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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Korean Open 2008 - Finals Prediction


Flandy Limpele/Vita Marrissa vs.Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung

The Koreans are under immense pressure to please their home crowd by winning their maiden Super Series title of the year. They were impressive in yesterday's dismissal of world number 3 and 3rd seed Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen. On the other hand, Flandy and Vita have not been tested at all for the past week. I think Flandy and Vita will narrowly take this match in 3 games.


Lu Lan vs/ Zhou Mi

Both easily won their matches yesterday. While I think Zhou Mi is an excellent player, I don't think she will be able to trouble the technically superior Lu Lan. Lu Lan to win her first Korean Open by 3 tight games.


Lin Dan vs. Lee Hyun Il

Both were impressive yesterday. Lin Dan and Hyun Il beat Peter Gade and Kenneth Jonassen in straight sets yesterday. I believe that there will be no upset in this match. Even an on form Hyun Il cannot beat the current Lin Dan, whatmore if Hyun Il's condition is still suspect. Lin Dan to win in 3 games.


Luluk/Alvent vs. Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng

An interesting match. Luluk and Alvent defied my predictions yesterday by beating the Danish pair of Paaske and Rasmussen who were on fire. However, beating Cai and Fu is always a hard task. Luluk and Alvent are both eager to prove to PBSI that they are still relevant, and will test Cai and Fu to the limit. However, overall, I think Cai and Fu will still win this match in 3 games.


Du Jing/Yu Yang vs. Gao Ling/Zhao Tingting

I am hesitant to predict a winner in this matchup. Both have been equally impressive. Du Jing and Yu Yang, in my opinion, however, have the upper hand. The key will be atacking Zhao Tingting, the less experienced one. Will be interesting to see who wins.

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