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Mixed double preview
In what is going to be the last chance to win the Asian Games for Indonesia’s top mixed double pair, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, our eyes focus on the draw for the two reigning Olympic Champions. The duo is drawn to face the runners-up from the Olympic final 2016 in the quarterfinal.
Ahmad and Natsir will obviously give everything they have to claim the gold on their home soil. There is a reason they didn’t play the World Championships in Nanjing earlier this month; all focus was set on the Asian Games.
Silver medalists from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia, will obviously also give everything they have. Not only to beat the Indonesians but also to get a medal at the Asian Games. First they have to pass by Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy N. Sikki from India though.
The World Champions from Nanjing, Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong from China, are top seeded and must get ready for either Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Puttita Supajirakul from Thailand or Lee Yang and Hsu Ya Ching from Chinese Taipei in their first match. The other Chinese pair is seeded 2 – that’s Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping. They will see their first strong opponents in the quarterfinal against either Choi Solgyu and Shin Seung Chan from Korea or Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino from Japan. That is, if things go as expected, of course.
The last seeded pair is Hong Kong’s Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet who have been drawn in a fairly difficult quarter of the draw where we see several potential semifinalists. The Hong Kong duo is bye into second round where they will play the winners of Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin from Chinese Taipei and Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai from Malaysia. In the quarterfinal either Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa from India, Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai from Thailand or Ricky Karandasuwardi/Debby Susanto from Indonesia will be waiting. Interesting to see who of these pairs will make it to the medals.