SUPERSERIES FINALS 2014 – 4 going twice

The numbers are in for the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals. 4 players booked double spots, only one moved into contention in the last tournament and Michael Fuchs / […]

The numbers are in for the BWF Destination Dubai World . 4 players booked double spots, only one moved into contention in the last tournament and Michael Fuchs / Birgit Michels were among the last to see their ticket confirmed.

By Don Hearn.  Photos: Badmintonphoto

Despite having 14 players or pairs in the top 8 in all 5 disciplines combined, China will likely be able to send only 9 to Dubai.  Korea has the second highest number of players or pairs qualified, with 8.  Japan should get 6 invitations for sure – plus a 7th if Lee Chong Wei is still under suspension – and Denmark will be expecting 5.

Akane Yamaguchi of Japan was actually the only player to move into the Superseries top 8 in any discipline during the Hong Kong Open.  Her ticket was only clinched on Friday evening when her last pursuing compatriot, Minatsu Mitani, also lost in the quarter-finals.  Shortly before, the same type of threat was removed to qualification in mixed doubles for Germany’s Michael Fuchs / Birgit Michels (pictured).  They were able to breathe a sigh of relief when Riky Widianto / Puspita Richi Dili lost in the quarter-finals.