Ok guys...the draws are out! No top Chinese or Korean players in the main draw, with Indonesian pairs as the top seed in Men's and Mixed Doubles. Indonesia and Malaysia are out in full force in the men's discipline. I will just analyze the draws in MS, MD, and XD. Starting with XD: TOP HALF: Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir (1) Gan Teik Chai/Fong Chew Yen (5-8) Songpol Anukritayawan/Kulchala Vorawichitchaikul (3-4) Devin Lahardi/Vita Marissa (5-8) -- no problem for the World Champion, a straight route to the final, facing possibly Sudket/Saralee. I am more interested in the performances of Devin/Vita..their first performance since the Chinese Taipei Open about 4 months ago! They should breeze through the first round (facing a qualifier) and then possibly Zhang Wei/Yu Yang. Any match involving Chinese women player is not easy, esp with the experienced Zhang Wei as a partner. I hope they will beat the Chinese and face possibly Thai's second pair in the QF. If they could yet again win, a match against their compatriot beckons in the semi-final. BOTTOM HALF: Mohd Rizal/Endang Nursugianti (5-8) Hendri Kurniawan Saputra/Li Yujia (3-4) Anggun Nugroho/Yunita Tetty (5-8) Sudket Prapakamol/Saralee Thungthongkam (2) -- again, a first performance for Rizal/Endang in more than half a year. They missed the CT Open end of last year because Rizal broke his finger in a soccer match! They shouldn't have a problem with their opening round matches (against unknown Macau pair and probably a Vietnamese pair last seen competing in the CT Open and SEA Games end of last year). They will then face the newly-crowned CG bronze-medallist Saputra/Li in the QF. The last quarter is probably the most interesting. Anggun/Yunita has the toughest draw, facing Tsai Chia-Hsin/Cheng Wen-Hsing in the second round and then Sudket/Saralee in the QF. Sudket/Saralee themselves have an interesting first-round match against the Asuncion brother-sister combo in the first round. PREDICTION: Nova/Butet vs Sudket/Saralee -- Nova/Butet to win the first title of the year. PERSONAL HOPE: The 2 other Indo pairs (Devin/Vita and Rizal/Endang) to reach the semi-final.