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Countdown to Dubai: A look at the Women's Singles

Five BWF Superseries titles have made for a year to remember for Tai Tzu Ying and she'll be looking to finish it on a high with successful defence of her title in Dubai.

Despite being just 23, the Chinese Taipei shuttler is already a two-time winner at the World Superseries Finals having triumphed in 2014 and 2016, but a hat-trick of titles could be headed her way if her recent form is anything to go by.

Having started her year with victories at the YONEX All England, Malaysia and Singapore Opens, Tai went on to be crowned Asian Women's Singles champion before choosing to miss August's World Championships.

The latter end of the year proved somewhat quieter but she was back with a bang at the YONEX French Open in October, before triumphing at the YONEX Sunrise Hong Kong Open the following month.

But plenty of shuttlers stand in her way en route to a third title, headed up by Akane Yamaguchi who qualified for the Finals with the highest tally of points.

Though just one Superseries title came her way this year, Yamaguchi reached the finals of three others.

She will start her campaign in Dubai in decent form, having reached the quarter-finals in Hong Kong after her triumph in China.

Hot on their heels will be P.V. Sindhu who, with two Superseries wins to her name in 2017, will be confident in her search for a maiden Dubai success.

As well as those victories - in Korea and India - Sindhu also reached the final of the World Championships, as well as last month's YONEX Sunrise Hong Kong Open.

The Indian shuttler reached the semi-finals in Dubai last year, missing out on a place in the final to Sung Ji Hyun - who will also feature in 2017 - but will be hoping to go at least one step further in her quest for glory.

After the success of her 2016 - winning the Olympic and European titles - 2017 has seen a continuation of form for Carolina Marin, with Japan Open and continental glory coming her way.

No European has ever won the Women's Singles title at the World Superseries Finals but the Spaniard will be keen to change that record and end the year on a high.

Also making the cut for Dubai are Ratchanok Intanon and He Bingjiao, however Nozomi Okuhara, included in the final eight as a wildcard due to her world champion status, has now withdrawn from the competition. 

 

  1. Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
  2. Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)
  3. Sung Ji Hyun (Korea)
  4. Pusarla V Sindhu (India)
  5. Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
  6. Carolina Marin (Spain)
  7. He Bingjiao (China)