Sudirman Finals 2023 – Group C preview as we look at the absolute group of death with world’s badminton powerhouses Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and India, the fourth team – Australia battling in Suzhou.
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All eyes are on the specific Group C, where Australia will have to pull out their A-game to prove that they are set to face only giants of the sport.
The Asian badminton tigers bring to China the names that won their nation Thomas Cup title in 2022.
Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun are heavy contenders not jus to qualify for latter stages, but also for the Sudirman’s medal.
Pusarla V Sindhu, Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela at Suzhou, are among the names that make the Indians confident of a good tournament.
The star-studded squad will look to end India’s Sudirman Cup title drought that has last for 17 editions.
Mixed doubles players/pairs are Malaysia’s strength this year, when the nation has Goh Soon Huat/Lai Shevon Jemie; Tan Kian Meng/Lai Pei Jing; Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei; Hoo Pang Ron/Teoh Mei Xing; Valeree Siow.
Big names are also divided into other departments, where Lee Zii Jia, Ng Tze Yong, Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik, Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi and Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan are hot shots.
Malaysia went all the way to the semi-finals in the 2021 edition of Sudirman Cup at Finland, their first after 12 years, after the famous victory over rivals Indonesia.
Chou Tien Chien and Tzu Ying are the biggest hopes for the nation in singles, while Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin; Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han are those at men’s doubles.
Meanwhile, Lee Chia Hsin/Teng Chun Hsun and Hsu Ya Ching/Lin Wan Ching have not been at their great forms in recent months per women’s doubles. The case is similar for Yang Po-Hsuan/Hu Ling Fang with mixed doubles.
The underdog of Group C, who depends on Nathan Tang in men’s singles and Tiffany Ho in women’s singles.