This article is a little different than the others in this series in that it offers no advice to the individual players (other than perhaps to leave your country), but instead offers up ideas to the organizations. Upon viewing the title of this article I’m sure that already many of you are prepared to start arguing with me. Where you’re from should make no difference whether you’re a good player or not you say, people from even the most remote places have the ability to succeed in badminton. This is true to a point, but it is undeniable that a small handful of countries, and one country in particular, dominate badminton. In no particular order here are the main countries I am referring to: Continue reading »
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It would be silly of me to predict any other result that a Lee Chong Wei vs Taufik Hidayat final. I’ll go with Lee Chong Wei for this one. What could be interesting is if Andrew Smith makes it to the semis and play Taufik. I know I talk about this kid a lot, and he hasn’t had a top 10 win yet, but it’s coming I promise. He did just beat Wong Choong Han, so he is legitimate.
I think the guy to look out for on the other side is Hafiz Hashim. He is suffering from a low ranking, but he is incredibly talented, as is his brother Roslin. This tournament is going to be a lot of Malaysians kicking butt for the most part.
India Open Badminton 2009 Draws
No upsets still at the KLRC New Zealand Open. First seed Sairul Ayob defeated hometown favourite John Moody 21-16, 21-15 which is a pretty impressive effort from Mr. Moody. I had hoped that the youngster Tommy Sugiarto might be able to pull of some upsets, but he was knocked out by Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsin Hsieh in three games 12-21, 21-16, 21-9. The big winner of this event is Scotland’s Alistair Casey who has had an especially easy draw to the semi finals after Roslin Hashim withdrew. He plays Malaysia’s Lee Tsuen Seng.