It is one of the few events that pits the worlds best against the complete unknown. This is exactly the check for Lee Chong Wei, the top seed defeated Alexander Pang of Canada before taking on Muwowo of Zambia for a place in the quarter finals. Carl Baxter also takes on an unknown Jamaican for a place in the last 8.
Local interest will see the 6th seeded Parupalli take on the Scottish #1, Kieran Merrilees in one of the more competitive matches of the day in the women’s singles.
Saina Newhal is another with a nations hopes on her back, with a likely matchup with Anna Rice in the last 8 if both make it through their matches against players from Northern Ireland and Guernsey respectively. Susan Egelstaff takes on Michelle Chan for a place against Fu Mingtian in the quarter finals.
Xing Aiying takes on Michelle Li of Canada, with a likely match with Elizabeth Cann in the last 8. India’s second hope is with the 5th seeded Mutatkar, who takes on Scottish teenager Kirsty Gilmour for a place in the last 8 with Wong Mew Choo being the likely opponent.
Koo and Tan start their campaign in the men’s doubles against the Welsh pair of Morgan and Phillips whilst 2nd seeded Robertson and Clark take on the Canadian pair of Ng and Vendervet. The women’s doubles top seeds, Sari and Yao take on Eastmond and Watson of Barbados whilst the other seed in this half of the draw, Wallwork and White take on Gao and Ko of Canada. Indian 2nd seeds Gutta and Machiman take on the Malaysian pair of Chin and Woon.
The mixed doubles has seen two rounds of play, with top seeds Robertson and Wallwork being untested so far. They take on the Singapore pair of Wijaya and Sari in a last 16 match. The main match for the locals will be the all-Indian last 16 match between Kallyad and Machiman takes on Valiya and Gutta, the 2nd seeds.
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the Major BWF events and Super Series events. Previous worked for The Guardian newspaper and was also featured in the New York Times during the London 2012 Olympics.