Total Prize Money : US$1,500,000
Schedule/Result/LiveScore : https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/tournament/c99d04d4-0b11-416e-9f7b-3c1617ab775f/Matches
2021 CHAMPIONS => https://bwfworldtourfinals.bwfbadmi…f-world-tour-finals-2021-new-dates/2021-12-05
MS – Viktor Axelsen (DEN)
WS – An Se Young (KOR)
MD – Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi (JPN)
WD – Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong (KOR)
XD – Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA)
RETURN TO BANGKOK
Bangkok once again staging one of BWF flagship events after 2020 edition in holiday-themed backdrop when Christmas is approaching. Guangzhou cancellation ensues following COVID-19 spiking case and strict restriction by local government.
Four debutants will taste their maiden experience to compete in BWF season-ending grand event that offers alluring prize money, the most lucrative tournament of badminton standard which comprises of the so-called top eight qualifiers despite it’s not precisely to earmark the best in terms of real strength reflection. The undisputed Axelsen is predicted to extend his supremacy based on head to-head statistics and recent encounter result against other seven competitors then question looms who can challenge the mighty Dane here? Only Loh KY who beat the Olympic Champion in most recent times in Odense but it’s not durable record as Axelsen avenged his defeat briefly in Paris at following week. Former World Champion is drawn into group of death alongside Ginting, Christie and TPE seasoned campaigner Chou TC where none is the favorite in group B. The dark-horse Prannoy and the skyrocketed Naraoka perhaps could spice up the exciting atmosphere whilst China will bank on the underdog Lu GZ who barely seizes spotlight or creating sensational result thus far, this is a rare moment for the energizer Chinese to perform beyond his ordinary outcome, all three will seek runner-up position of group A, on paper scenario it’s heavyweight job to topple Axelsen.
Women singles competition radiates enticing prospect and close rivalry starring current leading ladies, reigning World Champion Yamaguchi, defending champion An SY, three-time winner Tai Tzu Ying and the Olympic Champion Chen YF occupy favorite position to snatch US$120,000 jackpot. These four frontrunners present sizable talking point along twelve months. Yamaguchi won the biggest one, World Championship and All England plus Japan Open. Chen had cruised into seven finals but only topped INA Masters podium while Tai and An grabbed three titles each. He BJ who’s in great shape that manifested into back-to-back S750 victories in Europe and home darling Intanon can’t be ruled out for title contention. Busanan and Tunjung level of play have not there yet but both of them could trouble several high-profile names, the latter is the most surprising qualifier to replace 2018 champion Pusarla Sindhu.
An evenly contest and intricating outlook yet gripping clashes where unpredictable result reigns supreme between eight men’s doubles pairs as most of them have fluctuative, ups and down display, only top-seed Indonesians Alfian/Ardianto who first time ever to compete the Finals indicate stability and reap harvest this season.
Women’s doubles discipline misses Japanese combinations as Matsuyama/Shida pulled out, the uncommon landscape where badminton fans will witness a bunch of fresh faces, Jeong/Kim, Zhang/Zheng, Aimsaards sisters among the newcomers where Chen/Jia stand as strongest contender despite they join tricky group, rapid rise Tan/Thinaah and Indonesia mainstays Rahayu/Ramadhanti could derail China plot.
Quiet from observation, mixed doubles category will showcase the dominant partnerships Zheng/Huang who had been splitted temporary early this year but rebound fiercely since won Badminton Asian Championships last April. A daunting task seemingly for other contestants to halt the Chinese ambition to reclaim 2019 crown. Home favorites Bass/Popor find onerous duty to create hat-trick judging their dwindling performance lately. The well-improved local duo Jomkoh/Paewsampran earn World Tour Finals ticket as last minute entry, thanks to Watanabe/Higashino withdrawal.