I have another scenario in mind - the top-4 MS players form two pairs and play against each others. What kind of combination would bring us a balanced competition? I assume the No.4 MS player is Gade (I don't want to have two players from the same country anyway, so BCL and CJ are not considered).
LD and TH seem to have personal conflicts according to what the media has reported. If that is the case, they shouldn't play together. What if LD/PG vs. LCW/TH?
th/lcw will win.. they're good friends and they can communicate with each other
I'd say LD/TH would have a puny chance of winning. I think they're not used to play in pair and because of that, the no. 1 MD pair would easily beat TH/LD. Playing in MD requires teamwork. Plus, I don't think they could communicate well together ( Lin dan barely speaks English )
As for PG/LD VS TH/LCW...
The latter will probably win because they can communicate well compared to PG/LD.
this can be done in tennis. as 2 top single players can pair up and beat the top doubles.....
as in badminton, i dont think so....
Liem Swie King was not the only one good in both, so was Erland Kops, Christian Hadinata, Eddy Choong, even Misbun Sidek when he started out.
Anyway, this was possible 20-40 years ago, not now. The divisions and specialization of disciplines are just much too great, now even MD/WD players are not necessarily good in XD when paired together, much less when playing singles, or vice-versa.