And let’s not forget Sonoda Keigo! He will be pairing up with Kaneko Mahiro (previously Kaneko/Kubota). Actually Sonoda/Kaneko first featured at this year’s Ranking Circuit Tournament in Japan and went on to win. At that time, Sonoda vowed that it would be his first and last match with Kaneko, but he obviously changed his mind. I think that this may be a strategy to keep Kaneko ‘competitive’, but, whatever the case, it is just great to see Sonoda in action.
It is going to be a difficult task, but Naraoka has his sight set on a place in the BWF World Tour Finals; hence, his appearance. Tsuneyama, in contrast, is trying to stem the damage he is due to incur from a large loss of points.