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Discussion in '2019 Tournaments' started by Loh, Feb 28, 2019.
Understandably he is far from international MS quality atm
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I can't put a name to it but watch Indonesia 2019 from earlier this year when li liu lost meekly to Ahsan and Setiawan
Soh/Chia weren't consistent in their flat drives and net intercepts. And they didn't slow the game enough to affect Li/Liu's timing.
Having said that, the World Champions are awesome and worthy successors to Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng, the last Chinese pair with great consistency.
QUARTERFINAL (01.00pm) => https://www.tournamentsoftware.com/...DE66EF-A758-4B76-A1E8-C196C1163F65&d=20190412
- Kento Momota (JPN) v Kidambi Srikanth (IND)
- Viktor Axelsen (DEN) v Jonatan Christie (INA)
- Anthony Ginting (INA) v Chen Long (CHN)
- Tai Tzu Ying (TPE) v Sung Ji Hyun (KOR)
- Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) v Ratchanok Intanon (THA)
- Saina Nehwal (IND) v Nozomi Okuhara (JPN)
- Goh VS/Tan WK (MAS) v Ahsan/Setiawan (INA)
- Astrup/Rasmussen (DEN) v Li JH/Liu YC (CHN)
- Matsumoto/Nagahara (JPN) v Li WM/Zheng Y (CHN)
- Faizal/Widjaja (INA) v Chan PS/Goh LY (MAS)
THE UNDERDOG RESISTANCE
Men's singles quarterrfinal script is much predictable where all top guns continue their campaign in the windy Singapore Indoor Stadium. The unseededs present real threat to more-favoured opponent. Former world number six Parupalli Kashyap forced the Chen Long working extra hard before the Olympic Champion outlasts him in three games, 9-21 / 21-15 / 16-21. Hereafter Thai promising star Kantaphon Wangcharoen stretched Viktor Axelsen into full distance, 11-21 / 21-15 / 12-21. Some interesting clashes to follow this afternoon, a replay of Axelsen-Christie duel after the Indonesian stunned former world champion last week. Chen Long will up against arch-rival Anthony Ginting whom beat him five times of eight encounters. Then defending champion Chou Tien Chen finds tricky rival, the in-form Sameer Verma. Last but not least, hot-favourite Kento Momota facing Indian number one Kidambi Srikanth.
THE FAVES STAY ON TRACK
Chinese upcoming player Cai Yanyan becomes the only unseeded remains in last eight among the household names. The 19 years old teen eliminates senior compatriot Li Xuerui, reversal of fortune a week ago and will up against Rio silver medalist Pusarla Sindhu who hopes to make amends after dismal result recently. Three high appealing matches that expected to entertain badminton fans, Tai Tzu Ying meets familiar adversary Sung Ji Hyun, Nozomi Okuhara versus her nemesis Saina Nehwal while former champion Ratchanok Intanon gets Japan contender Akane Yamaguchi. The two Japanese stars also Nehwal as well got tough challenge from their last sixteen opponent before through to next round.
The Minions will face fellow countrymen yet sternest test, Alfian/Ardianto who always troubling them in previous occassion including MAS Open quarterfinal setback. Another derby match will pit two Japanese pairs, Kamura/Sonoda and the on-fire Hoki/Kobayashi. Interesting line-up in bottom half landscape, two vast-experinced pairs face off as reigning All England champions Ahsan/Setiawan will take on Malaysians Goh VS/Tan WK while China best combination World Champions Li JH/Liu YC are highly favoured to pass Danish tandem Astrup/Rasmussen according to their head to head stats.
THE OLYMPIC CHAMPS DEJA VU
Matsutomo/Takahashi are still allergic to Korean pair, after suffered second round exit to Baek HN/Kim HR in KL, they also couldn't pass another Korea combination this time, Kim HJ/Kong HY, 18-21 / 15-21 thanks particularly for Kim/Kong aggressive play. In the absence of the rejuvenating Chinese pair, Japan is rampant to secure four spots in quarters with one semifinal berth has been assured. The World Champions Matsumoto/Nagahara have complicated task to progress, Chinese back-ups Li WM/Zheng Y who pose real threat in All England quarterfinal early March.
Chopra/Reddy stun the left-handers HKG pair Tang CM/Tse YS who displaying below-par performance since their comaback in close battle, 21-17 / 6-21 / 21-19. The best achievement so far for the Indians this year after losing frequently in early rounds. Next, they will harder stumbling block, Thailand dynamic duo Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai for a place in final four. At lower-half draw, INA-MAS affairs will involve Chan PS/Goh LY versus Faizal/Widjaja while the new independent pair Karandasuwardi/Bernadet meet the resurgents Tan KM/Lai PJ.
LIVE TV COVERAGE (Court 1)
I just realised Wang/Huang isn't in this tournament. No wonder I couldn't find them in any schedule lol
Missing SYQ in this tournament...However have PVS and Fuku/Hiro and Li/Liu.
Its sad not to have all my favs in the same tournament though.
Well, Li/Liu have to win some titles and maintain their consistency if they want to become Cai/Fu's successor. It's still too early atm. Even no one thinks that minions are the successor of the long list of INA MD greats.
When Li/Liu are at their best, they're the most dangerous pair in the world. deadly attack, excellent defense, good in the flat game. they just need to be mentally stronger when they met MFG/KSS.
this boys cant even beat a wounded guy in ae. sad. hopefully they will improve. best chance that day but i doubt the will win ae in their life. at least yoyo hafiz won it.
Eh, are you suggesting that minions have won over minions ONLY because of Li/Liu's mental block? So, if Li/Liu are at their very best in every aspects, minions have ZERO chance against them?
The thing is in badminton how to bring out your best in a match is not an easy thing to do, almost always when someone lose they are not playing at their best
Badminton: World No. 1s Tai Tzu-ying and Kento Momota make light of brief blackout and illness to progress
Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan at the second round of the Singapore Badminton Open in the Singapore Indoor Stadium on April 11, 2019.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Apr 11, 2019, 10:24 pm SGT
SINGAPORE - There was drama on Court 4 at the Singapore Badminton Open again as the lights went out during world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying's women's singles second-round match against China's Chen Xiaoxin at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Thursday (April 11).
One row of lights suddenly stopped working when Tai was in the midst of making it 15-12 in the second game. Two of the lamps came back on after about five minutes and play resumed three minutes later after both players agreed to finish off the match.
Tai kept her composure to win 21-15, 21-18 in 42 minutes to progress to Friday's quarter-finals where she will meet South Korea's world No. 10 Sung Ji-hyun.
The 24-year-old Taiwanese had felt ill earlier this week and was taken to three sets by Zhang Beiwen in the opening round on Wednesday, but she never trailed on Thursday.
Bar a few unforced errors, she looked in total control with her ability to see openings and pick her spot on the court, leaving Chen to pay tribute to a player she felt had few flaws and many qualities such as technique and variety of shots she could learn from.
Tai said: "I feel much better today, I feel great. When the lights went out, I wasn't sure whether we should continue playing, but I didn't see the referee halting the game, so I continued playing.
"It felt strange because we had to stop and wait and it wasn't an injury break. We then had to warm up again, which is unusual, and I had to adapt quickly."
Badminton: Crowd boos Chinese star Lin Dan as he pulls out of Singapore Open, citing cramp
When asked about the jinx of Court 4, which saw Lin Dan cite cramp and retire during the first game against Viktor Axelsen on Wednesday after some contentious decisions which were not allowed to be reviewed, Tai said: "Of course we all like to play on Court 1, where we are allowed to make use of Hawkeye and challenge judiciously.
"But, if I cannot play on Court 1, I can focus only on my own game."
Like Tai, men's world No. 1 Kento Momota also overcame a cold with hot form to down India's H. S. Prannoy 21-11, 21-11 in 37 minutes on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Japanese was patient and drew his opponent into prolonged rallies before inducing fatal errors. He will play a third Indian shuttler - former world No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi - on Friday, after beating 2017 Singapore Open champion B. Sai Praneeth in three games on Wednesday.
Momota said: "I made a lot of mistakes in my match the day before and was unhappy, but I am pleased with my performance.
"Even though we had quite a few long rallies today, I feel much better than yesterday. Srikanth has a very good defence and I will definitely prepare myself well for the match."
There were no shocks in both the men and women's singles as the top four seeds in both events prevailed.
But there will be no Singaporean shuttlers in Friday's quarter-finals after Grace Chua was beaten 21-6, 21-11 by Japan's former world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi in their women's singles match.
Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Loh Kean Hean put up a stronger fight in the men's doubles before losing 21-13, 22-20 to Denmark's world No. 8 Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
Momota is not/was not ill: Struggling with the "drift" was mistakenly interpreted as suffering from a "cold".
5 mistakes from saina already
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8-0 nozomi lead..
I think Saina's condition is not well. She barely won over Pornpawee yesterday.
Saina just giving away the game
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Too easy for nozomi.