2008 All News
Blair and Bankier join Clark and Kellogg in Masters final
ROBERT BLAIR and Imogen Bankier were today named in the line-up for the Badminton World Federation's Super Series Masters final at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from December 18-21.
The Anglo-Scottish pair will join world No 4 ranked pair Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg, who had already assured themselves of a place in the finals thanks to a superb year which has seen them win the European title and finish runners-up in three Super Series events - the Swiss, Singapore and French Opens.
Blair and Glasgow's Bankier, who are up to No 9 in the world, built on a quarter-final showing at the Yonex All England Championships in March to produce five more quarter-finals and capped that with a semi-final surge in last month's Denmark Open.
The two pairs are the only Brits to qualify for this first Masters final.
The competition, with a US$500,000 prize pool, will be played on a round robin format with two pools of four. The first and second placed players or pairs in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
ďItís fantastic to have the Finals this year and we have a very good spread of countries represented in Kota Kinabalu,Ē said BWF Secretary General Stuart Borrie.
ďThis will be the best of the best and a fitting end to this Olympic year."
The qualified players/pairs (with Super Series ranking points in brackets) are:
Menís singles: Lee Chong Wei (Mas, 58240 pts), Chen Jin (Chn, 52180), Sony Dwi Kuncoro (Ina, 49320), Joachim Persson (Den, 47400), Peter Gade (Den, 44260), Lin Dan (Chn, 41800), Taufik Hidayat (Ina, 41580), Chan Yan Kit (Hkg, 32160).
Menís doubles: Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina, 65540) Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Tazari (Mas, 61600), Lars Paaske-Jonas Rasmussen (Den, 52160), Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae (Kor, 45440), Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den, 40920), Candra Wijaya-Tony Gunawan (Ina-USA, 36540), Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong (Mas, 35940), Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun (Chn, 34280).
Womenís singles: Zhou Mi (Hkg, 72760), Tine Rasmussen (Den, 61320), Wang Chen (Hkg, 54740), Zhu Lin (Chn, 53000), Lu Lan (Chn, 49980), Pi Hongyan (Fra, 39600), Xu Huaiwen (Ger, 36720), Hwang Hye Youn (Kor, 35400).
Womenís doubles: Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui (Mas, 64340), Du Jing-Yu Yang (Chn, 54660), Lilyana Natsir-Vita Marissa (Ina, 51560), Zhao Yunlei-Cheng Shu (Chn, 39880), Lena Frier Kristiansen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den, 39600), Ha Jung Eun-Kim Kin Jung (Kor, 39540), Maeda Miyuki-Suetsuna Satoko (Jpn, 30960), Lee Kyung Won-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor, 28460).
Mixed doubles: Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Ina, 64160), He Hanbin-Yu Yang (Chn, 51360), Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl (Den, 48720), Lee Yong Dae-Lee Hyo Jung (Kor, 45460), Anthony Clark-Donna Kellogg (Eng, 45120), Xie Zhongbo-Zhang Yawen (Chn, 39880), Robert Blair-Imogen Bankier (Eng-Sco, 37210), Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (Tha, 36840).