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Women’s single preview
With 30 entries in women’s single this category is a little opposite from the men’s single as all but two players will be playing first round. On the other hand there is one round less than in men’s single.
Top seed Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei is once again expected to go all the way but exactly the women’s single category is becoming more and more famous for having many players who are believed to be able to go all the way. Recently we saw how Tai failed to deliver as expected, or as hoped, at the World Championships. She and Akane Yamaguchi, seeded 2, are the only ones to have a bye into second round.
Tai will face the winner of Cheung Ngan Yi, Hong Kong, and Rana Abu Harbesh, Saudi Arabia, and is most likely to play the winner of Nozomi Okuhara, Japan, and He Bingjiao, China, in the quarterfinal. Nepal’s Nangsal Tamang battles Fathimath Nabaaha Adbul Razzaq from the Maldives for a match against world no. 2, Yamaguchi from Japan, in second round. In the quarterfinal the Japanese is most likely to face Chen Yufei, China.
India’s best ranked player, Pusarla V. Sindhu, is seeded 3 and has a potentially very interesting clash awaiting her in second round. 19-year old Gregoria Mariska Tunjung from host nation Indonesia has played outstandingly during the women’s team event winning all her matches including one against Japan’s world no. 2. If the two players live up to their roles as favorites in first round, they run into each other in second.
Finally Thailand’s queen of badminton, Ratchanok Intanon, concludes the seeding as 4th seeded and if she manages to overcome Jessica Gurung from Nepal in first round, and if Sung Ji Hyun from Korea defeats Pakistan’s Mahoor Shahzad, there is an interesting clash awaiting us in second round. Sung has a 10-8 head-to-head lead against the Thai and also won their last encounter at Indonesia Open in July – this was in the same arena as they play the Asian Games in, the famous Istora Senayan arena.