All England seedings dominated by China
Monday, 20 February 2012
February 20 - China dominates the seedings for the Yonex All England Open Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham from March 6-11.
Three of the Chinese representatives are seeded for the men's singles – Lin Dan (second seed, pictured above), Chen Long (third seed, pictured below) and Chen Jin (fifth seed) – with a further five seeded in the women's draw – Wang Yihan (top seed), Wang Xin (second seed), Wang Shixian (third seed), Jiang Yanjiao (sixth seed) and Li Xuerui (seventh seed).
China also has two seeds in each of the three doubles events, in what is a strong field, with key ranking points still up for grabs ahead of London 2012.
Qualifying for the Olympics will finish at the end of April, making the All England Open a key event.
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei will be the favourite for the men's singles as both top seed and last year's winner.
In the women's events, the trio Yihan (pictured below), Xin and reigning 2011 champion Shiaxin head the seedings.
In the men's doubles, Chinese pair Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng are the top seeds, followed by Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae of South Korea.
Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe, the third seeds, won the competition last year and will hope to repeat that feat.
Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli, the 2011 champions, are top of the women's seeds, followed by fellow Chinawomen Tian Qinq and Zhao Yunlei.
In the mixed doubles, top ranked Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, who won last year, ensure further Chinese domination of the seedings, followed by Xu Chen and Ma Jin.
1 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
2 Lin Dan (China)
3 Chen Long (China)
4 Peter Gade (Denmark)
5 Chen Jin (China)
6 Sho Sasaki (Japan)
7 Kenichi Tago (Japan)
8 Lee Hyun Il (Korea)
1 Wang Yihan (China)
2 Wang Xin (China)
3 Wang Shixian (China)
4 Saina Nehwal (Indonesia)
5 Tine Baun (Denmark)
6 Jiang Yanjiao (China)
7 Li Xuerui (China)
8 Juliane Schenk (Germany)
1 Cai Yun & Fu Haifeng (China)
2 Jung Jae Sung & Lee Yong Dae (Korea)
3 Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boe (Denmark)
4 Yoo Yeon Seong & Ko Sung Hyun (Korea)
5 Chai Biao & Guo Zhendong (China)
6 Koo Kien Keat & Tan Boon Heong (Malaysia)
7 Bona Septano & Mohammad Ahsan (Indonesia)
8 Noriyasu Hirata & Hirokatsu Hashimoto (Japan)
1 Yu Yang & Wang Xiaoli (China)
2 Tian Qing (Chn) & Zhao Yunlei (China)
3 Kim Min Jung & Ha Jung Eun (Korea)
4 Fujii Mizuki & Kakiiwa Reika (Japan)
5 Satoko Suetsuna & Miyuki Maeda (Japan)
6 Shizuka Matsuo & Mami Naito (Japan)
7 Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark)
8 Cheng Wen Hsing & Chien Yu Chin (Taipei)
1 Zhang Nan & Zhao Yunlei (China)
2 Xu Chen & Ma Jin (China)
3 Joachim Fischer Nielsen & Christinna Pedersen (Denmark)
4 Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir (Indonesia)
5 Chen Hung Ling & Cheng Wen Hsing (Taipei)
6 Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thoungthongkam (Thailand)
7 Lee Yong Dae & Ha Jung Eun (Korea)
8 Thomas Laybourn & Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Denmark)