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Badminton Day 2 & 3 – Wong “CHUN” Han and Maria Kristen does the unexpected

August 12, 2008

Hey Folks,

Sunday was the second day of the Badminton competition with the early rounds of the Women’s singles and doubles. Top-seeded Xie Xingfang and Athens gold medalist ZHANG Ning, won their opening matches in women’s singles with little struggle. Not much talk about the Sunday’s game.

Let’s talk more about today’s games in Day 3. Most of the seeded Men’s and Women’s players entered the courts today and it would not be the Olympics if there arn’t any twist and turns. Last Olympics we saw Lin Dan get knocked out in the first round; this time around, we had 4 upsets today. Firstly one of my predicted finalists in the Women’s singles, Tine Rasmussen; to my disappointment, she went down to Maria Kristen in three games. Maria once again used her fighting spirit to come back from a game down to win 18-21, 21-19 and 21-14. Looks like we have a new contender in town… Maria will be climbing the ranks faster than I thought.

In another Women’s singles match, World No. 15 Saina Nehwal of India beat sixth seed Wang Chen of Hong Kong in the Badminton Women’s Singles round of 16. Saina lost the first game 19-21, however came back strong in the second and third to win 21-11, 21-11. I think its Saina’s first ever win over Wang Cheng.

The third upset is more of a shocker as the defending Olympic Women’s Doubles Champion China Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen were upset by unseeded Japan’s MAEDA Miyuki and SUETSUNA Satoko 21-8, 21-23 and 14-21. Looks like Yong Bo’s chances of more than 3 Gold’s looks slimmer…

Next, we had the defending Olympic Men’s Singles Champion Taufik entering the court in his first match against Wong “CHUN” Choon Han. Taufik, didn’t look himself (well I dont think anyone can recover from dengue that fast) in the game while Choon Han looked determined and fully fit to take on Taufik. The opening game was a point to point fight whereby Choon Han came out tops at the end. There were some debatable line calls however, non of the players really made a fuss. Taufik gave his best in the game however it was not enough to stop Choon Han from causing the fourth upset of today.

To me, Choon Han dominated the rallies and he was fighting for every shot (Even made a few dives to save some of Taufik’s smashes – not bad for a 31 year old chap). Taufik however looked weak and we could see that his concentration wasn’t fully focused on the however, he managed to create some good moments in the game with some good trick shots and some good defense. Choon Han however played a more consistent game; hitting some very good net plays and some powerful and played a more aggressive game to win 21-19 and 21-16.
The third upset is more of a shocker as the defending Olympic Women’s Doubles Champion China Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen were upset by unseeded Japan’s MAEDA Miyuki and SUETSUNA Satoko 21-8, 21-23 and 14-21.

Besides all the upsets, the favourites managed to cruise thru to the last 16 with ease. I’ve selected the top pix from day 3… I’ll let these pix tell you the story.. Images are from Getty Images, for more of these fantastic images visit gettyimages.com.


(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

(Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)


(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


(Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

 


(Photo by: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
 


(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)


(Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In my opinion, you should expect more upsets to come in day 4.. Till then do come back to my blog for more updates… or visit http://smashingmark.blogspot.com

Ciao da mao

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  1. murdoc82 permalink
    August 14, 2008 5:55 pm

    Just an update to those who maybe didn’t know. Wong Choong Han lost to Hsieh Yu-Hsing from Chinese Taipei for a place in quarter final. Personally I think the previous match where he beat Taufik Hidayat (defending champion from Athens 2004) has taken its toll on him. His opponent just overpowered him with his smash throughout the match.

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