The top men’s singles contenders at the DAIHATSU Japan Open 2023 will have to be on their toes from the opening day, with high-intensity action expected from the start of the competition.
Other men’s singles matches likely to feature competitive bouts are Chou Tien Chen versus Kidambi Srikanth, Lu Guang Zu against Korea Open champion Anders Antonsen, Loh Kean Yew against Ng Tze Yong and Kanta Tsuneyama against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.
Canada Open champion Lakshya Sen faces a test from upcoming Indian compatriot Priyanshu Rajawat, while two-time winner Kento Momota will be up against teammate Koki Watanabe.
While women’s singles will see the favoured names in attendance, including defending champion Akane Yamaguchi, Korea Open winner An Se Young, Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei and Asian champion Tai Tzu Ying, the prominent name missing will be Carolina Marin’s.
Rasmus Gemke, Nhat Nguyen, Christo Popov, Toma Junior Popov
Michelle Li, Natsuki Nidaira, Busanan Ongbamrungphan
Choi Sol Gyu/Kim Won Ho; Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel
Jeong Na Eun/Kim Hye Jeong; Linda Efler/Isabel Lohau; Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva
Kim Won Ho/Jeong Na Eun; Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Lohau