Lin Dan, Li Xuerui Highlight Star-Studded U.S. Open Field

May 12, 2018, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

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The 2018 YONEX U.S. Open field will feature 318 entries from 32 different countries, including former world No. 1 and two-time Olympic gold medal winner, Lin Dan of China.

 
Regarded in some circles as the greatest badminton player of all-time, Lin won all nine major titles in the badminton world by the age of 28. He remains the only player to achieve the “Super Grand Slam”, having won at the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games and Asian Championships. Lin is also the only men’s singles badminton player to successfully defend his Olympic gold medal as he won gold in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in London. 
 
On the women's side, after an over 600-day injury layoff, fellow countrywoman and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Li Xuerui made Women's Singles qualifying.

Xuerui dominated women's singles from 2010-2016 winning 22 Grand Prix Gold or higher tournaments, and an Olympic gold medal in 2012. She was on her way to another gold in 2016 when she tore her ACL and had to withdraw in the semifinals. In her first WS tournament back, she won the 2018 Lingshui China Masters.

In addition, China has several of the world’s top ranked players scheduled to play in the U.S. Open, including half of the former world No. 1 women’s doubles team, Jinhua Tang.

From Japan, last year’s women’s singles champion Aya Ohori will return to the 2018 U.S. Open to try to defend her title. Sayaka Sato, who is currently ranked No. 13 in the world in women's singles, also highlights a strong contingent from Japan.

Malaysia boasts a pair of strong contenders as the mixed doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying were the 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medalists. 

England brings 2016 Olympic bronze-medalist Men's Doubles pair, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge.

The top-ranked American in the field is Beiwen Zhang, who just wrapped up her seventh consecutive Boston Open women’s singles title. Despite injuries, Zhang advanced to the quarterfinals in last year’s U.S. Open.
 
The U.S. leads all countries with 59 entries into the tournament, followed by India with 32 players, China with 30 and Thailand with 22. Canada will have 21 players at the tournament, Korea will send 20 and Germany is sending 19. England (17), Denmark (11), and Vietnam (10) round out the nations that are sending double digit participants. In total, there are players from all 6 inhabited continents.
 
Tickets are now available for the 2018 YONEX U.S. Open. The tournament will be played June 12-17 at the Fullerton Titan Gymnasium on the campus of Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, California.
 
Tickets for the opening rounds on June 12-14 will be $10 each day for adults. The quarterfinals, which will take place on Friday, June 15, will be $20 per adult ticket. The semifinals and finals, Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, will be $30 each day for adults. Admission for students 17-and-under is free Tuesday through Thursday, but will be $10 per student from Friday to Sunday. All session passes are available for $90. Parking will be $8 per day from Tuesday to Friday, but will be free for Saturday and Sunday.
 
The U.S. Open is a BWF sanctioned “HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300” event with a prize money pool of $150,000. This marks the third straight year the tournament will played in Southern California after the 2016 tournament was played at the Los Angeles Badminton Club and the 2017 tournament was located at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.