Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen (周天成), the world’s third-ranked male badminton player, will be among several highly-ranked players appearing at this year’s Yonex Chinese Taipei Open, the biggest professional badminton tournament played in Taiwan.
Chou, who finished third in last year’s men’s singles after winning the title in 2016 and 2017, will be looking to regain the title, and he said he will play for Taiwan and hopes to play his best every match.
“I will make every effort to play well while maintaining the right attitude. It is also important to keep improving,” he said.
Chou scored one of the biggest victories of his career when he won the Blibli Indonesia Open, a top-tier BWF Super 1000 event, in mid-July, and he also won a BWF Super 500 event in Thailand last week.
He will be a favorite to clinch the title this year in the Taipei event, a slightly lower-tier BWF Super 300 event being held Sept. 3-8 at Taipei Arena.
No other top 10 players are expected to play in the men’s singles, but Chou will still have to contend with world No. 12 Angus Ng of Hong Kong and world No. 17 and defending Yonex Chinese Taipei Open champion Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.
About 442 shuttlers from 23 countries will be competing in a total of five different events for a total purse of US$500,000, the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association (CTBA) said in a statement.
One notable absence will be women’s world No. 2 Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan, the defending women’s singles champion.
CTBA President Will Chang (張國祚) said the 25-year-old Tai wants to prepare herself to be ready for higher-level tournaments in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which she has hinted may be her final outing as a professional.
Other highly ranked players who will appear in Taipei are the eighth- and ninth-ranked women’s singles players, Saina Nehwal of India and Beiwen Zhang of the United States.
Also appearing will be world No. 5 Malaysian mixed doubles team of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, world No. 6 women’s doubles team Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea, and world No. 7 men’s doubles team Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto from Indonesia, the statement said.