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Chance for Chen Jin to make up ground

Former world champion Chen Jin (below), has the perfect opportunity to make up ground in the race to the London Olympics when he competes in the Yonex German Open this week.

The Chinese world No. 5, who is hoping to break into the top four of the world rankings, is the second seed in the Grand Prix Gold tournament which offers US$125,000 in prize money.

Chen Jin needs to be among the top four players in the world if he is to earn a ticket to the Olympics as compatriots Lin Dan and Chen Long are currently ahead of him at No. 2 and No. 3 in the world standings.

Each country is allowed a maximum of three shuttlers in the Olympics, but only if they are in the top four. Otherwise, they can only send two if they are among the top 16.

Denmark’s Peter Gade is just ahead of Chen Jin at No. 4, but he is skipping the German Open to concentrate on next week’s All England. World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is also focusing on the All England, clearing the way for an all-China final between Chen Jin and defending champion Lin Dan.

In the men’s doubles, defending champions Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae are the clear favourites with teammates Ko Sung Hyun-Yoo Yeon Seong their likely opponents in Sunday’s final.

China’s Chai Biao-Guo Zhendong, however, will be determined to stop them. The Chinese pair, who are the third seeds, start their campaign against Russians Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov.

Yong Dae (left), will also compete in the mixed doubles with Ha Jung Eun. They are the third seeds and will likely face top seeds Chen Hung Ling-Cheng Wen Hsing of Taipei in the semi-finals. Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam are the second seeds.

Over in the women’s competition, Wang Xin looks to cement her position as the world No. 2 when she attempts to win the singles tournament after missing out last year.

Her Chinese teammate Li Xuerui is the second seed, but defending champion Liu Xin won’t be defending her title. Local hope Juliane Schenk is the third seed and she will be hoping to keep the title on home soil after missing out on this and the Bitburger Open titles in 2011.

Japan’s Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa (right), who enjoy playing in German, as evident from their wins in this tournament and the Bitburger Open, will go in search of a hattrick despite being only the second seeds in the women’s doubles.

Jung Eun-Kim Min Jung of South Korea have been seeded ahead of their rivals and will start their campaign against Shinta Mulia Sari-Yao Lei on Wednesday

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