Victor Korea Open 2013 Finals Review

On January 13, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

Four titles were a possibility for China on finals day, but managed just half that tally as the host nation took down higher seeds to ensure two titles for the host nation whilst Lee Chong Wei ensured a title for Malaysia in the men’s singles.

Lee Chong Wei started 2013 perfectly with a two game victory over China’s Du Pengyu, with the Malaysian failing to drop a game after his opening round scare to Wang Zhengming and will go into his home Super Series event on a high. Sung Ji Hyun claimed Korea’s only singles title with a two game victory over the 5th seeded Wang Shixian to avenge her 2010 defeat in this event to the Chinese player.

Lee and Ko defeated Boe and Mogensen in the buy valium without prescription men’s doubles final, but not before losing the opening game 21-19 but a far dominant display from the Korean’s in the next two games ensured Lee and Ko’s meteoric rise up the rankings continued. Wang and Yu defeated Ma and Tang in the first final of the day in a straightforward two game match for the 2011 World Champions first title of 2013.

Ma Jin fell short in the mixed doubles final also, losing with her partner Xu Chen to the world and Olympic champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei. The top seeded pair did take the opening game but failed to capitalise and lost the next two games to ensure a 12th defeat to Zhang and Zhao in their 14 encounters to date.

Finals Day Results:

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Victor Korea Open 2013 Semi Final Review

On January 12, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

Even with all the Chinese withdrawals that have marred the week’s play, they still have a chance at four of the five titles in Seoul. Only the men’s doubles will not feature a Chinese pair but instead have Korean and Danish interest in tomorrow’s final. Lee Yong Dae will look to go one better than last year after suffering defeat to Cai and Fu in the 2012 final.

Lee Chong Wei has rarely been troubled on route to the final and Wong Wing Ki did little to challenge the top seed in a one-sided semi final. Du Pengyu will be the Malaysian’s opponent in the first Super Series final of 2013 after his two game victory over Sony Dwi Kuncoro, who returned to the top 10 in the world rankings this week.

Wang Shixian will be the sole Chinese player in a women’s singles final as she looks to defend her title against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in a rematch of the 2010 final that the Chinese player won in two games. It is Wang Shixian’s fourth consecutive final in Korea and has won two of her three finals to date HGH.

The world number 1 pairing of Boe and Mogensen takes on the form pair in Lee and Ko in the men’s doubles final. They have met once previously in China at the last Premier event of 2012, which the Danish pair won in two games. Only the Danes have dropped a game this week, in their semi final victory over Hong and Shen whilst Lee and Ko defeated the second seeded Koo and Tan to reach the final.

The women’s and mixed doubles final will be all-Chinese affairs, both featuring Ma Jin. Ma and Tang take on the top seeded Wang and Yu after their three game victory over Pedersen and Rytter Juhl, seeded 2nd this week. It was their second win against a higher seeded pair after their victory over Matsutomo and Takahashi in the quarterfinals. The top seeded Xu and Ma take on Zhang and Zhao as they renew their rivalry that begun at this event two years ago. It will be their 14th meeting, with Xu and Ma failing to any matchups in 2012 and winning just 2 of the previous 13 encounters.

Semi Final Results:

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Victor Korea Open 2013 Quarter Final Review

On January 11, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

20 matches were scheduled for Friday, but only 19 took place as the all-Chinese match between the top seeded Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang and the 6th seeded Zhao Yunlei and Cheng Shu resulted in a wakover victory for the top seeds. Another asterisk will put next to another victory between two Chinese pairs.

Lee Chong Wei successfully reached the last 4 with a two game victory over Hu Yun and takes on Wong Wing Ki in the first of the semi finals. Sony Dwi Kuncoro has been having a renaissance in the past few months and continues his excellent form with a victory over Takuma Ueda to reach the last 4. His opponent in the semi final will be Du Pengyu of China, with the Indonesian holding a 3-1 advantage in their head to head, defeating the Chinese player in their most recent matchup in China just 2 months ago.

Saina Nehwal was the latest big name casualty in the women’s singles, losing to China’s Li Han in three games as the world number 26 continues her incredible rise up the world rankings. Sung Ji Hyun will be her opponent in the semi finals, with the world number 7 being Korea’s last chance of a singles title in Seoul this year. The second semi final will also be a tightly contested match between te enigmatic Wang Shixian and the future of Japanese badminton, Minatsu Mitani. Mitani has rised to world number 10 and defeated Wang Shixian in the last meeting in China in September but a victory for the 5th seed would edge her back closer towards the top 4 in the world rankings.

Lee and Ko safely progressed into the semi finals as they look for their second title of their new partnership. They xanax or prozac take on Koo and Tan in the semi finals, who defeated the Korean pair on their Super Series debut in Denmark last year. Since then Lee and Ko have avenged that defeat and broke into the top 10 of the world rankings. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen take on the 7th seeded Hong and Shen in the second semi final, with the Danes holding a 2-1 head to head lead against the Chinese pair but their only victory came at this event 12 months ago.

Jung and Kim ended any possibility of an all-Chinese semi final with a victory over Bao and Tian to set up a semi final against Wang and Yu. It will the first time since their Olympic farce that these two pairs will be against one another. Ma and Tang ensure there is still a possibility of an all-Chinese final in the event, but they will take on the 2nd seeded Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in their semi final but the Chinese pair hold the advantage in their head to head, winning their only matchup to date at the French Open last year.

Ma Jin and Christinna Pedersen are the last two players left this week capable of taking two titles and in the mixed doubles they are on separate sides of the draw. Ma and Xu take on the 5th seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the first semi final with the Chinese pair winning all 4 of their matchups so far. Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao take on the Danish pair of Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen with the 6th seeds claiming two victories at the Super Series finals at the end of 2012 to take a 6-4 advantage in their head to head.

Day 3 Results:

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The Chinese tomfoolery overshadowed day 1, but a full day of excellent play delighted the Seoul crowd on the second day with plenty to cheer about for the Koreans. The European contingent was dramatically cut going into the later stages, with surprise losses for some of the biggest names in European badminton.

Three pretenders to Gade’s throne were all dispatched on the second day, with Zwiebler losing to Lee Chong Wei in two games whilst Viktor Axelsen lost to Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki. Jan O Jorgensen’s defeat was the most surprising as he lost out to Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov in two games to set up a quarter final against Du Pengyu of China. The 4th seed is the only seed remaining in the bottom half of the draw and the last Chinese player in the event after Guo Huan’s loss to Chong Wei Feng.

It is a similar story in the women’s singles, with the usual Chinese domination of the event missing with just two players left in the last 8. Wang Shixian has failed to drop a game to date but faces her toughest task yet against Korea’s Bae Yeon Ju in the quarter finals. Li Han takes on Saina Nehwal, with the Indian taking over as the highest seed left in the draw with Wang Yihan’s and Li Xuerui’s retirement on day 1. Minatsu Mitani and Nichaon Jindapon ended the European run in the event with Mitani defeating Tine Baun in three tight games whilst Jindapon disposed of Juliane Schenk in two convincing games.

The Japanese threat in the bottom half of the men’s doubles ended abruptly on day 2 with both HGH seeded pairs crashing out. Endo and Hayakawa, seeded 4 lost to Goh and Lim of Malaysia in two games to set up a quarter final against Lee and Ko of Korea whilst Liu and Qiu ended the end of Hashimoto and Hirata, beating the 8th seeds in two games. The top seeded Boe and Mogensen are safely through to the last 8 and take on Korea’s Kim and Kim in the last 8 clash.

The Chinese has dominated the women’s doubles in recent years and Korea in 2013 this is no different. All 8 seeds progressed into the latter stages, with four of the 8 coming from China. Wang and Yu take on Cheng and Zhao in undoubtedly will be one of the matches of the day, in the same side of the draw Bao and Tian takes on Korea’s big hope in Jung and Kim. Ma and Tang take on the 3rd seed Matsumoto and Takahashi in the bottom side of the draw.

Ma Jin is also safely into the last 8 of the mixed doubles with partner Xu Chen and take on the new English partnership of Adcock and White who defeated the European champions Mateusiak and Zieba in their second round clash. Zhang and Zhao needed three games to dispose of the Russian pairing of Durkin and Vislova and set up a quarter final against Kim and Jung of Korea. Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen take on the 2nd seeded Ahmad and Natsir in the pick of the matches at the quarter final stage, with the Indonesian pair dropping just 37 points on route to the last 8.

Day 2 Results:

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A new year brings a new start for the worlds best in Seoul but a Chinese cloud overshadowed the opening day with withdrawals and shock exits. Li Xuerui, Chen Long and the Olympic champions Cai and Fu all withdrew in the opening game of their matches, thus avoiding a fine or disqualification for “not playing with their best efforts”. Li Xuerui came into the tournament with an injury already and an opening round retirement meant that the Olympic champion would avoid a fine.

Lee Chong Wei avoided an early scare to defeat Wang Zhengming and will take on Marc Zwiebler in the last 16 tomorrow. There was more European success with Jan O Jorgensen defeating the 5th seeded Kenichi Tago in two games and will be joined in the last 16 by Viktor Axelsen also. Vladimir Ivanov completes the European group in the last 16 and takes on Jorgensen for a place in the quarterfinals. Chen Jin’s defeat to Gao Huan in three games was one of the big surprises of the opening round and Du Pengyu’s victory ensures just two Chinese players into the last 16 of a Super Series Premier for the first time in recent memory.

Li Xuerui’s retirement in her opening round game gifted Porntip Buranaprasertsuk her route into the last 16 and opened up the entire event. Saina Nehwal will be the biggest beneficiary of Li Xuerui’s retirement as the Indian becomes the top seed in the top half of the women’s singles draw. Jiang Yanjiao and Li Han ensure her route into the latter stages is far from easy whilst Wang Shixian ensures a Chinese presence in the bottom half of the draw also. European interests will fall onto Tine Baun and Juliane Schenk as has become custom in the Super Series, with the 4th and 8th seeds progressing without much resistance. The biggest surprise was Wang Yihan’s retirement leading 19-8 in the second game, after the second seed lost the opening game.

Lee and Ko will be the crowd favourite in does viagra work better thaqn cialis for men with hypothyroidism the men’s doubles and their opening round victory over Blair and Tan ensures another day of capacity crowds in Seoul. Boe and Mogensen’s victory sets up an all-European second round match against Kindervater and Schoettler. Koo and Tan, seeded 2nd will take on another Malaysian pair in their second round in Ong and Gan but have a pair of Japanese threats waiting in the later rounds. Endo and Hayakawa as well as Hirata and Hashimoto recorded opening round victories in the same half of the draw and with Lee and Ko also in this side of the draw, this could be the most competitive event of the week.

Wang and Yu began 2013 with a routine victory over Korea’s Lee and Ko with Zhao Yunlei and new partner Cheng Shu being a potential quarter final opponent. Tian Qing and her new partner Bao Yixin also progressed in the top half of the women’s doubles with a straightforward two game victory. Only Ma and Tang will represent China in the bottom half and the top seed in this half of the draw, Pedersen and Rytter Juhl survived a three-game match against Bernadeth and Pradipta of Indonesia to eventually book their place in the last 16.

A full compliment of seeds made it through to the last 16 in the mixed doubles, headlined by Xu and Ma of China who defeated Lee and Kim of Korea to set up a second round match against Fuchs and Michels of Germany. There is an all-European match between European champions Mateusiak and Zieba who take on the new English partnership of Adcock and White. Christinna Pedersen again needed three games to progress with her partner Joachim Fischer Neilsen to set up a second round match against Shin and Eom of Korea. Zhang and Zhao abruptedly ended the run of the new Danish partnership of Pieler Kolding and Rytter Juhl in the opening round to set up a second round match against the Russian pair of Durkin and Vislova.

Day 1 Results:

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Victor Korea Open 2013 – Preview

On January 3, 2013, in BWF Super Series, by Eddie Smith

A new year offers a new start and a new motivation after the obvious comedown from an Olympic year. The goals for the year alter from London 2012 with all eyes on Guangzhou and the World Championships in early August. Before the summer spectacle, the Super Series and Super Series Premier will pit the best against the best in 2013.

The world’s elite converge in Korea for the first Super Series Premier of the year with the biggest prize fund of the year on offer. 2013 is a year of change within the badminton world, with new events and the last of certain Super Series before the new 2014 schedule. London gains a GP Gold event in early October that leads as a build-up event to the Denmark/France Super Series later in the month.

It will be the last Super Series in Malaysia before it’s upgrade to Premier status in 2013 and China loses its Super Series event this year with Australia claiming Super Series status in 2014 but the China Super Series Premier remains. There will be no Peter Gade in 2013, retiring late last year with a last famous victory over Lin Dan. The double-Olympic champion will pick and choose his events as always and is a noticeable absence in Korea this week.

Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long will be the favourites for the title in the men’s singles but a wealth of Chinese talent looking to defeat the top seed in the opening event of 2013. Wang Zhengming will be the first to claim a victory over the Malaysian and a likely Chinese opponent in the semi final should Lee Chong Wei reach the last 4. Victor Axelsen takes on Taufik Hidayat as the old guard meets the new generation in the match of the opening round.

The women’s singles offers the expected Chinese dominance, with four seeds from the eight but like the men’s singles, a new generation coming through to the overthrow the Chinese hierarchy in the event. Ratchanok Intanon buy xanax without prescription is the newest in line to attempt to defeat the world’s elite and Saina Nehwal will also continue her quest to become world number 1. Tine Baun plays her last Korea Open ahead of her retirement after the All Englands before Juliane Schenk takes over the mantle of the sole European threat at the Super Series level.

Lee and Ko’s meteoric surge up the rankings sees them seeded 6th but any thoughts of a dream final against Cai and Fu will be tempered with neither pair having an easy run to next Sunday’s final. Koo and Tan are the 2nd seeds in Korea and likely semi final opponents for the Koreans whilst Cai and Fu will probably have to defeat the top seeded Boe and Mogensen in order to reach the final.

The women’s doubles is the event to watch after the farcical events of the Olympics. Wang and Yu have returned to competitive action and their biggest rivals of the past few years have been split up to create two new partnerships. It offers Chinese a similar chance to dominate the doubles event as much as the singles with four partnerships that will likely feature in the top 10 in the coming months. Zhao Yunlei forms a new partnership with Cheng Shu, Tian Qing joins with Bao Yixin as well as Ma and Tang will offer Wang and Yu a stern test in 2013.

The mixed doubles offers the closest resemblance to 2012 with a similar field to the previous year. Chris Adcock and Gabby White are the top pairing from the six new English pairings whilst Jillie Cooper and Robert Blair will offer the only chance of Scottish success in the event. The usual suspects are all present in Korea, with Kamilla Rytter Juhl partnering Mads Pieler Kolding after Thomas Laybourn’s retirement after the London Olympics. Ma and Xu are the top seeds, with their Chinese rivals Zhang and Zhao seeded 4th in the 2013 opener.

Play begins in Korea on Tuesday, January 8.

Semi final day in Paris seen two new Super Series finalists in Minatsu Mitani and Viktor Axelsen reach their respective singles finals.

Axelsen takes on Liew

It is an unlikely men’s singles final, as Viktor Axelsen takes on Malaysia’s Daren Liew. Jan O Jorgensen was Liew’s victim at the semi final stages with an impressive display of attacking play being simply too strong for the Dane. Axelsen defeated his second seed of the week, disposing of Kenichi Tago in straight games to secure his place in his first Super Series final.

Nehwal against Mitani in Women’s Singles final

The top seeded Nehwal was expected to reach this stage, unlike her opponent in tomorrow’s final who started the week with a victory against Jiang Yanjiao and has gone from strength to strength. Her stunning 21-7, 21-18 victory over Tine Baun was the story of the women’s singles to that point and a victory over another Japanese player, Eriko Hirose booked her place in tomorrow’s final. Nehwal has been impressive in her two most recent matches against Inthanon and Schenk and will go into tomorrow’s final Semenax as the undoubted favourite.

Ma Jin Into Two Finals

Ma Jin is looking for back to back titles in both the women’s and mixed doubles to follow up from her Denmark Open triumphs and has reached both finals this week. Ma and Xu are the top seeds in the mixed doubles and defeated Adcock and Bankier to set up a final against Bao and Qiu in an all-Chinese final. Her new partnership with Tang Jinhua hasn’t been beaten to date and defeated their team mates Bao and Zhong for the second week running at the semi final stage to set up a match against Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in the final.

Lee and Ko have bounced back from their opening round loss in Denmark to reach the final in Paris this week and take on the Thai pairing of Issara and Jongjit for the men’s doubles title. The 7th seeded Thai pair defeated Hong and Shen of China in their semi final whilst Lee and Ko won their all-Korean semi final against Kim and Kim to book their place in the final.

Saturday’s Results

 

The hope that at least one title would remain in Japan ended on finals day as Lee Chong Wei returned to winning form after his Olympic heartbreak as Eriko Hirose came within a game of the women’s singles title.

Lee Chong Wei Claims Title

It was a triumphant return to action for Lee Chong Wei in Japan as he cruised to the men’s singles title without the loss of a game for the entire week. His victory over Boonsak Ponsana was the closest of his five matches this week but the victory was never in doubt as the Malaysian won 21-18, 21-18.

Eriko Hirose took the opening game in the women’s singles final 21-9 over Tai Tzu Ying to put herself within a game of the title only for the Chinese Taipei player to reverse the scoreline in the second game. Hirose never recovered and never led in the third game as the 5th seed won the third game 21-14 to take the women’s singles title.

Koo and Buy Cialis Tan Beaten

The 2nd seeded Koo and Tan were defeated in two games by the Korean pair of Kim and Kim in the quickest of the five finals, with Koo and Tan never looking like taking either of the games as the 7th seeds took the men’s doubles title. Chan and Goh ensured a second title for Malaysia in the mixed doubles with a two game victory over the new Indonesian partnership of Rijal and Natsir.

The women’s doubles final offered Japan’s best chance of a title as the 4th seede Matsuo and Naito took on Poon and Tse of Hong Kong. At 15-15 in the first game, the Japanese pair gave up four points without reply to give away the opening game. At 16-16 in the second game, they claimed a precious lead ay 17-16 only to fall behind and after saving one match point, they allowed the Hong Kong pair to win another 2 points without reply to claim the women’s doubles title.

Finals Day Results

 

The hope of four titles for the Japanese was ended on semi final day, as three of the five remaining Japanese hopes ended on a day that seen all but two seeds progress to the finals of the five events.

Hirose Into Final

Eriko Hirose was one of the few success stories for the home fans as se defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in three games to reach the women’s singles final against Tai Tzu Ying. The Chinese Taipei player defeated the higher seeded Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in three games to book her place in the final and a fifth meeting between the two, with the unseeded Hirose winning their previous 2 matches.

Lee Chong Wei will take on the unseeded Boonsak Ponsana in the men’s singles final, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Simon Santoso in an impressive one-sided semi final taking just 32 minutes. Ponsana defeated on the on-form Hu Yun of Hong Kong in three games to set up the opportunity to take his third victory over Lee Chong Wei in what will be their 16th meeting.

Seeds Too Strong In Doubles

Six seed remain in the doubles, with the 2nd seeded Koo and Tan taking on the 7th cialis prescription seeded Kim and Kim in the men’s doubles final after both secured straight forward two game victories in their semi final. The lower seeded pair of Kim and Kim won their only other meeting between the two, winning in Malaysia at the start of the year in three games.

Matsuo and Naito are Japan’s second chance of a title tomorrow, with the pair taking on Poon and Tse of Hong Kong who defeated their team mates Maeda and Suetsuna in their semi final. It will be their fourth meeting in tomorrow’s final, with the Japanese pairing leading the head to head 2-1 but the Hong Kong pair took the last meeting in March at the All Englands.

Chan and Goh are the last of the top seeds left in the doubles and reached tomorrow’s final with a two game victory over Japan’s Kamura and Yonemoto. Their opponents in the final will be Rijal and Natsir, who defeated Ikeda and Shiota in the other semi final in a one-sided matchup lasting just 24 minutes. It will be the their first meeting as the Indonesian pair have only formed at this event and will hope to the perfect start to their partnership.

Saturday’s Results

The weekend will be without some of the top players in the world, with the Chinese squad pulling out before the start of play over rising political tensions with Japan which opened up the draw for the field but resulted in some big names crashing out in the early stages.

Lee Chong Wei Into Last 4

Lee Chong Wei’s first tournament since his heartbreaking defeat in London has been a straight forward progression into the semi finals, with impressive wins over Anand Pawar, Chong Wei Feng and Viktor Axelsen setting up a semi final with Simon Santoso. The 3rd seed has been equally as impressive as the Malaysian, with a 21-9, 21-14 victory over Taufik Hidayat booking his place in the last 4.

Hu Yun has been an impressive run of form recently and it continued with an opening round victory over the 2nd seeded Peter Gade, playing his final event in Japan in his “retirement tour” that will end with the two upcoming European Super Series events in Denmark and France. The unseeded Hong Kong player defeated Tien Minj Nguyen to book his place in the semi finals, where he will take on Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand who ended Sho Sasaki’s run at the second round with a 21-12, 21-12 victory.

Baun Crashes Out

The top seed after the mass withdrawal of the Chinese squad was Tine Baun, who reached the last 8 without much resistance but was defeated by Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in three games today. The 6th seeds reward is a semi final against home favourite, Eriko Hirose who started the week unseeded but in her quarter final match defeated the 4th seeded Bae Yeon Ju of Korea to book her place in the the Buy Levitra last 4.

The second semi final sees Tai Tzu Ying take on Sung Ji Hyun of Korea, with both players entering the week as seeded players but it was the higher seeded Korean player who struggled the most on route to the semi finals and needed three games to defeat the 8th seeded Ai Goto in the quarter finals.

Top Seeds Struggle In Doubles

Boe and Mogensen were the second Danish top seed to crash out early this week, losing in the second round to Indonesia’s Dasuki and Gunawan in three games. The second seeded Koo and Tan had no such problems in reaching the last 4, where they will take on another Malaysian pair in Hoon and Tan for a place in Sunday’s final.

Fujii and Kakiiwa were the big Japanese hope this week, but they lost out to Japanese team mates Yonemoto and Miki in their opening game this week. The other big Japanese hope, Maeda and Suetsuna are safely into the last 4 where they will take on Poon and Tse of Hong Kong for a chance at a Japanese title on Sunday. Matsuo and Naito have the opportunity to make it an all-Japanese final if they defeat the unseeded Choi and Kim in the second semi final.

Chan and Goh are the last of the top seeds remaining in the doubles events, defeating two Japanese pairs to book their place in the last 4 against another Japanese pair, Kamura and Yonemoto. The second semi final sees the 2nd seeded Ikeda and Shiota of Japan take on the 5th seeded Rijal and Natsir for a place in Sunday’s final with the Japanese pair progressing without the loss of a game this week.

Friday’s Result

 

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