From December 14th through to the 18th
at the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, the Badminton World Superseries Finals
will be contested and there is British interest in this, albeit small interest. There will be five separate titles contested at the Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016, the Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and the Mixed Doubles. English couple Chirs Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock are back to defend
their title but they are only seventh seeds for this year’s edition.
There is a big four days of Badminton betting action coming up then and China will be sending the most representatives
to the competition. The Adcocks are the only British interest across the entire
Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016. So this is all part of the 2016 BWF Super Series which is now in its tenth editions. There are twelve tournaments across the season and five of those are Super Series Premier events where more money can be picked up. It all culminates with players having to do enough to make it to the final qualification for the Super Series Masters Finals
in Dubai, which is where we are at and there is a $1 Million USD worth of prize money happening.
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The eight players are separated out into two groups of four
and the top two from each then go through to the semi finals where the tournament takes on a straight knockout format. The two groups are separated out by ranking with the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th ranked players competition in Group A with the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th ranked players scrapping it out in Group B in a straight round robin format. This year’s Olympic Gold Medalist Chen Long withdrew ahead of the tournament.
Seedings: 1) Jan O. Jorgensen, 2) Son Wan-ho, 3) Tian Houwei, 4) Ng Ka Long, 5) Viktor Azelsen, 6) Marc Zwiebler, 7) Lee Chong Wei, 8) Hu Yun
The same format as the men’s goes off in the women’s draw, with the eight seeds split over two round robin groups of four.
The top two from each group will progress through to the knockout stage then. The women’s singles draw has received no withdrawals ahead of the Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016.
Seedings: 1) Tai Tzu-ying, 2) Akane Yamaguchi, 3) Sun Yuy, 4) Sung Ji-hyun, 5) Ratchanok Intanon, 6) He Bing Jiao, 7) Carolina Marin, 8) Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Men's and Women’s Doubles
Against here is the familiar format of two round robin groups of four for both the Men’s Doubles and the Women’s Doubles
tournaments at the Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016. The men’s draw saw the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalists Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan withdrawal ahead of the tournament. Over in the women’s draw, because of injury Indonesia duo of Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii miss out.
Men’s Doubles Seedings 1) Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda, 2) Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong, 3) Chai Biao / Hong Wei, 4) Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, 5) Angga Pratama / Ricky Karanda Suwardi, 6) Li Junhui / Liu Yuchen, 7) Mads Conrad-Petersen / Mads Pieler Kolding, 8) Mathias Boe / Carsten Mogensen
Women’s Doubles Seedings 1) Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi, 2) Christinna Pedersen / Kamilla Rytter Juhl, 3) Jung Kyung-eun / Shin Seung-chan, 4) Chang Ye-na / Lee So-hee, 5) Naoko Fukuman / Kurumi Yonao, 6) Luo Ying / Luo Yu, 7) Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan, 8) Vivian Hoo Kah Mun / Woon Khe Wei
Again, this is a straightforward format of two groups of four with the top two moving through. As they are seventh seeds, Chris and Gabrielle Adcock are in Group B
which means that they do at least avoid top seeds for the tournament but there is no easy progress for them here. The English duo were one of the leading medal hopes at the 2016 Olympics but couldn’t get out of their group
to make it to the quarter finals of the mixed doubles in Rio. They remain an outside shot
to get back on top of the Super Series Final after their huge success last season when they took down this year’s top seeds Ko Sung-hyun / Kim Ha-na easily in the final.
Mixed Doubles Seedings 1) Ko Sung-hyun / Kim Ha-na, 2) Lu Kai / Huang Yaqiong, 3) Joachim Fischer Nielsen / Christinna Pedersen, 4) Zheng Siwei / Chen Qingchen, 5) Tontowi Ahmad / Liliyana Natsir, 6) Praveen Jordan / Debby Susanto, 7) Chris Adcock / Gabrielle Adcock, 8) Kenta Kazuno / Ayane Kurihara
Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016 Predictions
Despite the heavy presence of Asian-based players Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen has been on top of the world this season reaching the final of three World Superseries event. That send him into this one as the top seed and while he only converted one of those three finals appearances into a win, it suggests that he is going to get close and looks value to do so.
There is little doubt about the favourite going into the women’s singles. Chinese Taipei representative Tai Tzu Ying
is the one to beat as she picked up two Premier titles across the course of the series and she has been in the winners circle at the Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals when she won back in 2014. The clear leader in the pack but Sun Yu, going in as third seed
is the one who can be pegged as the most likely to upset her and the Chinese player could be the one to swing with for value at Bet365.
Second seeds V Shem/Wee Kiong will be value in the Men’s Doubles after running to the silver medal at the Olympics this year. The pair also have a Premier win under their belt this season as well. Their main competition with be Kamura/Sonoda from Japan. The queens of the women’s doubles this year is Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi who won four
World Series titles this term and the Olympic Gold to boot. Can’t knock that and Danish veterans Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl are value for a semi final berth at worst.
The Adcocks haven't carried the form this season to suggest that they are going to pull off a repeat of last year’s big success. No-one really has been able to get close this year to last seasons Badminton Dubai World Superseries Finals runners up KO Sung Hyun/KIM Ha Na anyway during 2016. If they bring their a-game, no-one’s going to stop them.