Twice Olympic champion China's Lin Dan's return to competition in 2015 will see him attempt to consolidate on his performance as defending champion of the inaugural Australian Open Superseries men's singles title but it is very likely that his fellow countrymen, the World Number 1 and current World Champion, Chen Long will prove the toughest hurdle to such a feat. Chen Long's last appearance in Sydney was winning the Australian Youth Olympic Festival's boy's singles title back in 2007, and I'm certain he wants to claim the 2015 The Star Australian Open and thus remain undefeated in the city where he first made a name for himself.
We are also expecting our 2014 defending champion in the women's singles category, crowd favourite Saina Nehwal of India, as well as 2014 runner-up Carolina Marin of Spain (who went on become the current World Champion) to be heading this way come May. We hotly anticipate that the defending champions of the other three disciplines, men's doubles winners Lee Yong Dae / Yoo Yeon Seong of Korea, women's doubles winners Tian Qing / Zhao Yunlei of China, and mixed doubles winners Ko Sung Hyun / Kim Ha Na of Korea shall all be in the draw vying for consecutive Australian Open titles too.
You will be treated to action from over 250 players from as many as 30 countries in this year's line up.
So I take this opportunity to welcome and encourage badminton fans from all around Australia and Oceania to be a part of in this year Australian Badminton Open whether as a volunteer or spectator and experience close up the highest level badminton event to be hosted in Australia.
Do keep track of exciting developments via our website.
Tickets will go on sale at the end of February.
Loke Poh Wong