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    Remember this dynamite, Minatsu Mitani .....
    Almost too difficult to tell where those rosy cheeks end and the background beginning.
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    More random pictures from the afternoon session .....

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    P Kasyap .... although his win was just small consolation ....

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    .... his defence was really marvellous

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    Netherland's Patty Stolzenbach, just back from a deep tanning session, it seems .....

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    .... but it didn't stop her from vanquishing Natalie Ziesig here ....

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    Ukraine WS player, Marija Ulitina, her lips salivating another prey .....

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    .... played really well to beat Phillipines' Alcala

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    Sri Lankan girl Lekha Shehani .... who beat slow moving Anna Rankin

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    Austrian XD pair attacking the net ....

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    Ukraine's Anna Kobceva concentrating hard during service at deuce .....

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    This is the Sri Lankan WD pair, to all intents and purposes superior than their NZ opponent .....

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    .....but it didn't stop these New Zealanders from winning ....

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    ....... because they had a coach with Olympic pedigree (4th in Women's Singles in Atlanta 1996)

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    Now, we are on for the evening session's pictures from Day 2 .....

    Let's start with the Swiss, making their debut by thrashing Kazakhstan 5-0.

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    There's are reason women should stay in front in mixed doubles, so that they don't smash to the net ......

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    ..... nonetheless, they did enough to break Kazakh defences ....

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    This is the Swiss WS player, Ayla Huser .....

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    ...... not a bad mover and looker too.

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    But I do love those rear ends .....

    Once their opponents have succumbed, the Swiss took their time on court to ....

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    ...... immortalize their achievements with team pictures. I just wish the rest of the teams had the same foresight.

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    France vs Canada was another tight clash - both teams making their debut on the second day.

    Unfortunately the Canadian XD pair were affected by lack of sleep, brought about by their no 1 BC fan madbad not being able to stay up to witness their, ahem, historic defeat .......

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    French XD pair primed for battle ......

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    ..... yup, they could even afford to do some ballet dancing .....

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    In contrast, their opponents had difficulty in just reaching for the overheads ......

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    ..... and you could see the tiredness in Grace Gao's eyes. Game over in 20 minutes.

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    Then, Brice Leverdez took over, with a powerful display ....

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    ..... to put his French Canadian opponent into pasture .....

    The Canadians responded too late ...... it was 0-3 down before ....

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    .... Michelle Lee came in to register their first point ...

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    .... at the expense of Miss Le Buhanic

    The best match was left for last ..... no quarter was given .....

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    The Canadian WD pair .....

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    .... up against this French combination ....

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    The French applied their Kungfu .......

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    ..... and full artillery barrage ....

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    ..... but the Canadians had a huge fort of an Alex Bruce ....

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    ...... and so, celebrated the victory with a sigh of relief. Too late to rescue the tie, but their pride is intact.

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    But the most unforgettable match was between Korea and HK XD.

    Lee Chun Hei out-Koreaned the Korean style of play ..... he could be Korean himself.

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    The Koreans were severely under the weather ....

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    .... and KSH's smash didn't have the proper effect .....

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    .... therefore the HK camp celebrated history ......

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    ..... which made Kim Ha Na cry ......

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    ..... and she had to be consoled.

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    Germany's defeat to Chinese Taipei was a possibility - but what was unexpected was how comprehensive it was .... given that Germany is one of the best European teams.

    No doubt part of the problem is the roster of players for the tie ..... their top singles players were not in action.

    Still, no doubting that TPE is one of the in-form teams of the competition, deserving of their place in, err, the likelyhood of avoiding China in the quarterfinal tie on Thursday. Unless, of course, INA does the unthinkable this afternoon.

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    The German's highly rated XD pair started off brightly .... but had brain freeze during critical moments of games 2 and 3 .....

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    ... and so despite almost colliding with each other a few times, the TPE pair took it home .....

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    .... and the German supporters look to the sky for divine intervention .....

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    ... but neither the towering Domke .....

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    ..... nor their top MD pair ......

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    .... nor the petite Schnasse .....

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    ..... nor the WD combination could deliver.

    Thus the Germans are forced to a corner and either they or the Malaysians will exit the competition by tonight ......

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    Excellent photo commentary by abedeng

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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    France vs Canada was another tight clash - both teams making their debut on the second day.

    Unfortunately the Canadian XD pair were affected by lack of sleep, brought about by their no 1 BC fan madbad not being able to stay up to witness their, ahem, historic defeat .......
    What the... I get blamed for their defeat??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badMania View Post
    Excellent photo commentary by abedeng
    Agree. Entertaining as always

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    Quote Originally Posted by badMania View Post
    Excellent photo commentary by abedeng
    Quote Originally Posted by madbad View Post
    Agree. Entertaining as always
    I second (third?) that. Its always one of the highlights of any tournament for me -browsing these threads for abedeng's visual round-up with his unique style!

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    Abedeng

    What do you think of the atmosphere?

    I notice this time, the Malaysian venue has darkened the audience area to save energy. The side effect of showing the court better must be producing an intense atmosphere.

    The Germans' headgear is a nice touch. Something that BWF can encourage more of for other teams in team events?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Abedeng

    What do you think of the atmosphere?

    I notice this time, the Malaysian venue has darkened the audience area to save energy. The side effect of showing the court better must be producing an intense atmosphere.

    The Germans' headgear is a nice touch. Something that BWF can encourage more of for other teams in team events?
    The atmosphere did not achieve its desired result because the local crowd was just not there .... not even during Malaysia's cliffhanger match last night. Even the Malaysian Cheerleader was a lone wolf
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    Anyway, more on that later. It was a very exciting day last night, with Denmark vs Japan and the, ahem, "split personality" of Birgit Michels.

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    So, to the best match of the tournament thus far .....Denmark vs Japan.

    Let us start with Mixed Doubles. This is a pivotal match, where Denmark really needs to win, and on paper, it was supposed to be a comfortable one too.

    But Professor Park Joo Bong's charges came out with tactics so good, Joachim Fischer Nielsen had to spend almost the whole match twisting his aged body and dodging brilliantly angled shots. Luckily, his partner Christinna Pedersen had the presence of mind to take away some of the Japanese advantages.

    Co-commentator Morten Frost too looked in concern as his home team was being severely cut down by, err, Yonex samurai blades.

    Pics here ......

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    Maeda : Remember, hor. The Boss told us we must win this .....
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    The piercing stare of Professor Park Joo Bong ....

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    .... forced Maeda to lunge forward .....

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    ..... and concentrate on her defence ......

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    ..... which resulted in them winning game 1.

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    Professor Park (to Hashimoto) : Stay positive, and you get to win the match without having to take off the shirt .......

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    Commentating legends Morten Frost and Gillian Clark watching in concern ......

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    Professor Park : Look at what you've done. Now I have to pay extra for laundry service ......

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    But with strong defending by Christinna Pedersen ......

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    .... Joachim Fischer Nielsen was able to soar once again ......

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    ..... and they turned the game around as how a World top four pair should.

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    A show of appreciation from the Danish fans and squad .......

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    The next match was between the two gladiators, Jan Jorgensen vs Kenichi Tago.

    Jorgensen was in supremely confident mood. Why shouldn't he, since he had won their last 4 encounters. Plus some of his more illustrious predecessors Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen and Morten Frost Hansen are in attendance in their BWF President and, err, co-commentator capacities respectively.

    And so, .........

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    ..... Jorgensen started with his powerful attacks .....

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    ..... placing Tago in a desperate position .......

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    .... having to twist and turn his torso around.

    But with encouragement from Coach Keita Masuda, Tago regained focus and worked point for point. Yup, even when a bad line call placed him under heavy pressure while shouting blue murder ....... even prostrating on court to seek divine intervention.

    And indeed, divine intervention as well as crowd support turned towards Tago, and hence, we see this ......

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    .... Tago's victory celebrations. After saving a host of matchpoints.

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    More pics to follow ... but first, I need to get back for the evening session of Day 4.

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    Nicely done abedeng, really appreciate it.
    I like it how DEN and JPN team seat on the same area. Must be very intense that night. Sneaky Boe sat just behind of Endo lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by abedeng View Post
    The next match was between the two gladiators, Jan Jorgensen vs Kenichi Tago.

    Jorgensen was in supremely confident mood. Why shouldn't he, since he had won their last 4 encounters. Plus some of his more illustrious predecessors Poul Erik Hoyer Larsen and Morten Frost Hansen are in attendance in their BWF President and, err, co-commentator capacities respectively.

    And so, .........
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    .... Tago's victory celebrations. After saving a host of matchpoints.
    i hope he did shake hands before all that, otherwise Ms Clark wouldn't be too happy about it

    thanks for the photo, by the way.

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