The first morning at the All England saw seeds tumble on a regular basis before the afternoon brought the best players in the world show to off their ability. However, play ended with the biggest shock of the day with the defeat of Taufik Hidayat.
World championship quarter finalist Kazushi Yamada crushed the 2nd seeded Hidayat in a one-sided 21-14, 21-10 victory that took just over 30 minutes and opened the bottom half of the draw for the likes of Lin Dan to capitalize on. The Chinese have a strong showing with six players in the last 16 and the biggest name of them all is safely into the second round as Lin Dan progressed to set up a second round match against Rumbaka of Indonesia. Last years beaten finalist Kenichi Tago takes on last years semi finalist in Peter Gade in the second round this year, both progressing without difficulty today.
Lee Chong Wei was in superb form to set up a tough second round match against the 4th of last years semi finalists in Bao Chunlai, with the Chinese player impressive in his 21-10, 21-6 win over Sony Kuncoro in his opening round match. The Danish presence in the draw is down to just the 4th seeded Gade, with Jan O Jorgensen and Joachim Persson both crashing out on the opening day. World champion Chen Jin survived a tough opening game against Rajiv Ouseph before cruising to a 2 game victory and a second round match against Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.
Chinese again have a strong showing in the women’s singles, with six in the last 16 but the withdrawal of Wang Yihan before the start of play means all six players are in the top half of the draw. Six will become three as the all-Chinese matches predicted for the second round have all occured with top seed Wang Shixian taking on Liu Xin after both convincingly progressed into the second round. Wang Xin takes on Li Xuerui in the second all-Chinese clash and Jiang Yanjiao takes on Lu Lan in the third of the matches, with the winners set to play each other in the quarter final stage.
Saina Nehwal’s draw couldn’t have shaped up much better with the withdrawal of Tine Baun and Wang Yihan on her half of the draw, she takes on Tai Tzu Ying in her second round match. The remaining seed left in the bottom half is Korea’s Bae Youn Joo who defeated Inathanon Ratchanok in three games to set up a second round match against Gu Juan of Singapore.
There is almost a full compliment of seeds left in the men’s doubles, with only the 7th seeded Fang and Lee losing to Abdul Latif and Hoon of Malaysia who set up a second round match against Endo and Hayakawa of Japan. The theme of tomorrow seems to be team-mates taking on team-mates and the men’s doubles is no different as top seeded Boe and Mogensen take on the Danish counterparts Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen in the second round. Lee and Jung had to battle through in three games against their English opponents Ellis and Adcock to set up a second round match against the dangerous Chinese pairing of Guo and Chai.
Second seeds Koo and Yo as well as 4th seeded Kido and Setiawan had little trouble progressing into the second round in the bottom half of the draw, 5th seeded Koo and Tan made light work of their Russian opponents Nikolaenko and Durkin who qualified yesterday. 6th seeded Cai and Fu were taken to three games by the 2006 world champions Bach and Gunawan before progressing 12-21, 21-17, 21-17 to reach the second round.
Just three seeds remain in the unpredictable women’s doubles draw, with top seeded Chien and Cheng being tested to the limit by White and Wallwork of England in their opening round match before progressing in three games. They take on the Chinese pairing on Ma and Cheng in the second round. The 3rd seeded Wang and Yu were impressive in their opening round victory and are now one of the clear favourites in the draw, especially after the defeat of the 2nd seeded Maeda and Suetsuna to Pedersen and Rytter Juhl of Denmark in tight three game match.
The only other seed remaining is the pairing of Russkikh and Nedelcheva, who take on the Korean’s Jung and Jang in their second round match tomorrow. There is a double threat in the bottom half from the Chinese pairings of Zhao and Tian who beat the 6th seeded Vislova and Sorokina of Russia as well as Du and Pan who defeated the 4th seeded Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul to progress into the second round.
With Thomas Laybourn still injured, the bottom half of the mixed doubles was up for grabs with 5th seeded Tian and Jiaming and 8th seeded Chen and Cheng impressing in their opening round matches. Last week’s winners Blair and White are also safely into the second round and take on the 3rd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam of Thailand who progressed into the second round in three games.
There is a fantastic second round match in the top half of the draw as top seeds Zhao and Zhang take on He and Yu in the second round, with the winners taking on the against Xu and Ma or Bankier and Adcock in their second round match after the Chinese pair toppled the 6th seeded Ko and Ha in two games to progress. Mateusiak and Zieba will have to take on the partizan crowd tomorrow as they take on the English pair of Robertson and Wallwork in their second round match as they progressed in two games over Rijal and Susanto of Indonesia.
Day 1 Results