Limited success last week does not guarantee success this week in Basel, Switzerland as several seeds and some unseeded threats have crashed out on day 2.
Last week’s beaten finalist will not make it a repeat performance this week as Du Pengyu defeated the Japanese player 21-12, 21-18 to book his place in the last 8. He will play Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the quarterfinal after he defeated Dicky Palyama in three games to progress through. Tien Minh Nguyen has put his early exit last week behind to book his place in the last 8 with a two-game victory over Carl Baxter of England.
Nguyen’s opponent in the last 8 is the 3rd seed, Chen Jin. The Chinese player defeated Joachim Persson in two games to progress into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Chen Long has also put his early defeat in last week’s All England to the back of his mind as he progressed to the quarterfinals to play against Kazushi Yamada, who defeated the 4th seed Taufik Hidayat in two games to play in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
The last of the quarterfinals is the match of the day for tomorrow, as 2nd seed Lin Dan takes over 5th seed, Peter Gade. The Chinese 2nd seed has been in excellent form in the opening two rounds with comfortable two game victories and the same can be said for Gade, who defeated Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 21-16 to progress into the last 8.
Wang Yihan suffered a surprise 21-17, 24-22 loss in the second round to Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong who will now go on to play Wang Shixian, the 6th seed from China for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
2nd seed Jiang Yanjiao has been the story of the opening two rounds, with her stunning 21-7, 21-3 win in round 1 over Susan Egelstaff of Scotland and her 21-16, 21-5 victory over Chen Hsiao Huan of Chinese Taipei making a real threat in the competition, she will play 8th seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany in the last 8 after the German defeated Bae Seung Hee of Korea to progress.
3rd seeded Pi Hongyan is also through after defeated her second Japanese opponent in two days, today Ai Goto was defeated 21-19, 21-18. Unseeded Bae Joun Joo is the French 3rd seed opponent for tomorrow after winning the all-Korean clash against Kim Moon Hi 22-20, 21-17.
World Champion Lu Lan is through the last 8 with a 21-15, 21-13 win over Eriko Hirose of Japan. She will play unseeded Russian Ella Diehl in the quarterfinal after Diehl defeated Switzerland’s Jeannine Cicognini 21-19, 21-17 to book her place in the last 8.
Paaske and Rasmussen continue their superb run of form over the past few weeks as they reached the quarterfinals with a two game victory over Fuchs and Kindervater. Top seeded Koo and Tan are also through to the last 8 after defeating Bonde and Mollyhus 21-15, 21-11. The top seeds will play unseeded Korean duo of Kim and Shin for a place in the last 4.
The final 8 partnerships in the women’s doubles are the 8 seeds, almost unheard of at this level. Top seeds Chin and Wong will play 5th seeds Maeda and Suetsuna for a place in the last 4 against the winners of Ha and Lee of Korea, seeded 8 and Nedelcheva and Russkikh, the 4th seeds.
Chen and Chien, the Chinese Taipei 3rd seeds will play Chinese 6th seeds Du and Pan for a place in the last 4 against the winners of the 7thseeds Tian and Yu against Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan, the 2nd seeds and Korean Super Series runners-up.
It is another shock early defeat for Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in the mixed doubles, losing out to unseeded Chen and Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-16. They will play another unseeded pair in the quarterfinal, Shin and Yoo of Korean who defeated another Korean couple, the 8th seeded Ko and Ha to progress into the last 8.
World Champions and 3rd seeds, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are also through after a stunning 21-4, 21-8 victory of Dutch qualifiers Khodabux and Barning. They will play the unseeded Chinese pair of Zhang and Tian, Zhang winning the mixed doubles last week with Zhao Yunlei.
7th seeds Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk of Poland are also through and will play the 2nd of 3 Korean pairs left in the draw, Yoo and Kim. The final match tomorrow pits the 5th seeded Chinese pair of Tao and Zhang against the 2nd seeded Korean duo Lee and Lee, the 3rd Korean partnership left in the draw.
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the Major BWF events and Super Series events. Previous worked for The Guardian newspaper and was also featured in the New York Times during the London 2012 Olympics.