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Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long Return to Hong Kong Coliseum Hong Kong Badminton Championships Set a Record high Grand Prize Tickets are on sale tomorrow

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Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long Return to Hong Kong Coliseum Hong Kong Badminton Championships Set a Record high Grand Prize Tickets are on sale tomorrow
2016-11-02

Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long Return to Hong Kong Coliseum Hong Kong Badminton Championships Set a Record high Grand Prize Tickets are on sale tomorrow

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Olympic Champions return to Hong Kong for YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016, part of the MetLife BWF World Superseries. Fans might be able to watch a reprint match of Olympic Men’s single Final with gold medalist Chen Long and silver medalist Lee Chong Wei. Free admission for qualifying rounds & Round of 32 for Mixed Doubles on 22 Nov. Tickets prices of preliminary round to Finals are from HK$40 to $680 with discount for students, senior citizens and are on sale at URBTIX outlets and website tomorrow.

YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 will be held between 22 to 27 November at Hong Kong Coliseum. With 12 year’s consecutive support from title sponsor YONEX-SUNRISE, the tournament’s grand prize has been raised to a record high of US$400,000 and is recognized as Hong Kong “M” Mark event by the Major Sports Events Committee.

Mr. Tong Wai Lun, BBS, MH, JP, Chairman of HKBA announced the star-studded cast of the tournament, including all Rio Olympics 5 event’s Gold Medalists, Chen Long, Fu Haifeng, Zhang Nan of China, Carolina Marin of Spain, Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi of Japan and Tontowi Ahmad, Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia. Other top players include Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and Korea’s Son Wan Ho. Mr. Tong said, ‘We have more players participating this year, even player can get points to qualify to the Olympics last year. Besides the world top players, Hong Kong will also send our elite players. It shall catch the biggest attention of fans in the world.’

Ng Ka Long who recently won the bronze medal at the French Superseries along with Cheung Ngan Yi who won a bronze medal for the first time in last month’s Denmark Superseries; the new mixed double duo of Tse Ying Suet and Tang Chun Man who just won the championship at the Chinese Taipei Master will join the tournament. Other  Hong Kong Team players include Hu Yun, Wong Wing Ki, Wei Nan, Yip Pui Yin, Poon Lok Yan, Lee Chun Hei and Chau Hoi Wah.

In Men’s Single, Ng Ka Long might face No.5 seed Tian Hou Wei of China in round 2. He said, ‘ I have never played against him. If I can keep myself in good shape, I have confidence we both have equal chance to win.’ Last year, Ng beat Lin Dan and get into top four. He said it will be hard to retain last year’s result. He only set his target to top 8.

Cheung Ngan Yi’s opponent in the first match of Women’s single will be seed No.3 Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. She said, ‘ I was upset that I couldn’t go to the Rio Olympics.  I was really lost. However, the bronze medal in Denmark Superseries has really boosted me up. I have regained my confidence and am ready to play against any world famous players.’

The new mixed double duo of Tse Ying Suet and Tang Chun Man will meet seed No.1 Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na of Korea. Tse was not disappointed with the draw. She said, ‘it’s not bad at all. We can learn from the top players.’ Hong Kong Team Head Coach He Yiming thinks, ‘The two might be able to give us some surprise as there are always big upsets in the early round of a tournament when top players are still adapting. ‘Our new mixed double duo might be inexperience but they are young and determined.’ He said.

Top 4 players from qualifying round will be promoted to main draw of all 5 events which starts from 23 November. Qualifying rounds of all five events and round of 32 for Mixed Doubles are to be played on 22 November and free ticket will be distributed to fans with return envelopes sent to HKBA’s office by a first come first serve basis (4 tickets per person). Enquiry hotline: 25048318 (by 15 November), 23303138 (16 to 27 November). The tournament website www.hkopenbadminton.org has been activated with updated event news and information.