From what I watched in the past 2 days, Tantowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir will be a very prospective pairing for INA in preparation for the Olympics 2012. Tantowi has great smashes and he dares to take the initiative to the opponents. In today’s match, Fran Kurniawan/Pia Bernadet Zebadiah were simply outplayed by their counterparts!
Liliyana Natsir also played extremely well in the past 2 days, especially today when she prevented Pia from executing her trademark “difficult” balls (which had troubled Songphon/Kunchala so many times yesterday night). After the match, Liliyana commented to Yanti Kusmiaty (the XD coach) that she was lucky to have restricted Pia today…that’s simply because they know each other’s style’s too well!
Fran also looked frustrated as he and Pia were trailing by many pts for both-sets! Nevertheless, these 2 pairs should be INA’s hope in the Olympics and quite a preview match for INA fans today!