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Austrian International 2008

Discussion in '2008 Tournaments' started by badMania, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. badMania

    badMania Regular Member

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    The tourney will begin today with the qualification rounds.

    Rendra Wijaya/Fran Kurniawan will be competing as the second-seed and they have a bye till R16 to be played tomorrow night.

    I will expect them to win the title here, given there are no strong pairs in MD :cool:
     
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    any malaysian players playing in this tournament??
     
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    I do not see any MAS players in the draw.........
     
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    Those Russian Pair [seeded 4] can be the toughest challenge for Fran-Rendra... On the other hand, the 1st seeded Belgian pair should be easier...

    Yup, no Malaysian here... too far and too expensive for an International Series level tournament...
     
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    Not a convincing start for Rendra Wijaya/Fran Kurniawan as they beat the German pair Dharma Gunawi (ex-INA)/Peter Zauner in rubber-sets 21-15, 19-21, 21-15 :cool:

    They will face Harald Koch/Michael Lahnsteiner today and also a potential semi-final match against the Russian pair in the night session.
     
    #7 badMania, Feb 21, 2008
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    From what I know, Dharma Gunawi, an alumni of PB Djarum himself [just like Fran-Rendra] arranged their accomodation, gave them food, etc. in Austria... So, Fran-Rendra cannot just destroy him and not give him face... and Dharma himself is a skillful player.

    Oh, I predict Ivanov-Sozonov will go to the finals in the top draw... :cool: Those mix-pair seeded number 3 and the Belgians seeded number 1 can't stop the Russians [if they are in good form]...
     
    #8 Krisna, Feb 22, 2008
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    wow, 1st seed in the mens single peter koukal lost in the 2nd round...
     
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    i think anand pawar will win the singles title..
     
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    Yayyyyyyyyyy!!

    Rendra/Fran bt Harald Koch/Michael Lahnsteiner

    21-12,21-14
     
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    Rendra/Fran vs Claes/Mawet in the final.. yeye!
     
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    This tournament is dominated by Asians. The only Asian entry not in the final is Zhang Yi in the MD (partnering a Swede). But he is in the final in the XD partnering Cai Jiani.

    There is also an even chance that all of the titles will be won by Asians.
     
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    So, Rendra Wijaya/Fran Kurniawan have a chance to win a title today as they progress to the Final, after a tough 21-14, 19-21, 21-19 victory over Andrew Bowman/Martyn Lewis, both experienced doubles players.

    They will meet the first-seed Claes Wouter/Frederic Mawet, after the Bulgarian beat Anton Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov.
     
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    Yeay for Fran-Rendra! :D

    Were Wouter-Mawet Bulgarian before? Their flag show that they are now Belgians... Their name sounds Belgian enough to me... Anyway, Fran-Rendra can take 'em on! ;)
     
    #15 Krisna, Feb 23, 2008
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    Typo error :eek: I was just awake when I type those stuffs :p
     
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    Ok...since I need to do some work, I stay up for this match ;)
    Fran/Rendra have just taken the first set 21-14. It does look like they will win their first international title.
     
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    Fran/Rendra are simply destroying the Belgian pair as they collected 7 straight pts to make it 14-3, before the Belgian won another pt back.
     
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    Fran Kurniawan/Rendra Wijaya do not disappoint as the Djarum pair wins the Austrian International Championships 2008 by beating the top-seed Claes Wouter/Frederic Mawet 21-14, 21-11 in just 21 mins. Congrats! Now, their next target is to win an International Challenge and hopefully a GP event this year. A GP Gold might be slightly beyond their reach...but...who knows :cool:

    They should clear the first hurdle in the German Open 2008 next week by beating Johannes Schoettler/Tim Dettman.
     
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    Great result, Fran-Rendra! :cool: Your first title EVER... Good for your own career, good for INA too... :cool:
     

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