Danish badminton continues it’s winning ways, after a trio of success in Odense last week they secured the men’s doubles title in France this week as Boe and Mogensen lived up to their top seeding for the second week running.
Taufik Hidayat put last week’s defeat to Jan O Jorgensen behind him to defeat another Dane in the men’s singles final. He dispatched of Joachim Persson in two games but Persson has resurrected himself this week and reminded everyone that he is one of the top players in the world and one of the best 3 players in Denmark at the moment. Taufik Hidayat claims his second title of the year, after his success in Indonesia earlier in the year.
Wang Yihan also made it two wins in 2 weeks, defeating Li Xuerui for the second week running. This time it was a two game victory for the top seed who has staked her claim to regain the #1 spot in the women’s game after back-to-back victories in Europe this month.
Surprise finalists Kindervater and Schottler couldn’t win the final match in their unlikely run to the final, losing out to the Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen in two games however their victory over the second seeded Kido and Setiawan is a real boost for German badminton which is going through an excellent patch with the likes of Zwiebler and Schenk contending in the singles discipline.
There was double success for Thailand in the women’s and mixed doubles, as the 3rd seeded Aroonkesorn and Voravichitchaikul won the opening game against the top seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh, but the top seeds had to retire halfway through the second game to hand the 3rd seeded Thai pair the title. The 4th seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam defeated the 7th seeded German pair of Fuchs and Overzier in two games to double Thailand’s win total in France this week.
As surprising as it was to see Joachim Persson through to the semi-finals with numerous victories along the way, the biggest surprise thus far came today when he defeated Peter Gade for the first time ever to book his place in the finals. Persson has struggled with injuries over the last couple years, and questions have been raised as to his ability to keep up with the best on the tour, however those questions have been put to rest with a 21-14, 16-21, 21-17 victory over the top seeded Gade. Persson now plays Taufik Hidayat who had a more straight forward victory over Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-14.
The womens semi finals featured two China vs Thailand match ups, and the results were in China’s favour. Top seed Wang Yihan came through in three games over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-12, 19-21, 21-10. Her compatriot Li Xuerui will be Wang’s opponent after her two game victory over Salakajit Ponsana 22-20, 21-13, ending the Ponsana family’s hopes of a title in Paris.
Germany will be happy with two pairs in the finals, one in the mens doubles, and the other in the mixed doubles. First up was the surprising upset of second seeds Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler 13-21, 21-17, 22-20. The German pair will now play Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen who are appearing in their second consecutive super series final after defeating their compatriots Jonas Rasmussen and Mads Conrad-Petersen 21-23, 21-6, 21-16.
The next success for Germany came from Birgit Overzier and Michael Fuchs who won after Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl retired at 17-10 in the first game. The German pair now play Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam after they also benefited from a withdrawal against their compatriots Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh needed the longest match of the day to win their semi-final match against Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter-Juhl 18-21, 21-15, 21-16 in an hour and eleven minutes. They now face Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul who had a fairly straight forward victory over Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke winning 21-9, 21-15.
Perhaps the most interesting story of this French Super Series is the performance of Denmark’s Joachim Persson.
Persson has been pushed to the shadows in the last year or so as Jan Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen have shown some substantial potential, however this week in Paris Persson seems to be reminding us that he still has the ability to threaten at these events. The left hander defeated China’s Du Pengyu in three exquisite games 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 to book his quarter-final place against his compatriot Peter Gade who struggled more than expected against German Marc Zwiebler. Gade won in three games as well 15-21, 21-12, 21-8. On the other side of the draw neither Boonsak Ponsana or Taufik Hidayat struggled against their opponents, Ajay Jayaram or Rajiv Ouseph respectively, as both won in straight games.
The big upset on the womens singles side came at the expense of Tine Baun when the second seeded Dane fell to China’s Li Xuerui 21-16, 21-17. Li will now play Salakajit Ponsana who defeated China’s Liu Xin. England’s Elizabeth Cann failed to continue her surprising run when she lost to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-18 who will now play Wang Yihan. Wang crushed her Russian opponent Ella Diehl 21-8, 21-8.
The mens doubles is looking like we will see a repeat of last week’s final. Boe and Mogensen made it one step closer to the final by defeating Flandy Limpele and Simon Mollyhus 21-16, 21-18. In the semi-finals they will face another Danish pair after Jonas Rasmussen and his new partner Mads Conrad-Petersen defeated England’s Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis 23-25, 22-20, 21-14. The most surprising semi-finalists are Germans Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler who defeated their Malaysian opponents Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari Mohd and Ong Soon Hock in two close games 22-20, 21-18. They will face Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan who narrowly defeated Malaysia’s Gan Teik Chai and Tan Bin Shen 14-21, 21-18, 21-17.
A couple of walkovers marred the womens doubles quarter-finals as Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand and Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke from Denmark booked their places against one another without a shuttle being hit. On the other side of the draw we have yet another Danish pair through to the semi-finals after Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeated Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou 21-19, 21-11. The Danish pair will now play Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh.
Finally in the mixed doubles there were no easy matches for our semi-finalists. All the matches were closely contested, perhaps the most intense was Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl’s victory over Hendra Setiawan and Anastasia Russkikh. The Danes need three games and extra points to win 23-21, 15-21, 27-25 and next they’ll play surprise semi-finalists Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier who knocked out top seeds Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa 16-21, 21-9, 21-16. The other half of the draw features an all Thailand showdown between Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon and their opponents Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol.
Yesterday saw just one seed crash out, today was the complete opposite with seeds toppling on an hourly basis through the day. France’s interest in their home Super Series is overly before the weekend begins, whilst Peter Gade goes from strength to strength after his back injury.
Gade, the top seed in the singles has safely progressed into the quarter finals tomorrow after a two game win over Christian Lind Thomsen and will play the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler on the TV court on Friday evening. The other Dane in the draw is Joachim Persson, the 8th seeded also came through his all-Danish encounter in a tight two game match and will play China’s Du Pengyu. The unseeded Chinese player has already beaten two Danes on route to the last 8, defeating Viktor Axelsen in Round 1 and last week’s winner Jan O Jorgensen in the second round also. Ajay Jayaram has also reached the last 8, defeating the 7th seeded Dicky Palyama in three games to book his place against Boonsak Ponsana, the 3rd seed.
The seed total in the women’s singles was halved on day 2, with Pi Hongyan crashing out to Elizabeth Cann in a tame two game defeat. Liu Xin continues her excellent run of results with another impressive victory, this time over Juliane Schenk, the 5th seed. Salakjit Ponsana is another player in a rich vein of form, defeating the 4th seeded Yao Jie in a two game victory. Tine Baun has been impressed also, with a two game victory over Jeanine Cicognini.
Four seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with the top seeds Boe and Mogensen taken to three games by Goh and Teo of Malaysia. The 5th seeds Conrad-Pedersen and Rasmussen as well as the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan were also taken to three games as many of the seeds still remaining in the draw have been taken the distance. Only the 6th seeded Gan and Tan of Malaysia have progressed safely, with back to back two game victories.
The women’s doubles lost 5 of it’s 8 seeds today, with only the top 3 seeds remaining in the draw. The 6th seeded French pair of Choinet and Rasadi lost out to Lee and Obanana of the USA in three games to end the local interest in the women’s doubles. The top seeds Nedelcheva and Russkikh are safely into the last 8 with a two game win over Fontaine and Palermo of France.
Only one seed crashed out of the mixed doubles, 5th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen lost out in three games to the pairing of Setiawan and Russkikh, who are both seeded in their respective level doubles events. They take on another Danish pair tomorrow as they take on last weeks winners, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, the 3rd seeds.
The day begun with optimism that Peter Gade could take his 4th Denmark Open title, only for the top seed to pull out with a back injury that plagued his previous week of training. There are three Danes into the last 16, Joachim Persson produced an excellent two game win over Carl Baxter and the home crowd has it’s dream second round encounter as Jan O Jorgensen will take on Viktor Axelsen after both recorded first round wins. The match will take place tomorrow night at 7.10 local time as Axelsen hopes to defeat Jorgensen just as Jorgensen defeated Gade in last years event.
There were wins for the 2nd seed Taufik Hidayat over Danish qualifier Emil Vind as well as 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who edged out Kazushi Yamada in three games. Last weeks Dutch Open winner Sho Sasaki is through to the second round and faces an all-Japanese match against the 5th seeded Kenichi Tago.
The women’s singles has had it’s fair share of shocks today, top seeded Wang Yihan lost her opening game against Jeanine Cicognini before progressing in three games. 3rd seeded Pi Hongyan was not as fortunate as she crashed out to Petya Nedelcheva in two games whilst 6th seeded Juliane Schenk lost her opening game to Sayaka Sato before winning the next two to progress into the last 16.
Denmark has the guarantee of at least one pair in the men’s doubles quarter final, as Boe and Mogensen take on Bonde and Kristiansen after both pairs come through their opening round matches in two games. Japan are well represented in the draw, just like last week in the Dutch Open. 4th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata as well as 8th seeded Endo and Hayakawa progressed safely into the last 16 and are joined by qualifiers Hirobe and Kazuno after a three game victory.
Four of the last 16 couples in the women’s doubles are also Japanese with the host nation only managing three couples into the second round. All eight seeded pairs who had an opening round match safely progressed in two games apart from the 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh and 7th seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen who needed three games to progress into the second round.
Top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba survived their opening round scare against Setiawan and Russkikh, eventually progressing in three games. Both of Denmark’s seeded pairings are also safely into round 2, Fischer and Pedersen coming through a tight two game match whilst Laybourn and Rytter Juhl were taken to three games by the Russian pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina, who won the Dutch Open last week.
The 2010 Denmark Open is without many of the top Chinese players and no Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles, but the absence of these players is Denmark’s advantage as Peter Gade goes into the singles as the top seed, as well as Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the men’s doubles. Jan O Jorgensen and Tine Baun offer outside chances of another threat to the singles titles, also going to attempt to make the main draw is Denmark’s newest star, Viktor Axelsen. A streak of late pullouts has offered him the opportunity to make a name for himself on the Super Series circuit.
The men’s singles is littered with potential winners, unseeded this year is Joachim Persson who is a former top 10 player, Kazushi Yamada who made the world championship quarter finals and last weeks winner in Holland, Sho Sasaki. Taufik Hidayat is the big threat to Danish success this week; he starts with a qualifer before likely to take on the winner of the Carl Baxter – Joachim Persson matchup in an intrigued 2nd round encounter. The most intriguing sub-plot is a potential all-Danish second round match featuring Jan Jorgensen against Viktor Axelsen, should the 16-year old progress through 3 rounds of qualifying and a first round match against Mathieu Lo Ping Ying. Denmark’s biggest hope will undoubtedly be Peter Gade, who begins is campaign on Wednesday against Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong. However, there is talk of Gade carrying a back injury that may hamper his chances this week.
One of China’s biggest stars had made the trip to Odense, Wang Yihan is looking to regain her #1 spot after losing the place to Wang Xin after the World Championships in Paris in August. She begins on Wednesday morning with a match against Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland. Tine Baun is seeded 2 and starts with an opening round match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand.
The men’s doubles top seeds are also from Denmark, as Boe and Mogensen take on Goh and Teo of Malaysia in the first round on Wednesday night. Their biggest challengers will be Kido and Setiawan of Indonesia who start with a match against Kawamae and Sato of Japan in their opening round.
The women’s doubles has a similar feeling to the Dutch Open last week, with the seeds being littered with Japanese players. Maeda and Suetsuna are seeded 1 for the event and receive a first round bye, the second seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa also receive a first round bye. The main challenges to Japanese success will come from the Bulgarian/Russian partnership of Nedelcheva and Russkikh who are seeded 3rd for the event and take on Danes Skelbaek and Heisbol in round 1.
Poles Mateusiak and Zieba take the top seeding in the mixed doubles, but there is plenty of Danish challengers waiting, like the 2009 World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, seeded 3rd for the event but have a tough opener against last weeks Dutch Open winners, Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia. Fischer and Pedersen of Denmark are seeded 5th for the event also and face a qualifier in round 1. 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia take on Wiratama and Tse of Hong Kong in their opening match on Wednesday morning.
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Sony Kuncoro’s quest for a second title in two weeks ended today at the hands of the top seed, Lee Chong Wei delivered a resounding 21-13, 21-9 victory over the 7th seeded Indonesian to rob the locals of a potential all-Indonesian final. They did get one player into the final, 2nd seeded Taufik Hidayat defeated the 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in two games to set up a final between the top two seeds in the singles draw. Saina Nehwal is into her second final in 7 days with a fabulous 21-10, 21-9 victory over Eriko Hirose of Japan to book her place in tomorrow’s final. Nehwal plays another Japanese player in the final as Sayaka Sato defeated unseeded Indonesian Ana Rovita in two games to book her place in the final.
The men’s doubles will be an unseeded affair, with Cho and Kwon taking out the 6th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata to book their place in the final. The Korean’s will take on Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei who defeated Clark and Robertson in their semi final encounter. Both pairs came back from a game behind in their respective matches to win in three games. The mixed doubles final will be without it’s top seed and local superstars Widianto and Natsir as they suffered a three game defeat to Poland’s Zieba and Mateusiak, the 3rd seeds. There is still some local interest the final as the partnership of Anastacia Russkikh and Hendra Setiawan defeated the 7th seeded Ko and Ha of Korea to book their place in the final. For the second Super Series running, there will be a European winner in the mixed doubles.
Day three brought swift endings to many as only one of the 20 scheduled games lasted over the hour mark as many of the unseeded players found the quality of the seeded players too much to overcome in their quest to make the last 4. Robert Blair and Gabrielle White lasted just 28 minutes on court with the 3rd seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia in the opening mixed doubles quarter final of the day.
Laybourn and Rytter Juhl were equally impressive in their victory over their Indian opponents Valiyaveetil and Gutta, seeded 6. Top seeded Widianto and Natsir had to come from a game down against Bonde and Pedersen of Denmark, before booking their place in the last 4. Boonsak Ponsana was brutally harsh on Dicky Palyama in their singles encounter, winning 21-14, 21-5 in just 27 minutes to set up a semi final clash with Peter Gade, who came from a game behind against Simon Santoso to book his match against the Thai 4th seed.
The big shock of the day came in the final match of the day with Lee Chong Wei losing in three games to Sony Kuncoro, the top seeded Malaysia was far from dominant this week and his loss to the Indonesian 7th seeded was not as big a shock as it could have been with Lee Chong Wei clearly out of sorts this week. The other top seeded singles player, Saina Nehwal had little trouble defeating her unseeded Chinese opponent Li Xuerui, setting up another match against Chinese opposition in Lu Lan, the 4th seed.
The women’s doubles lost it top seeded pair still in the draw with 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh crashing out to 5th seeded Kim and Lee of Korea. The men’s doubles lost its 3rd seeded pair in Boe and Mogensen as they lost out to Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei.