Zhu Lin completed her Canadian / US Open double today with a two game victory over 4th seeded Judith Meulendijks, who retired in the middle of the second game trailing a game and 11-6 in the second. Her record for the last 2 weeks is remarkable, played 10, won 10 against 8 seeded players with the loss of just two games, both to Juliane Schenk. Saturday’s 15 minute final was never going to be anything but a win for Zhu Lin, but who knows when we’ll see the talented Chinese player again.
The men’s singles final was between 3rd seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England and 9th seed Brice Leverdez of France, who came through his semi final against Yuichi Ikeda 25-23 in the third game to reach the final. Ouseph had also came through a three-game encounter, against Derek Wong Zillang of Singapore and came through 21-15 in the third. After a brave attempt in the opening game, Leverdez’s challenge ended without more resistance as Ouseph took the title 21-17, 21-9 in 30 minutes.
The top seeds, both from Chinese Taipei, dominated the doubles. Cheng and Chien took the women’s doubles with the loss of just one game whilst the men’s doubles was an all-Chinese Taipei affair, with top seeds Fang and Lee defeating Chen and Lin in two games to secure Chinese Taipei’s second title of the week. Their chance for a third title was ended by the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Overzier as they defeated the 3rd seeded Lee and Chien in two games to secure Europe’s second title of the week.
Zhu Lin is amassing another impressive list of victories in the US this week after her success in Canada just last week. Pi Hongyan is the latest player to fall to the on form Chinese player, as Zhu Lin defeated the French 2nd seed in two games to book her place in the semi finals. The semi final is a rematch of the Canadian Open final against Juliane Schenk of Germany. The 3rd seed has failed to drop a game on route to the semi finals and will want to avenge her defeat last week.
Rajiv Ouseph is through to the semi final of the men’s singles with two game victory over Shon Wan Ho of Korea, he sets up a match against Derek Wong Zillang of Singapore in the last 4. The other semi final sees the 9th seed Brice Leverdez, who defeated the 4th seeded Hsieh Yu Hsing in the quarter final play unseeded Japanese player Yuichi Ikeda for a place in Saturday’s final.
The American interest is down to just one, with Chew and Ho losing out at the quarter final stages of the men’s doubles to Kim and Shin of Korea, whose reward for defeating the American pair is a semi final match against the top seeded Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei. Bach and Gunawan are safety into the final four with a routine victory but have their toughest test to date in the semi final against the 3rd seded Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei.
Top seeds in the mixed doubles Mateusiak and Zieba are safely into the last 4 with their 3rd two game victory of the week. They will play their first seed of the week in the semi finals, 3rd seeded Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei. The 2nd seeded pair of Wallwork and Robertson were defeated in the quarter finals, beaten by the 6th seeds Chen and Cheng. They will play the German pair of Fuchs and Overzier in the last 4.
Day 2 provided yet more surprises as more seeds toppled at the last 16 stage. Carl Baxter, Petr Koukal and Scott Evans came through the opening day without losing a game between them but all fell on Day 2. Scott Evans took the opening game against the 4th seeded Hsing Hsieh Tzu 21-6, only to lose the next two matches 21-9, 21-9. 3rd seed Rajiv Ouseph is safely through to the quarter finals and will play Shon Wan Ho of Korea, the 7th seed.
The top three seeds in the women’s draw have all progressed into the last 8, 2nd seeded Pi Hongyan plays last weeks winner in Canada, Zhu Lin of China in the quarter finals. Juliane Schenk lost out to Zhu Lin in last weeks final and will want revenge this week. Her quarter final opponent is Singapore’s Fu Mingtian who defeated 8th Anu Nieminen in the opening round. Judith Meulendijks is also safely through, the 4th seed will play Ma Pai Hsiao of Chinese Taipei in the last 8.
There has been double success in the men’s doubles for the US, with two partnerships making it to the last 8. Chew and Ho are the lesser known of the duo but will get the chance to make a name for themselves as they are last on the main court on Thursday’s order of play against unseeded pair Kim and Shin of Korea. Bach and Gunawan have been in fine form as they have reached the last 8 without the loss of a game. They will play Chou and Lin of Chinese Taipei in the quarter final stage.
The top two seeds in the mixed doubles are safely into the last 8 also, with top seeds Mateusiak and Zieba in impressive form with two dominating wins to reach the quarter final stage. They will take on Ng and Jiang of Canada in their last 8 match. 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson have been equally impressive, with the loss of just 30 points in their two matches to date. Their quarter final test will be the biggest one to date, as they play the 6th seeded pair from Chinese Taipei, Chen and Cheng.
The opening day in the US Open was a tough test for the men’s singles with the opening two rounds being played on Day 1. The test was too much for several seeds as many fell at the second hurdle.
The most notable seed to fall is the 2nd seed Dicky Palyama who fell in the second round to Wen Hsu Shao of Chinese Taipei. Derek Wong Zillang defeated Christian Lind Thomsen, the 13th seed in the second round also. Rajiv Ouseph is the top seed remaining, after coming through a tough opening round match against Lai Lee Hock of Malaysia; he then defeated Pao Cheng Fu of Chinese Taipei to book his place in the last 16.
There has been success for the seeds though, with Carl Baxter (Seeded 6), Petr Koukal (Seeded 11) and Scott Evans (Seeded 12) have all came through their matches without dropping a game on the opening day.
There have been seeds falling on the women’s side too, with 5th seeded Jeanine Cocognini losing convincingly to Mayu Sekiya of Japan. 7th seeded Anna Rice is also out, losing out to qualifier Zhu Lin of China in Round 1. 8th seed Anu Nieminen was alos beaten by Singapore’s Fu Mingtian. 2nd seed Pi Hongyan and 3rd seeded Juliane Schenk are safely through to the second round after two game victories in their opening games.