Khosit Phetpradab (@3.75) vs Jonatan Christie (@1.22)
27-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Jonatan Christie will win

Khosit Phetpradab – Jonatan Christie Match Prediction | 27-09-2019 00:10

There is no overload of Europeans in China Open. We are talking about Mark Caljouw and Rasmus Gemke who lost to each their finalist of Japan Open this past week. This week the two Europeans have the chance to meet each other in second. Caljouw lost to Khosit Phetpradab and Gemke lost to Kento Momota, both in second round. One third of them did however manage to be placed in the same quartet of the draw.

One week earlier Momota had needed three games and 84 minutes to beat the Indonesian at the team event. He eliminated the Japanese in straight games at the individual event of the Asian Games. The result on Tuesday will of course tell us the answer. So the question now is if we can allow ourselves to measure the players against Momota whether Ginting or Lin Dan is the strongest right now.

The tournament, which will be played in the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium, offers several interesting first round matches. Axelsen has been world number 1 for nearly a full year now from 28 September 2017, except for one week in April 2018. Viktor Axelsen is top seeded and has a first round against Khosit Phetpradab who enjoyed great success in Japan Open despite losing the final to Kento Momota earlier today. Being top seeded is no new things for Denmarks top player though.

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He is facing the number 1 ranked on the Race to Guanzhou ranking, Tommy Sugiarto, in his first match. Anders Antonsen is 21 and Lee Hyun Ill is 38. Chinas runner-up at the World Championships, Shi Yuqi, is second seeded on his home soil. The two will have their third clash in first round at China Open. The winners opponent in second round will be found between one of the youngest and one of the oldest players in the draw. In the two previous encounters they had, experience beat the youth.

The 16-21, 21-17, 21-15 win that the 21-year-old earned in 61 minutes at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin, helped him avenge last weeks defeat to Verma in the second round of the Denmark Open. In Odense too, their match went the distance, but this time Christie upped his intensity and aggression after losing the first game to avoid a repeat of the same result.

They hereby conclude the three matches with same nationalities in first round. Whoever of the two who wins is secured a Japanese opponent in second match as he will be up against Kenta Nishimoto or Kazumasa Sakai. World Champion, winner at Japan Open, and probably the best player in the world at the moment Kento Momota is seeded third. It is Brice Leverdez who has the pleasure of the strong Japanese on Tuesday.

Thailands former World No. 1 Ratchanok Intanon has been inconsistent of late, but she showed no sign of that in her effortless 21-16, 21-10 win over Canadas Rachel Honderich. The sixth-ranked Intanons title defence at Odense last week came to a grinding halt in the second round and this week she is most definitely looking to make amends for it.

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The quarterfinal was even just few two days ago when Kento Momota wiped out the five times World Champion with 8 and 10. In his last five tournaments the Chinese legend only has a quarterfinal as his best result and thats not very good when your name is Lin Dan. Ginting on the other hand has shown impressive performances against the very same Momota lately. The first one is Anthony Sinisuka Ginting against Lin Dan.

Lee had big this success in Japan this past week as he reached the semifinal. Son is seeded 4 in China and has been drawn against one of the local boys, Qiao Bin. The way to the quarterfinal goes through several Chinese dialects as Wong Wing Ki Vincent or Wang Tzu Wei will be waiting in second round. This was at the expense of his compatriot Son Wan Ho who he eliminated in second round.

The two only played one time before where Chen Long drew the longest straw in three games. Chen Long is seeded 6 and tries something new from this first season of the World Tour; he faces a compatriot in first round, Huang Yuxiang. They are battling with the two Chinese for a spot in the quarterfinal against Axelsen, Phetpradab, Ginting or Lin Dan. Sameer Verma and Lee Dong Keun met in first round in Japan Open and they repeat this in China.

That means that the winner of the other match in this quartet of the draw, Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or Kantaphon Wangcharoen, will have Taiwanese opposition in second round. We will see a total of three first round clashes between same nationalities in mens single. The second is a Taiwanese battle between Hsu Jen Hao and 5th seeded Chou Tien Chen.