World Championship Draw: Beiwen on Collision Course with Tzu-ying; Lee Faces Levedrez Again

July 18, 2018, 3:36 p.m. (ET)

The United States will send eight representatives to the 2018 Total BWF World Championships held in Nanjing, China July 30 - August 5, 2018.


Athletes from America are led by current world Women's Singles No. 12 Beiwen Zhang, who is making her first appearance in a World Championships, and has a bye in the first round.


Joining Beiwen in Women's Singles is 17-year old, Jamie Hsu. 


Men's Doubles will have brothers Ryan and 2016 Olympian, Phillip Chew. Ariel and Sydney Lee will represent in Women's Doubles. In Mixed Doubles, Mathew Fogarty and Isabelle Zhong will face Selena Piek and Jacco Arends from the Netherlands. This is Fogarty's seventh World Championship.


Men’s Singles

  • 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) heads into the tournament as the #1 overall seed; won last year.

  • US Open Competitors Lin Dan (China) and 2018 US Open runner up Mark Caljouw (Netherlands) face off in the first round.

  • 2017 US Open MS Champion H.S. Prannoy (India) enters the tournament as the No. 11 overall seed.

  • No. 2 seed, Lee Chong Wei faces Brice Leverdez in a rematch of the opening round Leverdez victory in the 2017 Glasgow BWF World Championships. LCW has never won a World Championship but has finished second three times.

Women’s Singles

  • Beiwen Zhang (USA) receives a bye into the second round as the No. 12 seed. First World Championships; 2-3 all-time against No. 1 seed, Tai Tzu Ying (potential Round 3 opponent)

  • Michelle Li (Canada) enters the tournament as the No. 13 overall seed.

  • Jamie Hsu (USA) has a first round matchup with US Open competitor Busanan Ongbamrunphan (Thailand). Hsu’s first World Championship. The winner will face 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Carolina Marin.

  • 2017 US Open WS Champion Aya Ohori (Japan) enters the tournament as the No. 14 seed and is in line to face Nozomi Okuhara in the third round.

  • 2017 World Champion Nozomi Okuhara (Japan) heads into the tournament as No. 8 seed. She is projected to face her 2017 finals counterpart, PV Sindhu in the quarterfinals

Men’s Doubles

  • Philip Chew and Ryan Chew (USA) (No. 50) play Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling (Netherlands) in the first round of MD (No. 33). This is Phillip’s fourth World Championship.

  • 2017 World Champions Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan (China) enter the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. They have made the finals each of the last two times they’ve played (2015, 2017)

  • Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia) are the MD No. 1 seed. In 2018, the Yonex athletes have won the Indonesia Masters, India Open, All England, and the Indonesia Open. The favorites reached the QF in 2017.

Women’s Doubles

  • Ariel Lee and Sydney Lee (USA) play Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova (Russia) in the first round. It is their first World Championships

  • 2017 World Champions Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan (China) enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Chen placed second in mixed doubles in 2017, too.

  • 2017 World Runners-up Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (Japan) enter the tournament as No. 2 seeds. Recently won the 2018 Indonesia Open and the 2018 Asia Championships, and German Open.

Mixed Doubles

  • 2018 US Open XD Champions Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) head into the tournament as No. 8 seeds.

  • 2018 US Open XD Runners-up Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler (Germany) compete against 2018 US Open XD Semifinalists Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh (England) in the first round. This is a rematch of their semifinal matchup at the US Open.

  • 2017 World XD Runner-up Zheng Siwei (China) enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed with a new partner, Huang Yaqiong (China).