Best Quarterfinal Matchups: Lee and Tago Give it Their All
- 12 June 2014
Quarterfinal Matches to Keep an Eye On
Hot off the Thomas and Uber Cups, Kenichi Tago, Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo aim for their first champion titles!
With the second round over, it’s time for the quarter finals, where fans can expect a non-stop succession of top-quality matches. But even for a quarterfinal match, it feels a bit too soon for world No.1 Lee Chong Wei to encounter world No.5 Tommy Sugiarto.Badminton is a sensation in both Malaysia and Indonesia, with both countries holding it up proudly as their national sport, and shuttlers receiving the same treatment as pros from any other major sport worldwide. Representing the sport for both countries are aces Chong Wei and Tommy respectively. Fans can expect a battle for national pride in the quarterfinal between these two.Chong Wei clearly has the advantage, with 10 wins and 0 loses against Tommy. With Chong Wei’s experience as a finalist in both the Beijing and London Olympics, Tommy doesn’t seem to have much of a chance. “As far as skills go, there’s no difference between me and Chong Wei; just a difference in mindset. I have to take him down.”
Fans will soon see if Tommy can grab his first win against the world’s top, or if Chong Wei will reign supreme once again. No matter what, these two will definitely take their skills to the next level in this quarterfinal.
Kenichi Tago (JPN) VS Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN)
Confident in his strength as a European shuttler, Hans-Kristian goes against world-class technical player Kenichi Tago. “Even though he has more wins on me, it’s always a close match, and that’s where I’ll have my chance,” commented Hans-Kristian. Kenichi is acute at reading players and effectively using that information to win, from figuring out their center-of-gravity to where they’ll swing next. To his opponents, it’s like magic. “I like to think it’s the kind of badminton fans really like,” commented Kenichi. What kind of spell will Kenichi cast on Hans-Kristian in the quarterfinal?
London Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui (CHN) will be swinging against the passionate Carolina Marin (ESP), with Xuerui having a really high chance of victory. However, with Carolina’s hard smashes and overwhelming attacks, she isn’t in the mood to lose. “I know Li Xuerui is an Olympic champion, but I’ve played three whole games with her before, so I think I have a good chance,” commented Carolina. If the determined 20 year old can find an opening in this champion’s top-level game, it will her first time advancing to a Superseries semifinal. If Carolina can find the right chance, her signature battle cry will definitely echo throughout the arena.
Tournament Result: Second Round
Kenichi Tago (JPN) def. Sourabh Varma (NR700RP)(IND) 21-9 21-6
Hu Yun (NR750)(HKG) def. Takuma Ueda (JPN) 21-19 21-17
Sayaka Takahashi(JPN) def. Wang Yihan (CHN) 21-13 21-16
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Eefje Muskens/Selena Piek (NED) 21-19 21-18
Reika Kakiiwa/Miyuki Maeda (JPN) def. Hoo Vivian Kah Mun/Woon Khe Wei (MAS) 21-18 21-15
Michael Fuchs (VT80)/Birgit Michels (NR700FX)(GER) def. Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin (CHN) 21-18 23-25 21-19