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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Badminton Tournament - Macau Open

Taufik vs Chen Jin
Taufik Hidayat hasn't exactly been in top form as he struggled to beat Park Sung Hwan. However, big credit to him for being friendly all throughout the match. Chen Jin on the other hand, struggled to beat veteran Wong Choong Hann in a nail biting encounter. As for who would win this encounter, I have been extremely impressed and convinced by Taufik's netplay in his SF against Park. Both players posses the firepower, but ultimately I think this game would go to Taufik in three sets, as he posses the superior experience; Chen Jin does not know how to handle Taufik.

Jun Jae Yun vs Xie Xingfang
I am not very sure which way this battle will go. If Xie had a little more consistancy in previous tournaments, then no doubt badminton queen Xie would win. But the experienced Jae Yun might cost her this title if Xie plays erratically like she has in the past few tournaments. However, this trend appears to be ceasing, as Xie has been extreme focussed in the past few matches, trouncing her opponents without mercy. Hence, I think this game will go to Xie Xingfang in 2 games.

Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong vs. Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah
This Malaysia vs Malaysia match will not decide much: Koo and Tan are already the new World Number 1s, and Malaysia will have a gold medal in Macau. Which is exactly why I am predicting that Koo and Tan will win this match. Koo and Tan work best without pressure, and unless some crazy thing goes wrong with them, I expect them to prevail in 2 straightforward games.

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