Smashing Stats: German Open 2024

Following a three-week break, the HSBC BWF World Tour 2024 resumes in Mulheim with the Super 300 German Open.

  • In the last 20 years, Scotland are the sole non-Asian nation other than Denmark and England to produce titlists. Robert Blair won the mixed doubles with Englishwoman Gabrielle White in 2011 and compatriot Imogen Bankier three seasons later.
  • In Kirsty Gilmour (8) and Alexander Dunn/Adam Hall (7), the Scots have seeded hopes this edition.
  • Canada, USA, France, Netherlands and Bulgaria are the other non-Asian countries with seeded representatives.
  • Ng Ka Long Angus is the only defending champion in the draw while Chou Tien Chen, Kim Won Ho, Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai are the former winners returning.
  • Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai and Chou are the top seeds with previous success.
  • If successful, Chou will become the first men’s singles player since Lin Dan in 2007 to win thrice.
  • Only shuttlers from China, Japan and Korea have won in women’s singles following Frenchwoman Pi Hong Yan’s victory in 2002.
  • To boot, Pi is the lone French player on the honour roll. The Popov brothers in men’s singles and women’s doubles third seeds Anne Tran/Margot Lambert could expand that list by striking gold.
  • Hosts Germany have had no joy since Brigitte Steden/Marieluise Zizmann (women’s doubles) and Wolfgang Bochow/Zizmann (mixed doubles) aced their disciplines in 1975. Their best bet to end that drought appears to be their only seeded players – men’s pair Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Seidel (No.6).
  • Men’s doubles is the category China have gone the longest without winning, after Chai Biao/Hong Wei in 2013. They have one seeded pair this time – He Ji Ting/Ren Xiang Yu (3).

Standout Stat: Among badminton powerhouses, Indonesia’s wait to top the podium has been the lengthiest – 21 years since Flandy Limpele/Eng Hian’s men’s doubles title.

Limpele won in 2003.

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