What are the biggest upcoming badminton tournaments to look out for?

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The next biggest important tournaments lined up in the calendar are huge with the prize purse ranging from 75,000 USD to 1,500,000 USD.

 

Featuring six levels of tournaments, the BWF World Tour runs until 2021. The season finale in December, the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, will have US$1.5 million prize purse for the winners. The HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 level boasts three million-dollar events to be held in China, England and Indonesia.

 

The high circuited season is tougher than ever for all the global players, especially to the top shuttlers on the BWF rankings list, as they have to be too picky with the tournaments.

 

Here are the next major tournaments to count on:

Malaysia Open - 26 June to 1 July:

The Malaysia Open is a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament and is one of only five Super 750 level tournaments on the Tour. From 2008 to 2014 and 2016, the Malaysian Datuk Lee Chong Wei from men’s singles holded the trophy, followed by Chen Long in 2015. In 2017, Lin Dan won his debut title against Lee Chong, who previously met in the finals of 2006. No Indian has won the challenge yet.



Indonesia Open - 3 to 8 July:

The Indonesia Open is a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament and is one of the only three Super 1000 level tournaments, the others being the China Open and the All England. In 2017, Kidambi Srikanth clinched the trophy in Jakarta after defeating Kazumasa Sakai, which was his first of his four super series titles last year while H.S. Prannoy settled with bronze.

 


Thailand Open - 10 to 15 July:

The Thailand Open is a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament. It is one of two Tour tournaments in Thailand, the other being the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters, a Super 300 tournament.

 

In the previous season, the third seed Sai Praneeth won the title defeating the fourth seed Jonathan Christie from Indonesia in the summit clash of three games, while in the Women’s Singles match Saina Nehwal lost in the Semi-Finals match against the underdog Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand.

Let us wait and see if Sai Praneeth can defend his title this season.

Singapore Open - 17 to 22 July:

Being held in Singapore since 1987, the Singapore Open is a World Tour Super 500 tournament. The Singapore Open was a part of BWF Superseries tournament 2007 -2016 and has been hosted in Singapore Stadium, Singapore City as a Superseries tournament since then. The 2017 Singapore title was lifted by B Sai Praneeth in the all Indians final against his compatriot Kidambi Srikanth.



Japan Open - 11 to 16 September:

The Japan Open is a HSBC World Tour Super 750 tournaments on the World Tour besides China, Denmark, France, and Malaysia. While, no Indian won the title yet, Akane Yamaguchi is the first Japanese to win the title in the women’s singles category in 2012.


In 2017, the World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen, won the title after beating the legend Lee Chong Wei.

China Open - 18 to 23 September:

The China Open is a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament and is one of only three Super 1000 level tournaments, the other two being the All England Championships and the Indonesia Open, which holds 1 million USD. Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal won the titles in 2014 in the respective categories followed by Sindhu in 2016.

Korea Open - 25 to 30 September:

The Korea Open is a HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, which is one of other Super 500 tournaments on the Tour. So far, P. V. Sindhu is the only Indian to have won the maiden title, in 2017.

 

Whom do you think will notch up the great titles, let us know in the comment section below.

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