Zhou Tiancheng. (Information photo, AFP)
[Reporter Lin Yuefu/Comprehensive Report]The 2021 World Badminton Championships ignited war in Spain on December 12, and the draw was held today. Taiwanese brother Zhou Tiancheng and “badminton prince” Wang Ziwei are both in the upper half of the signing table, but both of them are in the first round. There are tough battles to be fought.
In the World Championships, only men’s singles will compete from the top 64. Men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles will be able to avoid the first round as long as they get the top 16 seeds. In addition to Dai Ziying, there are Zhou Tiancheng, Wang Ziwei, Li Yang/Wang Qilin and women’s singles Bai Yupo, men’s doubles Li Zhehui/Yang Boxuan, mixed doubles Li Zhehui/Xu Yaqing, Yang Boxuan/Hu Lingfang.
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Zhou Tiancheng met the world ranked 30th Thai player Sitthikom Thammasin in the first round; Wang Ziwei will face the world ranked 42nd Chinese player Zhao Junpeng in his first match.
Wang Ziwei. (Information photo, Reuters)
Won the men’s doubles third seed Li Yang/Wang Qilin free in the first round, the opponents in the second round are Algerian combination Koceila Mammeri/Youcef Sabri Medel, Dutch combination Jelle Maas/Robin Tabeling Winner among.
However, Li Yang/Wang Qilin, who have always had poor luck in signing, are now determined to fight hard after the draw for the World Championships. The top 16 will meet Malaysia’s Wu Shifei/Izudin. The two sides met at the Indonesian Open last week, and Lin Yang lost in two games. With the ball, the top 8 may have to face the Indian team Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, who defeated Linyang in the Tokyo Olympic group stage.
Li Yang/Wang Qilin’s top 64 is free from the war. (Information photo, Reuters)