INDONESIA’s chief coach Christian Hadinata sees the current scoring system favouring the younger pairs.
Among the veterans who are probably taking a last shot at winning the world title are Danes Jens Eriksen-Martin Lundgaard Hansen and Jonas Rasmussen-Lars Paaske, the American-Indonesian combination of Tony Gunawan-Candra Wijaya and Malaysians Choong Tan Fook-Lee Wan Wah.
“A point can now be gained on not holding service and the doubles game is all about speed and power. The younger pairs have the better chance to win,” said Christian.
He picked the top two seeds – China’s Fu Haifeng-Cai Yun and Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong – as his favourites for the title.
“Both pairs have been the outstanding performers in the Super Series thus far. The older pairs can still fight but the question is whether they can cope with the pace and power,” he added.
Kien Keat-Boon Heong were outstanding in the early part of the year and the Chinese have stepped into the limelight over the last three months. The Malaysians won the Open titles of Malaysia, England and Switzerland while the Chinese emerged as champions in the Singapore and Indonesian Opens and the China Masters.
Christian hopes that the Indonesian top pair of Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan can make a strong charge for the title.
“If they can be consistent from the start, I think our pair have a chance,” said Christian, who has two world titles to his name – in 1980 with Ade Chandra in the men’s doubles and with Imelda Wigoeno in the mixed doubles.
On what he hoped to achieve with the Indonesian team this time, Christian said that it would be great if they could repeat their performance in Anaheim two years ago.
Then, Taufik Hidayat emerged as the men’s singles champion and Lilyana Natsir-Nova Widianto took the mixed doubles title. Indonesia finished empty-handed in last year’s championships in Madrid.
In this edition, Indonesia can also bank on their women’s doubles pair of Greysia Polli-Jo Novita to rise to the occasion.