All Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions, with the exception of men’s doubles winners Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, will be seen in action at the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 that begins in Vantaa, Finland on 26 September 2021.
Eleven-time winners China will arrive with a powerful team, including two Olympic gold medallists – women’s singles winner Chen Yu Fei and mixed doubles winners Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping.
Momota Leads Japan
Japan, runners-up in 2019, will be without some of their most accomplished men’s doubles players such as Takeshi Kamura, Keigo Sonoda and Hiroyuki Endo. However, they can count on World Championships runners-up Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi and Akira Koga/Taichi Saito.
Apart from the loss of familiar names in men’s doubles, Japan will have a strong line-up that includes Kento Momota, Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi, Mayu Matsumoto, Wakana Nagahara, Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.
Indonesia Bank on Experience
Indonesia, who will seek to reclaim the title they won in its debut year in 1989, have a team rich with experience. World champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan are alongside Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, and Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto in men’s doubles.
Olympic champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu will head their women’s doubles challenge, backed by Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti/Ribka Sugiarto. Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Jonatan Christie and Shesar Hiren Rhustavito lend strength to their men’s singles.
Denmark at Full Strength
Denmark boasts a full-strength squad led by Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen, and includes their top players in all categories, such as Mia Blichfeldt (women’s singles), Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (men’s doubles), Sara Thygesen/Maiken Fruergaard (women’s doubles), and Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje (mixed doubles).
Finland competes in their 11th Sudirman Cup and first time as host of a BWF Major Championship. Click here for more information.
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