Following an eight-week break, the HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 season resumes today in Huelva with the Super 300 Spain Masters.
Feast on these while waiting for the action to start.
- Viktor Axelsen is the only player to triumph more than once (2019, 2020).
- With the Dane and inaugural edition-winning compatriot Rasmus Gemke giving this year a miss, a new men’s singles champion will be anointed on Sunday.
- With six titles across four categories over three years, Denmark sit atop the performance table.
- They are also the sole European nation to have produced titlists.
- Other than Denmark, five nations have toasted champions – Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Thailand.
- Kim Astrup, Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Niclas Nohr are three former winners competing.
- While Astrup/Rasmussen are men’s doubles title-holders, Nohr won mixed doubles with Sara Thygesen in 2018.
- He partners Amalie Magelund this time, meaning he has the rare chance of winning the same event with two different players.
- No nation has done a sweep but with seeds in every discipline, Indonesia could make it a first.
- Top seeds in three categories – men’s singles (Shesar Hiren Rhustavito), women’s doubles (Magelund/Freja Ravn) and mixed doubles (Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari) – could win their first Super 300 title.
- Axelsen (2019, 2020) and women’s doubles shuttlers Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (2018) and Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (2020) are the only top seeds to have won their events.
Standout Stat: It is yet to crown a local winner. Top seed Carolina Marin unexpectedly lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles final last year.