Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Badminton All England 2009 - My predicted semifinalists

Yonex All England is starting today. I'm so excited to watch the oldest and the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world. It's very difficult to predict who are going to be the winners of this tournament since many top players are almost at the same level.

It is such a huge disappointment for badminton fans (like me) to see two top double players out of All England. World number two, Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia withdraw due to knee injury involving Kido, while world number one and defending champion, Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung of South Korea are also out due to compulsory military service Jae Sung currently attends. However Lee Yong Dae has been granted a short term partner Shin Baek Choel. They are a pair to watch after they emerged winner of German Open last week.

My predicted semifinalists:

Women's single:
Tine Rasmussen (DEN) [1]
Zhou Mi (HK) [2]
Zhu Lin (CHI) [6]
Saina Nehwal (IND) unseeded

Men's single:
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) [1]
Peter Gade (DEN) [4]
Chen Jin (CHI) [3]
Lin Dan (CHI) [2]

Women's double:
Cheng Wen Hsing/Chen Yu Chin (TPE) [1]
Lee Jung Hyo/Lee Kyung Won (KOR) [3]
Du Jing/Yu Yang (CHI) [4]
Zhang Yawen/Zhao Tingting (CHI) [7]

Men's double:
Lee Yong Dae/Shin Baek Choel (KOR) [6]
Anthony Clark/Nathan Robertson (ENG) [8]
Mathias Boe/Carten Morgensen (DEN) [5]
Fu Haifeng/Cai Yun (CHI) [7]

Mix Double:
Nova Widianto/Lilyana Natsir (INA) [1]
Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung (KOR) [2]
Anthony Clark/Donna Kellog (ENG) [4]
He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHI) [3]

I don't put any hope in the second seed Wong Pei Tty/Chin Eei Hui. The Malaysian regained their world number one status last week. Their chance to shine is slim since they have to face Zhang Yawen/Zhao Tingting in the quarterfinal. Whoever the winner, Du Jing/Yu Yang will be waiting in the semifinal. Still, nothing is impossible. Stop the Chinese from dominating the world badminton! What say you?

2008 Singaporean and Indonesian Open Champion, Fairuzizuan & Zakry of Malaysia still have the chance to make their first All England final if they can surpass Clark & Robertson in the quarterfinal

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