No doubt about it, we have many XD pairs right now.....4 of them are in the top 10 and 6 in the top 15! Add Praveen Jordan/Vita Marissa and Lukhi Apri Nugroho/Annisa Saufika (both will be in the top 50 by next week). Not to mention the newer pairs like Edi Subaktiar/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja and Alfian Eko Prasetya/Sri Wulan Sari. Still though, each of these pair, including the World No 2 Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, has their own problems: 1. Towi/Butet - mental problem still affecting them, especially when under huge pressure. Just look at the results in the Axiata Cup SF! Now, they even begin to lose to Sudket/Saralee frequently, which is not a good sign! I still think they still have yet reached the level of Nova/Butet (2 World Championships are better than 2 AEs and superior records against most of their Chinese opponents at that time) 2. Rijal/Debby - a dependable 2nd pair? Hard to say....they also have yet to rise to the level of Flandy/Vita yet....a pair that has consistently proven that they can win SS and GPG titles regularly! 3. Kido/Pia - I actually rate them as slightly better than Rijal/Debby but still vulnerable to losses to new pairs (like in Australia Open). Their target should be to reach top 5! 4. Fran/Shendy - see 2. 5. Riky/Richi - Riky's injury has stalled this pair's progress early this year, especially with the many first-round losses they had. I heard they will temporarily be split....let's see how they fare with the new partner first. 6. Irfan/Weni - an excellent first GPG title for Irfan/Weni at the Australia Open but they will also temporarily be split. 7. Lukhi/Annisa - good progress at IC/GPG level tourneys so far, including winning the Osaka IC 2013. They can possibly reach the top 25 by end of this year. 8. Jordan/Vita - good first title also at the New Zealand Open GP. This is probably a temporary pairing but Jordan really is talented!