CHINA’s Wang Lin and Wang Xin, both former world women’s singles No. 1, will take part in the 11th edition of the FDG Cup Open and Invitational badminton tournament at Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati.
The tournament set June 14-15 and June 20-21 will be highlighted by a match featuring Lin, Xin, Frederick D. Go, members of the national team and celebrity guests.
Lin nipped Xin for the gold medal in the 2010 World Championships in Paris.
The 25-year-old Lin from Zhenjiang, a former French and Denmark Open winner, took the top spot in the Badminton World Federation rankings in 2010 after copping the world crown. Xin, now 29, who took over the top ranking in late 2010, won the Asian Games and Uber Cup gold medal in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
Philippine Open champion in 2009, Xin racked up five victories in 2011, winning the Hong Kong, French, Denmark and Singapore Opens and the Malaysia Open Grand Prix.
Other world ranked players who have graced the annual event the last few years were world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Denmark’s Peter Gade, the world’s top player from 1998-2001.
Prizes will also be raffled off during awards rites on June 21 to be hosted by Ai-ai de las Alas, with comedians Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola spicing up the event.
Top ranked Toby Gadi and Bianca Carlos banner the stellar field that includes defending men’s double champions and Team Philippines/Smash Pilipinas mainstays Paul Vivas, Peter Magnaye, and runners-up Ronel Estanislao and Joper Escueta along with Ateneo’s Patrick Natividad and Justin Natividad.
Also seeing action in the event held as part of the Philippine National Ranking System of the Philippine Badminton Association in partnership with Smart Communications, are Gelita Castilo, Danica Bolos, Jennifer Cayetano and Kristina Tan.
The Open men’s singles champion will receive P60,000 and the ladies division winner P40,000 (ladies). The men’s doubles winners will get P100,000, while the women’s doubles and mixed doubles champions will receive P60,000 and P80,000, respectively.