Canadian Athletes Compete at the 2021 BWF World Championships
December 10, 2021
Five Canadian athletes join the worlds best at the 2021 BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain from December 12-19
YONEX Canadian National Team members, and 2020 Tokyo Olympians; Michelle Li, Brian Yang, Jason Ho-Shue, Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai will all be competing in the 2021 TotalEnergies BWF World Championships beginning Sunday December 12th, 2021
“Our athletes are ready and confident for this major event” said National Team Head Coach, Mike Butler. “Many have been focusing on their personal preparations all fall for this tournament, and we are ready to perform.”
Competing in Men’s Singles will be both Brian Yang and Jason Ho-Shue. Brian, who has recently been nominated as BWF’s Most Promising Athlete, has seen incredible improvement and success in 2021. He has shown that he can compete with the top players in the world, and is ready to make a statement at this year’s World Championships.
With the recent news of all Indonesian players withdrawing in from the Championships, Brain will no longer need to compete against fifth seed, Anthony Ginting (INA) in his second match - should he beat Bernardo Atilano (POR) in his opening match.
Fellow Canadian Jason Ho-Shue will have a tougher Men’s Singles draw, with his opening match against the sixth seed, Lee Zii Jia (MAS).
Michelle Li will enter the Women’s Singles draw as the 10th seed, in the same eighth of the draw as home favourite and Olympic Champion, Carolina Marin (ESP). With Marin still recovering from injury, she has declared her withdrawal in the past days, again creating a great opportunity to make the Quarter-Finals.
“Some last-minute withdrawals have made things interesting for our athletes” continued, Mike Butler. “Indonesia withdrawing creates an opportunity for Brian Yang to make it deep in the draw; and with Carolina Marin not ready to return in Women’s Singles, Michelle too can capitalize on the withdrawal.”
Our talented Women’s Doubles pair, Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai will enter the tournament as the 15th seed, and are set to compete against the first seed and Olympic silver medalists, Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan (CHN).
For all the draws and more information on the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships 2021, click here
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