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The countdown to Guangzhou has started. All the eight best of the year in each category is in China to compete in the HBSC BWF World Tour Finals 2018. Here is a presentation of the players in the women’s single category.

1. Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei

As in men’s singles, Chinese Taipei tops the HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking with Tai Tzu Ying who has been outstanding in 2018. The Taiwanese is also a solid number 1 on the BWF World Ranking where she is the only player with more than 100,000 points. Tai was in ten finals during the year and won no less than eight of them. Her biggest titles were the All England Open, the Asian Championships and the Asian Games, and she also managed to win five consecutive tournaments in first half of the year.

Results from finals in 2018:

Malaysia Masters: Ratchanok Intanon, Thailand vs. Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei 21-16 14-21 24-22
Indonesia Masters: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Saina Nehwal, India 21-9 21-13
All England: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Akane Yamaguchi, Japan 22-20 21-13
Asian Championships: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Chen Yufei, China 21-19 22-20
Malaysia Open: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. He Bingjiao, China 22-20 21-11
Indonesia Open: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Chen Yufei, China 21-23 21-15 21-9
Asian Games: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Pusarla V. Sindhu, India 21-13 21-16
Chinese Taipei Open: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Line Højmark Kjærsfeldt, Denmark 17-21 21-10 21-13
Denmark Open: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Saina Nehwal, India 21-13 13-21 21-6
French Open: Akane Yamaguchi, Japan vs. Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei 22-20 17-21 21-13

2. Nozomi Okuhara, Japan

Japan is also second in the men’s single HSBC Race to Guangzhou Ranking; for the women it is Nozomi Okuhara who sits on this position. The short elegant Japanese ranks 5 on the BWF World Ranking. The World Champion from 2017 was in five finals in 2018 and won three of them, all of them being in Asia and four of them being in autumn. Okuhara was also unbeaten in her ten matches when Japan’s women won the Asian Team Championships as well as the Uber Cup.

Results from finals in 2018:

Thailand Open: Nozomi Okuhara, Japan vs. Pusarla V. Sindhu, India 21-15 21-18
Japan Open: Carolina Marín, Spain vs. Nozomi Okuhara, Japan 21-19 17-21 21-11
Korea Open: Nozomi Okuhara, Japan vs. Beiwen Zhang, USA 21-10 17-21 21-16
Fuzhou China Open: Chen Yufei, China vs. Nozomi Okuhara, Japan 21-10 21-16
Hong Kong Open: Nozomi Okuhara, Japanvs. Ratchanok Intanon, Thailand 21-19 24-22

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