Number of Olympians in the YONEX/K&D Graphics International Challenge: Preview

Dec. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. (ET)

The Yonex/K&D Graphics International Challenge is the final International Challenge of the 2017 year. With a prize purse of $20,000, the tournament held in Orange, CA will feature a number of Olympians. Below we highlight the favorites: For ticket  information, go to http://ocbadmintonclub.com/  

The tournament’s No. 1 MD seed, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England brought home the first ever Men’s Doubles Olympic medal with a bronze in Rio 2016. It’s hard to top an Olympic medal, but the pair has reached the Semi-finals in both the 2017 Yonex Swiss Open and the 2017 SCG Thailand Open.

The last time India MD pair, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy competed in America (2017 YONEX US Open) they bowed out in the semifinals. Once ranked No. 17 in the world, the duo is the No. 2 MD seed in the tournament.

Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville lead the pack in a competitive Women’s Doubles’ field out. The World No. 32 pair from Australia is looking to rise into the top-20 again now that Gronya Somerville is healthy from an ankle injury. Together the pair has won two Grand Prix tournaments (2016 Dutch and Canada Open).


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Misha Zilberman highest seed in Men’s Singles. Zilberman, World No. 59 has competed in two Olympic Games for Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). In 2017, he has won two BWF International Series tournaments and was runner-up once.

The Englishman, Toby Penty is playing the best badminton of his life. Fresh off his 2017 Scottish Open Grand Prix gold he has achieved a World No. 52.

Although only 20 years old, Chia Hung Lu of Chinese Taipei is already very accomplished as the 2015 BWF World Junior Championships winner. He hasn’t quite put it together on the professional front, but he did reach the QF of the 2017 Skycity New Zealand Open.

The 2017 Pan-Am Women’s Singles Champion, Rachel Honderich of Canada, ranks as the No. 1 seed. The World No. 45 ranking is the highest of her young career.

Annie and Kerry XU are the No. 8 seed from Bay Area. The Twin sister is coming of a win in their last tournament, the 2017 Yonex/K&D Graphics International Series prior to their play at Cal Berkeley.

Americans Paula Lynn Obanana and Eva Lee have as high as the World No. 17. The pair will be looking to finish 2017 strong after both took time to rehab injuries separately following the Olympics.