As Singapore prepared itself to host the annual Super Series tournament, it was the shuttlers who were under more pressure as they readied themselves for the battle at the 2017 edition of Singapore Super Series.
It was a blow for the tournament organisers and a disappointment for the crowd as the top two seeds, Jan O Jorgensen and Lee Chong Wei withdrew from the tournament. They were replaced by Emil Holst (Denmark) and Ihsan Maulana Mustofa (Indonesia) respectively. In the first round itself, it was curtains down for the third seeded Dane, Viktor Axelsen as well as Chou Tien-chen (sixth seed). In the next round, it was the end of campaign for the fourth seeded, Son wan-ho and seventh seed, Ng Ka Long. The only two seeds left in the fray were ousted in the quarters thus ensuring that no seeded player would feature in the semi finals. In the last four clash, it was a straightforward victory for the two Indians, B Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi. It was an all Indian affair in the summit clash and it was Sai Praneeth who came back from a set down to win his first ever Super Series title.
Except for Ratchanok Intanon’s shock loss in the first round, it was a regular day for the other seeds. The second round too saw just one upset as USA’s Beiwen Zhang got the better of sixth seed, He Bingjiao. In the quarterfinals, it was a rematch of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal match and this time too it was the Spanish player, Carolina Marin who defeated P V Sindhu in straight sets. The giant slayer from USA continued her dream run as she defeated the third seed, Akane Yamaguchi to become the only unseeded player to reach the last four. It was an easy victory for Tai Tzu-ying and Carolina Marin against Beiwen Zhang and Sung Ji Hyun respectively. In the title clash, the top seed player from Chinese Taipei defeated Marin 21-15, 21-15 to win her third Super Series title of the year.
Barring the seventh seeds exit in the first round and withdrawal of the sixth seeds, things went according to the seedings. It was only in the quarterfinals, that upsets occurred as the second seeds were shocked by the unseeded Indonesian pair of Angriawan/Hardianto. Both the last four clashes went the distance with Boe/Mogensen (fifth seeds) and Jinhui/Yuchen (fourth seeds) making through to the finals. In the finals, the lower seeded Danes defeated the Chinese pair in straight sets to finish on top of the podium.
With only one seed losing before the quarterfinals, it were two regular days in the office for the other seven seeded pairs. The last eight round also saw the top four seeds get the better off their lower ranked opponents to reach the semi finals. The top seeds breezed past their respective opponents to make it to the title clash, where it was the second seeds Danish pair of Pedersen/Juhl who won the match in three tight sets.
With the withdrawal of the top seeds and sixth seeds, it were the second seeded indonesian pair of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir who became the favourites to win the title but they suffered a shock defeat from the unseeded Thai pair of Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai in the first round itself. The fifth seeds from China were also sent home packing in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, the giant slayers from Thailand created another upset by defeating the seventh seeds from Indonesia. The last four clash also featured eighth seeded Malaysians (who overcame a stiff challenge from Nielsen/Juhl), third seeds Kai/Yaqiong and Korean pairing of Kim Gi-jung and Shi Seun-chan. The Thai pair’s dream continued as they got the better off the Malaysian pairing to reach the title clash where they would meet the third seeds from China. In the title clash, the Chinese pair made a comeback to win the match from a set down.