While elite shuttlers saw their hopes dashed following the cancellation of the Malaysia and Singapore Open, the national upcoming players will get an opportunity for some much needed action at the Spain Masters (May 18-23).
It is a chance for the second stringers of their respective nations to get their moment in the limelight, following the postponement of the top-tier World Tour events.
Regardless, the Super 300 event boasts a decent line-up, including local phenomenon and top seed Carolina Marin who headlines the women’s singles.
The reigning Olympic champion is on course for a second-round clash against S. Kisona, who takes on Ksenia Polikarpova in the opening round.
Two-time world junior champion Goh Jin Wei is the other shuttler playing in the event and will face Switzerland’s Jenjira Stadelmann.
In the men’s singles, Ng Tze Yong will carry the nation’s hopes to emulate his success at the Polish Open when he beat the higher ranked and more experienced Pablo Abian to win the European title in March.
Ng is up against Estonia’s Raul Must in the opening round and will contend against shuttlers like Ajay Jayaram, Siril Verma and Indonesians Shesar Hiren Rhustavito and Ihsan Maulana for the title.
Another Malaysian, Cheam June Wei, opens his campaign against India’s Chirag Sen.
In the men’s doubles, Yee Jun Chang-Chia Weijie have a tough ask against French pair Christo Popov-Tomo Junior Popov.
Another pair Man Wei Chong-Kai Wun Tee play Mohamed Abderrahime-Adel Hamek.
Anna Ching-Yap Cheng Wen have a first round bye to make their way in the second round of the women’s doubles, but could face top seed Danes Amalie Magelund-Freja Ravn should they make the last eight.
Yap Rui Chen-Yap Yee take on Dutch duo Alyssa Tirtosentono-Imke Van Der Aar.