Swiss Open 2000
The 4* Swiss Open will celebrate its 10th birthday in style this week, with some of badminton's biggest stars at the party. With a rapidly decreasing number of tournaments until the end of the Olympic qualification period, every ranking point is crucial - this should make for some fantastic matches as players try desperately to qualify for the Sydney Games. All eyes will be on World Champion Sun Jun, who's only seeded third in this tournament due to a slump in the recent world rankings. He'll face a lucky qualifer in the first round and is then drawn to meet with Kazuhiro Shimogamo of Japan, or Thailand's Boonsak Polsana, who gave world number one Peter Gade a nasty shock in last week's All England Championships, forcing him to pull back from a game and 4-9 deficit. Top seed is Indonesia's Marleve Mainaky, runner up to Gade in the World Grand Prix Finals, and second seed is Chinese number two Chen Hong, who plays Mainaky's teammate Rony Agustinus in the first round. Denmark's golden girl Camilla Martin tops the list of hopefuls in the Women's Singles, and nemesis Dai Yun is seeded second. Kelly Morgan of Wales will be looking to put a disastrous All England behind her after losing to Mette Pedersen in the first round. But to progress to the second round in Switzerland she'll have to get past Lidya Djaelawijaya - with the Indonesian ranked only one place behind her at 15, Kelly looks to have battle on her hands. The Koreans are certain to dominate in the doubles events - Ha and Kim are seeded above their teammates Lee and Yoo in the Men's Doubles, and with both pairs on good form, don't be surprised to see an all-Korean final! In the Women's Doubles, Ra Kyung Min and Chung Jae Hee take the top spot over Denmark's Olsen and Kirkegaard, but lower down the seedings Nathanael Eliza and Deyana Lomban, and Ann Jorgensen and Majken Vange will be hoping to improve on their disappointing All England campaigns - the Indonesians are seeded sixth and the Danes are in eighth position. Reeling from their shock defeat at the hands of Chris Bruil and Erica Van Den Heuvel in Birmingham, Michael Sogaard and Rikke Olsen will be looking for some convincing wins in this event, and are seeded to meet top seeds Kim Dong Moon and Ra Kyung Min in the final. Simon Archer and Jo Goode of England now look to be back on form after Goode's prolonged back injury - they're seeded fourth.