IN PICS: Long, Marin and Sindhu clinch top BWF awards

Sport360 staff 13/12/2016

The Golden Shuttle awards for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games champions went to Carolina Marin of Spain [Women’s Singles], Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi of Japan [Women’s Doubles] and Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia [Mixed Doubles] and Chen Long of China [Men’s Singles].

Long’s coach, Xia Xuanze, accepted the award for his charge, while Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui of China collected the Golden Shuttle Men’s Double awards for their compatriots; Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan.

The Female Para-Badminton Player of the Year winner, Karin Suter-Erath of Switzerland, was unable to attend last night’s function and will receive her prize at next season’s Swiss Open tournament.

The male equivalent was snapped up by Lucas Mazur of France while Woon Khe Wei and Viktor Axelsen picked up best dressed awards.

Male Player of the Year went to Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and Most Promising Player of the Year was picked up by Chen Qingchen of China.

The prizes were handed out by BWF Deputy President Gustavo Salazar Delgado and His Excellency Dawood Al Hajri, President, UAE Table Tennis and Badminton Association, who gave India’s PV Sindhu the inaugural BWF Most Improved Player of the Year gong.

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There is also a change in Women’s Doubles as Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii have withdrawn due to Maheswari’s knee surgery.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

Which player are you looking forward to seeing the most?

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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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