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YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 Starts Tomorrow Top Team. Players Arrive to Fight for the Tournament’s Record High Grand Prize

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YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 Starts Tomorrow Top Team. Players Arrive to Fight for the Tournament’s Record High Grand Prize
2016-11-21

YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 Starts Tomorrow Top Team. Players Arrive to Fight for the Tournament’s Record High Grand Prize

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YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 starts tomorrow (November 22) at Hong Kong Coliseum with qualifying rounds and main draw events on the first event day. Although the top two seed players of Men’s singles, Chen Long of China and Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia are absent from the tournament, up and coming young players are ready to show off their talent and fight for the crown. China is aiming for gold to try and regain their prestige after leaving home empty handed in the last leg of Superseries.

Players of all participating teams have arrived in Hong Kong today for the 6-day YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016, part of the MetLife BWF World Superseries. 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.

Among the teams arriving in Hong Kong today, China is under the spotlight of media after their bad performance, without a gold medal in Fuzhou. It is their worst result in 30 years. Tin Bing Yi, head coach of China explains, ‘Chen Long needs to sit out for rest. After the China Open, he is exhausted and we decided not to bring him to Hong Kong.’

Chen Long might not have enough points to get his ticket to the Dubai World Superseries Finals after his absence of the Hong Kong Open. Tin said, ’After the Olympics, our top players are regaining their strength. We have enough points to Dubai. Even we have missed the Finals, it’s not a big influence to us. Our young players will keep on fighting. We didn’t win any gold in China Open. That might give us a little bit of pressure. However, I am sure our young players will try their best to get it.’

Without Chen Long, the Rio’s Men’s Doubles gold medalist Fu Hai Feng and Zhang Nan have become the focus of the team. Zhang will pair up with Liu Cheng in Hong Kong Open. He said, ‘ After the Olympics, I still haven’t reached my top form. But I will give my best. I still target on winning a gold in Hong Kong.’ Zhang will also participate in Mixed Doubles with Huang Dong Ping in Hong Kong Open.

All qualifying rounds and some main draw matches of mixed doubles of YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Badminton Championships 2016 will be played tomorrow. 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.