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07-26-2007, 08:57 PM #1
Women's Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles
OK, let's talk about the other 3 disciplines. Seems they are less glamourous than Men's Singles and Doubles.
Looks like a straight fight again between ZN and double X. However, we've seen it before, both crumbled in Asian Games 06 and Wang Chen/Yippie made the grade. The CHN 2nd tier brigade (Zhu Lin/Lu Lan) are just not consistent enough, losses to lower ranked opponents must have caused LYB headaches.
I hope to see another heartwarming performance from local players WMC, Julia and Lydia Cheah.
Disappointed that Yang Wei/Zhang Jiewen are not playing. Even so, CHN WD possess sufficient strength in GL/HS and defending champs ZY/WY. At least there is not going to be 4 CHN pairs dominating this time, so at least 1 semis spot can be fought by some of the non-CHN pairs. But top TPE and THA pairs are not competing.
If any other pair can nick this other than Gao Ling/Zheng Bo, I would say it's a minor miracle. Having said that, 3 pairs have the best chance against the top form CHN duo, the 2 ENG pairs and Flandy/Vita. Not Widianto/Natsir, even though they were the only ones who had beaten Gao Ling/Zheng Bo, in S'pore Open Super Series (a match I missed seeing).
07-27-2007, 01:43 AM #2
Last edited by ctjcad; 07-27-2007 at 01:46 AM.
07-27-2007, 01:47 AM #3
I wish it were so, but I think Zhou Mi's fitness is not up to mark, she was struggling in Philippine Open.
07-27-2007, 03:49 AM #4
yeah, i think zhou mi will have an impact on the order of badminton, but maybe not just yet, give her another 3-6 months and if she continues to progress at this rate, she'll be there amongst the top.
07-27-2007, 04:09 AM #5
i wish the Malaysian women will make an impact. I am dreaming i guess. Go for it, Ladies...
07-27-2007, 05:30 AM #6
i dont think zhou mi is qualified for the WC. she is ranked below wang chen and YPY.
07-27-2007, 05:38 AM #7
each country is allowed to send 4 representatives to the WC, no? of course, this is if their rankings are high enough.
07-27-2007, 12:16 PM #8
In women's singles, Double X will be vulnerable if somehow ZN is beaten at any round earlier than semifinals. We know Wang Chen, Pi Hongyan, Xu Huaiwen, even Yippie are capable of that. This is what had happened in Doha Asian Games, when each country is restricted to 2 players.
It remains to be seen if Zhu Lin and Lu Lan can assist in "holding the fort", or better still, win the title outright.
But I suppose CHN will hold on to their WD title and wrest XD from England.
07-27-2007, 12:19 PM #9
07-27-2007, 12:49 PM #10
07-28-2007, 06:46 PM #11
Both didn't play in recent M'sian Open Super Series, in the 2006 event Zhang Ning won the title, but Double X got beaten by Tracy Hallam in semis.
07-28-2007, 10:41 PM #12
Zhou Mi has not qualified for this year's WC.
Last edited by hcyong; 07-28-2007 at 10:44 PM.
07-29-2007, 12:45 AM #13
Thanks for confirming that..
Last edited by ctjcad; 07-29-2007 at 12:47 AM.
07-29-2007, 08:51 PM #14
ZN and Double X, they have played but as I remember, never met in previous Malaysian Opens. It was always, ZN vs another player, or two different CHN players in finals.
2007 - ZN and Double X didn't play
2006 - ZN won, Double X ko in semis
2005 - ZN won, Double X ko in last 32
2004 - ZN won, Double X ko in q-finals
2003 - ZN ko in q-finals, Double X ko is semis
Up to 2004, Gong Ruina was still playing, and Zhou Mi played up to 2005.
07-29-2007, 11:34 PM #15
07-30-2007, 12:26 AM #16
Double X denotes female gene, so I will only use it for Xie Xingfang. Sure, u can keep calling her XXF, no problem with that. Anyway, she doesn't have a good record in Malaysia.
07-30-2007, 12:46 AM #17
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