Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen made the biggest jump among top pairs in Men’s Doubles on the Destination Dubai Rankings after winning the OUE Singapore Open.
The Danes (featured image), who played in only three Superseries of which they lost in the first round of one (All England) and second round of another (India Open), surged 20 places by winning the Singapore Open to enter the top ten.
Indonesian sensations Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, who have been on fire this season chalking up three World Superseries victories, lead the Destination Dubai Rankings.
The Indonesians won the Yonex All England, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open and the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open to open up an 8000-point lead over nearest rivals Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China.
Li and Liu were runners-up at the All England and the OUE Singapore Open; having finished semi-finalists in India and quarter-finalists in Malaysia, they were the best of all Chinese pairs.
In third place are Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda. While they couldn’t quite recapture their title-winning form at last year’s Hong Kong Open, the Japanese were consistent, with their best being the last-four at the Malaysia Open.
Angga Pratama and Ricky Karandasuwardi were once again unlucky to run into Gideon and Sukamuljo in the India Open final. Pratama and Suwardi had lost in two previous Superseries finals to their younger compatriots, and the result was no different in India this year.
In fifth place are Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding, who started the year encouragingly with semi-finals in England and India, but their form then tapered off, with first round losses in Malaysia and Singapore.
The big disappointment this year has been the form of Malaysia’s Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong. Having won silver at the Rio Olympics, the Malaysians had closed out 2016 winning the Dubai World Superseries Finals and promised to dominate this season, but were strangely below-par. Three quarter-finals – England, India and Singapore – was the best they could come up with.
Thailand’s Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet troubled higher-ranked pairs, and while they couldn’t go beyond the quarter-finals this season (Malaysia Open), they would be one of the pairs to watch out for as the season unfolds.
In ninth spot are Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang, quarter-finalists in India and Singapore, while the 10th spot is occupied by China’s Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan, whose best was a semi-final showing at the All England.
The top eight pairs on the Destination Dubai Rankings at the completion of the 12 MetLife BWF World Superseries events will be invited to the year-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals at Hamdan Sports Complex in the desert city.
Top Ten (Men’s Doubles)
1.Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia)
2.Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (China)
3.Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan)
4.Angga Pratama/Ricky Karandasuwardi (Indonesia)
5.Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding (Denmark)
6.Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia)
7.Bodin Isara/Nipitphon Phuangphuapet (Thailand)
8.Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (Denmark)
9.Lee Jhe-Huei/Lee Yang (Chinese Taipei)
10.Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan
(Top 8 plus those nearest in contention)