There was real hope for some British success after an excellent showing last week in Germany but that hope ended today with a trio of defeats ending any chance of British interest on quarter finals day tomorrow in the NIA in Birmingham.
The day begun with top seeded Lee Chong Wei beating Bao Chunlai in a superb performance from the defending champion to set up a quarter final against the 8th seeded Boonsak Ponsana who has also been impressive this week on route to this stage. After his match against Bao Chunlai the defending champion Lee Chong Wei refused interviews with media citing frustrations with the organizers for not giving him adequate warning prior to his match. Peter Gade used all of his experience to defeat last year’s finalist Kenichi Tago, with an impressive 6 point run from 16-20 down to clinch the match in two games. Gade takes on Chen Long who received a walkover into the last 8 and will be well rested going into tomorrow’s quarter final.
Tien Minh Nguyen’s reward for defeating Du Pengyu in two games is a quarter final clash against Lin Dan but the big surprise in the bottom half of the draw was Marc Zwiebler’s stunning upset of the 6th seeded and current world champion Chen Jin in two tight matches to set up his own quarter final clash against Kazushi Yamada who also defeated Chinese opposition in Wang Zhengming to reach the last 8 this week.
The main news of the women’s singles was not on the badminton court but the dual withdrawal of Liu Xin and Li Xuerui against their seeded team mates Wang Shixian and Wang Xin who received free passes into the last 8. Only the match between Lu Lan and Jiang Yanjiao went ahead, with the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao taking the match in 3 games. Juliane Schenk is the fourth member of the quarter final draw in the top half and takes on the top seeded Wang Shixian tomorrow.
Saina Nehwal’s half of the draw continues to get prettier as the 8th seeded Bae Youn Joo crashed out to qualifier Gu Juan of Singapore in three games to set up a quarter final against Petya Nedelcheva. 5th seeded Nehwal takes on Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the quarter final again her victory over Salakjit Ponsana in their second round match.
Boe and Mogensen continue to set the benchmark in the men’s doubles with a stunning 21-11, 21-7 victory over Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen in their second round match to set up a quarter final against Abdul Latif and Hoon of Malaysia. The 3rd seeded Lee and Jung crashed out to the Chinese pair of Chai and Guo in three games and set up a last 8 clash with 8th seeded Ahsan and Septano.
The bottom half is made up of the four seeds, with Koo and Tan taking on Kido and Setiawan in one of tomorrow’s quarter finals with both partnerships coming into the match without losing a game to date this week. The other quarter final sees Ko and Yoo, seeded 2 take on Cai and Fu, the 6th seeds from China. Both pairs have survived a three game match this week and progressed to the last 8.
The Chinese dominance of the women’s doubles has failed to materialise this week, with Ma and Cheng losing out to the top seeds Chien and Cheng in a tight three game match and Du and Pan losing out to Japanese pair Matsuo and Naito in their second round match. Wang and Yu, the 3rd seeds are safely into the last 8 and take on the Korean duo Ha and Kim for a place in the semi finals.
Nedelcheva and Russkikh are through to take on the Japanese pairing of Fujii and Kakiiwa in the pick on tomorows women’s doubles match ups after the Japanese pair defeated the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl. The other quarter final in the bottom half of the draw sees the Chinese pair of Zhao and Tian take on Japan’s Matsuo and Naito for a place in the last 4.
The British squad had a triple disappointment in the mixed doubles, with defeats for Adcock and Bankier over the Chinese pair of Ma and Xu, Wallwork and Robertson were defeated by the 4th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba and last week’s German Open winners Blair and White lost to the 3rd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the tightest of the three matches, losing 21-15, 16-21, 21-16.
Ma and Xu take on the top seeds Zhao and Zhang in the quarter finals, with Mateusiak and Zieba taking on the German pair of Michels and Overzier in the second quarter final in the top half of the draw.Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam take on the 5th seeded Tian and Jiaming of China in their quarter final and the final match in the mixed doubles sees Setiawan and Russkikh with the Russian player reaching the semi finals in 2009 with Flandy Limpele take on the Danish pair of Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen for a place in the semi finals.
Day 2 Results