1 PRESS RELEASE Singapore Badminton Open 2018 registration is off to a start with Indonesia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei confirming entrants Reigning Olympic Mixed Doubles champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir return, hungry as ever [SINGAPORE, 25 May 2018] Indonesia, Thailand and Chinese Taipei have served the opening shuttle for the Singapore Badminton Open 2018, being the first three countries to submit their teams for the event, held from 17 to 22 July. A strong team of 37 shuttlers from Indonesia will make a showing at the Singapore s prestigious badminton event, led by reigning Olympic Mixed Doubles badminton champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir. The dynamic duo will return to their old hunting ground at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, where they enmassed Gold at the 2011, 2013, and 2014 edition. Also adding to the highlight of the event is 2016 Women s Singles Champion Ratchanok Intanon who is fighting to reclaim her title. She was the first Thai shuttler to earn the World No.1 ranking after completing a hattrick of titles, sealing her place in history as the first ever singles player to secure three Super Series titles in three consecutive weeks back in 2016, India Open, Malaysia Open and Singapore Open. Coming into any tournament as a previous champion is always a challenge, but I will do my very best to reclaim my title, she said. Intanon paid homage to her vocal fans, adding that The fans in Singapore really come out in full force. Their support definitely plays a part, and I hope to receive the same amount of support this time around as well. Adding to the stature of the event is World No.6 Chou Tien Chen from Chinese Taipei. He will look to build upon his respectable showing over tournaments this year, having secured the Gold at the Yonex German Open 2018, and Silver at the YonexSunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open The 28yearold Chinese Taipei national will be joined by his compatriot Wang ChiLin, who recently won the New Zealand Open Men s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in early May. Wang is currently jointworld No.8 with Cheng Hung Ling in the Men s Doubles, and jointworld No.14 with Lee Chia Hsin in the Mixed Doubles, all of whom will be present at the marquee event.
2 Organising chairman of the Singapore Badminton Open 2018 Eugene Ang said: Having shuttlers like Ratchanok Intanon, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir at this year s event will certainly draw the crowds. Their presence bodes well for the tournament. Players have until 5 June 2018 to register their participation and we are expecting more names to come. Tickets for the Singapore Badminton Open 2018 are available via Sports Hub Tix and APACTix. For more information, please contact: END Merliza Commander Lim Jasmine Juggler Tay Director Senior Account Manager
3 Player Entry List Chinese Taipei MS CHOU, Tien Chen MS WANG, Tzu Wei MS HSU, Jen Hao MS LU, Chia Hung MS CHEN, Chi Ting MS YANG, Chih Chieh MS KAN, Chao Yu WS PAI, Yu Po WS CHIANG, Mei Hui WS LEE, Chia Hsin Unique players in this entry. LEE, Yang LEE, JheHuei CHEN, Hung Ling WANG, ChiLin LU, Ching Yao YANG, Po Han SU, Ching Heng LIAO, Min Chun YANG, MingTse PO, LiWei LIAO, ChiHung KAN, Chao Yu HSU, Ya Ching WU, Ti Jung CHEN, Hsiao Huan HU, Ling Fang LEE, Yang HSU, Ya Ching WANG, ChiLin LEE, Chia Hsin LU, Ching Yao HU, Ling Fang LIAO, Min Chun CHEN, Hsiao Huan
4 Thailand WS INTANON, Ratchanok WS BURANAPRASERTSUK, Porntip Unique players in this entry. PUAVARANUKROH, Dechapol KEDREN, Kittinupong KUNAANUVIT, Pakin TRINKAJEE, Natthapat SUPAJIRAKUL, Puttita PAEWSAMPRAN, Supissara PUAVARANUKROH, Dechapol TAERATTANACHAI, Sapsiree KUNAANUVIT, Pakin PAEWSAMPRAN, Supissara JOMKOH, Supak SUPAJIRAKUL, Puttita Indonesia MS SUGIARTO, Tommy MS MUSTOFA, Ihsan Maulana MS KHOLIK, Firman Abdul WS TUNJUNG, Gregoria Mariska WS FITRIANI, Fitriani WS AYUSTINE, Dinar Dyah WS HARTAWAN, Ruselli WS WTA, Aurum Oktavia ARYA PANGKARYANIRA, Wahyu Nayaka SANTOSO, Ade Yusuf PUTRA, Frengky Wijaya GUTAMA, Sabar Karyaman PRATAMA, Angga SAPUTRO, Rian Agung ISFAHANI, Moh Reza Pahlevi CAHYONO, Akbar Bintang RIVALDY, Rinov RAMADIANSYAH, Andika
5 Unique players in this entry. HARIS, Della Destiara PRADIPTA, Rizki Amelia AWANDA, Anggia Shitta SAHPUTRI, Meirisa Cindy PUTRI SARI, Rosyita Eka BARKAH, Yulfira MAHESWARI, Nitya Krishinda ISTARANI, Ni Ketut Mahadewi KANDOW, Winny Oktavina BANDASO, Mychelle Crhystine KUSUMAH, Tania Oktaviani SUGIARTO, Jauza Fadhila AHMAD, Tontowi NATSIR, Liliyana SAPUTRA, Yantoni Edy ISLAMI, Marsheilla Gischa RONALD, Ronald SAUFIKA, Annisa RAMADIANSYAH, Andika BANDASO, Mychelle Crhystine CAHYONO, Akbar Bintang KANDOW, Winny Oktavina RIVALDY, Rinov MENTARI, Pitha Haningtyas *DISCLAIMER Countries have until 5 June 2018 to submit their squads for the Singapore Badminton Open 2018 and until 25th June to withdraw any players from the submitted squad without penalty.