Smashing Stats: Thailand Open 2024

The Super 500 Thailand Open, back at the Nimibutr Stadium after six years, marks the resumption of the HSBC BWF World Tour following a six-week break.

  • China remain the sole country to complete a clean sweep. They did it in 1999 and 2008.
  • Only hosts Thailand have seeds in all five categories.
  • Indonesians Susi Susanti and Greysia Polii possess the most titles – four each.
  • Susanti’s four arrived in a row (1991-1994), a tournament record for consecutive triumphs.
  • Home darling Sapsiree Taerattanachai could join them if she secures mixed doubles alongside Dechapol Puavaranukroh.
  • The Thai duo and Chirag Shetty/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are the only top seeds with previous success at the tournament.
  • Shetty/Rankireddy remain the first and last Indians to win men’s doubles.
  • Indonesia, giants in the department, have not won since 2017 (Berry Angriawan/Hardianto). Muhammad Shohibul Fikri/Bagas Maulana, seeded second this year, lost in the final last season.
  • Despite the dry spell, they are still the most successful in the category with 12 crowns, three more than Korea. Daniel Marthin/Leo Rolly Carnando (4), Muhammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (5) and Sabar Karyaman Gutama/Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani (8) are their seeded hopes this edition.
  • Their longest wait, however, is in women’s singles, where Gregoria Mariska Tunjung is the No.2 seed. Susanti’s victory 30 years ago was Indonesia’s last.
  • It’s been 13 years since China scooped the men’s singles, through Chen Long. Lu Guang Zu is their best bet this time.
  • If he triumphs, China will then have the joint-most titles (10) with Indonesia in the discipline.
  • Thailand last aced women’s doubles eight years ago but stand a good chance of snapping that drought with top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai.
  • A successful title defence for fourth seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn meanwhile, will make him the first Thai singles player to win back-to-back editions.

Standout Stat: No more than three nations have produced titlists in all five disciplines – China, Indonesia and Korea.

Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (left), holding the mixed doubles trophy with Hafiz Faizal in 2018, is back with Dejan Ferdinansyah.

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