Will it be another Japanese gold, silver and bronze? (Photo: Badminton Photo)
Women’s doubles preview
Date: 8/15/2019 2:26 PM
Published by : Alan Raftery

The tournament we have been gearing up for all year is finally upon us. The world’s best will arrive at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, to compete for the coveted world title. The championships will be held from 19th to 25th August, and we will be with you every step of the way. 

Looking at women’s doubles, in recent years it has been Japan leading the way. At the last year's World Championships in Nanjing (CHN), Japan took home gold, silver and bronze. And coming into this year’s championships, they hold the top 3 seeds, and also the 8th seed. This is especially relevant when remembering that despite having pairs seeded 2, 3 and 4 last year, it was the 11th seeds, Matsumoto and Nagahara who took gold.

Japan’s strength in depth looks likely to fill many of the podium spots this year again, which will be a key milestone for their road to Tokyo. 

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Who could spoil the party?

There is one standout pair who has a big chance to claim the title this year, and that is 4th seeds Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan from China. They became Asian champions this year, by beating current world champions Matsumoto and Nagahara in an epic final. Doubling-up by winning the world title, as they did in 2017, would put them in a very good place leading into 2020.


Looking at the European hopefuls, Denmark’s Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen find themselves as 16th seeds, but also with a likely third round clash with number one in the world Matsumoto and Nagahara. 

Perhaps the ones to watch will be Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva who are 10th seeds. They would be looking to aim for one step further than last year and get to the quarterfinals. In their way this year could be a 3rd round match against 5th seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu. The Indonesians, who won bronze in Nanjing, will be tough opponents, but last time they played in Europe, at the All England Open 2018, the Stoeva sisters dispatched them in two games. 

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