So far the world has seen all the quarterfinals of BWF WC 2015. It has been really an amazing tournament so far. With the return of my fav. Lee Chong Wei, I really expect to see him winning this year.
Though this time, Indians shuttlers have disappointed me a little. May be, because I had my hopes high. If I talk about Men, eliminations started from Kashyap through Kidambi and then finally, Prannoy. I had my expectations most with Kidambi. I was counting on him till the moment the score board showed 22-21 but the next instant, it was all over. I really wanted him to win as in that case, he would be taking up Lee Chong Wei and I really wanted to see that happen. Even though Prannoy lost against Axelsen, he really gave him a tough fight and in turn, Axelsen, the very next day, lost in an even more intense battle with the second set being won by Chen Long by 30-29. You can imagine! He surely would be most disappointed. Considering the very famous rivalry of Chong Wei and Lin Dan, fans (and I) were expecting to see a clash between these two stars. But Jorgensen put an end to Lin (surprisingly in straight two sets).
Indian women have surely done better. All the Indians that stormed into the quarterfinals were women. Saina, Sindhu and the duo of Gutta and Ponappa. Sindhu, who had defeated Li Xuerui (top Chinese player) in her previous match got eliminated by the Korean Sung Ji Hyun. Had she been won, there was a chance that for the first time, two Indian women could compete for a gold. Though it is not gonna be easy for Hyun as she is gonna take the World No. 1 Spanish Carolina Marin. Gutta and Ponappa were really good in their last match but as they say, the better one wins. I could not see them live, so I can’t say much about them. Saina on the other hand, had a really tough battle with the Chinese Wang Yihan to get into the semis for the first time in her life. No doubt that Wang gave her everything. She lifted every body smash that Saina put on her and surprisingly took most of the points in their long rallies. But as the game theory says, there has to be a winner and in the third set, Saina just pulled off the crucial points at the most crucial time and it is after 1980, that there would be no Chinese competing in the women’s singles semifinals. Tomorrow will bring the semifinals and Saina would be taking on Fanetri who beat Taiwanese Tzu Ying Tai after losing the first set. Though Fanetri is unseeded player but she has shown her capability by successfully taking on world no. 4.
Tomorrow will bring a lot of thrill as Lee Chong wei takes on Jan O Jorgensen while on the other side, Chen long will be dealing with Japanese Kento Momota. Fight for the finals is always difficult and let’s see whose stars are gonna shine.