Badminton: Chen Long-Ing to win in Singapore

Olympic champion will try - for the 4th time - to lift the men's title as China roll out big guns

With the biggest prizes in badminton already in his trophy cabinet, Chen Long will now go in search of those still missing from his CV - including the OUE Singapore Open.

The reigning Olympic men's singles champion will spearhead a 23-strong Chinese team at the April 11-16 Superseries event.

In three previous appearances at Singapore's biggest badminton tournament, the 28-year-old's best showing was a quarter-final spot last year.

The world No. 5, a two-time world champion, has been been taking an extended break and has not played on the Badminton World Federation (BWF)'s professional circuit since the end of November.

"Everyone goes into a competition hoping to win and I am no different," said Chen, who is slated to return to competition at the end of the month at the German Open.

"I want to do my best to thank the fans who have been supporting (us) at the (Singapore) Indoor Stadium."


Chen Long will lead a 23-strong Chinese contingent - including the top-ranked mixed doubles pair - at the OUE S'pore Open. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China's top women's singles player, world No. 4 Sun Yu, will also make the trip here. The 22-year-old won the title in 2015.

They will be joined by some in-form team-mates in the doubles.

World No. 1 mixed doubles pair Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen, as well as Zhang Nan - the reigning Olympic men's doubles champion with Fu Haifeng - are also in the Chinese squad.

Zhang will pair up with Liu Cheng in the men's doubles and partner Li Yinhui in the mixed doubles. He just lifted the Thailand Masters trophy with Li over the weekend.

The Chinese team are expected to face stiff opposition from South Korea, who are also sending their big guns.

Men's world No. 4 Son Wan Ho and women's No. 3 Sung Ji Hyun will lead the South Koreans' title charge.

They will be joined by Olympic women's doubles bronze medallists Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan.

The Chinese and South Korean squads join an already stellar cast of shuttlers who have confirmed their participation.

TARGETING SINGAPORE TITLE

Everyone goes into a competition hoping to win and I am no different.

'CHEN LONG, the reigning Olympic badminton men's singles champion, on wanting to win the OUE Singapore Open at the fourth time of asking. The world No. 5's best result at this Superseries event is a quarter-final appearance last year.

Olympic women's singles champion Carolina Marin of Spain, as well as defending champions Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, had indicated their attendance earlier.

With registration open for another fortnight, organisers of the annual tournament are expecting more top shuttlers to submit their entries. The Singapore event typically sees participation from the Japanese, Danish and Malaysian teams.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2017, with the headline 'Chen Long-ing to win in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe