The home crowds were guaranteed at least one title, but Jie Yao doubled their tally on finals day.
The Malaysian pair of Heg and Teo defeated their second Dutch seed of the week, taking the men’s doubles title over the 3rd seeded De Ruiter and Khodabux in a three game, 52 minute matchup. There was also disappointment for the fans in the men’s singles final, as Anand Pawar withdrew before the start of play that meant Andre Kurniawan Tedjono claimed the title by walkover.
Mateusiak and Zieba claimed the mixed doubles title in their toughest match of the week, but still won in two games over the Russian pairing of Ashmarin and Panushkina with the top seeds winning 21-10, 21-19.
Jonathans and Van Dooremalen were taken the distance by their team mates Piek and Tabelling, with the top seeds eventually taking the title on the third attempt in the deciding game. The 65-minute match was the longest of the day with the top seeds winning 17-21, 21-19, 23-21.
Jie Yao ensured another title after ensuring a shock wasn’t on the cards against her Malaysian opponent Sonia Su Ya Cheah. After losing the opening game 21-19, the top seed allowed the unseeded Cheah just 21 points in the next two games to battle back to take the title 19-21, 21-9, 21-12.
Eric Pang was the biggest casualty today as the top seed in the men’s singles crashed out to India’s Anand Pawar.
Pawar Surges Into Final
After defeating Pang in his quarter final, Pawar then defeated the 3rd seeded Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne to book his place in the final against Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, who defeated the 4th seeded Dicky Palyama to ensure a double disappointment for the home fans.
Jie Yao is one of three potential Dutch winners on finals day, after victories over Simone Prutsch and Elizabeth Cann in her two matches today to ensure her place in the final against Sonia Su Ya Cheah of Malaysia. The unseeded player defeated the 4th seeded Schnaase in her quarter final and then beat Michelle Chan Ky, seeded 2 this week to reach the final.
One Doubles Title Assured
De Ruiter and Khodabux take on their own Malaysian opponent in the men’s doubles final, taking on Heg and Teo who are ranked 42 places below them in the world rankings. The Malaysian pair have already defeated the 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder this week as well as the English pairing of Ellis and Langridge to reach the final.
One title is assured in the women’s doubles, with top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans taking on the 3rd seeded Piek and Tabelling in an all-Dutch final. Only the top seeded pair have dropped a game this week in their semi final against Muskens and Peters to set up the first meeting between the pairs in international competition.
Mateusiak and Zieba are safely into the mixed doubles final and take on a Russian pair ranked almost 250 players lower than them in the world rankings. Ashmarin and Panushkina have dropped a single game on route to the final and survived a match point to ensure their place in the final. The top seeds Poles have been clinical in their route to the final, conceding double digits in just one of their six games to date.
Four seeds remain in the Men’s singles, but second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono was a casualty in the quarterfinals after losing out in two games to Tommy Sugiarto 21-16, 21-18. Sugiarto plays Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the semi finals.
Tien Minh Nguyen was in quarterfinal action against seventh seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand. Both had come through tough third round games last night but it was Nguyen who came out on top in the quarterfinal match, defeating Vilailak 21-14, 21-8. He sets up a semi final meeting with 9th seeded Indonesian Andreas Adityawarman. The Indonesian took out the last unseeded player, Chu Han Chou 21-16, 21-12 in their quarterfinal match today.
Saturday’s semi final matches are dominated by Malaysia, with nine of the twenty remaining players and partnerships being from Malaysia. Vietnam has local interest in both the men’s and women’s draw and there is a Indonesian bulk to the draw also, with six Indonesian players or partnerships playing on Saturday.
Both men’s semi finals are expected third on their courts, with play beginning at 10am local time on Saturday.
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws
Tien Minh Nguyen survived a scare late this evening but still remains on course to retain his title after a three set victory over Daren Liew in a 70 minute epic, with Nguyen coming out on top 21-17 in the third set. The top seeds earlier match today was a routine two set victory over Fauzi Adnan in the morning.
Second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono also progressed to the last 8, surviving a scare in his round 3 encounter with Zi Liang Derek Wong, the Indonesian second seed eventually progressing 21-17 in the third set.
Seven of the eight players still in the draw are seeded in the top 10, only Chu Han Chou from Chinese Taipei remains in the draw that is unseeded.
Tomorrow begins the run towards the finals on Sunday; Tien Minh Nguyen plays 7th seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand in the quarterfinals. 2nd seed Andre Kurinawan Tedjono plays fellow Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
Play resumes on Friday at 9am local time
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws