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Friday, January 25, 2008

Korean Open 2008 - Semifinals Predictions

Malaysia's interest in all fields were swept away when Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty were convincingly beaten by Koreans Lee/Lee. The Semifinals will be a dull encounter for the Malaysians.


Kenneth Jonassen vs. Lee Hyun Il

Kenneth will be looking avenge his defeat in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open where he lost to Lee Hyun Il in straight sets. Lee has been in impressive form, beating a flu ridden Lee Chong Wei, who retired half way through his match. Kenneth was again impressive in today's dismissal of Chen Jin, and will look to appear in the first finals of the Super Series tournament. Lee to win in 3 sets.


Jun Jae Youn vs. Zhou Mi

Both of them had tough opponents today, and both of them were impressive in beating their opponents in straight sets. Jun beat Xu Huaiwen of Germany to advance to the Semifinals while Zhou Mi sent an off form Zhang Ning packing. Of the two, Zhou Mi is the one that has impressed me more, and I think she will just claim this set by the thinnest of margins.


Gao Ling/Zhao Tingting vs. Lee Hyo Jung/Lee Kyung Won

The Korean pair dashed Malaysia's hopes of representation in the Semifinals today by beating our top Women's Doubles shuttlers 21-14 21-14. Gao and Zhao on the other hand, also had a convincing victory over Japanese 'cuties' Kumiko and Reiko. This is another hard match to decide, and I think Gao and Zhao will ultimately prevail in 3 sets.


Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung vs. Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen

After an impressive run last week in the Malaysian Open, the Koreans meet their toughest opponent yet in the form of world number 3 Xie/Zhang. This match is extremely hard to call, as I have not seen Xie and Zhang play so far this year. Based on previous performances, I would say that the Koreans hold the upper hand in their bid for their first Korean Open title.


Luluk Hadiyanto/Alvent Yulianto vs. Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen

This Indonesian pair manage to upset defending champions and world number 3 Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae to proceed to the semifinals. They now face ex world champions and world number 1 Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen. This Danish pair has been experiencing a resurgence in their career lately, and unfortunately for the Indonesian fans, I have no doubt in my mind that this dynamic pair will take this game in 2 sets.

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