DENMARK OPEN: Chen Long stands in Chong Wei’s route to the title
LEE Chong Wei looks good to reach the final of the Denmark Open in Odense on Oct 16-21 but men’s doubles Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong face a first round exit.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong don’t look like they can make it past South Korean new but dangerous combination of Koh Sung Hyun-Lee Yong Dae.
Chong Wei will open his campaign against former world junior champion Viktor Axeslen of Denmark and is expected to meet Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the second round.
Sho Sasaki of Japan is likely to be his quarter-final opponent and Chong Wei should meet third seed Chen Jin of China in the last four.
Second seed Chen Long of China faces a tougher draw where he has to play the likes of Hu Yun of Hong Kong, compatriot Wang Zhengming, Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia and Chinah Du Pengyu.
If Chen Long wins all these matches, he should face Chong Wei in a repeat of last year’s final.
Chen Long upstaged Chong Wei last year but the Malaysian looks lethal this time and will be the player to beat in Odense.
Liew Daren should get past Rajiv Ouseph of England in the first round before taking on Sasaki in the second round but Chong Wei Feng is braced for a tough opener against Simon Santoso of Indonesia.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong, struggling to raise their game, are hoping for better fortunes in Denmark but playing Sung Hyun-Yong Dae, who are South Korea’s gold medal bets for the 2016 Olympics, will be an acid test.
National doubles chief coach Tan Kim Her said Kien Keat-Boon Heong must be prepared to play aggressively against Yong Dae-Sung Hyun.
"This match will be very tactical and Kien Keat-Boon Heong must be really prepared. Attack is the best way to overcome the pair as Sung Hyun is not very solid in defence.
"Although they are a strong combination, Kien Keat-Boon Heong must be positive and go all out."
Tan Wee Kiong-Hoon Thien How have an easier draw where they will meet Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov of Russia in their opening round and are expected to play Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in the second round.
They could meet Indonesia’s new combination of Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan in the last eight.