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BWF World Tour Finals 2023, Opportunities and Challenges of Indian Players

All front line players are trailing to qualify for BWF World Tour Finals while 25% of the Tour tournaments are over. Satwik & Chirag is promising and Treesa & Gayatri is challenging the world class women pairs to get qualifying. Unless big wins from next quarter, it's difficult to see the Indian Singles players playing in the finals. Though the Summer Olympics selection will start from 1st May, 2023, the next 10 BWF tour tournaments are crucial for Indian players.



The 2023 HSBC BWF World Tour is the sixth season of the BWF World Tour of badminton, started on 11th Jan 2023 and ends on 17th Dec 2023, a circuit of 31 tournaments that lead to the World Tour Finals tournament.


The 31 tournaments are divided into five levels:

World Tour Finals

Level 1 Super 1000 (4 tournaments) Level 2 Super 750 (6 tournaments)

Level 3 Super 500 (9 tournaments) Level 4 Super 300 (11 tournaments)


These tournaments offers different ranking points and prize money. The highest points and prize pool are offered at the Super 1000 level including the World Tour Finals.


The Level 5 BWF Tour Super 100 (9 tournaments) offers BWF World Tour ranking points which help the players to qualify into the BWF World Tour higher level tournaments.


Qualification:


At the end of the BWF World Tour, top eight players/pairs in the BWF World Tour Rankings of each category, with the maximum of two players/pairs from the same member association, are required to play in the BWF World Tour Finals.


Including Spain Masters 2023 ended on 2nd Apr 2023, 8 out 30 World Tour Tournaments are over.

Level 1 Super 1000 (2 out 4 tournaments)

Level 2 Super 750 (1 out of 6 tournaments)

Level 3 Super 500 (1 out of 9 tournaments)

Level 4 Super 300 (4 out 11 tournaments)


After 25% of the BWF tour tournaments were completed by this time, Indian players are trailing their tour final chances. The following top 8 players are in a promising positions and the next three trailing players of each category are listed.


Men's Singles


1 LI Shi Feng, China

2 SHI Yu Qi, China

3 Viktor AXELSEN, Denmark

4 NG Ka Long Angus, Chinese Taipei

5 LEE Zii Jia, Malaysia

6 Kunlavut VITIDSARN, Thailand

7 Kenta NISHIMOTO, Japan

7 NG Tze Yong, Malaysia


9 Jonatan CHRISTIE, Indonesia

10, Anthony Sinisuka GINTING, Indonesia

11, Anders ANTONSEN , Denmark


Women's Singles


1 AN Se Young, South Korea

2 Akane YAMAGUCHI, Japan

3 Pornpawee CHOCHUWONG, Thaipand

4 HAN Yue, China

5 CHEN Yu Fei, China

7 Carolina MARIN, Spain

9 Gregoria Mariska TUNJUNG, Thailand

11, Beiwen ZHANG, USA


12, Wen Chi HSU, Chinese Taipei

13, Mia BLICHFELDT, Denmark

14, KIM Ga Eun, South Korea


Men's Doubles


1 Fajar ALFIAN Muhammad Rian ARDIANTO, Indonesia

2 LIANG Wei Keng WANG Chang, China

3 Leo Rolly CARNANDO Daniel MARTHIN, Indonesia

5 LIU Yu Chen OU Xuan Yi, China

6 KANG Min Hyuk SEO Seung Jae, South Korea

7 Aaron CHIA SOH Wooi Yik, Malaysia

9 ONG Yew Sin TEO Ee Yi, Malaysia

10,Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY Chirag SHETTY, India

13, Takuro HOKI Yugo KOBAYASHI, Japan

14, LEE Jhe-Huei YANG Po-Hsuan, Chinese Taipei

15, Kim ASTRUPAnders, Skaarup RASMUSSEN, Denmark


Women's Doubles


1 LI Wen Mei LIU Xuan Xuan, China

2 BAEK Ha NaLEE So Hee, China

3 KIM So Yeong KONG Hee Yong, South Korea

4 Yuki FUKUSHIMA Sayaka HIROTA, South Korea

5 CHEN Qing Chen JIA Yi Fan, Japan

7 TAN Pearly THINAAH Muralitharan, Malaysia

8 Nami MATSUYAMA Chiharu SHIDA, Japan

9 Apriyani RAHAYU Siti Fadia Silva RAMADHANTI, Indonesia


10,Jongkolphan KITITHARAKUL Rawinda PRAJONGJAI, Thailand

11,Gabriela Gabriela STOEVA Stefani STOEVA, Bulgaria

12, Treesa JOLLY GAYATRI GOPICHAND PULLELA, India


Mixed Doubles

1,SEO Seung Jae CHAE Yu Jung Korea 2, KIM Won Ho JEONG Na Eun Korea

3, ZHENG Si Wei HUANG Ya Qiong China

4, Dejan FERDINANSYAH Gloria Emanuelle WIDJAJA Indonesia

5, Yuta WATANABE Arisa HIGASHINO, Japan

6, Thom GICQUEL Delphine DELRUE, France

7, Kyohei YAMASHITA Naru SHINOYA, Japan

8 FENG Yan Zhe HUANG Dong Ping China


9 Rehan Naufal KUSHARJANTO Lisa Ayu KUSUMAWATI Indonesia

13 CHEN Tang Jie TOH Ee Wei Malaysia

15 Robin TABELING Selena PIEK Netherlands



India's Performances in the previous seasons


2022 Prannoy HS 5/8

2021 Lakshya Sen 3/4

2021 Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY Chirag SHETTY 5/8

2020 Srikanth Kidambi 5/8

2020 PV Sindhu 5/8

2019 PV Sindhu 5/8

2018 Sameer Verma 3/4

2018 PV Sindhu Gold


PV Sindhu is the only India player won Gold Medal and represented World Tour Finals more than once, 3 times. Lakshya Sen and Sameer Verma had entered semifinals in 2021 and 2018 seasons respectively.


2023 season will not be easier for Indian players, who are trailing to be in the top 8 positions of World Tour Rankings for finals.


In the present scenario, Men's duo Chirag and Satwik who is in the 8th position gives confidence, and injury history is challenging them. Indian Women's duo Treesa Gayathri are in 11th position, and they have to face the experiences of the top asian power houses.


Including PV Sindhu, no other Singles players are not progressing well while 25% of the tournaments of the tour were over. May 2023 season be a India less tournament?




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