Japan and China head into the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 as the two strongest teams in contention for the title.
China, in Group 1D with India and Malaysia, face the prospect of regaining the trophy in front of an expectant home crowd in Nanning. China will be aiming for their 11th title overall.
Top seeds Japan, who are in Group 1A with Thailand and Russia, face a different set of pressures. With Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, every major event carries enormous significance to fans of the team.
The official TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 Press Conference will be held at the Guangxi Sports Centre on Saturday 18 May. The following coaches and players will be in attendance:
TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2019 Press Conference
Press Conference Room @ Guangxi Sports Centre
10am – Welcome by BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer
10.15am – Tournament Media Briefing
|Japan||Park Joo Bong (head coach) |Yuta Watanabe|
|Thailand||Rexy Mainaky (head coach) | Sapsiree Taerattanachai|
|Denmark||Kenneth Jonassen (head coach) | Mia Blichfeldt|
|Indonesia||Susi Susanti (head of high performance), Greysia Polii|
|China||Xia Xuanze (singles coach) | Jia Yifan|
|Korea||Ahn Jae Chang (head coach) | An Se Young|
Having never won the World Mixed Team Championships, the Japanese will believe that they have their best shot at the title this year, for they have top-notch players and pairings in all five categories.
The two frontrunners apart, there are a few teams capable of making a strong pitch for the title.
Indonesia will fancy the historical significance of the Sudirman Cup this year – for it was 30 years ago that they won their one and only title.
Chinese Taipei have a strong all-round squad, with women’s singles No.1 Tai Tzu Ying leading the challenge.
Defending champions Korea will count themselves unlucky after singles spearheads Son Wan Ho and Sung Ji Hyun were injured recently. They will hope that their young players can step up.
Only three teams have won the Sudirman Cup – Indonesia (once), Korea (four times) and China (10 times).
Here are the official groupings:
Group A: Japan, Thailand, Russia
Group B: Indonesia, Denmark, England
Group C: Chinese Taipei, Korea, Hong Kong
Group D: China, India, Malaysia
Group A: Netherlands, France, USA, Vietnam
Group B: Germany, Canada, Singapore, Israel
Group A: Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal
Group B: Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Lithuania
Macau, Greenland, Kazakhstan