Semi-Final Order Predictions.
With the semi-finals coming up, what do you think Seigaku's playing order will be? Here's my guess:
Singles 3: Echizen
I get the feeling (though I hope I'm wrong) that Echizan's role in the semi-finals will be played down so he can be given a bigger role in the finals. Who else wants to see a Tezuka vs. Yukimura match-up instead of Echizen winning the tournament for Seigaku as usual? In any case, I think it's almost a given that the West's super rookie will be his opponent. This match-up could just as easily be in Singles 2 or 1, but here's where I think it should be.
Doubles 2: Kikumaru + Kawamura
With Oishi still injured, and Kawamura not featuring in the quarter-finals, I think this pair could be possible. It would make a nice speed/power match if Shitenhouji go with the same order.
Singles 2: Fuji
Syuusuke shows why he's still better than Echizen (at least I hope -_-; ). With Fuji playing no role against Hyoutei, this would be his logical place. It'll probably be against Chitose.
Doubles 1: Inui + Kaidou
We've been seeing this pair a lot, but I guess it could work.
Singles 1: Tezuka
Things go back to normal with Tezuka at the helm. Stroywise, this would probably be because Tezuka thinks Ryouma would grow more against that other kid instead of the captain. Who'd you think is Shitenhouji's strongest player, by the way? The captain, the afro or the kid?
The real playing order could be something very different (e.g. Inui, Echizen and Fuji in singles, Momoshiro/Kaidou and Kikumaru/Kawamura in doubles, and Tezuka as the substitute ^_^; ), but this is my guess.