11-26-2008, 02:20 AM #1
Bahrain International Challenge 2008
4 Djarum's MS players are in the draw: Andreas Adityawarman , Bandar Sigit Pamungkas , Andi Nugroho Saputro and Engga Setiawan.
Looking at the draw, Adit and Bandar should have no problem reaching the Semi-Final. Bandar will face Saurabh Verma in R32, followed by probably another Indian player in R16. His QF opponent could be Rohan Castelino or the third-seed Irian player Ali Shahhosseini. I believe he could beat either player and should face a tough match against the top-seed Andrew Smith in the SF.
Gepeng probably has the worst draw as he will immediately have a tough match against Abhimanyu Singh in R32. If he can win that one, Andrew Smith will await him in R16.
As for Adit, he will face Tarek Shalhoom in R32, followed by an Indian player, Dibjayjoti Borah probably in R16, and then the fourth-seed Ankush Jadhav in the SF. If he progresses to SF, the second-seed Kaveh Mehrabi or the fifth-seed Boris Kessov or Engga Setiawan will await him. Engga has to beat Ricson Rebello, followed by Kihilesh Sarma in R64 and R32 respectively. Boris Kessov will await him for sure in R16 and if he can beat Boris, then Kaveh Mehrabi will present a tougher challenge.
If Bandar can beat Andrew Smith, then I think it should be an all-INA Final.
Last edited by badMania; 11-26-2008 at 02:24 AM.
11-29-2008, 12:28 PM #2
Who knows... maybe Gepeng can really beat Abhimanyu and Andrew... He did beat Kenichi Tago a few months ago...
11-30-2008, 01:40 AM #3
#1 seed Andrew Smith likes to energize himself by complaining a lot... making himself angry, making his opponent angry... Andreas Adityawarman loves to make his opponent sleep due to lack of variety in the game played... [the unfortunate side-effect is that the audience and even the judges can also fall asleep]...
Conclusion: Fire will be difused by calm water...
11-30-2008, 01:55 AM #4
wheres the draw?
11-30-2008, 09:58 AM #5
Entries and Draw
These are the latest updates [until today]...
Entries of Bahrain Air - Bahrain International Challenge 2008 with Rankings and Seedings.xls
Draws Bahrain Air - Bahrain International Challenge 2008.xls
11-30-2008, 10:33 AM #6
Hmm... In case Sony or LCW withdrew due to injuries/sickness... Andrew Smith might actually qualify for the MS SS Finals... I wonder if he might just skip Bahrain Challenge and concentrate in preparing himself for the SS Finals...
Or... on the other hand, he might also think... "Forget it mate, I will have to play Lin Dan, Taufik, Chen Jin, Peter Gade, Joachim, Sony & LCW [if not injured]... the only person I can realistically beat is Chan Yan Kit... what difference will 2 weeks make... I'm going to play and win in Bahrain!"
Last edited by Krisna; 11-30-2008 at 10:42 AM.
12-01-2008, 06:35 PM #7
Results anyone? Must be into 2nd round by now?
12-01-2008, 10:24 PM #8
12-01-2008, 10:34 PM #9
Results of first dat
From Gulf Daily News:
Smith makes winning start
ANDREW Smith of England cruised into the men's singles third round while a few other seeded players fell, as the Bahrain Air-Bahrain International Badminton Challenge got underway yesterday at the Indian Club in Manama, reports PATRICK SALOMON.
Smith, ranked 18th in the world, comfortably defeated Iran's Omid Karami 21-16, 21-12 to begin his campaign on a winning note.
The men's singles top seed had a bye in the first round, as did Karami. Smith now faces Indonesia's Nugroho Andi Saputro, who won his second round encounter against Indian Abhimanyu Singh 21-19, 21-16, also yesterday. The match is scheduled to be played today at 3.30pm.
Meanwhile, India's Rohan Castelino and M Vyasan registered the tournament's first major upsets with wins over seeded rivals.
Castelino took down third seed Ali Shahhosseini of Iran 21-19, 21-16, while Vyasan stunned sixth seed Clemens Smola of Austria 21-15, 21-13.
Both victors, who are from the prestigious Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in India, join Smith in round three.
Fourth seeded Ankush Jadhav from India was also upset. Iran's Mohammed Reza Kheradmandi won in the late night tie 21-13, 21-13. Other matches in the men's singles and doubles categories were played late last night.
The tournament's opening ceremony was held on Sunday evening. It was attended by Bahrain Badminton and Squash Federation (BBSF) president Shaikh Hussam bin Isa Al Khalifa, who lit the traditional lamp, formally declaring the tournament open. Also in attendance were Bahrain Air commercial operations director Mohammed Saleh Fakhri, BBSF vice-president Abdulaziz Al Muraikhi, and officials from the BBSF, Bahrain Air, and Indian Club.
A total prize purse of $15,000 is up for grabs in the tournament, which is approved by the Badminton World Federation and Badminton Asia Confederation.
Indian player Jwala Gutta was the only leading overseas entrant to withdraw from the competition, as she is nursing an injured ankle.
Men's singles: Sidharth Saboo (IND) bt Faeez Matar (SYR) 21-15, 20-22, 21-12; PK Jamsheed (IND) bt Unnikrisha Pillai (BRN) 21-16, 19-21, 21-0; Chris Nicolaides (BRN) bt Fadi Saimir (SYR) 21-13, 21-13; Michal Matejka (SVK) bt Jayakumar Pullani (BRN) 21-15, 21-11; Nawras Abdulwahid (SYR) bt Anirban Chetia (IND) 19-21, 21-9, 21-12; Engga Setiawan (INA) bt Ricson Rebello (IND) 21-8, 21-7; 1-Andrew Smith (ENG) bt Omid Karami (IRI) 21-16, 21-12; Nugroho Andi Saputro (INA) bt Abhimanyu Singh (IND) 21-19, 21-16; M Vyasan (IND) bt 6-Clemens Smola (AUT) 21-15, 21-13; Sidharth Saboo (IND) bt Ebrahim Jaffar (BRN) w/o; Rohan Castelino (IND) bt 3-Ali Shahhosseini (IRI) 21-19, 21-16; Ammar Awad (SYR) bt PK Jamsheed (IND) 21-18, 22-20; 8-Bandar Sigit (INA) bt Saurabh Verma (IND) 21-18, 21-13; Angshuman Bora (IND) bt Chris Nicolaides (BRN) 15-21, 21-15, 21-11; Michal Matejka (SVK) bt Dibyajyoti Borah (IND) 17-21, 21-12, 21-19; Ebrahim Jaffar (BRN) bt Nawras Abdulwahid (SYR) 21-13, 23-21; Mohammed Reza Kheradmandi (IRI) bt 4-Ankush Jadhav (IND) 21-13, 21-13; Engga Setiawan (INA) bt Nikhilesh Sarma 21-6, 21-7.
Last edited by badMania; 12-01-2008 at 10:39 PM.
12-01-2008, 10:41 PM #10
All INA players should have progressed to R16 where Andi Nugroho Saputro (aka Gepeng) will now play Andrew Smith for the first interesting match of this tourney. Engga Setiawan might also be playing Boris Kessov, while Andreas Adityawarman and Bandar Sigit Pamungkas should progress to at least SF pretty comfortably.
12-01-2008, 10:54 PM #11
Match-ups in R16
Andrew Smith  vs Andi Nugroho Saputro
M. Vyasan vs Sidharth Saboo
Rohan Castelino vs Ammar Awad
Bandar Sigit Pamungkas  vs Angshuman Bora
Michal Matejka vs Andreas Adityawarman 
Ebramin Jaffar Al-Sayed Jafar vs Mohammed Reza Kheradmandi
Engga Setiawan vs (possibly) Boris Kessov 
(possibly) Gurusaidutt Rajah Manuri Venkatta vs (possibly) Kaveh Mehrabi 
12-02-2008, 02:49 AM #12
Nugroho Andi Saputro a.k.a. Gepeng will give Andrew Smith some problem today... I expect a rubber set match... He he he...
12-02-2008, 03:07 AM #13
I am wondering what outfit Nicole and Reid is going to wear..I cant see them wearing SEXY outfit there....that can be taken as insult....
12-02-2008, 05:07 AM #14
12-02-2008, 09:14 AM #15
I have just heard that all 4 INA MS have entered the quarterfinals in Bahrain International Challenge... Gepeng defeated Andrew Smith in rubber sets!
It is about time Gepeng start defeating the big boys [starting with Kenichi Tago and Andrew Smith]... If only he is consistent all the time...
Nugroho Andi Saputro a.k.a. Gepeng
Last edited by Krisna; 12-02-2008 at 09:24 AM.
12-02-2008, 10:41 AM #16
whats the score he defeated AS?
12-02-2008, 11:09 AM #17
Wow...Andrew Smith and Borris Kessov got eliminated by Gepeng and Engga Setiawan??? That's good news. These 4 players could be facing each other in the SF in that case
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