Powerhouse pairs and an unexpected farewell
Date: 5/10/2023 2:10 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
From Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 May, Uppsala will be hosting the VICTOR Swedish Open 2023. With the kick-off of the Olympic qualification earlier this month, we are guaranteed some fierce match-ups in the International Series tournament.

Indonesian pairs Raymond Indra/ Daniel Edgar Marvino and Teges Satriaji Cahyo Hutomo/ Christopher David Wijaya top the list of seeded entries in the men’s doubles main draw. Sweden’s strongest men’s doubles pair who will be representing their country at the European Games later in June, Joel Hansson/ Melker Z-Bexell, are third seeded.

"It will be incredibly fun to play, and I am very much looking forward to this. It means a lot to be able to play in front of the Swedish audience and I hope, as usual, to deliver a good performance,” said Hansson to Badminton Sweden. The Swedish duo will have to wait until the end of the qualification rounds to know who their first opponents will be.

Speaking of Sweden’s strongest pairs, Moa Sjoo/ Tilda Sjoo will be competing as second seeds. The sisterly duo do not know who their first opponents will be yet either but could potentially face Indonesia’s Ridya Aulia Fatasya/ Kelly Larissa, one of the many talented athletes from Asia who will be competing in Uppsala.

"It will be really fun to play the Swedish Open again, it is clearly one of the highlights of the season. We hope to be able to do a good tournament in terms of results — we have been seeded second so of course we aim to match it. We have received a tough draw and will likely face tough opposition already in our first match. We really have to play at our top level but we are excited,” declared Moa about the draw and the potential Asian opposition to Badminton Sweden.

Another Swedish star that will certainly be drawing a lot of attention from those attending will be Felix Burestedt. Badminton Sweden announced on Monday that the nation’s top player would be soon retiring and that this week’s tournament will be his last international appearance on home soil. 

Burestedt is second-seeded, while 2020 Swedish Open winner Victor Svendsen is the men’s singles top seed. Centre of Excellence player Milan Dratva will be competing as fifth seed, while the recently proclaimed Luxembourg Open champion S.Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian, India, is fourth seeded.

The competition in women’s singles will just be as fierce, with Estonia’s Kristin Kuuba as top seed, followed by Polina Buhrova in the seeded entries list. Several Centre of Excellence players will be competing in the women’s singles, with Slovakia’s Martina Repiska starting in the main draw while Danes Josefine Redkjær Jensen and Irina Amalie Andersen will be playing from tomorrow in the qualification rounds.

How to follow the tournament
You can watch all matches live on Find below the tournament’s schedule:

Thursday, 11 May: 09.00 – 22.00 Qualifying Rounds
Friday, 12 May: 09.00 – 22.00 Main Draw
Saturday, 13 May: 10.00 – 14.00 Quarterfinals, 16.00 – 21.00 Semifinals
Sunday, 14 May: 10.00 – 13.00 Finals

For more information, visit the tournament’s official website here
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