The three doubles disciplines are all headlined with a Chinese top seed, with Cai and Fu looking for their third straight world title. Wang and Yu are the overwhelming favourites in the women doubles, whilst the Asian champions Zhang and Zhao are the top seeds in the mixed doubles.

There is an undoubted depth in the Chinese squad, especially in the mixed doubles but Korea will be a force in the men’s and women’s doubles, with the decision not to take any mixed doubles pairs to the world championships. There will be European interest as always, with Boe and Mogensen set to be the hope of Europe in the men’s doubles, whilst the 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl as well as the local pair of Robertson and Wallwork will be the main pairs to watch for European success in the mixed doubles.

Men’s Doubles

The Favourites:

Cai/Fu

Seeded: 1

2010 Result: Winners

2nd Round Opponent: Ellis/Mills or Ivanov/Sozonov

Main Threats: Lee/Jung (SF)

Every year, the peak for this event and for the last two years it has worked perfectly. Their match against Lee and Jung in 2009 is still one of the greatest matches ever seen in a world championship final. They come into this week in perfect form once again, winning the Indonesian Premier with in the loss of just one game.

Their biggest rivals wait in the semi finals, with expectation of a classic rematch with Lee and Jung in the semi finals.

The Contenders:

Lee/Jung

Seeded: 3

2010 Result: Quarter Finals

2nd Round Opponent: Clark/Langridge or Hirobe/Kazuno

There are a lot of question marks surrounding Lee Yong Dae, his decision to play the US and Canada Open with Ko Sung Hyun has asked the question if this is his final tournament with Jung Jae Sung before forming a new partnership for the 2012 Olympics. This is also his only chance at a title this week, after being top seeded in the mixed doubles in 2010.

Koo/Tan

Seeded: 4

2010 Result: Runners-Up

2nd Round Opponent: Moren/Szkudlarczyk or Liu/Qiu

Top seeded in 2010 in this event, they lost out in the final in Paris but claimed the Commonwealth gold medal in Delhi just a few months later. They have remained one of the top pairs in the world since their success in Delhi and victory in the Malaysian Gold event in May confirmed their place in the high seedings for this week.

The Rest Of The Field:

The 2nd seeded Boe and Mogensen’s form has been erratic since the Sudirman Cup in May, but their draw has been favourable and will allow the Danes to play their way into form.  5th seeded Ko and Yoo are another partnership who have received a favourable draw before a likely quarter final match against Koo and Tan for a place in the last 4.

Men’s Doubles Draw

Women’s Doubles

The Favourites:

Wang/Yu

Seeded: 1

2010 Result: DNP

2nd Round Opponents: Lennartsson/Wengberg

It was a partnership that played against one another in last year’s women’s doubles final, with Wang and Ma losing out to Du and Yu in two games. Since the conception of this partnership, they have systematically defeated every other partnership and reached the #1 ranking.

Their victory in the All England Final in March was perhaps their most impressive performance, over the Japanese pairing of Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan, who are seeded 4th this week in London.

The Rest Of The Field:

The bottom half of the draw is very much open with the 2nd seeded Cheng and Chien coming into the event in good form, but without a win in their two warm-up events where they were the top seed in both. Ha and Kim of Korea are in the same quarter of the draw as the 2nd seed and will pose a threat if the pair meet in the last 8.

The other quarter in the bottom half is where the threats lie, with the 4th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa and China’s other seeded pair, Tian and Zhao are the only pair to beat the top seeded Wang and Yu in any major competition to date, but that victory was in Malaysia almost 6 months ago.

Women’s Doubles Draw

Mixed Doubles

The Favourites:

Zhang/Zhao

Seeded: 1

2010 Result: DNP

2nd Round Opponents: Wong/Chau

With the lack of Korean opposition, the Chinese top seeds chances of winning their first world title is greatly increased.  The Asian Games champions are the pair to beat this year, defeating their Chinese rivals He and Ma in a tight three game match on route to the mixed title in the Asian Games.

A potential quarterfinal match against the 2009 world championships will be the biggest hurdle of the opening rounds, before a rematch with He and Ma in the semi final stages this week.

The Rest Of The Field:

There are plenty of contenders in the field this week, with Ma Jin being one half of the current world champions but with a new partner in He Hanbin. The European threat is all too apparent with Laybourn and Rytter Juhl’s unlikely 2009 success being the catalyst for any European hope this week.

Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen are the big European hope this week, as the 5th seeds but will have the 2nd seeded Ahmad and Natsir on route in the quarter finals before a likely Chinese opponent in the semi final in Tian and Zhao.

Mixed Doubles Draw

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