Photo credit: Badmintonthaitoday.com

5. Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, Korea

Korea’s best women’s double pair, Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, had a bumpy start of the year due to injuries but a strong finish in their last tournaments secured them a spot in Guangzhou. Lee and Shin are number 7 on the BWF World Ranking but there was a time where it didn’t look too good in first half of the year. They did come back very strongly though and reached one semifinal and three final in their four last tournaments of the year. Just one did they finish on top of the podium though, but it it more than enough to bring the Koreans to the season finals.

Results from finals 2018:

Fuzhou China Open: Lee/Shin, Koreavs. Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, Japan 23-21 21-18
Hong Kong Open: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Japan vs. Lee/Shin, Korea 21-18 21-17
Korea Masters: Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun, Korea vs. Lee/Shin, Korea 21-14 21-17

6. Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva, Bulgaria

Also in the women’s double category Europe only has one pair; the Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva. The Bulgarian duo is the surprise of the year – but their impressive performance during 2018 fully justifies their spot in Guangzhou; the Stoevas are number 9 on the BWF World Ranking and finished 6 on the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking. They played 16 individual tournaments in 2018 and reached the final in half of them – and only twice did they suffer first round exits. Their biggest results of the year were when they claimed the gold at the European Championships and reached the final at French Open but lost to the World Champions.

Results from finals 2018:

 Swiss Open: Ayaka Sakuramoto/Yukiko Takahata, Japan vs. Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria 19-21 21-15 21-18
Orleans Masters: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria vs. Delphine Delrue/Lea Palermo, France 21-8 21-14
European Championships: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria vs. Emelie Lefel/Anne Tran, France 21-12 21-10
Bulgarian Open: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria vs. Amalie Magelund/Freja Ravn, Denmark 21-16 21-19
Dutch Open: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria vs. Selena Piek/Cheryl Seinen, Netherlands 21-17 21-18
French Open: Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, Japan vs. Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgaria 21-14 21-19
Saarlorlux Open: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgariavs. Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani/Rizki Amelia Pradipta, Indonesia 22-20 15-2121-19
Scottish Open: Stoeva/Stoeva, Bulgariavs. Emelie Lefel/Anne Tran, France 21-16 21-9

Continues on next page…

Subscribe - get a free eBook

When you sign up you agree to our terms and conditions

Awesome! Now check you inbox!

Subscribeand get a free eBook

When you sign up you agree to our terms and conditions

Awesome! Now check you inbox!