The usual Chinese dominance in the Super Series was never likely to take place, with the Olympics so close and the Chinese into their pre-Olympic camp. What it did allow is for some of the forgotten names in badminton to emerge from the crowd and make a claim for a medal in London just over a months time.
Ponsana and Schenk Take Singles Titles
In just over 9 months, Boonsak Ponsana went from inside the top 10 in the world to outside the top 30. Today, he rolled back time to claim a two game victory over Wang Zhengming to claim his first his second Singapore title, five years after his first. Juliane Schenk is the forgotten woman of European badminton, often overlooked because of Tine Baun but the German claimed the women’s singles title over Cheng Shao Chieh in two games. It was Schenk’s second consecutive victory over Cheng, who ended Schenk’s run at the 2011 World Championships at the semi final stage.
Kido and Setiawan Claim Title
The former world number 1 pairing of Kido and Setiawan assured their critics that they would be a threat in London in a month’s time. They defeated Ko and Yoo of Korea in three games and also claimed a 3-2 head to head advantage over the Korean’s going into the Olympics. Cheng Wen Hsing’s quest for two titles was half-completed, as her and partner Chen Hung Ling defeated the Japanese pairing of Ikeda and Shiota in a one-sided mixed doubles final as well as taking their head to head over the Japanese pair to 5-0 in their favour.
The women’s doubles however, went to the Chinese pair of Bao and Zhong in one-sided final. The Chinese pair have propelled themselves from outside the top 40 at the start of 2012 to a top-5 pair in the world. They will be the strongest pair not to qualify for the 2012 Olympics but Bao Yixin’s time will come, with the 19-year old inside the top 15 in the mixed doubles with He Hanbin.