If ever there were a Chinese monopoly in one event, it would be the women’s singles. You have to go back to 1999 and Camilla Martin for a non-Chinese World or Olympic Champion in this event. This year looks no different, with four Chinese seeds in the top 7.
2007 World Championship Winners: Zhu Lin
2008 Olympic Champions: Zhang Ning
Nationality: Hong Kong
Last Tournament: Philippine GP (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Michelle Chan Ky (NZL)
The former Chinese woman’s recent form has been up and down, from winning the Singapore Super Series to crashing out in Indonesian in round 1 just a week later. A quarterfinal defeat to Lin Zhu in the Asian Championships has done little to justify her top seeding.
Double world champion Xie Xingfang waits in the quarter final, anything less than her best will see the top seed out of the World Championships.
Other Seeds to Watch:
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Yu Hirayama (JPN) or Maja Tvrdy (SLO
Wang Lin comes in as the highest seeded Chinese player, but without a title in 2009 there is not much for a case for her being a threat in this years World Championship. Defeats to Wang Yihan and Lin Zhu this year means that she is very beatable, as well as defeats by Mi Zhou in Singapore and Salna Nehwal in Indonesia leading up to the event.
A potential rematch of the Indonesian Super Series final waits in the Quarters against Nehwal.
Last Tournament: All-Englands (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: NO MATCH
It is difficult on how to gauge Rasmussen’s chances at this year’s World Championships, a heel injury has put her out of action for almost 6 months and her first match will be the round of 16.
It could be good news for a recovering athlete to play no matches until the last 16, an extra day to get used to the environment. However, a lack of match practice could be her downfall with a likely meeting with Yip Pui Yin in the round of 16.
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Quarter Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Susan Egelstaff (SCO) or Anu Nieminen (FIN)
At the start of the year, she rose to fame with her wins at the All-Englands and the Swiss Super Series. A semi-final loss to Xie Xingfang and another in Indonesia to Lu Lan have brought her back to earth with a bang. At just 21, ignorance of youth could be the best thing she could have on her side.
She is still very much a contender in this event; Pi Hongyan is likely to be her quarterfinal opponent.
The rest of the draw is laden with potential winners; with double world champion Xie Xingfang is seeded fifth for the event. Indonesian Open winner Salna Nehwal seeded 6th.