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Start of crucial week for Olympic hopefuls

The Yonex German Open is the start of a crucial week for shuttlers still battling for Olympic tickets and also chance for players to get back into the swing of things.

The European swing of the BWF world circuit will see the German Open followed by Yonex All England Championship and Swiss Open.

The All England, the final OSIM BWF World Superseries Premier tournament of the Olympic qualifying period, will offer 11,000 points to the winners. The German Open and the Swiss Open are both Grand Prix Gold tournaments and offer 7,000 ranking points to the winners. As such, there is still plenty to play for.

The maindraw begins on Wednesday and on Tuesday, 28 players made it through the qualifying round, including Thailand’s Salakjit Ponsana (right).

The former SEA Games champion defeated Germany’s Karin Schannse and Hong Kong’s Tse Ying Suet to make the maindraw.

Joining her in the first round are Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri and Maria Febe Kusumastuti and France’s Sashina Vignes Waran.

Due to the luck of the draw, Sashina will meet Salakjit in the opening round, thus handing one of the qualifiers a guaranteed place in the second round.

Making the opening round is a big boost for Salakjit, who has not had the best of luck with injuries in recent times.

China’s world No. 2 Wang Xin is the top seed for the women’s singles event while four-time world champion Lin Dan is the men’s top seed. The German Open offers US$125,000 in prize money.

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