The draws for the Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009 have been released and all I can say is the Super Series events are DEEP! Seriously, so much depth. Even the qualifications are an incredible field of players. Both Carl Baxter and Rajiv Ouseph are in the qualifiers and they were the two finalists at this year’s English National Championships.
Most of the top players are in attendance this year. First seed is Lee Chong Wei and second seed is Lin Dan, all is well in the world, although I won’t be surprised if Lee Chong Wei is unseated as the world’s top player soon. What I would LOVE to see at this event is Taufik Hidayat win the title. This is the only big title that Taufik has yet to win, and you know what, he has not done much over the past few months, or even the last couple of years, but I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Taufik will win this event. I bet he has been putting some extra focus on this event, he knows how to peak for the big events, and this is it for his career now. Win this title and he can make a legitimate claim as one of the most accomplished players ever.
Peter Gade is of course a guy to watch out for as per usual, especially with strong performances lately. I will say though that every few years we see a sudden shift in the top players, and I don’t think that’s happened for a while. Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Peter Gade and Taufik have been the top guys for a while now, granted they have shifted around a bit, but certainly they are the names that really stick out when I think about men’s singles. I’m feeling like we’re going to start seeing some shifts soon, maybe here? Doubtful, but you never know ; )
Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009 Draws