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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Badminton Predictions - French Open

Day 2 of the action:

Park Sung Hwan vs. Lin Dan
Park has been ruthless in demolishing Wong Choong Hann yesterday, but he faces an uphill challenge from the reigning world champion and world number 1 'Super Dan'. While Park beat Lin Dan in this year's edition of the Malaysian Open, Lin Dan has been in invincible ever since, winning 4 Super Series Tournaments. However, after the dodgy second set by Lin yesterday against Kuncoro, it did put some doubts in my mind about this match. However, after Lin completely demolished Kuncoro in a 21-7 scoreline, I am confident that Lin will win this match. Lin Dan in 2 sets, unless Park has some special formula for beating Lin.

Xie Xingfang vs. Tine Rasmussen
The current world number 1 faces up against Tine Rasmussen, the Japan Open champion, who upstaged Xie on her way to the Japan Open title. Xie will be eager to gain revenge here, and I believe she will succeed in doing so. Xie in 2 sets.

Mew Choo vs. Anna Rice
After Mew Choo's shock victory against World Championship runner up Wang Chen, there is no doubt that she is playing at a confidence high. Anna Rice, the little known Canadian, probably won't pose a great threat to her. Wong in 2 sets.

Hafiz Hashim vs. Chan Yan Kit
Hashim, the well known yoyo of Malaysian badminton, faces off against Hong Kong number 2 Chan Yan Kit. While Hashim managed to gain revenge in a loopsided scoreline against his conquerer in the Danish Open, Persson, this is not a big feat to brag about. While Chan Yan Kit is the lesser known of the 2 Hong Kong Men's Singles players, he is nevertheless, a threat. Hashim will prevail if he plays good badminton.

Zhou Mi vs. Zhang Ning
Another veteran vs. veteran battle, with both players being top Chinese players in the early 2000s. While both know each other from back to front, Zhang is the more renounced one - She is the reigning Olympic Champion, and looks and sounds more menacing than Zhou. Zhang in 3 tight sets.

Natsir/Marrissa vs. Zhang/Yang
The reigning world champions take on China Master winners. Zhang and Yang have been in superb form lately, winning the Danish Open after saving 3 matchpoints. Natsir and Marrisa, on the other hand, have not been heard from after their triumph in Li Yongbo's own soil. Zhang and Yang in 2 sets.

Choong/Lee vs. Sun/Xu
In an effort to diversify his Men's Doubles department, Li Yongbo has put together this new pairing. Choong and Lee have a tendency to let their guard down when facing lesser opponents, and this is a time not to do that. On paper, Choong and Lee should win easily, but on paper, in the Danish Open first round, they should also have won against Malaythong/Bach (they lost). Choong and Lee have to be careful and not complacent, or else they will fall victims to Li Yongbo's scratch paring.

For results refer to:

Badminton Loonsport


Joey said...

4 matches involving malaysian players and three won by malaysian.and two in straight sets. pretty good so far. koo/tan picked up their game again after a miserable first round win over another english pair. chong/lee won in straight sets over the young chinese pair. mew choo in 3 sets against rice. thought she would be able to win in straight sets but any win is a good win, considering rumors of her being injured. bravo to malaysian players so far. hopefully nicol david will do the same in qatar classic held concurrently now.

vchi said...

lee: agree, all the best to our players!