Malaysian shuttlers who can qualify for BWF World Tour Finals 2023

M SudharshanM Sudharshan
November 20 2023
Malaysian shuttlers who can qualify for BWF World Tour Finals 2023
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Teo Ee Wei has the chances of qualifying in two doubles category.

The HSBC BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour Finals 2023, one of the most prestigious events, is scheduled to be held from 13 to 17 December in Hangzhou, China. Top eight shuttlers/pairs across all the five categories are invited to participate in the BWF World Tour Finals 2023. The world champions, however, receive direct entry into the competition as wildcards.

Only the best 14 results from BWF World Tour tournaments this year will count towards the rankings in which maximum of three results from Super 100 tournaments will count. The list of athletes qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals 2023will be confirmed post the completion China Masters 2023.

In this article let us discuss the list of Malaysian shuttlers who can achieve qualification for BWF World Tour Finals 2023.

Shuttlers from Malaysia who can qualify for BWF World Tour Finals 2023

NG Tze Yong

Malaysia’s upcoming singles shuttler NG Tze Yong has had a fruitful season reaching the final of Arctic Open and semifinals of French Open. Although he doesn’t have any title to his name, he has performed consistently well against top ranked players in the absence top star Lee Zii Jia. Currently the youngster is ranked 15th in the BWF world rankings and is on the eighth spot with 73180 points in BWF World Tour Finals rankings.

The next best is Kenta Nishimoto who is 2000 points behind and with only one tournament left, NG Tze Yong should make it to the prestigious year-ending tournament.

Lee Zii Jia

After taking a indefinite break for mental fitness, the top ranked Malaysian has come back to the circuit on a bright note. After a gap of one week from returning back to circuit, Lee Zii Jia reached the semifinals of Australian Open and then fast forward won the Arctic Open title by beating compatriot NG Tze Yong. He further went onto reach the final Denmark Open but fell short to Weng Hong Yang of China.

With 69,460 points to his kitty, Lee Zii Jia needs to rack up as many points as possible in the final tournament – China Masters. The WR-11 lost in the opening round of the Japan Masters 2023 not helping his cause. Surprisingly, he will be up against NG Tze Yong in the opening round next week at China Masters 2023.

Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik

Former World Champions Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik have most probably booked their slot in the BWF World Tour Finals 2023. The WR-2 pair currently sit pretty in the fifth spot by collecting 85,990 points this season. They reached the finals of four BWF World Tour tournaments, winning one – Denmark Open while losing the other three – India Open, Indonesia Open, and China Open.

Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yei

The second-best men’s doubles pair from Malaysia, Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yei, have scored 72350 points and are currently positioned 11th in the BWF World Tour Finals rankings this season. Apart from reaching the semifinals of Swiss and Taipei Open, the young pair have not reached the finals of any BWF World Tour event. However, the pair have been consistent in reaching the quarterfinals stage but have failed to progress beyond.

They reached the semifinals of Japan Masters and if they put in a good performance in China Masters then they have high chances for qualifying.

Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan

The women’s doubles pair are positioned in the 16th spot 59890 points. Chances of their qualification into the season-ending tournament is very minimal as the cutoff is around the 75000 mark. Having already lost in the quarterfinals of Japan Masters, they only have one tournament to accumulate points and get close to the cutoff figure, which looks close to impossible.

Chen Tang Jie/Toh Ee Wei

Mixed doubles pairing of Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei are placed in the eighth spot with 76600 points. WR-10 Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei reached the semifinals of five tournaments and won two tournaments – Taipei and Orleans Open (both BWF 300 events). The next best pair in the BWF World Tour Finals 2023 is away by 2000 points in the ninth spot.

Toh Ee Wei looks set to qualify for World Tour Finals in two categories – men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

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