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Badminton: Misbun fears Taufik more than Lin Dan

Discussion in 'World Championships 2007' started by ixory, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. ixory

    ixory Regular Member

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    Badminton: Misbun fears Taufik more than Lin Dan

    By : K.M. Boopathy
    NST Online




    CHINA’S World No 1 Lin Dan may start as the early favourite to win the World Championships but national singles coach Misbun Sidek regards Indonesian Taufik Hidayat as the player who could deny Malaysia glory at Putra Stadium on Aug 3-9.
    Taufik, the World No 10, has been playing down his chances recently and even said he might not play in the World Championships as his wife is due to give birth to their first child just a few days before the Championships start but Misbun remains convinced that the Olympic champion will be making a strong bid for a second world crown.

    While Misbun is happy that his charge Lee Chong Wei, the World No 3, has hit form at the right time, the coach is cautious about Taufik, who can beat anyone if he puts his mind to it.

    "As far as I am concerned, Taufik will be the most dangerous player in the World Championships and will a huge threat to every top shuttler in the tournament. Whether he is fit or not, he looks dead-set for this tournament," said Misbun.

    "Due to his world ranking, Taufik will meet one of the top four seeds, which includes Chong Wei, in the quarter-finals and this will be a concern for title contenders.
    "Having his first child will be extra motivation and all the more reason for him to win the world title as a present.

    "Chong Wei is in good form. In fact he has exceeded my prediction by showing such rapid progress, but he needs to pace himself. It could be good if the draw puts Taufik and him in different halves."

    A quick look at Taufik’s recent record will show that he has the tendency to under-perform, even throw away matches sometimes, in lead-up tournaments to a major event.

    Taufik lost to Ng Wei of Hong Kong in the third round of the Malaysia Open in 2004 then went on to win the Athens Olympics gold medal a month later.

    The Indonesian’s 15-5, 15-0 loss to eventual winner Chong Wei in the quarter-finals of the 2005 Malaysia Open turned out to be a false alarm as he went on to convincingly beat the Malaysian in the semi-finals en route to the World title in Anaheim several weeks later.

    Taufik’s loss to unheralded Nguyen Thien Minh of Vietnam in the second round of the Philippines Open last week should be a warning to his rivals that he is pacing himself and taking him lightly in the World Championships will be foolhardy.

    Chong Wei’s only consolation is that he had defeated Taufik in the semi-finals of the China Masters three weeks ago and this would have boosted the Malaysian’s confidence should they meet at any stage of the World Championships.

    The other player who has been performing well and would have posed a threat is Boonsak Ponsana but the top shuttler from Thailand will not be around as he will be playing in the World University Games in Bangkok on Aug 8-18.

    This means it will be a battle between Taufik and the rest but with the home ground advantage, Misbun hopes Chong Wei will prevail and pull off something spectacular.
     
  2. robin7

    robin7 Regular Member

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    Since when the WC is changed to Aug 3-9?:D
     
  3. ixory

    ixory Regular Member

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    must be typing error..hehehe..:D
     
  4. samuel882

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    u MEAN u type the whole news here? Wow ! :eek: U are so hard working :D:D
     
  5. azabaz_ipoh

    azabaz_ipoh Regular Member

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    missed the ones? 13-19 right? :D
     
  6. ixory

    ixory Regular Member

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    Off topic : Not melah,i just used instant way..copy and paste...from NST site,no time for typing..hehe:D:D..

    i mean a journalist might typing it wrong..hehe:D:p...i also didn't realise until u mentioned about it

    yap,correct..:D
     
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    Misbun might be right. Once Taufik is focused in a tournament. He is all fired up.
     
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    100% agree...let's hope that we can see a LCW vs TH finals, it's gonna be a cracking one
     
  9. CLELY

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    Seems Misbun so certain that LCW has 100% self confidence to beat any shuttler including world number one player but TH is exceptional. The one and only is TH who can destroy MAS dream to grab MS WC title for the first time. Hmm, TH get high appreciation here despite only ABC title that reached by him thus far in this year! Yeah, must be according TH track record -- hard to defeat him in prestigious event that he determines to win it.

    I guess TH will be placed on 8th seed with condition Boonsak and CH are absent. Because no major tourney until upcoming WC, we can estimate the seeding position of 2007 WC based on 26/07/07 WR :

    1. Lin Dan ; 2. Lee Chong Wei ; 3. Chen Jin ; 4. Bao Chunlai ; 5. Peter Gade ; 6. Chen Yu ; 7. Kenneth Jonassen ; 8. Taufik Hidayat

    Who will meet the most dangerous player (as Misbun said) in quarterfinal of 2007 WC? LD, LCW, CJ or BCL?
     
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    Taufik does deserve the high rating Misbun gave him, now all he has to do ....... is to show up and play.
     
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    agree 100%. :D oops, message too short. hmmmm......agree more....110% :)
     
  12. huangkwokhau

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    Hope his baby is due before WC or after WC...otherwise he quits and flies home if baby is due in the middle of WC....in the last 2 weeks...Bulutangkis.com reported that TH more likely will not play, then Sutiyoso ( PBSI chairman) vowed and begged him to play....then 3 days ago, TH voiced his determination to win WC after getting bad results this year....I am not sure and hope he has desires to play....so much drama with TH's episode...;);):rolleyes::rolleyes::confused::confused::mad:
     
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    Let's hope the drama extends, on court at the Putra Stadium in two weeks time .....
     
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    i wish that taufik has his son before WC... so that he could give his new born son/daughter a gold medal from WC... :D
     
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    If TH confirmed participating.. Only 2 players he will meet on his path at QF.. Either LD or LCW... I fink the draw will be put him against LD seems LCW will have a slighter advantages of being home players here...
     
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    If people think LYB is arrogant, then I can tell you Misbun is full of crap. Shut up and just train LCW.
     
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    and make sure LCW will win d WC.. as a coach, MISBUN should not scared of anyone... so scady cat misbun... shame on u
     
  18. huangkwokhau

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    Actually LYB is arrogant..bananaboy....you do not have to defend him...even media agree also...LYB has a reason to be arrogant since his team has done well in badminton dept...

    You can not say that if people think LYB is arrogant then Misbun is full of crap....Misbun is a player and a coach and he knew the game better than we are...how dare you you issue that statement...may be you are full of crap..;)
     
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    We have no right to disrespect Misbun or any other coaches. Misbun have his weakness as well as LYB.
     
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    He could draw any of top 4 seeds in QF if he is seeded 8 and everybody played to seeding
     

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