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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Badminton Predictions - Denmark Open

Day 2 - Another day of upsets?

Jun Jae Youn vs. Zhou Mi
Both veterans. Obviously Zhou has the superior credentials, being an ex world number one, but is the current Zhou Mi still the same as the old one? Jae Youn has had a brilliant run so far, and will be a tough obstacle for Zhou to surpass. However, Zhou's superior experience will shine through. Zhou in 3 sets.

Taufik Hidayat vs. Bao Chunlai
Rematch of this year's Indonesian open semi-finals where Bao denied Taufik his 7th Indonesian Open title, but all was in vain when he lost in the finals to Lee Chong Wei. Bao can play some brilliant badminton, but when Taufik is fired up, he will beat anyone. However, Taufik's form in round 1 did not really convince me, and I believe this game will go down to the wire. However, Taufik shall prevail in 3 sets.

Wacha vs. Lee Chong Wei
The giant killer against the giant, David vs. Goliath. A lot of pressure has been put on Lee, but will he survive when he usually cracks? Wacha created a sensational upset yesterday, beating Singapore Open winner Boonsak Ponsana. However, Lee's form seems convincingly sharp, and he should easily take this game. Lee in two sets.

Wong/Chin vs. Kurian/Gutta
Wong and Chin had a brilliant run yesterday, beating the reigning world number 1. However, Kurian and Gutta might put up some resistance, as they are anything but easy meat. However, if Wong and Chin play to plan, they should win in two sets to set up a meeting with Zhao/Yu, who no doubt want to avenge Zhang Yawen and Wei Yili's defeat.

Natsir/Marrisa vs. Zhang/Yang
This is again, another tough match to call. While the reigning world champions look to be in superb form, the China Masters winners might repeat their feat in China. However, Zhang and Yang have convinced me that they are the favorites to win this title, even with the presence of Zhang/Wei. Zhang/Yang in three tight sets.

Petya vs. Lu Lan
I am inclined to give this match to Petya, despite the odds. Petya looked menacing yesterday against Hirose, and she plays her best badminton in Europe. Lu Lan on the other hand, is not an easy opponent to put away, and hence the game will go down to the wire. Petya in 3 tight sets.

Gade vs. Santoso
Gade is playing in his home ground, while Santoso has looked convincing the last few tournaments. Tough to say who would really prevail, but Gade really has the upper hand, as he not only is playing with the boisterous Denmark crowd, but also in a location he feels comfortable with, and should put this away in three sets.

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