World Championships' Draw out for Seven Americans

Aug. 09, 2017, 4:10 p.m. (ET)

In 12 days, the BWF World Championships of Badminton will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.

There will be seven Americans participating across all five disciplines.

(*For the full draw click here*)

Their first round match-ups go as follows:

Women’s Singles – Iris Wang vs. Rachel Honderich

A 2016 Team USA Olympian, Wang will participate in her first tournament since the XXXI Olympiad. Globally ranked No. 30 WS athlete as recently as last April, the Arcadia, California native will look to build upon her two wins in Rio de Janeiro.

Honderich is coming off of a disappointing 2017 Yonex U.S. Open after failing to advance to the quarterfinals in the WS and WD disciplines.  The 21-year old is currently ranked No. 53 in the world. Honerich is 2-1 against Wang in her career with the last victory coming at the XVII Pan Am Games in her native Toronto, Ontario in 2015.  


Men’s Singles - Bjorn Seguin vs. Marc Zwiebler

 The 27-year-old Bjorn Seguin is the No. 1 ranked MS player in the United States and the No. 109 ranked player in the world. Most recently, he finished third in the Pan Am Championships before losing in a close matchup to Osleni Guerrero of Cuba. 

Seguin’s counterpart, 33-year-old German native, Marc Zwiebler, is the No. 21 ranked MS player in the world (was No. 10 in 2016). Zwiebler won the 2012 European Championships and is a seven-time German MS national champion.Most recently he was defeated in the BCA Indonesia Open by Chen Long.

Seguin and Zwiebler have never competed against each other. 


Women’s Doubles - Paula Obanana/Eva Lee vs. Ching Hui Chang/Yang Ching Tun

2016 Olympians Paula Obanana (32) and Eva Lee (31) will be competing in their first major tournament since Rio (recovering from injuries). They are ranked No. 148 globally in WD. The pair previously competed against Ching Tun Yang with a different partner in 2014 and were victorious in 3 sets. Obanana/Lee have a career best ranking of No. 17 in 2015.

Ching Hui Chang and Yang Ching Tun of Chinese Taipei are the No. 76 ranked pair in WD. In their most recent tournament, the YONEX Open Chinese Taipei, the pair lost in the first round. The winner of their match will play No. 1 seed Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi from Japan.


Paula and Eva training while in Boston

Mixed Doubles - Yuko Kawasaki and Yan Tuck Chan vs. Sam and Chloe Magee

No. 35 Sam and Chloe Magee have previously been ranked as high as No. 21 in the world in 2015. The brother-sister combo placed third in the 2017 European Championships. Chloe, as a WS player in 2008, became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics.

Kawasaki and Chan have seen a steady climb in the rankings to as high as No. 60 in the world this past May. The duo is coming off of a first round exit in the 2017 US Open.

The two teams have previously never met.


Men’s Doubles - Mathew Fogarty (USA) and Nicholas Bonkowsky (Trinidad and Tobago) vs. Low Juan Shen/Kah Ming Chooi

The current world No. 26 Kah Ming Chooi and Low Juan Shen have only partnered since August of 2017. The pair recently reached the semifinal of the 2017 YONEX Open Chinese Taipei.

Fogarty and Bonkowsky reached the QF of the Brazil International Badminton Cup in 2017. Fogarty will be the oldest player to ever participate in the BWF World Championships.


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