty for all to enjoy. At the end of the week, there will be a winner crowned in the men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and the mixed doubles categories.
Although all of the disciplines are worth picking up a gold medal in, it’s the singles titles that carry the most prestige. And there’s no shortage of quality in situ, as you would expect for the most important week of the season.
Chen Long will be the man to beat once again. The reigning champion and top seed goes into the competition commanding a certain aura. He’s already landed three World Superseries crowns this year, putting him a long way ahead of the second-seeded player, Jan O Jorgensen, in the ranking.
Here’s a reminder of why the Chinese star is regarded as the very best player on the planet:
On the women’s side, there’s been a player equally as dominant as Chen in 2015, Carolina Marin. Like the top male seed, she has also won three World Superseries events this calendar year and will go into these championships confident of defending the title she picked up 12 months ago.
She’s been in reflective mood on social media in the week leading up to the tournament:
Long may be the massive favourite in his draw, and Marin is seeded first again, but there will be a host of top-quality Chinese players gunning for glory behind her. After all, in Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian, China have the respective third, sixth and seventh seeds in the draw.
The best chance of a medal for any Indonesian players is likely to come in one of the doubles disciplines. The hosts have a brilliant chance in the mixed doubles, with Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir seeded third; Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan have a comparatively high ranking in the men’s doubles.
Statistics and seedings courtesy of bwfbadminton.org.