XD - Xu Chen/Ma Jin vs GLY/CPS. Chan and Goh have done well here, but I have to respect Xu Chen's mental strength when he showed up to outplay the Koreans despite not feeling well. Ma Jin is, well, Ma Jin, too good at the net to be pushed away.
WS - Li Xuerui vs Ratchanok Inthanon. Li Xuerui to stamp her Olympic class against the World's top teen prodigy. Ratchanok may have a chance if she could play mind games - but she's just too polite, still.
MS - Wang Zhengming vs Chen Long. If only to push up WZM's rankings.
WD - Yu Yang/Wang Xiaoli vs Maeda/Suetsuna. Japanese would be feeling the effects of fatigue, expect a quick demolition from disgraced World Champs.
MD - Ko Sung Hyun/Lee Yong Dae vs Boe/Mogensen. Very close one, Korean's with slight edge as they are much more mobile. The winning pair shall be decided between the mind games to unsettle either Boe or KSH.
Rat vs LXR coming up in a few moments... I have a sneaking suspicion that Chen Long may allow Wang ZhengMing to lift the title, just to get him into the top 10. Wang has been stagnant in the teens for way too long and they want to see total Chinese domination of the top 10 by any means. They'd do this because they can, and there's nothing in the rules that doesn't allow it.
Seems like they have a tendency to lose focus when things weren't going their way. Strong opponents like CN player will latch onto such opportunity to build up a huge lead. It becomes difficult to close the gap.
Everytime Malaysia loses - there is talk of focus issue ......
Frankly the Chinese were just superior and could impose their power game better than the Malaysians varied pace approach. No disgrace to the Malaysians at all, they were playing at the best point of their abilities. Goh Liu Ying worked a lot of magic at the net - but there is a reason why Ma Jin is the reigning queen of of the wand.
Xu Chen too had become more of a complete XD player - even got a lot better at the net.