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3. Liao Min Chun/Su Ching Heng, Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei’s second best men’s double is ranked 14 on the BWF World Ranking but qualified to Guangzhou as third on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking. They went through 2018 without winning any titles and they only reached one final; the Chinese Taipei Open where they lost to compatriots Chen and Wang. Seven quarterfinals and one semifinal bring Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng to the season finals as the second Taiwanese pair.

Results from finals 2018:

Chinese Taipei Open: Chen Hung Ling/Wang Chi-Lin, Chinese Taipei vs. Liao/Su, Chinese Taipei 22-20 21-9

4. Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong, China

From several upcoming young men’s double pairs from China, Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong have by far been the most successful in 2018. The two finished 4 on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking and are number 10 on the BWF World Ranking. Han and Zhou are the only ones who defeated the outstanding Minions in a final this year; that was when they got their second title of the year at the French Open.Their first title was at the China Masters in spring. Two titles in three finals, another two semifinals and three quarterfinals bring the Chinese duo to the season finals in Guangzhou.

Results from finals 2018:

China Masters: Han/Zhou, China vs. Di Zijian/Wang Chang, China 19-21 21-17 21-16
Victor China Open: Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, Denmark vs. Han/Zhou, China 21-13 17-21 21-14
French Open: Han/Zhou, China vs. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, Indonesia 23-21 8-21 21-17

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