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Women’s double preview
In the women’s double draw all four seeded pairs have a bye into second round and we can expect a rematch of one of the women’s doubles from today’s team event final between Japan and China in one of the semifinals. Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan, seeded 3, are drawn in the top half with top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota. Both pairs obviously have to overcome their respective opponents first.
Della Destiara Haris and Rizki Amelia Pradipta from Indonesia are most likely to be waiting for Fukushima and Hirota in second round, while we expect to see Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in the quarterfinal. Chen and Jia must pass by Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai from Thailand first before their quarterfinal where it’s pretty open who they will meet. Here they will be up against a pair from either Hong Kong, India, Malaysia or Chinese Taipei.
In the lower half of the draw Olympic Champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi should have no problems reaching the quarterfinal where it’s most likely that Kim Hye Rin and Kong Hee Yong from Korea will be waiting. Should the seeds deliver as expected we’ll see a semifinal between the Japanese duo and Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu. First though, there could be an interesting match against either Hsu Ya Ching and Wu Ti Jung from Chinese Taipei or Tang Jinhua and Zheng Yu from China. The two Chinese play their first individual tournament again after Singapore Open in July where they had different partners.