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Following an eight-week break, the HSBC BWF World Tour 2021 season resumes today in Huelva with the Super 300 Spain Masters.

Feast on these while waiting for the action to start.

  • Viktor Axelsen is the only player to triumph more than once (2019, 2020).

  • With the Dane and inaugural edition-winning compatriot Rasmus Gemke giving this year a miss, a new men’s singles champion will be anointed on Sunday.

  • With six titles across four categories over three years, Denmark sit atop the performance table.

  • They are also the sole European nation to have produced titlists.

  • Other than Denmark, five nations have toasted champions – Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Thailand.

  • Kim Astrup, Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Niclas Nohr are three former winners competing.

  • While Astrup/Rasmussen are men’s doubles title-holders, Nohr won mixed doubles with Sara Thygesen in 2018.

  • He partners Amalie Magelund this time, meaning he has the rare chance of winning the same event with two different players.

  • No nation has done a sweep but with seeds in every discipline, Indonesia could make it a first.

  • Top seeds in three categories – men’s singles (Shesar Hiren Rhustavito), women’s doubles (Magelund/Freja Ravn) and mixed doubles (Rinov Rivaldy/Pitha Haningtyas Mentari) – could win their first Super 300 title.

  • Axelsen (2019, 2020) and women’s doubles shuttlers Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (2018) and Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu (2020) are the only top seeds to have won their events.

Standout Stat: It is yet to crown a local winner. Top seed Carolina Marin unexpectedly lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles final last year.

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