The home crowds were guaranteed at least one title, but Jie Yao doubled their tally on finals day.

Dutch Disappointment

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.

Dutch Delight

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.

Finals Results

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.

Saturday’s Results


Lee Through To Quarters

Friday is Quarter Final day in Malaysia and the main attraction is safely into the last 8. Lee Chong Wei progressed through his three matches to date without the loss of a single game on route to the Quarter Final where he will play Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia, seeded 8. The Indonesian has also failed to drop a game on route to the last 8 but this is his biggest test to date, after a easy 21-9, 21-9 victory over Chong Chieh Lok of Malaysia in the Round of 16.

The local fans will also be treated to an all-Malaysia clash in the last 8, with Muhammad Hafiz Hashim (seeded 6) playing against Wong Choong Hann (seeded 4) in the 3rd of tomorrow’s quarterfinal matches. The final quarterfinal pits 5th seeded Yun Hu of Hong Kong against Lee Chong Wei’s main rival this week, the second seeded Taufik Hidayat, who was well tested in the round of 16 by the 13th seeded Tan Chun Seang of Malaysia.

There is interest in the women’s draw too, with 4th seeded Mew Choo Wong through to the last 8 after two comfortable victories. The 4th seed will play against the 8th seeded Tzs Ka Chan of Hong Kong whose progression has been more of a struggle than the Malaysian. There is more interest with Tee Jing Yi, the unseeded player has came through a duo of three game victories to reach the last 8 of the competition, however she faces her toughest test in the quarter final in the 3rd seeded Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong. Top seed Pi Hongyan has struggled through a couple of three game victories and will need to find some form in her match against Salakjit Ponsana, seeded 5 in the quarter final.

Malaysia are also guaranteed at least one semi-finalist as the top seeded Koo and Tan take on countrymen Mak and Tan in the first of the quarter finals. There is another opportunity in the 2nd quarterfinal as 6th seeded Gan and Tan play against Indonesians Gunawan and Yulianto for a place in the last 4. The bottom half of the draw however is devoid of Malaysian interest, with 2nd seeded Kido and Widanto looking to be the favourites to reach the final from their half of the draw.

Friday’s Order of Play


Indonesia Tops Podium in Austria

Four of the five events had an Indonesian in the semi final stage of the Austrian Open, with Andre Kurniawan Tedjono playing the top seeded Brice Leverdez in the first of the men’s singles semi final. After losing the first game, the Indonesian 3rd seed won the next two to progress to the final 12-21, 21-12, 21-6.

The French still had a chance of at least one finalist, with Mathieu Lo Ying Ping playing Raul Must of Estonia in the second semi final. This time, the French had reason to celebrate as the 5th seed defeated his Estonian opponent 21-19, 21-13 to set up a final with Tedjono.

The women’s singles had another Indonesian, Fransisca Ratnasari who played against Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff. Even though Ratanasari was the lower seed, she took the victory easily, 21-14, 21-14 to set up a match with the top seed, Petya Nedelcheva. The Bulgarian defeated unseeded Japanese player Tamaki Pujii 21-11, 21-16 to progress into the final.

The top two seeds in the mixed doubles safely progressed into the final also, Atrashenkov and Prus beating unseeded Swiss duo Dumartheray and Jaquet 21-13, 21-19 to book their place in the final. Second seeded Makarski and Dimova of Bulgaria had to defeat 5th seeds Okvana and Megawati of Indonesia to progress into the final.

The women’s doubles would be an all-Japanese final, with the 3 seeds Eto and Wakita of Japan defeating the 2nd seeded Kobtseva and Prus 21-15, 21-3 to go through to the final. Fukuman and Mitani defeated Mason and Cooper of Scotland 24-22, 21-15 to book their place in the final.

The men’s doubles would have another Indonesian influence, with Okvana and Putra defeating the second seeded Ellis and Mills in the semi final 21-17, 15-21, 21-14 to book their place in the final. They would play another English pair in the final, with Ellis and George beating Constantin and Vincent 21-18, 21-16.

The Finals took place on the same day, some 3 hours after the end of play in the semi finals. The first final was the mixed doubles between the top two seeds. The exchanged the first two games before the top seeded Ukrainians served out at 17-17 in the third to win 24-26, 21-17, 21-17.

The second final was the women’s singles final; yet again the pair shared the opening 2 games before the Indonesian defeated the top seeded Nedelcheva 21-15, 18-21, 21-14 in 62 minutes. The Indonesian success would continue in the men’s singles final, with 3rd seeded Tedjono beating Lo Ying Ping of France 21-12, 21-11 to double Indonesia’s wins in the tournament.

The all-Japanese women’s doubles final was won by the 3rd seeded Eto and Wakita over Fukuman and Mitani 21-14, 21-10. The final match was the men’s doubles and it was title number 3 for Indonesia as Okvana and Putra defeated Ellis and George 21-17, 21-23, 28-26 in a 64 minute classic.

Austrian International 2010 Final Results

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

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