They are accustomed to turning heads with their on-court ability, but last night Pusarla V Sindhu of India (left) and England’s Gabby Adcock thrilled fans in a completely different way.
The popular players showcased their fashion savvy at the Gala Dinner for the Dubai World Superseries Finals, earning nods of approval for their dresses from their peers and badminton supporters alike.
Now, if only both can fare just as well in the season finale which gets underway in the morning at Hamdan Sports Complex.
Pusarla will be among eight women vying for Women’s Singles supremacy while Adcock, partnered by her husband Chris, is aiming for a third-straight Mixed Doubles final – and another victory to go with their 2015 triumph.
Some of badminton’s big names and bright stars were in the spotlight last night, being rewarded for their hard work and on-court success as the Badminton World Federation feted its Players of the Year.
Athletes from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Thailand made the 2017 honour roll and were warmly applauded by their peers as they received their prizes ahead of the Dubai World Superseries Finals which starts tomorrow at Hamdan Sports Complex.
They have enjoyed an unbelievable season and last night it got even better!
Following their haul of six titles in eight finals on the MetLife BWF World Superseries tour, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon (second right) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia were jointly adjudged BWF Male Player of the Year.
The announcement was made by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council (right) at the Gala Dinner for the Dubai World Superseries Finals. Also present was BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund (left). Photo Credit: Edwin Leung
Current world No.1 singles stars – Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying – are among the contenders for the Badminton World Federation’s Player of the Year awards to be presented at the Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai next Monday night.#badminton
There are four contenders for Male Player of the Year – Zheng Siwei (China), Viktor Axelsen (Denmark), Kidambi Srikanth (India) and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia).
Six women are vying for Female Player of the Year: Chen Qingchen (China), Huang Yaqiong (China), Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), Pusarla V Sindhu (India), Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) and Lee So Hee (Korea).
The Most Promising Player of the Year (Eddy Choong Award) will be decided from among five contenders: Chen Yufei (China), Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (India), Apriyani Rahayu (Indonesia), Gregoria Mariska Tunjung (Indonesia) and Lee Zii Jia (Malaysia).
Full article at: http://bwfbadminton.com/news-single/2017/12/07/axelsen-tai-in-battle-for-player-awards/