Author : CLELY

2015 VIVO BWF SUDIRMAN Cup : SEMIFINALS Discussion thread

Venue : Dongfeng Nissan Sports Center, Dongguan-Guangdong Province, CHN

Official website : http://en.dongguansudirman2015.com/

Tournamentsoftware link : http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sp…F-52B49FBE4586

Complete Schedule : http://www.bwfbadminton.org/file.aspx?id=628007&dl=1

CHN time : http://www.worldtimezone.com/time/wt…ma=Find%20Time

Sudirman Cup 2015 is getting closer to finish line, two semifinal showdowns will offer entertaining showcase in this weekend. Title holder CHN and two former winners KOR, INA also the emerging JPN complete last four cast. All of them will be pumped up to eye finale. CHN passed GER convincingly with 3-2 while KOR and INA had relative smoothly to book semi ticket, 3-1 over MAS and TPE respectively while JPN got scare to eliminate dangerous Danish team 3-2 yesterday.

LIVE TV (01.00pm local time & 07.00pm) => http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sp…F-52B49FBE4586

CHN v INA (01.00pm), line-up : http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sp…4586&match=444

MD, Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng v Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan
WS, Li Xuerui v Bellaetrix Manuputty
MS, Chen Long v Jonatan Christie
WD, Tang Yuanting/Yu Yang v Nitya Krishinda Maheswari/Greysia Polii
XD, Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei v Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir

A classic rivalry between these two traditional badminton powerhouses. The overwhelming favourite China has sure point through singles category as they will field reigning World Champion Chen Long in MS and the Olympic Champion Li Xuerui for WS duty to affirm their supreme status. INA has still chance to pull huge upset if they sweep all three points in doubles disciplines. Ahsan/Setiawan, Ahmad/Natsir, Maheswari/Polii must expose their extraordinary and flawless performance to overcome powerful rival China. Both countries have met numerous times in the Sudirman Cup knock-out phase, stats below :
– 1993, Semifinal, INA won 3-2
– 1995, Final, CHN won 3-1
– 1997, Semifinal, CHN won 3-2
– 1999, Final, CHN won 3-1
– 2003, Semifinal, CHN won 3-1
– 2005, Final, CHN won 3-0
– 2007, Final, CHN won 3-0
– 2013, Quarterfinal, CHN won 3-2
– 2015, Semifinal, ??

From the line-up order, INA has opportunity to lead 1-0 through Ahsan/Setiawan against the comeback of Olympic Champion Cai/Fu who still far away from their sharpness.

Korea v Japan (07.00pm), another appealing semifinal encounter at evening session that will pit two neighbouring nations. First time Sudirman Cup semifinal for JPN and many times for KOR as they always standing at podium since 1989 inauguration edition, winner (3 times), runner-up (4 times) and semifinalist (6 times), such a fantastic achievement by the Korean team. JPN and KOR have very balanced composition in all five departments. KOR is favoured to nail MD and XD while JPN has world #1 Matsutomo/Takahashi to deliver point. Wide open chance for either JPN or KOR in MS and WS.