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7. Goh Soon Huat/Shevon Jemie Lai, Malaysia

Malaysia’s second best mixed double is number 11 on the BWF World Ranking and finished 7 on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking; Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai. The duo got two titles in 2018, reached the semifinal in another two and the quarterfinal in four. Their biggest result of the year must have been winning the Singapore Open, a World Tour 500 tournament, where they defeated Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir in straight games.

Results from finals 2018:

GermanOpen: Goh/Shevon, Malaysia vs. Niclas Nøhr/Sara Thygesen, Denmark 21-14 22-20
Singapore Open: Goh/Shevon, Malaysiavs. Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Indonesia 21-19 21-18

8. Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith, England

As with the Indonesians, most would probably have expected to see Chris and Gabrielle Adcock representing England at the season finals. But that is not how it turned out. Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith conclude the presentation of all 63 players who are playing the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018. Ellis and Smith rank 14 in the world and are thus the lowest ranked pair in the mixed double category. The duo reached no less than six finals in 2018, of which they won four. They travel to Guangzhou with gold from their two latest tournaments; SaarLorLux Open and Scottish Open.

Results from finals 2018:

Swiss Open: Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich, Germany vs. Ellis/Smith, England 22-20 21-19
Canada Open: Ellis/Smith, England vs. Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich, Germany 21-13 21-4
Spain Masters: Niclas Nøhr/Sara Thygesen, Denmark vs. Ellis/Smith, England 21-19 21-17
Dutch Open: Ellis/Smith, England vs. Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue, France 21-15 21-15
SaarLorLux Open: Ellis/Smith, Englandvs. Lu Kai/Chen Lu 19-21 21-18 21-10
Scottish Open: Ellis/Smith, Englandvs. Jacco Arends/Selena Piek, Netherlands 13-6 (retired)

The draw to the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will be made Monday 10 December 2018 at 10:30 AM local time in Guangzhou (GMT +8). The Finals are played from 12-16 December.

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