Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, China’s Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen and Malaysia’s Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei found themselves heading to Dubai after three qualifiers declined/ withdrew from the Dubai World Superseries Finals.
While China’s Chen Long (Men’s Singles) and Zhang Nan/Fu Haifeng (Men’s Doubles) declined the wild card invitations they received as Olympic gold medallists, Indonesia’s Greysia Polii/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (Women’s Doubles) withdrew due to Maheswari’s knee surgery. All three of the new invitees replaced the earlier qualifiers by virtue of their place in the Destination Dubai Rankings.
Hu Yun (Men’s Singles, featured image) – HONG KONG
Destination Dubai Ranking: 9
Date of Birth: 31 August 1981
2016: Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open – semi-finals; Xiamenair Australian Open – quarter-finals; BCA Indonesia Open – quarter-finals
Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (Men’s Doubles) – CHINA
Destination Dubai Ranking: 6
Date of Birth: 10 May 1995/ 25 July 1995
2016: Yonex Open Japan – winners; Victor Korea Open – runners-up; OUE Singapore Open – semi-finals
Vivian Hoo/Woon Khe Wei (Women’s Doubles) – MALAYSIA
Destination Dubai Ranking: 10
Date of Birth: 19 March 1990/ 18 March 1989
2016: Yonex Open Japan: quarter-finals; BCA Indonesia Open – semi-finals