Two super matches in singles, Chen v Lee and Marin v Nehwal
The final curtain of the 2015 World Championships has arrived. 7 days of the World Championship tournament will be played out in today’s finals. Who will win the gold medal? China has representatives in almost all 5 finals except women’s singles. Ahsan/Setiawan will be the last hope for host Indonesia to snatch this prestigious title once again.
XD, Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) v Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin (CHN)
Head to head stats : 5-0
No one can stop the powerful Zhang/Zhao to defend their crown, this pair has perfect combination, technical skill, mental strength and stamina. Liu/Bao stunned their senior teammates Xu/Ma yesterday. Well done by the Chinese youngsters but to overcome the world #1 is a giant task. Zhao Yunlei is in superb form with fast and sharp shots to block the shuttlecock at the net – this type of variation is still lacking from Bao Yixin.
WS, Carolina Marin (ESP) v Saina Nehwal (IND)
H-2-H : 1-3
The top seed Spaniard won their last meeting, all England final earlier this year. Going by the script, it will be a fascinating encounter on the script. Marin has had a tremendous improvement with her attacking style and court coverage. Her transformation during last year’s World Championships has shocked the badminton world. Nehwal, who has greater experience, certainly will be motivated to be first Indian player to win the World title and secure her status as India’s greatest badminton player. The crowd support will be separated today as both Marin and Nehwal have many fans here in Istora Senayan. Based on latest performance and consistency, Marin has slight advantage to extent her world title but will her previous long matches over this tournament finally catchup with her?
MS, Chen Long (CHN) v Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
H-2-H : 11-9
A repeat of last year Copenhagen WC when Lee CW succumbed in straight sets. This time may be his last attempt to taste the elusive major title for this Malaysian hero. As usual, we’ll witness exciting showdown here, both Chen and Lee looked sharp to overcome their opponents Momota and Jorgensen respectively in last four yesterday. Although Lee CW is the underdog due to his low world ranking, he is still a big threat for Chen Long. This is the fourth world championships final for Lee CW after London 2011, Guangzhou 2013 and Copenhagen 2014. Will Lee CW end his heartbreak here in Jakarta for that elusive major title and the first Malaysian World Badminton Champion?
WD, Tian Qing/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) v Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)
H-2-H : 6-4
On paper, the Chinese pair are favourites to defend their world title but the Danish duo always trouble Tian/Zhao in most tournaments. Judging by their previous statistics, this match be tight and Pedersen/Juhl will against the odds to win first ever major event in their badminton career. The Olympic Champions are still a force to be reckoned with despite they only pairing with each other other in the All England this year.
MD, Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA) v Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan (CHN)
H-2-H : 2-2
The last final match will be a thriller and Indonesia local heroes Ahsan/Setiawan are expected to win but they must be wary of the underdogs Liu/Qiu who have perform excellently during this tournament particularly when they turned the tables against Endo/Hayakawa last night. Ahsan/Setiawan played confidently against Lee YD/Yoo YS – the Koreans seeemed little bit sluggish and had no answer to counter attack the Indonesians. Home fans desperately hope that Ahsan/Setiawan will deliver this title as birthday gift for INA 70th anniversary of independence day tomorrow.