After the Denmark Open, new BWF World Rankings and World Tour Finals rankings have been published.
Recently the BWF notified that the world champions will not be given automatic qualifications and would have to participate in Asia Open I and Asia Open II to qualify for the World Tour Finals (27-31 January 2021).
Here we weighed in the chances of the world champions and big names that could miss out the World Tour Finals.
Two-time and reigning world champion Kento Momota and reigning world champion P.V. Sindhu might be among the big names who could miss out the Finals even if they win the two tournaments in January.
Sitting comfortably at the top and is looking to qualify is Viktor Axelsen after his All England win. His only main concern is going to be the other two Danes in the top 8, Anders Antonsen (2) and Rasmus Gemke (4). Only two players from the same country can qualify, so Axelsen has to win more matches than one of his two teammates.
As for world No. 1 Kento Momota, who won only one title this year is at No. 33 and is looking doubtful to qualify even if he wins both the Asia Open I and Asia Open II.
The two Denmark Open finalists Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara are looking set to qualify, they are sitting at the top of the table.
World No. 3 Akane Yamaguchi who is currently on 9th will be fighting hard to qualify.
World champion P.V. Sindhu who is on No. 22 on the list is looking like she might miss the Finals. She would need to gather more points than Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying and An Se Young to qualify.
Denmark Open runner-ups Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov are at No. 1. World No. 1s Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon are also currently qualified at No. 3.
However, All England champions Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe are at No. 25 and seem to be in a tough spot to qualify for the Finals.
Denmark Open winners Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota are sitting comfortably at the No. 1 position followed by Koreans Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin at No. 2.
World champions Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto are currently No. 12 on the list and would be in tough competition with the Stoeva sisters and former world champions Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan.
Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are on the top of the list followed by the Denmark Open winners Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich.
Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong are occupying the No. 4 spot while All England champions Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti are currently not qualified as they are on the No. 13 spot.
Rio Olympics silver medalist Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon are also not currently qualified at No. 18. They are in a tougher situation as they have two other Malaysian pairs who are in front of them at Nos. 8 and 10.