Round 2 begun with almost half of the seeds already out, the remaining seeds progression would be easier should they come through their matches against unseeded opponents but just like round 1, shock results were set to open the draw up.
Zheng Bo and Ma Jin, second seeds in the mixed event were defeated in three sets by Marissa and Gunawan of Indonesia. With top seeds Lee and Lee pulling out before the event, the Chinese pair were the favourites to win the event. Widianto and Natsir are safely into round 3 with a ominous performance over Kamura and Yonemoto, winning 21-7, 21-8.
Simon Santoso against Lee Chong Wei was the big match of the day; it also provided us with one of the longest matches of the day at 67 minutes. Lee Chong Wei took the opening set 21-19, but after taking a 4-3 lead in the second game, never looked to be in the second game and Santoso took the game 21-15. Santoso continued his excellent form and took at 7-1 lead in the final game, the lead was as high at 16-7 before a Lee Chong Wei comeback took 11 of the next 12 points to take an 18-17 lead. Santoso, unfazed by this brought it back to 19-19 before serving out to take the final game, dumping the top seed out in the second round.
The rest of the seeds in the men’s singles progressed safely into round 3, leaving five out of the eight seeds remaining in the draw at the quarter final stage, with Peter Gade being the top seed remaining in the draw, he plays Bao Chunlai tomorrow.
The Women’s draw has been decimated by pullouts pre-event and the loss of top seed Zhou Mi in Round 1 and there was another casualty today, with third seed Tine Rasmussen losing out to qualifier Wang Xin of China in three sets. Wang Yihan is the last seed remaining in the top half of the draw, with the remaining two seeds, Wang Lin And Pi Hongyan playing for a place in the semi finals tomorrow.
The Bach/Gunawan run also continues, with a 21-14, 21-15 win over Hoshino and Kobayashi to set up a quarter final clash with Hashimoto and Hirata.
Play continues on Friday at 12 noon local time.
Yonex Open Japan Super Series 2009 Draws