How the Bookies See it:
Lee Chong Wei
Siwei Zheng and Qingchen Chen
Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen
Kai Lu and Yaqiong Huang
- Chen Long has won the last two World Championships, in 2014 and 2015, and followed it up with an Olympic title last year. However, he lost in the final of the most recent Superseries event as India’s Srikanth Kidambi triumphed at the Australian Open. Kidambi also won the Indonesian Open in June, and finished as runner-up to compatriot B. Sai Praneeth in April’s Singapore Open.
- In the absence of Taiwanese world No.1 Tai Tzu-ying, who has chosen to skip the tournament in favour of the World University Games, Spain’s Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin is perhaps the woman to beat after a consistent season which has included European Championship glory and a couple of Superseries finals. Nozomi Okuhara also found form with victory over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi at the Australian Open.
- Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen won the mixed doubles title in Australia, having also lost in the final of the Indonesian Open to home favourites Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir. Chris and Gabby Adcock have had a decent season, winning European Championship gold, and will go into the event as fifth seeds.
In the women’s singles, it is hard to look past the favourite Carolina Marin. She has a happy knack for delivering on the big occasion and, with Tai Tzu-ying not around, she looks a good bet to claim the biggest title in badminton for a fourth successive year.
Chen Long will be bidding to do the same in the men’s event and has the shortest price with bookmakers, but he is in a tough section of the draw and could face Lee Chong Wei as early as the quarter-finals. Lee may not be quite the force that he once was, but the legendary Malaysian is still ranked No.2 in the world and, after a series of near-misses in the big events, could go all the way in Glasgow. However, the man to watch may be Srikanth Kidambi of India at around 9/1. Kidambi might have to negotiate his way past top seed Son Wan-ho and Chinese great Lin Dan before even reaching the final, but he has enjoyed a stunning season and looks set for an even bigger breakthrough.
The main British interest will be in the mixed doubles with the Adcocks, who are sure to receive terrific support in Glasgow. As they are among the top seeds, they will have a bye through to the second round and an Each Way bet at 20/1 could just yield some lucrative rewards.
Srikanth Kidambi to win the men’s singles
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.