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Countdown to Dubai: A look at the Men's Doubles

The 2017 BWF Superseries is one Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo certainly won't be forgetting in a hurry.

With six titles added to their collection, the year has belonged to the Indonesian wizards and they show no sign of slowing down with the World Superseries Finals in Dubai just around the corner.

They started the year with victory at the YONEX All England in March, before going on to win two further back-to-back titles in India and Malaysia, though their form dropped somewhat over the summer.

But it wasn't long until they were back playing how we have come to expect, however, a quarter-final finish at the World Championships in Glasgow spurring them on to triumphs in Japan, China and Hong Kong with plenty of silver medals won in the interim.

Yet while the Indonesians can seemingly overcome any obstacle in their path, their journey to the top of the podium in Dubai won't be simple.

Three-time World Superseries Finals victors Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen have qualified in second - though nearly 18,000 points behind - with the Danes keen to add a fourth to their haul.

Though age may be somewhat against them, at 37 and 34, Boe and Mogensen have more than proved they can still challenge the young hotshots, with two Superseries titles coming their way in 2017.

In addition to their successes in Singapore and Korea, they reached three further Superseries finals, and will be joined by compatriots Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in Dubai.

Japan and China each have two pairs flying their respective flags in the top eight, with Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen, as well as Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan, representing the latter.

With a Superseries victory apiece - in Indonesia for Li and Liu and Denmark for Liu and Zhang - it's been a season of mixed success for both, with the latter pair winning World Championship silver in August, while they went head-to-head in the semi-finals of the YONEX All England.

No Japanese pairing has ever stood atop the men's doubles podium in Dubai but with one quarter of those in the draw representing the country, that record could be changed in 2017.

Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda reached the final last year before being edged out by Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, but will be keen to make amends this time around.

Victorious in Australia, Kamura and Sonoda have struggled for form towards the end of the season, failing to progress past the quarter-finals in any tournament since September's Korea Open.

For fellow countrymen Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, December's Finals will mark their debut at the tournament, as will it for Chinese Taipei duo Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang. 

 

  1. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia)
  2. Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark)
  3. Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China)
  4. Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (China)
  5. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan)
  6. Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark)
  7. Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (Chinese Taipei)
  8. Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi (Japan)