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Discussion in '2004 Tournaments' started by seven, Jan 20, 2004.
My picks :
Lee Chong Wei
Park Tae Sang
i think it is essential for them to be there. this is a perfect opportunity for them to gain some points.
boonsak beat chen jin in straight sets, jun jae youn beat s.polsana in 3 very close sets... yonekura and tanaka are both out, lee cw and ronald susilo are through.
park tae sang beat wiempie, dicky palyama is through and simon santoso beat roslin hashim (again) is three sets...looks like roslin is in serious trouble for the TC
it is said that candra/halim pulled out cuz of a back injury to candra sustained in training... wonder if its bad...
young chinese Chen Lanting has just reached the semis! (which she'll play against Jun Jae Youn)
Robertson/Emms vs Nugroho/Widiowati
Archer/Kellogg vs Prapakamol/Thungthongkam
Jun Jae You vs Chen Lanting
Tracey Hallam vs Yao Jie
MS quarter results
Ng Wei bt Lee Chong Wei 17-15 15-10
Dicky Palyama bt Ronald Susilo 15-6 15-2 (!?)
Park Tae Sang bt Agus Hariyanto 15-6 15-3
Boonsak Polsana bt Simon Santoso 15-7 15-9
Ng Wei vs Dicky Palyama
Park Tae Sang vs Boonsak Polsana
All Chinese final :
Du Jing & Yu Yang vs Zhang Dan & Zhang Yawen
Clark/Robertson vs Prapakamol/Ngernsrisuk
Hadiyanto/Yulianto vs Huang/Chien
The relatively unknown Huang Shih Chung and Chien Yu Hsun from Taipei are doing a great tournament reaching the semis after having beaten Yim and Kim in the first round...
Does any one have information about them?
According to worldbadminton.net they are 25 year old...
They haven't done well in their previous tournaments, but their beating of Yim/Kim are certainly no fluke, as they also beat Liu/Njoto in straight sets in this tournament. Looks like Chinese Taipei's Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles are showing signs of big breakthourgh in Thailand.
Re: MS quarter results
Dicky Palyama provided a surprised match again!!!
Re: Re: MS quarter results
15-6 15-2 against Ronald Susilo, not many players are capable of this... I find this rather surprising!!!
We'll see tomorrow how he manages against Ng Wei...
Final Ng Wei vs Boonsak Polsana, after
Ng finsihed Dicky Palyama 15-11, 15-13 and Boonsak finshed Tae Sang Park 15-4, 1-15, 15-4.
I Witnessed the QF
I was on tour in Bangkok for a few days and managed to witness the Quarter Finals of the US$50,000 Siam Cement World Grand Prix yesterday afternoon, Friday, from 4 to 7.20 pm. When I reached Bangkok last Wednesday, the tour agent was unable to confirm the location of Nimibutr Gymnasium, which is actually within the National Stadium complex, fronted by a busy road and linked by sky train with the National Stadium as one of the stations. It is just next to the famous MBK Center, a shoppers' paradise. Not many people knew about the tournament and little information was provided in the mass media. Maybe, if local hero, Boonsak Polsana reaches the Final, they may decide to televise it live! The leading English paper, The Bangkok Post, gave only scant information and reported mainly on their local players and results were not always promptly reported the next day. More reports were given to tennis, soccer and golf!
The Gymnasium is ageing and some parts of its concrete floor are wearing away. Two of the four rubber mats used had to be repaired during the course of the competition. The lighting seems a little dim for my liking. It is not a very big hall and about one-third of the gallery is filled. The good thing is that entry is free.
Home ground advantage is really benefitting the local Thai players. A male cheerleader, garbed in traditional Thai attire, managed to rouse the spontaneous support of the locals with his booming voice! And this has a telling positive effect on the Thai players, who managed to win three events, the MS, MD and XD and proceed to the semis.
Not that Boonsak did not do well against his younger and inexperienced opponent, Simon Santoso of Indonesia. Boonsak was always in control of the match and left Simon bewildered and forced him into making untypical errors. Even Simon's favourite lightning forehand smash could not save him from ultimate straight games defeat of 15-7 and 15-9.
I can't say the same of Ronald Susilo, last year's winner. Although he defeated Wiempie Mahardi convincingly the day before, both games being under 5, he was a pale shadow of himself against Dicky Palyama of the Netherlands, who played above himself. Dicky proved to be more powerful with his smashes and quicker on the move and made Ronald work very hard for just 6 and 2 points for the two straight games. Ronald could have been affected by a right knee injury which was bandaged and maybe the dim lighting as well. He made far too many unforced errors, hitting long and serving out!
The other men's singles game worth reporting is the one between Ng Wei of Hongkong, who is seeded no. 1, and Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia's remaining hope. Both combatants have more or less the same style, not exceptionally a power game but more a cat-and-mouse type of attrition and wait-and-see attitude. The first game could go either way, but although he trailed initially, Ng Wei had the better luck in the end and won a close call at 17-15! Ng held on in the second game and seemed the fitter of the two and emerged with an easier 15-10 winner.
In the men's doubles, as expected, the top-seeded English pair of Nathan Robertson
and Anthony Clark easily defeated Kevin Han and Howard Bach of the USA in straight games but the fourth seeded Thai partnership of Sudket Prapakamol and Patapol Ngernsrisuk gave the Thai fans much to shout about when they came from behind to defeat the well-oiled Indonesian pair of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan 1-15,15-10 and 15-12. Actually the Indonesians were leading in the rubber game and showed great promise. But a disputed line-call at the crucial stage gave the Thais the boost and the opening they needed and the Indons were never able to come back again and were forced into making silly errors. Of course, the Thai pair were aided on by their very vocal cheerleader and supporters!
It is a pity that this Thai Open has not generated a better quality challenge. The top names in badminton were not there although the prize-money has been raised and Olympic points can be earned. Maybe the stakes have to be increased to the US$100,000 mark for this Grand Prix to create the desired interest for most of the Chinese top-brass to forego their Chinese New Year celebrations. Maybe also there should be an upgrading of the venue and its facilities to convey a more receptive ambience.
But one thing is sure, home ground is a potent weapon indeed! Therefore, many will face an uphill task to wrestle the Thomas Cup from Indonesia on home soil. This has been made more difficult with Rudy Hartono's recent strategy!
most likely it will be boonsak who will win the tourney.
MS: Boonsak Polsana bt Ng Wei 15-3 15-3
WS: Yao Jie bt Jun Jae Youn
MX: Robertson/Emms bt Prapakamol/Thungthongkam