Badminton: Li-Ning Singapore Open set to sizzle from the start

The Li-Ning Singapore Open promises to begin with a bang after two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan was drawn to face sixth seed Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in the opening round.

Lin, who is unseeded in the June 18-23 SuperSeries event, is also on course to take on Badminton Asia Championship winner Du Pengyu in the quarter-finals should both Chinese stars progress.

Other first-round matches to look out for include:

Men's singles - Wang Zhengming (8) (CHN) v Daren Liew (MAS).

Women's singles - Bae Yeon Ju (KOR) v Wang Shixian (7) (CHN).

Men's doubles - Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (4) (CHN) v Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki/Hendra Aprida Gunawan (INA).

Women's doubles - Serithammarak Artima/Peeraya Munkitamorn (THA) v Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (2) (JPN).

Mixed Doubles - Xu Chen/Ma Jin (1) (CHN) v Songphon Anugritayawon/Kunchala Voravichitchaikul (THA).