The Star Australian Badminton Open 2015 was bigger and better than ever, in fact nothing short of Olympic and World Championship standard. Over 300 players from 31 countries competed for the Australian titles. The week contained a bit of everything - major upsets in Round 1, breakthroughs and going one step further. For the first time, the current world #1 of every discipline competed and unbelievably all of the top 20 men's singles turned up.
Two world #1s made it to the finish line including just one defending champion out of all five that returned, the popular men's doubles Yoo Yeon Seong / Lee Yong Dae. The other #1, Chen Long, became the new men's singles champion replacing world #2 Lin Dan at the top of the podium.
The 2014 women's singles runner-up, Carolina Marin of Spain, won this year and the breakthrough performance is undoubtedly Chau Hoi Wah / Lee Chun Hei removing fourth, second, and third seeds whom they've never defeated before enroute to lifting their first ever mixed doubles Superseries title for themselves as well as Hong Kong.
And in case you didn’t already know, The Star Australian Badminton Open is one of the most prestigious Superseries events, offering the highest prize money in the world of US$750,000, with an international broadcast reach of close to 300 million households around the world.
Thank you, badminton fans around the world, for your support. Stay tuned for next year’s tournament in our beautiful city, Sydney – 7 to 12 June 2016.
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