The HSBC BWF World Tour circuit welcomes the world’s best badminton players. The World Tour has several events distributed in four different categories - Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 and Super 100 - which are held in different cities around the world. The first edition of the Barcelona Spain Masters, listed as super 300 event, is held this time in summer. However, from 2019 it will be fixed scheduled at the end of February during the World Tour’s 'European Tour’, allowing the international figures to participate in a triptych that will include Barcelona Spain Masters, German Open and Al England. The English tournament is considered one of the most prestigious badminton events, with more than 100 years of history: the Wimbledon of Badminton.
In the Barcelona’s first edition there will be many top-10 meeting in the Vall d'Hebrón, with Carolina Marín as the pre-eminent figure in the list of players already confirmed. Marin arrives in Barcelona only a few weeks after beeing proclaimed world champion in Nanjing for the third time. With only a few weeks of rest, Marín hopes to continue triumphing and delighting the public, just as it happened at the European Championships in Huelva at the end of April, where she was proclaimed four-time champion of Europe for an audience that filled the stands every day.
Accompanying Marín will be the rest of the Spanish delegation, with Beatriz Corrales and Pablo Abián. Internationally, the Danish national teams stand out with Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen -Olympic medalists in London 2012 and top-3 in the world- and Kim Aastrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, or Japan who, on the occasion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is experiencing an exponential growth in volume and quality of its players, with great incidence in the women doubles where they are dominating at world-wide level with couples like those present in Barcelona: May Matsumoto-Wakana Nagahara and Ayako Sakuramoto-Ukiko Takahata.
The event's competition draws are already official in all categories: men and women singles, men and women doubles and mixed doubles. In the case of individual categories, preliminary qualifications will be carried out. In men singles, the first seed will be the Thai Suppanyu Avihingsanon, current number 28 in the world ranking. The spanish Pablo Abian, silver medal at the Mediterranean Games in 2013 and Gold medal at the European Games in Baku in 2015, will be sixth seed. Carolina Marin, current eighth in the world ranking, will lead the women singles category. Beatriz Corrales will also be present as eighth seed.
In men doubles, the Danish couple formed by Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, third in the world rankings and silver in the Olympic Games in London will head the first series. In women doubles the stars will be the Japanese Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, brand new champions of the world championships held in Nanging (China) from July 25 to August 5. Ellis and Lauren Smith from England will lead the first series in mixed doubles.
The competition will start next Tuesday, August 28th with the preliminary rounds, which will be played until Tuesday 29. On August 30 and 31 the quarterfinals and quarterfinals, respectively, will be played. Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September the semifinals and the final will be disputed.