Fu Haifeng–Zhang Nan (Men’s Doubles)
Though seeded 5th at this year’s World Championships, the Chinese pair are surely the favourites to win the title considering their recent form. The pair has just pocketed the Chinese Taipei Open, a big achievement considering the competition in place. Finals at the Indonesian Open, Quarterfinals at the Australian Open and a much successful Sudirman Cup Campaign earlier have boosted their confidence a lot. Both players have achieved incredible success at the big events (with different collaborates though). As seen in badminton, in events as competitive and huge as the World Championships, the nerves is what we count.
One drawback though would be Zhang Nan’s participation in the mixed doubles event. Nan and Yunlei are favourites in that event but the effects of one event on another may just creep in. It will be on Fu Haifeng to take the lead in such circumstances and put in a much better performance.