This weeks GP Gold’s field is almost as strong as the Super Series field of last week with some Chinese stars playing this week as well as the world #1 Lee Chong Wei looking for his second title in his home nation this year.
Lee Chong Wei won the Super Series event in January with an opening round win over Tommy Sugiarto and this week, he defeated the 15th seeded Sugiarto today in two games to reach the last 8 where he will take on France’s Brice Leverdez. China’s chance of clinching the title this week is down to just the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai as 4th seeded Chen Jin lost to Sho Sasaki of Japan in the last 16, with the 11th seeded Sasaki winning in three games to set up a quarter final match with Park Sung Hwan of Korea. The bottom half of the draw is headlined by 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen, who takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the last 8. In the last of tomorrow’s quarter finals, 7th seeded Bao Chunlai takes on the 9th seeded Lee Hyun Il of Korea for a chance to reach the semi finals on Saturday.
Top seeded Saina Newhal will have her toughest test of the week as she takes on Wang Lin in the quarter finals, with the unseeded Chinese player defeating 6th seeded Eriko Hirose in convincing fashion to reach the last 8. There is interest in three of the four quarter finals for China, with 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao taking on Sung Ji Hyun in the top half of the draw whilst Wang Xin takes on the on-form Japanese player of the past two weeks, Ai Goto who defeated last week’s India Super Series winner Porntip Buranaprasertsuk today as well as Saina Newhal last week.
Koo and Tan are Malaysia’s second chance of a title this week, having been impressive on route to the last 8. They take on the 6th seeded Japanese pairing of Endo and Hayakawa who have also been playing well this week. Ahsan and Septano are the other seed left in the top half of the draw with the 3rd seeds taking on the Dutch pairing of Bosch and Ridder in their quarter final match. The big shock in the draw was the defeat of 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan to Malaysia’s Abdul Khalid and Mawan, whose reward is a quarter final match against Cho and Kwon of Korea, seeded 6.
The potential rematch of the top two Japanese seeds is over, as 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa lost out to Jung and Kim of Korea in their match today, who take on the Chinese pairing of Ying and Yu who defeated Malaysia’s Chin and Wong to reach the last 8. Top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna have had little problems to date and take on the 8th seeded Dutch pairing of Jonathans and Van Dooremalen in their quarter final match.
After Ma and Xu’s stunning first round loss, there has just been no more seeds eliminated from the mixed doubles. With all 6 remaining that started the second round, the only unseeded pairs in the draw are Thailand’s Jongjit and Amitapai who defeated Widianto and Irawati in the second round and Malaysia’s Mohd Tazari and Mg, who take on the 3rd seeded Kurniawan and Bernadeth who reached the India Super Series final last week.