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WOMEN'S SINGLES CONTENDERS

AKANE YAMAGUCHI (JAPAN)

The Japanese teenager became the youngest player ever to win a Superseries tournament when winning her home event at 16 years and 3 months.

SUNG JI HYUN (KOREA)

World bronze medallist Sung was runner-up at the 2017 YONEX All England and helped Korea win the Sudirman Cup two months later.

CAROLINA MARIN (SPAIN)

The former world number one has won Olympic, World and European gold medals and was the YONEX All England champion in 2015. 

PV SINDHU (INDIA)

Sindhu created history to win an Olympic silver medal for India at the Rio Olympics and has gone on to win 2 Superseries titles.

SUN YU (CHINA)

The latest Chinese singles star is a former world junior champion and a double gold medallist with China at the Uber Cup. 

HE BINGJIAO (CHINA)

The left-hander has won every major event at junior level and already has 2 Superseries titles to her name. 

NOZOMI OKUHARA (JAPAN)

Olympic bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara became the first Japanese women's singles player in 39 years to win the YONEX All England title.

RATCHANOK INTANON (THAILAND)

At 18 years old, Ratchanok Intanon was the youngest ever singles finalist of the YONEX All England and is a twice been beaten finalist.

BEIWEN ZHANG (USA)

Beiwen Zhang is the only American in the world's top 100 and was a Superseries runner-up at the French Open in 2016.

CHEN YUFEI (CHINA)

Chen Yufei is one of the rising stars of Chinese badminton and won her first senior title at the 2016 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.