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I'll probably talk to myself in this thread.

Watching the Thailand Open. How did Lin Dan just lose!? :o 

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I catch it when Sindhu or Nehwal have a game. 

Of the non-Indians I like Marin. 

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On 09/08/2019 at 00:47, IgnisExcubitor said:

I catch it when Sindhu or Nehwal have a game. 

Of the non-Indians I like Marin. 

She's like the Serena Williams of Badminton raw power.

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On 11/08/2019 at 11:18, Mel81x said:

She's like the Serena Williams of Badminton raw power.

And a really likeable person. I first watched her in IPTL, when she wasn't yet the world number one player in the world, and she came across as such a nice person. 

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Been a while, catching up. Interesting to see Axelsen become a world champ.

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Catching up on the All England Open final. Surprised that someone with Chou Tien-Chen's experience is making this many mistakes. Axelsen's got him on the ropes.

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Good on Axelsen. Was a lot easier for him than I thought it would be. Chou Tien-Chen really bottled a few of those.

First All England Danish champion in 21 years. Apparently he can also speak Mandarin? :o 

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Badminton is back, the Thailand Open is ongoing. 

Mens Singles: Cheering on Jason Anthony Ho-Shue as he's the Canadian in this. Won his game via walkover, I'm guessing his opponent got COVID. He's up against Jonathan Christie next, which I am expecting him to lose. The favourite here is Chou Tien Chen, but the Danes can surprise, especially Axelsen who won the last tournament before COVID if I recall correctly. Beating Tien Chen in that final.

Womens Singles: Michelle Li (Canadian) is much better than Ho-Shue in her category, she's ranked 10th in the world. She has a very tough side of the bracket though. She's been matched with 11th place Sung Ji Hyun. Winnable game but will probably head to the wire. After that, she's facing Tai Tzu Ying more than likely. She's the 2nd best female player in the world at the moment. I don't see her winning. Unfortunate as the other side of the bracket is much more accessible.

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@Mel81x the Indians play tomorrow.

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Also Sameer Verma.

Kidambi should make it out of that, but I can see him lose to Lee Zil Jia.

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58 minutes ago, Mpache said:

@Mel81x the Indians play tomorrow.

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Also Sameer Verma.

Kidambi should make it out of that, but I can see him lose to Lee Zil Jia.

I think you're right here. Lee will win both his games.

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Carolina Marin is insane. She's the one who got the gold at Rio in 2016, and I can see her winning (if I said someone else, I change my mind).

I also saw An Se Young beat Sonia Cheah yesterday, 18 years old and in the top 10 in the world. However, while she was quick and had good footwork, she was nowhere near as good as Marin. So I don't expect her to go all the way. Semi's at best.

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Thought Prannoy was gonna get the upset after the first set xD

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30 minutes ago, Mpache said:

Thought Prannoy was gonna get the upset after the first set xD

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@Mel81x

You can see how playing the game longer wore him down just by the way those sets scores ended up. 

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Just now, Mel81x said:

You can see how playing the game longer wore him down just by the way those sets scores ended up. 

Chou Tien Chen had the same problem earlier. Lost his first game and then destroyed his opposition in the next 2 sets.

I would love Lee Zil Jia to win this, but without Momota it's Axelsen's or Tien Chen's to lose I reckon.

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I don't know a whole lot about mixed doubles, but I chose to watch this game involving British Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith vs 2 Danish players. The former pleasantly surprised me. Great duo, good communication and footwork between the 2. I'm not certain they'll win in this category but they look quite a good partnership.

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31 minutes ago, Mpache said:

I don't know a whole lot about mixed doubles, but I chose to watch this game involving British Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith vs 2 Danish players. The former pleasantly surprised me. Great duo, good communication and footwork between the 2. I'm not certain they'll win in this category but they look quite a good partnership.

This didn't age well, they lost in 2 sets :( 

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Michelle Li won her game and she's pitted against Tai Tzu Ying who is 2nd in the world.

I still expect Tai Tzu Ying or Carolina Marin to win the whole thing.

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Chou Tien Chen destroyed Lee Zil Jia today. He wants the rematch vs Axelsen as that was the last final before COVID stopped it all.

I'm sure Axelsen will make the final but Chou has one last hurdle to pass in the semi-finals, pitted against Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong.

In Womens singles, just waiting for the winner between Michelle Li and Tai Tzu Ying. I fully expect the latter to win but I hope for an upset.

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Damn, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge looked set to win after being 6 points up early in the 3rd set, but the 2 young Indonesian teenagers struck a comeback and won 21-15. Absolutely awesome match, some of the rallies are the best I've seen. Extremely high standard.

Feel for the Brits but Carnando and Marthin are a very promising young duo.

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I love Marcus Ellis, but damn these Indonesian kids put on a show!

 

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Michelle Li lost - but I got a glimpse of just what an insane talent Tai Tzu Ying is. I seriously hope the final is between her and Carolina Marin. Best possible outcome with all due respect to the others.

 

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Carolina Marin's passion is unmatched in most sports. She celebrates every single point as if she has just won the game. Doesn't matter if its the game point or the first. What a champ.

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Mia Blichfeldt was a great story. Defeating Olympic runner up Sindhu and making it to the semi's, but now Tai Tzu Ying is just toying with her. I feel bad in a way, but to be fair I don't see anyone defeat Tzu Ying. Not even Carolina Marin.

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9 minutes ago, Mpache said:

Mia Blichfeldt was a great story. Defeating Olympic runner up Sindhu and making it to the semi's, but now Tai Tzu Ying is just toying with her. I feel bad in a way, but to be fair I don't see anyone defeat Tzu Ying. Not even Carolina Marin.

This 2nd set has been different. Mia giving Tai a run for her money at some points. Forcing mistakes.

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5 minutes ago, Mpache said:

This 2nd set has been different. Mia giving Tai a run for her money at some points. Forcing mistakes.

Tai Tzu Ying wins 23-21 taking the 2nd set. That was a great effort from the Dane. Mia Blichfeldt the revelation of this tournament.

Tai onto the final. Not sure who the other finalist is yet, gonna rewatch that game soon.

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Carolina Marin putting Tai Tzu Ying to the sword :o 

What a game, she won in 2 sets and did so with relative ease. For something she's an Olympic champion, though it was her first major title in a while according to commentary.

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Axelsen wins the mens singles. His second in a row. Won both sets in the final!

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