..okay, first bit of news to share.. 1. As i'm typing this, the Qualification Rd. is about to wrap up shortly in about 2 hrs..Part of 1st Rd. will start at 5 pm today and will continue tomorrow..Saw a couple other pretty competitive Qualification Rd. matches.. 2. As you all know Chen Jin has withdrawn from the tourney..But as far as i know, he's the only "big name" who has withdrawn.. 3. Another news from Qualification Rd., Li Gen, the son of Li Yongbo lost in straight games in his XD match against a pair from Australia.. ..The usual lackadaisical playing attitude, fooling around on court.. 4. Also, just to catch everyone by surprise, we had a brief power outage! Right when they were playing..Thankfully no one got hurt or got smacked by a shuttle or racket!..Welcome to Southern California for those players visiting here for the first time!..I was about to log in BC and zap, the power went out.. 5. This yr's Qualification Rd. only uses 4 courts instead of 6 courts like last yr's edition.. Let's see what else to share: Saw Karyn Velez Saw Claudia Rivero Saw Kang Ji Wook Saw Reiko Shiota & the entire JPN squad Saw Li Gen & the CHN juniors Saw the CHN TPE squad minus Tai Tzu Ying (i don't know where she is, probably too busy at Disneyland) Saw Wang Chen (coaching now) Did not see Bao Chunlai Did not see Taufik Did not see Boonsak P. Did not see Lee Yongdae (maybe out on a date??) Did not see Ratchanok Inthanon ..alright, that's all to share for now..stay tuned for more..