The 2019 Fuzhou China Open is a badminton tournament which will take place at Haixia Olympics Sports Center in Fuzhou, China from 5 to 10 November 2019 and has a total prize of $700,000.

Men’s singles
Top seeded in this category and also the worlds best is Kento Momota. Momota won the tournament last year and has managed to achieve a lot throughout the year. Momota started the 2019 season by competing at the Malaysia Masters as the first seeds, but his pace stopped by Kenta Nishimoto in the first round. He then reached the final in Indonesia Masters, but losing to Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Momota claimed his first title in 2019, by winning the German Open a Super 300 tournament. In March 2019, he won the All England Open beating Viktor Axelsen from Denmark in the finals in 3 sets with a score of 21–11, 15–21, 21–15, became the first Japanese men to win the All England Open title. In April 2019, Momota won his second Asian Championships title in Wuhan, China beating home favorite Shi Yuqi in three games 12–21, 21–18, 21–8. He also won the Singapore and Japan Open titles. In August, he reclaimed his World Champion title, beating Anders Antonsen 21–9 and 21–3. In doing so, Momota became only the fourth player to win back-to-back titles on a short, all-Chinese list that includes Yang Yang, Lin Dan and Chen Long. After that, he won his first title in China and Korea Opens, also defend his title at Denmark Open. In the first round he will meet Srikanth from India.

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Second seeded is Chou Tien Chen who is currently ranked worlds no. 2. In July, Chou became the first Taiwan player to win the men’s singles at a BWF Super 1000 series event with his victory at the Indonesia Open. He has also previously won titles in France, Germany, Singapore and South Korea. He will in the first round meet Wang Tzu Wei also from Taiwan.

Women’ singles
Top-seeded is Tai Tzy Ying. Tai Tzu-ying is a Taiwanese professional badminton player.She became world No. 1 in the women’s singles on December 2016, at the aged of 22, and has been ranked No.1 for 141 weeks, holds the longest record in BWF history. She is currently ranked worlds no. 2. She will in the first round meet Carolina Marin. Carolina Marin defeated Tai Tzu Ying in the final to win the China Open in september, after returning to the court after eight months. Tai is known for her deceptions and sharp strokes – will it be enough to win against Marin? We look forward to find out!

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Second seeded in this category is worlds no. 4. Akane Yamaguchi from Japan. She played in the 2019 Badminton Asia Championships in April, breaking through the four-strong Chinese women’s singles players. In the semifinal she defeated Chen Yufei, the top seed in China, making it through to the final where she faced another Chinese star, He Bingjiao. Yamaguchi defeated Bingjiao, winning the first Badminton Asia Championship for the Japanese team. In the same month, she played in the New Zealand Open. In the women’s singles semifinal, there she lost to the tournament’s No. 6 seed Li Xuerui of China 1–2 . In May she represented Japan at the 2019 Sudirman Cup held in Nanning, Guangxi Sports Center, China, helping the Japanese team win the mixed group runner-up. In July 2019, she won the Japan Open competition, her second Japan Open title since her first six years prior. That same month, she won a match against Taiwanese competitor Tai Tzu-ying placing her in the finals of her first Indonesia Open. In August 2019, Yamaguchi was defeated in the second round of 2019 BWF World Championships held at Basel, Switzerland, by 20-year-old Yeo Jia Min of Singapore 0–2. In the first round she will meet Chea from Malaysia.

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Men’s doubles
Top-seeded in this category is Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo also referred to as the Minions because of their heights. It is well known that the performance of the Minions in the last two BWF World Tour tournaments in 2019 that they participated in was very extraordinary. Marcus / Kevin successfully won two BWF World Tour titles in the Super 750 category in just over two weeks. The world’s number one men’s doubles had previously won the 2019 Denmark Open which was held on 15-20 October 2019. Then, they have just won another title at the 2019 French Open which was held on October 22-27, 2019. Malaysia’s number one men’s doubles, Goh V Shem / Tan Wei Kiong will be Minions’ opponents in the first round of the tournament. Even though head-to-head puts Minions above Malaysia’s representative, this Malaysian couple must still be anticipated to ensure a step to the next round. The Malaysian couple’s last victory over the Minions took place at the 2019 Swiss Open, when Marcus / Kevin lost in a straight game with a score of 19-21, 19-21.

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Meanwhile, The Daddies, Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan are second-seeded and will meet Lee Yang / Wang Chi-Lin in the first round. Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan have not defeated their countrymen, the Minions, since February 2018, but when they have been able to avoid them, they have largely tasted success. Their seven finals in 2019 is a season-high and have them atop the rankings. They automatically qualify for the Guangzhou finals courtesy of their World Championships victory in Basel and will be working on their strategies to defeat the Minions in the coming weeks.“We have to keep trying and trying again,” said Ahsan. “We understand them well. We train together all the time. They know us well. But they are the best. They are so much faster.” We are excited to see if they will face each other in yet a final!

Women’s doubles
top seeded in this category is Nagahara and Matsumoto from Japan. It has been a phenomenal year for Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara. The Japanese duo kept their feet on the pedal following their famous win at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 and were rewarded with the world No.1 in May this year. The ranking was a reflection of their consistency: this year, they have been in three finals (winning one, the Singapore Open) and three semifinals – a strong follow-up to the second half of the 2018 season, when they won the French Open and were runners-up twice in China. They will meet Delrue and Palermo from France in first round.

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Second-seeded and currently ranked worlds no. 3 is Fukushima and Hirota also from Japan. In the first round they will meet Sakuramoto and Takahata from Japan.

Mixed doubles
Top-seeded and currently ranked worlds no. 1 is Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong. Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong completed their conquest of Super 1000 events this year, winning the VICTOR China Open 2019 over compatriots Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping, 21-17 13-21 21-16. This was their sixth title of the year from six finals, and 18th overall. Their three Super 1000 titles in a calendar year – the first such achievement on the HSBC BWF World Tour – now presents a new frontier for other players and pairs who wish to join their elite company. In the first round they will meet Seidel and Efler from Germany – Will they get another victory?

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Second-seeded is the compatriots Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping who will meet Feng and Ou from China in first round.

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