Badminton Australia announces Falcons squad bound for 2023 Sudirman Cup in China

Badminton Australia has confirmed the selection of its National Falcons Team that is heading to China next month to compete at the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023.

This year’s team includes a mixture of experience and youth that will take on the world’s best players in one of the sport’s most prestigious mixed team badminton competitions.

Selected women are Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton, VIC), Kaitlyn Ea (Infinity Badminton Club, VIC), Tiffany Ho (NBC, NSW), Angela Yu (Sunnybank Hills Badminton Club, QLD) and Sydney Go (HP Badminton, VIC).

Meanwhile, the selected men are Jack Yu (Sunnybank Hills Badminton Club, QLD ), Rayne Wang (Melbourne University Badminton, VIC), Kenneth Choo (Glen Waverley Badminton Club, VIC), Nathan Tang (Glen Waverley Badminton Club, VIC) and Ricky Tang (Dash Badminton Club, NSW).

Led by National Senior Coach Leanne Choo, the 10-strong squad will have four reserve players (two female and two male) who have been selected to assist if any of the above team members withdraw from the competition.

Australia has been drawn into Group C which includes Malaysia, Chinese Taipei and India.

Hosts, top seed and defending Champions China has drawn Group A alongside Denmark, Singapore and Egypt.

Group B includes inaugural Sudirman Cup Champions Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Canada.

Meanwhile, second seeds Japan will lead Group D and go up against South Korea, France and England.

The group stage commences on May 14th at the Suzhou Olympic Sport Centre.

First held in 1989, the biennial Sudirman Cup is named in honour of former Indonesian badminton player and founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia Dick Sudirman.

China currently holds the record for most victories (12), followed by South Korea (4) and Indonesia (1).

Congratulations to the selected athletes and best of luck in your preparation for the Sudirman Cup.