I can't believe the amount of negative imagination spouted around here about this tournament! It's been world class badmiton since Day 1! If you can't make it to the stadium to watch it live courtside, that 's your problem. And does it matter if the crowd 's not there yet? This is only the weekdays; do other SS also pack the venue on weekdays? Come on, have you seen tennis tournaments in China? They have less people packing the huge stadium than the number here yesterday. And if you guys are there to count the crowd numbers than appreciate the high quality badminton display, I feel sorry for you. I'm delighted with the player turnout. The MS, MD and XD field is unmatched.I don't attend tournaments to appreciate WS or WD so it's ok with me.But having said that,I'm impressed with the efforts of the WS and WD. The French WD performance was gutsy in spite of their inexperience. WMC showed why she still has it to trouble CHN WS. MS is just so competitive. PSH is in dangerous form. TH is trying but basically runs out of ideas. PG seems to be losing steam and will have a battle with BP for a semifinal spot tomorrow. BP was in commanding form today, humbling JOJ so much his two recent losses can be dismissed. JOJ is learning there's no short cut to experience but he can be proud of his efforts. Has BP ever beaten PG? The BP vs PG match is gonna be a thriller. I 'm always amazed by LCW's fantastic footwork but I enjoy watching BP play; his is such a thinking game-his syllabus is vast and vague. (After his win, a group of lovely girls in the front row called out 'Boonsak' and was he pleasantly surprised.) MD isn't so clear cut, is it? If Fuzzy and Koo/Tan win their matches on Friday,would Guo/Xu proceed to the semis? They have to count the points , don't they? INA MD's hard to understand. Chandra/Gunawan showed such confidence against LYD/JJS but was so unsure against DEN's Boe/Mog. But LYD is the MD boss since he is underemployed, having no XD opportunity. XD title 's likely to go to Europe but would it be DEN, ENG or POL? I 'm rooting for POL. I met Gill Clark in the spectators stands yesterday by chance: she was holding a tournament schedule and I was looking for one. She looks exactly as I expect of the person behind the voice. Trim and pleasant looking,absolutely diplomatic but warm. I asked her how she managed to sound enthusiastic even after 5 hours on air and she said it's the players performance that enabled her. Guess who I met at Pelangi Plaza,the shopping mall nearby? The referee (the Czech umpire of the infamous LD vs LHI KO08? MSF) I asked him who was in charge of the scheduling? I mean, why start at the uncivilised hour of 9am when there are 2 courts and only 20 matches a day? And why a morning session and an evening one? (To suit US fans?) What's wrong with an afternoon and evening session? Since when has Malaysians gone Spanish and needing a siesta? BAM? just don't have a sense of estimating time. Ok maybe it 's tough on the umpires (and line judges) but I talked to one of them and he said he couldn't understand the scheduling either. And what about the players? This is the SS Masters Finals. Have some respect for them ;they deserve fair scheduling. Imagine if Saina had to play a tougher WS the morning after her gruelling(as usual) match with WMC. He said they will improve on it next year. High time.(Should have been a year ago.) I just notice they have amended the scheduling for Friday. No more siesta so we can have time for supper! It's Super Friday and the matches are gonna be even more sensational. And if you're from Singapore, you may want to consider staying the weekend at the official hotel, Grand Paragon. Beats trudging across the causeway jams and for only a few dollars more.