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BWF World Tour Finals

A look at men’s doubles title contenders at BWF World Tour Finals 2023

Published at :December 12, 2023 at 5:56 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:20 AM
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Anmol Kakkar


Kang Min-hyuk and Seo Seung-jae are the current world champions.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced the top eight players or pairs in each of the five disciplines who will compete in the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals 2023, one of the highlights of badminton’s annual calendar. The tournament which offers a total prize pool of $2.5 million, is the culmination of a year-long series of tournaments across the globe, where the players accumulate points based on their performances.

The BWF selects the best 14 results from each shuttler or pair in the year to determine their qualification for the World Tour Finals. This selection process showcases the sport’s elite talent and consistency on a global stage, and is different from the standard world rankings, which are based on a 52-week rolling system.

List of men’s doubles title contenders at BWF World Tour Finals 2023

Kang Min-hyuk/Seo Seung-jae

Kang/Seo qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals 2023 by virtue of becoming the world champion. The Korean pair finished third in the BWF World Tour rankings by accumulating 91,900 points in 18 tournaments. They had a good season this year having won two titles – Malaysia Masters and Australia Open and reached the semifinals on six occasions.

  • Malaysia Open (Super 1000) – Semifinals
  • India Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • German Open (Super 300) – Runner Up
  • Malaysia Masters (Super 500) – Runner Up
  • Indonesia Open (Super 1000) – Semifinals
  • Korea Open (Super 500) – Semifinals
  • Australia Open (Super 500) – Champion
  • China Open (Super 1000) – Semifinals
  • Korea Masters (Super 300) – Semifinals

Liang Weikeng/Wang Chang

The World No. 1 duo from China, Liang Weikeng/Wang Chang, finished first in the BWF World Tour 2023 rankings by collecting 1,00,740 points in 14 tournaments. They had a consistent season having won four titles and finished runners-up twice. They ended the BWF Tour in style by winning their home tournament – China Masters.

  • Malaysia Open (Super 1000) – Runner Up
  • India Open (Super 750) – Champion
  • All England Open (Super 1000) – Semifinals
  • Thailand Open (Super 500) – Champion
  • Singapore Open (Super 750) – Runner Up
  • Korea Open (Super 500) – Semifinals
  • China Open (Super 1000) – Champion
  • China Masters (Super 750) – Champion

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Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto

The former world no 1 pair from Indonesia finished the tour by accumulating 92,400 points in 16 tournaments. They started the season on a high note by winning the Malaysia Open and All England Championships but lost form thereafter till the mid-season. Thanks to their good run at the start of the year, which enabled them to qualify for the season-ending tournament.

  • Malaysia Open (Super 1000) – Champion
  • India Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • All England Open (Super 1000) – Champion
  • Korea Open (Super 500) – Runner Up
  • Japan Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • Denmark Open (Super 750) – Semifinals

Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik

The Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik had a consistent run by reaching the final eight stages. In the end, they broke the deadlock and won their first BWF World Tour 2023 title at the Denmark Open. Overall, they finished fourth in the BWF Tour rankings by accumulating 88,940 points in 17 tournaments.

  • India Open (Super 750) – Runner Up
  • Singapore Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • Indonesia Open (Super 1000) – Runner Up
  • China Open (Super 1000) – Runner Up
  • Denmark Open (Super 750) – Champion

Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi

The Japanese pair finished the tour in fifth position by collecting 88,400 points in 16 tournaments. Even though they have won only one title this season, their consistent performance has allowed them to earn a spot at the season-ending tournament.

  • Indonesia Masters (Super 500) – Semifinals
  • Malaysia Masters (Super 500) – Semifinals
  • Singapore Open (Super 750) – Champion
  • Japan Open (Super 750) – Runner Up
  • Australia Open (Super 500) – Runner Up

Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen

The only non-Asian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the Finals are Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen. The pair from Denmark finished sixth in the Tour rankings by accumulating 86,860 points in 17 tournaments. They had a pretty ordinary start to the season but the tables turned after they won silver medal at the BWF World Championships in front of their home fans.

Since then, the pair went on to win four titles on the BWF World Tour.

  • Canada Open (Super 500) – Champion
  • Hong Kong Open (Super 500) – Champion
  • Finland Open (Super 500) – Champion
  • Denmark Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • French Open (Super 750) – Champion

Liu Yuchen/Ou Xuanyi

Liu Yuchen and Ou Xuanyi became the second Chinese men’s doubles pair to qualify for the BWF World Tour Finals 2023. They finished seventh by accumulating 82,240 points in 16 tournaments. Overall, they won just one tournament – Hylo Open (BWF Super 300). The Chinese pair failed to get past the last four in three occasions and finished runners-up once.

  • Indonesia Masters (Super 500) – Semifinals
  • Japan Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • French Open (Super 750) – Semifinals
  • Hylo Open (Super 300) – Champion
  • Japan Masters (Super 500) – Runner Up

Muhammad Fikri/Bagas Maulana

The last pair to qualify for the World Tour finals is the former All England champion Muhammad Fikri and Bagas Maulana. They finished eighth in the tour rankings with 80,800 points in 20 tournaments. The Indonesian pair, failed to win any title this year but the four runners-up finish helped them qualify for the year-ender.

  • Thailand Masters (Super 300) – Semifinals
  • Orleans Masters (Super 300) – Runner Up
  • Thailand Open (Super 500) – Runner Up
  • Denmark Open (Super 750) – Runner Up
  • French Open (Super 750) – Runner Up

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