World Number One Rankers Participate in YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships! Tickets will be on Sale Tomorrow (3rd November)!
YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2017 will be held from 21st to 26th November at the Hong Kong Coliseum. It is one of the Badminton World Federation’s MetLife BWF World Superseries tournaments with total prize money of US$400,000.00 and is recognized as Hong Kong "M" mark event by Major Sports Events Committee.
During the Press Conference today, Mr. Tong Wai Lun, BBS, MH, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Badminton Association expressed that the competition entry is overwhelming and attracted 291 players from 21 countries and regions to participate, including the world number one rankers, namely Viktor Axelson from Denmark; Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei; Kevin Sukamujo/Marcus Gideon from Indonesia; Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi from Japan. Other top players include China’s Lin Dan, Chen Long, Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan, Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, Zhang Nan/Liu Cheng; Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei; Korea’s Son Wan Ho, Sung Ji Hyun; Spain’s Carolina Marin; Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen, Kamilla Juhl; India’s Srikanth Kidambi, Sindhu P.V.; Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen; Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon; and Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad, Liliyana Natsir.
Hong Kong Badminton Team achieved very good result last year including 1 gold medal and 3 bronze medals. This year will continue to send all their elite players to attend, including the crown defender Ng Ka Long; the mixed doubles duo Tse Ying Suet/Tang Chun Man who just won the championship at the Denmark Superseries; and Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah who won the bronze medal at the World Championship in August. Other players include Wong Wing Ki, Hu Yun, Wei Nan, Lee Cheuk Yiu, Cheung Ngan Yi, Yip Pui Yin, Pook Lok Yan, Or Chin Chung and Law Cheuk Him.
Mr. Harider Garga, Regional Director, Banking & Administration of Sunrise and Co. (Pte) Limited, title sponsor of the competition said, ’we have supported YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships since 2005. Over the years this prestigious event has become more popular with the participation players as well as the spectators. We look forward to watching some of the best actions in this world battle.'
Mr. Karl Kwok Chi Leung, MH, Chairman of Major Sports Events Committee said, ‘YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships has been recognized as Hong Kong "M" mark event by Major Sports Events Committee for the 13th consecutive year. It has attracted top players from different countries and regions to participate. We are expecting an exciting week of world class badminton.
Ng Ka Long, the men’s singles’ defending champion may play against Lin Dan in the second round. He said, ‘I am really looking forward to play against Lin. It’s been 2 years since the last time I played against him and beat him in Hong Kong Open. I would like to see how much I have improved. I wasn’t in a good shape since one of my coach resigned in August. Therefore I just want to concentrate on the upcoming tournament in Macau and China. I am not expecting to be champion. I just want to do my best.’
Wong Wing Ki, the other Hong Kong Men’s Singles representative will marry his teammate Chan Tsz Ka on Sunday. He wish the wedding will bring him luck. He said, ‘My recent ranking in Dubai World Superseries Finals is 7th. It’s very close other players. I really want to get the ticket to the Finals and prepare the Asian Games.’
After winning Denmark Open, the mixed doubles duo Tse Ying Suet/Tang Chun Man’s world ranking has promoted to 10th and seeded 8th in Hong Kong Open. However, they may have to play against their teammate Lee Chun Hei/Chau Hoi Wah in second round. The pair said, ‘It is a pity! We have the ability to go further, but now only one team can promote to top 8. If we can play with other teams, we can learn more.’ Tse will play with Poon Lok Yan in women’s doubles. Poon said, ‘Tse gained a lot of confidence after Denmark Open. I hope we can get some good result with the support from the fans at home.’
Chau Hoi Wah revealed that she has accidentally injured cervical vertebra in September and recovered just recently. She said, ‘I lied on the bed for more than 20 days after injury and could not start training until a week ago. So we have not set any target for this tournament. This will be my adjustment period.’
Besides, the webpage for this tournament: www.hkopenbadminton.org has been activated and updated news can be found there. Tickets will be available for sale from 3rd November at URBTIX. Entry tickets to qualifying rounds and round of 32 for Mixed Doubles on 21st November is free for distribution. Interested parties can send self-address envelope with stamp to HKBA office. Four tickets are distributed for each person while tickets are available. Enquiry: +852 25048318 (on or before 14th November); +852 23309838 (15th -26th November)
YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Badminton Championships 2017
Date: 21 to 26 November
Venue: Hong Kong Coliseum
Ticket: HK$40 to HK$680 (Free tickets on 21st November, 10% discount for students and senior citizens on other days.)