This weeks German Open is usually the warm-up event for the All-England Championships next week, with most of the top players taking the chance to play three events in Europe in three weeks. However, the contenders for next week’s All-Englands are taking another week to rest making Bao Chunlai the top seed in Germany.
The Chinese are well represented in the event, with the top two seeds in the Women’s Singles in Wang Xin and Wang Lin. Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli are the top seeds in the Women’s Doubles, Cheng Shu and Yunlei Zhao are seeded two.
Bao Chunlai begins his campaign against Sven-Eric Kastens from Germany; Chen Long also plays a local German player in Dharma Gunawi. The men’s draw is a huge 64-man field but Day 1 sees every first round match being played in all five events.
The Danes are well represented at the tournament, however the likes of Peter Gade, Tine Rasmussen, Jan O Jorgensen and the likely seeded pairings in the doubles have opted out of this weeks event. The English have sent almost a full-strength squad to the event, with the exception of Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson.
Marc Zweibler is one of the big local attractions this week, seeded 4 in the men’s singles and in with a chance of winning his national open. Juliane Schenk is another German in with a shot of winning, she is seeded 3 in the women’s singles but both Schenk and Zweibler will likely have to defeat one of the higher seeded Chinese players to have a chance.
Play begins in the first round at 9am local time on Wednesday: