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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tournament Analysis - French Open

This third last leg of the inaugural Super Series has ended with the continued domination of China, albeit with a reduced margin. China has managed to snatch 3 titles, the Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Women's Singles. Malaysia continues its one medal run through Lee, who swept past Bao, while Indonesia claimed the Mixed Doubles title through Vita Marrisa/Flandy Limpele with the injury of top seeds Gao and Zheng.

Although Malaysians witnessed the tragedy of Koo and Tan as they crashed out of the Quarterfinals in a dramatic match against their Achilles heel: the Japanese pairs, this tournament did result in the breakthrough win by Wong Mew Choo who reached the Semifinals before losing to top seed and eventual winner Xie Xingfang. This would restore much needed confidence in the Malaysian lass, who was going through a slump in her career.

Cai and Fu's win again reinforced the fact that the Men's Doubles title is a musical chair title, with no one pair being able to dominate the scene completely. This certainly makes the race for the end of year Super Series Finals, tipped to be in Kuala Lumpur, more interesting. Similarly, Lee Chong Wei's win also opens the possibility that he may pose a stiff challenge to world number 1 Lin Dan.

Keep your eyes open for the two finals legs of the Super Series, the China Open and Hong Kong Open.