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Thread: U.S. Open 2008
06-29-2008, 02:34 AM #18
^^Jun Jae Youn..^^
..will be upset if she finds out our madbad won't be going down to support his fellow Canadians..*shame, shame, ckckck*
Btw, for PAWing purposes, yeah, it'll be like picking blindly for this U.S. Open (at least for you guys who haven't seen the players play)...but maybe our smashie54 could give some hints??..
06-29-2008, 12:42 PM #19
$20,000 Bay Area Championships??...That way, the U.S. Open can become a GP Gold tourney; OCBC can sponsor half ($60,000) and UCB can sponsor the other half($60,000)??..
Last edited by ctjcad; 06-29-2008 at 12:44 PM.
06-29-2008, 01:00 PM #20
Just went through the draw and yup, it's devoid of big names. Mind you there are a few recognizable ones (Debeka, Wojkliewicz, Evans, Koch) plus a few up and comers (Martin, Thomsen of DEN). Top MS and WS seeds are Canadians (!) and our dear smashie is seeded #7. Dangerous floater (unseeded) in the WD is Reid/Grether. Halim is playing MD with Rai Raju??
Sad that no Asian countries of note have sent players and there are lots of Americans making up the numbers. Even if only the MS and WS defending champs returned, it would have been worth watching. I guess in the case of JJY, it's full scale prep for the OG.
Last edited by madbad; 06-29-2008 at 01:02 PM.
06-29-2008, 01:08 PM #21
Draws can also be found here..
Yes, there are Asian players (although not from the main/national squad):
MAS - Hock Lai Lee
NEP - Indra Mehata, Pankaj Chand, Ram Singh Chaudhari
IND - Aravind Gangani, Sabyasachi Ghosh
PHI - Christopher Flores
TPE - Li Ying Chang, Shih Chieh Hung, Pei Ling Tsai, Chia Chen Yang
Last edited by ctjcad; 06-29-2008 at 01:19 PM.
07-08-2008, 01:53 AM #22
For those interested....Stay tuned...
...for any late-breaking infos and news, in about 8-9 hrs...(gotta keep the excitement flowing, esp. for this barely-noticeable tourney)......
07-08-2008, 02:06 AM #23
07-08-2008, 02:07 AM #24
07-08-2008, 05:59 AM #25
Reasons why not to go there:
1. Too far from both Europe and Asia, tickets are expensive (especially nowadays).
2. Very different time zone, a few days are necessary to get adapted, and then need to adapt back.
3. Headache with getting US visa (this concerns not all the countries, but many).
4. Unfortunate period of year: qualification to OG or WC already finished, OG or WC are coming soon, and nobody (among top players) needs the ranking points "badly".
Reasons why to go there (I've found only one):
1. Very good ratio of "Ranking points"/"Tournament level". Most of Challengers in Asia and Europe attract more good players, while offer less ranking points and prize money.
On the other hand, ranking points are not too big to attract top players. But it can be enough to attract top players with low ranking (e.g. after injury). Examples: PG in 2002, JJY last year, and many others.
Another example is the Russian team two years ago. As you may remember, in 2006 we have a battle between two National Federations... it is a long story, I don't like going deep into the details, but one thing is important: most of our top players supported the new Federation (NFBR), but at that time NFBR was not allowed to send players to international tournaments (though some players left with the old Federation were sent to some tourneys). As a result our main national team had missed the Thomas and Uber Cup (European qualification round), and European Championship, as well as all the other tournaments in the first half of 2006. Well, when NFBR was recognized and admitted to IBF, they ought to reward players for their support, and players needed ranking points badly... In these circumstances US Open was just a right place to send them all to. Now the situation is different and the reasons "why not to go" prevail.
OK, what can we (or you) do to change this? Yes, move up to GP Gold is a good idea. I think the ranking points are even more important than the prize money. But did you mention that most of tournaments in Europe and Asia are bundled by 2 or 3 in a row? If you go so far, it worth to take part in two or three tournaments, not only one. I mean, if there is another GP tourney (e.g. Canadian Open) one week before or after... preferably not too far, in the same time zone (Vancouver?)... it would be much more attractive to go there. What do you think?
07-08-2008, 06:09 AM #26
07-08-2008, 08:54 AM #27
Btw, that's an interesting background story about the Russian's team attendance in the U.S. Open, 2 yrs. ago. Yes, i do remember them (wish if they all could come back, again)..Thanks for sharing a bit of infos.
Last edited by ctjcad; 07-08-2008 at 08:59 AM.
07-08-2008, 11:05 AM #28
07-08-2008, 11:05 AM #29
07-08-2008, 11:44 AM #30
Cheng Che Chang gets DQed and Chris Flores gets a bye to 2nd rd
07-08-2008, 11:54 AM #31
07-08-2008, 11:59 AM #32
no idea, it just says 0-0 Disqualified on tourneysoftware
07-08-2008, 12:10 PM #33
matthew wins by the same way, so it most likely means that the opponent didn't show up.
07-08-2008, 12:12 PM #34
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