The 2019 German Open is the fifth tournament of the BWF World Tour and will be held from 26 February to 3 March 2019.
The draws show signs of incredibly interesting and exciting matches. Young talents are being presented, but who should we especially watch out for?

No-show players are preparing for All England
Based on the draw, it appears that Denmark this time does not participate in the German Open. The reason for this is that the Danish players are well underway with preparations for All England 2019, which runs from the 6th to the 10th of March. In order to reduce the possibilities for injuries and ensure a tower-high level, we, therefore, do not get the opportunity to see the same group Danish top-players as usual in action. Fortunately, there is a lot of other high-level badminton at the German Open you do not want to miss. The organizers of the tournament once again look forward to experiencing the tension and the talented players.

“The YONEX German Open is fortunately always the prelude to the European series. The players keep telling us that they find it extremely nice to come here and play. We also receive a lot of positive feedback from the audience – they really like the tournament”

Boris Reichel, Promotion Manager of YONEX

In men’s singles, the field is strong but a fight that could be particularly exciting would be Lin Dan against Momota in a semi-final. Momota is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of play and he has expressed that he will look forward to getting the opportunity to play against Lin Dan – he spices up the men’s singles battle.

Japan is highly represented
In especially the women’s singles, it will be exciting to follow the show-down between Li Xuerui from China and Japanese Akane Yamaguchi. Three years ago, in just the age of 17, Akane Yamaguchi managed to defeat Li Xuerui after an intense battle. There will certainly be excitement to find on the court.
It is also worth noting that Japan competes with a full team which increases their chances of winning many categories.

Comeback for Korea
In the men’s doubles it is seen that Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol respectively meet Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae – all from Korea. Both couples have not been noticeable in the badminton world due to a violation. In medio 2018 Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol won their one-year legal battle the Korean Badminton Association (BKA) for denying them the right to compete in the BWF-sanctioned tournaments as independent shuttlers – this is a match to look for to experience!

Young Talent
The mix category is generally assumed to be very open in terms of results. It is seen that there are many young pairs from Indonesia, which is always exciting to follow.

See the full draw here

Champions 2018
Men’s Singles Chou Tien-chen
Women’s Singles Akane Yamaguchi
Men’s Doubles Takuto Inoue
 Yuki Kaneko
Women’s Doubles Yuki Fukushima
 Sayaka Hirota
Mixed Doubles Goh Soon Huat
 Shevon Jemie Lai

MS – Seeded Players:

1Kento Momota
2Chou Tien Chen
3Kenta Nishimoto
4Lin Dan
5Ng Ka Long Angus
6Khosit Phetpradab
7Kanta Tsuneyama
8Kantaphon Wangcharoen

WS – Seeded Players:

1Nozomi Okuhara
2Akane Yamaguchi
3Ratchanok Intanon
4Beiwen Zhang
5Sayaka Takahashi
6Michelle Li
7Gregoria Mariska Tunjung
8Han Yue

MD – Seeded Pairs:

1Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda
2Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe
3Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong
4Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko
5He Jiting/Tan Qiang
6Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng
7Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan
8Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik

WD – Seeded Pairs:

1Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota
2Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi
3Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara
4Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu
5Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan
6Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto
7Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva
8Du Yue/Li Yinhui

XD – Seeded Pairs:

1Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino
2Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai
3Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying
4He Jiting/Du Yue
5Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie
6Hafiz Faizal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja
7Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti
8Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung

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