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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Badminton Predictions - Denmark Open

Men's Singles
It will be a race between two giants Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei, with World Champion and reigning Olympic Champion Taufik and recently concluded Macau Open winner Chen Jin being title contenders too. However, I think there is a very high possibility of a first-second seed face off in the finals. As to who would prevail, Lee or Lin, it would largely be dependant on who is more able to keep their form; Lee beat Lin in straight sets in the recent Japan Open, while Lin is never someone to be discounted. I think it will be a hotly contested race, with Lee prevailing eventually.

Men's Doubles
After their scintillating form in Macau, Koo and Tan appear to be the favorites for the title. However, never discount Cai and Fu, although they might meet arch rivals Choong and Lee in the Semis. Choong and Lee have their own problems, as they are set to meet former world number 1 Jens Eriksen and Martin Lungaard Hansen, who have denied this veteran pair 2 All England titles. All eyes will be focusing on Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, who are set to meet Koo and Tan in the Semi Finals. Can Kido and Setiawan break their 4 match beaten record by Koo and Tan, or will they be forever 'jinxed' when meeting this young pair? Overall, barring any early upsets, Koo and Tan should take this title.

Women's Single
Rat race between the two badminton queens of China, Xie Xingfang and Zhang Ning, with former Chinese-cum-Hong Kong-ians Wang Chen and Zhou Mi being stiff opposition. China is expected to claim this title, with first 3 and 5th seed from China. Watch out for Tine Rasmussen, who scalped 5 consecutive Chinese to claim the Japan Open title. Will she able to do it again in her European homeland? Very tough to call.

Women's Doubles
With Malaysia's best hope meeting top seed and world number 1 in the first round, Malaysia probably dosen't have much interest in this event. However, Zhang and Wei have suffered a dip in their career. Can the girls take it home for Malaysia? Other than that, not much to report here. Reigning world champions and a favorite among badminton fans Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei, although second seed, appear to be the favorite for this title after easily claiming the Bitburger Open. They appear to have a superior recent report against Zhang and Wei. Gao and Huang another pair to watch out for, with an all Chinese finals almost inevitable, with Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei probably prevailing.

Mixed Doubles
With the absense of top Chinese pairs, especially world number one Gao Ling and Huang Sui, it appears that it is an All Indonesian affair. First seed are the reigning world champions and world number 2, who are set to face off second seeds Marrisa and Limpele. In the top half of the draw are two English pairs. Can they upset renowned first seed Natsir and Widianto in their own 'territory'? Natsir and Widianto set to take this title.


L2 said...

lin dan will give a 110% after missing out at the last few tourneys. so i'm not too sure about LCW this time.

while in the MD, KKK-TBH have to make sure they up their game yet again. they are the pair to beat at the moment. so they better be weary and ready. hopefully they will take the gold. if not, it would be CY-FHF.

vchi said...

luke: agree with you.