Dubai World Superseries finals: Changes in line-up

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Chen Long and his Chinese team-mates, Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan, have declined their Olympic Games wild-card entries into the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

In Long’s place, Hong Kong has accepted an invitation for Hu Yun to compete in Men’s Singles in the season-ending tournament which starts on Wednesday at Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai.

Fu and Zhang will be replaced by their younger compatriots, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, in the Men’s Doubles event.

There is also a change in Women’s Doubles as Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii have withdrawn due to Maheswari’s knee surgery.

Their place has been taken by Malaysian duo, Vivian Hoo and Woon Khe Wei, who were next on the list of eligible qualifiers in the Destination Dubai Rankings.

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Five to watch at BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai

Niall McCague 11/12/2016
These five are in Dubai.

Ahead of the BWF Superseries Finals at Hamdan Sports Complex this week, we take a look at the five players to watch out for.

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LEE CHONG WEI (Malaysia) World No1 Lee Chong Wei is one of the greatest badminton players of all time and continues to capture the imagination of the millions of fans who follow the sport worldwide. With 65 career titles to his name, the 33-year-old looks virtually unbeatable at times and will be one of the stand-out stars at Hamdan this week.
TAI TZU YING (China Taipei) The best player on the women’s circuit, Tai Tzu Ying, will arrive in Dubai off the back of a superb win at the Hong Kong Open. The 2014 Superseries winner plays with a consistency and all-round class which is frightening and will be hoping to continue her solid form on UAE soil.
JAN JORGENSEN (Denmark) Jan Jorgensen is one of the most talented players on the circuit and currently holds the world number three spot. Fresh from victory at the China Open, the 28-year-old Dane will battle it out with Chong Wei whom he has only beaten once in 17 attempts.
CAROLINA MARIN (Spain) One of the sport’s key figures, Carolina Marin is the world number two and reigning Olympic champion. The 22-year-old Spaniard reached the semi-finals at the Hong Kong Open and Denmark Open, and will be one of the marquee names competing in Dubai. PV SINDHU (India) Sindhu was a silver medalist at Rio 2016, becoming only the second Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal alongside Saina Nehwal. The 21-year-old sensation qualified for the Superseries Finals courtesy of her success at the China Open and a runners-up spot in Hong Kong, where she was beaten by an in-form Ying. PV Sindhu. PV Sindhu.

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Axelsen chills out with Sanga the seal ahead of Dubai finale

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Badminton men’s singles Olympic bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen took time out from his preparations for this week’s Dubai World Superseries Finals to get up close to Sanga the seal at the Sea Lion Point, Dolphin Bay, Atlantis The Palm Dubai.

Dane Axelsen, who was runner-up in the 2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals, said: “I’m really excited to be back in Dubai. Winning the bronze medal in Rio has given me a lot of confidence and I’m feeling very positive.

“I’ve never met a sea lion before either!”

Play in the season-ending badminton spectacular which has a US$1 million prize pool, and features the top eight players in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles, commences on Wednesday 14 December at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

Tickets are only 25dhs per day, with children under 18 free. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster. For information about the event go to http://www.dubaisuperseriesfinals.ae

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