The Singapore Indoor Stadium once again opens its doors for the Aviva Open Singapore 2006. Monday and today are admission free for the qualifying events. Tomorrow are the preliminary rounds for the main draw, starting early morning at nine with the XD and possibly ending at around 9.30 pm with the MD. And what a start it will be with no. 1 seed, Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms of England crossing swords with their Japanese counterparts, Keita Masuda and Tomomi Matsuda. The dynamo Emms will not give the Japanese duo any quarters and it will be her control at the net that will once again prove decisive! The WS will have a rest day and will commence on Thursday. The time taken to complete all the events will be decidedly shorter, thanks to the new 21-point rally scoring system. Badminton fans watching at the stadium will not have to endure past mid-night and miss the public transport to take them home. I managed to capture a little of the atmosphere at the SIS this morning. As the main events will be held tomorrow they are still doing up the decor and fine-tuning other matters. A great deal of construction work are in progress in the vicinity as this Kallang venue will be turned into a new sports hub in about 2 to 3 year's with the new Circle Line very much in an advanced stage. But the sky is cloudy and a little rain is expected. Hopefully it will be bright sunshine tomorrow as lots more fans are expected to turn up to support the event and thier heroes. As for the qualifying matches, I've chosen to focus on two of our young China girls brought into Singapore when they were about 12 to 13 years old. They are probably around 16 now. While Zhang Beiwen lost narrowly to Yoshimi Hataya of Japan in three hard-fought games, 14-21, 21-13, 18-21 in 53 minutes, Gu Juan brought some hope when she defeated the much taller, Lydia Cheah of Malaysia, in a 41-min three gamer, 21-11, 18-21, 21-16 to secure a place in the main draw. Hopefully with more exposure, our girls will learn to climb the ranking ladder faster!