Have a gander through some important facts around the 42nd Japan Open, the year’s third HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 event which starts today.
are India (men’s singles and doubles) and France (mixed doubles). Countries with seeded entries waiting for maiden titlist (s) Japan and China are the
. only nations with seeds in all five departments China have been
. winning at least one category starting with the 2013 edition
like they have mixed doubles the past decade. Six of the last eight finals were aced by them. No country has ruled a discipline After
Akane Yamaguchi ended their 32-year wait for a home champion in 2013, Japan have (2016). celebrated podium toppers at all but one edition Top seed Yamaguchi stands to become the
Japan Opens. maiden women’s singles shuttler to win three consecutive That would mean a fourth overall title, the
in 2016. most by a player since Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei’s sixth Japan, however, are
in men’s and mixed doubles. yet to produce a winning pair
Yuta Watanabe/ Arisa Higashino, seeded second this edition, to went close in 2022 but lost the mixed doubles final Dechapol Puavaranukroh/ Sapsiree Taerattanachai. Men’s doubles fifth seed
Takuro Hoki also has a alongside runner-up finish in mixed doubles from 2017 Sayaka Hirota. Second seeds Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai are also the
since only non-Chinese mixed pair to take the honours Joachim Fischer Nielsen/ Christinna Pedersen in 2015. Malaysia have two seeded men’s pairs (No.4
Aaron Chia/ Soh Wooi Yik and No.6 Ong Yew Sin/ Teo Ee Yi) but after no success in the discipline Chong Ming Chan/ Choon Eng Chew triumphed in 2002. Chia and Soh, still looking for a World Tour crown
, – Olympic bronze in 2021 and World Championships title last year. experienced their biggest highs in Tokyo Glory for second seeds
Liang Wei Keng/ Wang Chang will make them the since first Chinese men’s pair Cai Yun/ Fu Haifeng in 2011 . to be champions more than once Japan Open was women’s singles fourth seed
Tai Tzu Ying’s maiden Superseries victory. At the time of winning in 2012, 18-year-old Tai made history as the . youngest to capture an event at that level Thailand have
, a category never won men’s singles Kunlavut Vitidsarn is seeded third in. Vitidsarn lifted 2023’s first 750 in January at the India Open. Second seed
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and fifth seed Jonatan Christie meanwhile, possess the opportunity to in the discipline. end Indonesia’s 15-year dry spell Sony Dwi Kuncoro in 2008 was the last Indonesian winner.
If successful, their compatriot, Standout Stat: Hendra Setiawan (men’s doubles seventh seed with Mohammad Ahsan), will become the . He triumphed in 2009 (with first player in tournament history to win in three different decades Markis Kido) and 2013 (Ahsan).
Setiawan and Ahsan will be looking to add to their solitary title.