BEHOLD THE TITANS & LEGENDS
As of the closing for player's entries on 14 April, we have living legends and we have the titans of badminton heading to Sydney. A handful have both qualities which is absolutely mind blowing.
Twice Olympic and five time World Champion Lin Dan who happens to be the defending champion in Sydney has confirmed his participation next month as have four times World Champions Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun in their respective new partnerships.
ALL LONDON OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS
China's mission is obvious, all current Olympic champions have enrolled and are still in the top 10 three years later. Their presence sends a clear message to the rest of their competition a year out from the Rio De Janiro Olympic Games that in short they don't hope but they intend replicating their London haul - the maximum five Olympic gold medals for badminton.
SUPERSERIES WINNERS OF THE PAST 3 WEEKS
They shall meet defiance in the form of Korea's dual threats in men's doubles world #1 Lee Yong Dae / Yoo Yeon Seong and current World Champions Ko Sung Hyun / Shin Baek Cheol.
India's Saina Nehwal who turned world #1 in the past fortnight, World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain and 2014 SuperSeries Finals champion Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying shall tackle China's five strong women's singles contingent in a month's time.
The Danes are flying in three Top 10 singles stars, the world #2 men's doubles, world #4 women's doubles and this year they their mixed doubles combination Joachim Fischer-Nielsen / Christinna Pederson reached world number #1.
Japan's list boasts Kento Momota who joins the elite club of SuperSeries champions via his Singaporean victory on Sunday. World number #1 women's pair Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi came runner-up here last year and return as favourites to go one step further after lifting the India SuperSeries through defeating a Chinese pair in straight games in that final. So many names to get excited about already and there's more.
Indonesia have the strongest momentum in men's doubles at the moment with consecutive SuperSeries victories in the past fortnight. Pratama/Swardi took out the Singapore Open and eminent 2013 World Champions Setiawan/Ahsan proved their relevancy by winning the Malaysia Premier Open over the Korean world #1s.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Malaysia have reunited former world #1 men's doubles and All England champions Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat and any match they're in is spellbinding entertainment and genius shotmaking. Not to mention Tan holds the Guiness Book World Record for fastest badminton smash at 493 kilometres per hour.
For full details of player entries, see attachment below.
For updated versions of the report, check http://www.bwfbadminton.org/tournamentcalendar_event.aspx?id=21387