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Discussion in '2019 Tournaments' started by minions, Jan 6, 2019.
JPN MS Koki Watanabe is a young up-and-comer to watch.
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Deprez such eye-candy
too bad her badminton career isn't so good...coz i definitely don't mind seeing her more often
Boe/Conrad and Mogensen/Kolding are all four with the national team since February. Kolding is injured. Don't remember what it was.
Looks like Li Shifeng's victory over Sourabh Verma is no fluke and Koki Watanabe is not easy to handle at all, in my opinion. Not too sure if youth can thrive over experience again in the final, 19 years old LSF vs 32-year P Kashyap who beat Wang Tzu Wei, one of the faves for the title.
Somewhat unexpected for me that Wang Zhiyi could overcome Kim Hyo Min in two convincing straight sets by the identical score of 21-13. But I have no confidence she can beat the wonder girl An Se Young who is stronger in her attack than WZY is in her defence, esp when the latter is a more of a stroke player who also doesn't smash much (reminds me of Wang Shixian). We'll see.
Koki Watanabe did well in opening game to take over the lead when trailed behind 7-14 then won 22-20. Fortunately Li Shi Feng was unfazed and didn't feel negative psychological impact, staying calm and looks composed to seal the match, 21-10 / 21-11 while Watanabe committed many easy mistakes and wide shots. Li studied his losing to Watanabe last March in Orleans Masters semifinal. Earlier on court 1, former Indian number one Kashyap made impressive comeback in third game, from 5-11 to 21-18 and disappointed his younger opponent Wang Tzu Wei, continues winning record to 3-0.
Korean prodigy An Se Young is clear favourite to nail WS crown against WR #165 Wang Zhi Yi who looks alike Chen Yu Fei on her body figure and style of play. Wang outmaneuveres Kim Hyo Min in two straight-games, similar fashion with An who downed German player Fabienne Deprez without so much trouble, only first game to analyze her rival game plan.
Judging by the experience and expertise, Boe/Conrad, Chang YN/Kim HR and Ko SH/Eom HW will be the frontrunners to top CAN Open podium in doubles categories.
FINAL => https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/...97A7C4-5AE9-43BE-A5F9-08758A544736&d=20190707
I was surprised, thanks to kurako, that An Se Young actually lost to Supanida Katethong at the Mongolia Int'l Challenge the other week in the Quarterfinals, an opponent she's expected to beat, and that in two straight sets, 21 -17, 21-16 to boot.
Also in the same tournament, Kunlavut Kitidsarn lost narrowly in G3 to Kodai Naraoka in the title bout despite taking G1 easily, the score 9-21, 21-17, 23-21.
It only goes to show, 17- and 18-year-olds, nay, also 19- to 21-year-olds, are not expected to be consistent enough when even most of the senior and more experienced players are struggling with it or the lack thereof.
So, YU Xiao Han is still playing but only in lower tournaments now?
I can't agree more with this
The most interesting is KSH/SBC who just beat rank 2, 3 , 4 and 5 MD in the same week in Australia, then lost to the Japan's 6th MD in Canada.
any link for the final?
Wow wang saves 4 MPs
Maybe KSH thoughts it’s only fair to give some attention to Eom Hye Won this time...
hmmm gronya wins a title and i didn't watch it... what a bummer...
weird she's able to win....
Boe could play till 50
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An Se Young who's touted as next women's singles big star earns second title this year after NZL Open last May, incidentally also beat China rival in last round. An demonstrates better technical skill and shot quality including attacking smash than her opponent, Wang Zhi Yi, 2018 YOG silver medalist, 2018 Asian Junior Champion, 2018 WJC bronze medalist, China newest potential to watch in future. Wang delays the victory, 16-20 and forced deuce despite failed at the end 22-20, thanks to her tenacity and fighting spirit, one of important factors to reach successful.
China MS next generation, 19 years old Li Shi Feng creates breakthrough in Calgary to bag his maiden title in senior stage, eliminates veteran Parupalli Kashyap who beat the Olympic Champion Chen Long twice in his heyday. The most interesting clash in final day, a see-saw battle in deciding game saw the Indian had good start at the beginning but slowly waned, producing some unforced errors, on the other side the underdog and nothing to lose showed persistance, never give up gesture to pressure his opponent and turned the tables.
Aussie WD combination Mapasa/Somerville raise to occassion to upset more favoured Chang YN/Kim HR in two straight-games, 21-16 / 21-14. Men's and mixed doubles going to the script, Boe/Conrad and Ko/Eom pocket the crowns, the latter trailing in both games but still the hefty experience brought the Koreans to disappoint Chinese juniors Guo XW/Zhang SX with identical scoreline, 21-19 / 21-19.
Gronya Somerville's breakout tournament, demonstrating she's not only a beauty, a flower vase, but plays a mean badminton.
The Wang Zhiyi - An Se Young match is closer than I expected, well-fought. WZY simply played too many clears and drop shots, her smash stroke is wanting.
An Se Young is not only strong in attack, her defensive ability is good too though not as strong as her offense, making her the superior of the two as Wang Zhiyi is strong in defence but weak(er) in attack, even mishitting a couple of loose or half-court returns from ASY.
Korean wunderkin ASY sent packing in straights sets from US Open QF by...nobody special.
Too bad nobody thought this match would be interesting enough to put on a broadcast court...sigh.